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August 5, 2020

7/30/2020 10:25:00 AM
Barneveld board hears district reopening plans

The Barneveld school board went over a presentation guided by new District Administrator Joe Price about plans for the reopening of school in the fall.
The board and Price met Wednesday at their regular monthly meeting. It was the first for Price since he assumed the District Administrator position July 1.
Reopening of the school for the 2020-21 school year took the majority of the meeting. Price revealed a template for the board which he plans to use as a guide following community and staff input. Plans call for stakeholders to see the plan July 24 with changes and additions to take place into August.
Price said demonstration videos of what the reopening may look like along with a set of Frequently Asked Questions will be included in the release. He said there will be a place on the district's web page for COVID-19 resources.
"Our task force is committed to providing the best plan possible," Price said. The plan will have four guiding principles:
-the health and safety of the students, staff and community
-educational rigor and consistent delivery
-social-emotional well being
-communications and planning
The community is being surveyed to assist the task force in forming the final plan.
While the plan is being formed district personnel will be procuring PPE and other needed equipment which has an ASAP label attached. There will also be a walk-through July 21 by the administration, maintenance and staff members as a step in fully preparing to reopen.
The plan will be addressing distancing and the best practices to follow by students, staff and community. The goal is to minimize exposure and if exposure is found, notify family and affected parties.
Masks and face shields are being addressed and community members entering the school will be required to have face coverings. Face coverings for students and staff are part of the study.
There will be a determination of how learning areas will be set up along with what signage will be required and how frequently sanitizing will take place.
Transportation methods are also being determined along with how lunch and food services will be provided.
When school reopens it is expected to see face coverings, shields, dividers, gloves, hand sanitizer, wipes, touchless thermometers along with gowns and NP95 masks for the Code Blue team. Also expect to see six foot distancing enforced.
The document presented to the board may allow for a staggered start and parents can elect to bring their students to school instead of ride the bus.
The district is also looking into ionization systems, air purifiers and ultra violet lighting.
Price also informed the board that the schools in CESA #3 are asking the WIAA to move fall sports to spring, spring sports to summer and start the winter season around the first of the year for this year only. The WIAA is expected to discuss and meet on the proposal by the end of July.
Price gave the board a preliminary budget proposal which will become clear when state appropriations are decided. He said it is very important to know how much is being spent and when it is being spent as he expects there will be no extra money from the state.
The board approved the co-curricular and student handbooks as presented.
They approved a resignation request for Hannah Doudlah who taught third grade.
Price presented the board with a need for an additional special education position and received authorization to post it. They also gave approval to the annual required academic standards and will place that information on the website.

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