Discussions on return-to-school guidelines and a new proposal to have certain career and technical students return to school facilities for in-person instruction is on the table for Halifax County School Board members when they meet Monday evening at Halifax County Middle School.
The school board first plans to meet at 5 p.m. at the middle school for a closed meeting to discuss property followed by a 6:30 p.m. meeting open to the public.
The 6:30 p.m. meeting will be live streamed on the Halifax County Public School Facebook page, and school officials noted that those in attendance will be practicing social distancing as much as possible.
Last month, school officials outlined a plan to the board that would allow pre-K through third grade students to enter into a hybrid schedule with face-to-face instruction and distanced learning on Feb. 2.
Director of Elementary Education Lisa Long explained to the board that parents would have the option to allow students to return to face-to-face instruction or continue with fully distanced learning.
For those who choose the hybrid model with face-to-face instruction and distanced learning, parents will be notified on Jan. 19 to let them know if their child will be attending on A day or B day, said Long.
In addition to Long’s presentation, transportation director Dwight Elam, director of operations and maintenance Steve Brumfield and school nurse coordinator Tina Slabach outlined cleaning and maintenance measures for schools, busses and vehicles and laid out the health screening process, the quarantine process, the visitor policy and more.
The board also is set to hear a presentation on allowing certain CTE students to return to school facilities for instruction.
Also on Monday evening, Slabach plans to present a health update.
Halifax County has recorded 240 cases of COVID-19 in the first 10 days of the new year, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
“The spike in cases is due to community spread,” Brookie Crawford, a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Health, wrote in an email to The Gazette.
Previously, Slabach reported to the school board on Dec. 14 that the county’s positivity rate was 8.6%. She also said on Dec. 14 that the county has had 319.5 positive cases per 100,000 persons within the last 14 days.
A proposed fiscal year 2021-2022 budget also greet school board Monday evening as well as a report on a high school innovation grant.
At the start of the meeting, school board members also are expected to reorganize with the election of chair and vice chair as well as the appointment of clerk, deputy clerk and designee to attend school board meetings in the absence of the superintendent.
School board members also are slated to approve board meeting dates and times and consider adoption of Roberts Rules as rules of order.
At the conclusion of the meeting, board members are expected to go into closed session to discuss personnel matters.