Special School Board meeting Tuesday night to discuss Fall reopening plans

Havens Elementary School

The School Board will hold a special meeting Tuesday, May 18 to start discussions about reopening Piedmont schools on August 11. The meeting will start at 5 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. (You can see the agenda and find instructions on how to attend the Zoom session here.)

In an email sent to families Monday afternoon, Supt. Randall Booker said the goal of the meeting is to “set the table” for educators, families, and students on how the District will approach the necessary planning steps to reopen schools in a safe environment, one that will blend “high quality in-person teaching and learning with structured distance learning.”

“If everyone in our educational community can better understand the assumptions and considerations that we will need to address and overcome, our collective planning and problem-solving will be better focused,” he wrote.

Among the challenges that must be addressed, Booker cited “logistics and issues for which to solve in the areas of health and safety of students and staff, in-person instruction, distance learning, blended learning, bell schedules, supporting students with SPED and 504 services, addressing student mental health, the development of future Memorandums of Understanding with our bargaining groups, and partnering with the City of Piedmont to ensure before and after school child care.”

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