District 54 received 17 online public comments and 13 in-person public comments related to COVID mitigations in District 54. Click here to read the February 10 Board Meeting Public Comments submitted online.
Discussion – COVID Mitigation Update:
District 54 provided an update on COVID mitigation strategies in District 54 and the impact of litigation. A court ruling last week indicated that the governor and state agencies do not have the authority to mandate masks for students and staff at school, to exclude students for having symptoms or being close contacts to someone with COVID, or to require vaccination or testing of school personnel. While District 54 was not named in this lawsuit, our legal counsel has advised that we are required to adhere to the court’s ruling and are subject to litigation should we continue to implement those measures.
District 54 will strongly encourage students and staff to wear masks at school and will require masks on buses due to federal transportation requirements. Visitors and volunteers will be required to wear masks (this was not addressed in the court ruling). Other mitigation strategies include
Freedom of Information Act:
District 54 received and replied to six Freedom of Information Act requests since the last report to the Board related to remote learning equipment, construction projects, food vendors, fire alarm and sprinkler testing bids, SHIELD testing and salary and benefits information.
Consent Agenda: The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.
DCAC Report: Board member Barbara Hengels reported that the District Citizens’ Advisory Committee heard a report today about professional development in School District 54.
PTA Report: The PTA is hosting its annual scholarship auction on March 11 at the Belvedere. Ticket orders are due tomorrow, Feb. 11. Click here to access the PTA Auction Ticket Order Form.
The Board adjourned at 8:31 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters, collective negotiating matters, student disciplinary matters and the semi-annual review of minutes of closed-session meetings.