LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although the Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) typically only schedules two meetings during the summer months, the board recently held its fourth meeting since June 22 and announced its intention to schedule additional due to the volume of topics that need to be discussed.
After providing updates on the district’s planning process for reopening schools in the fall and deliberating various in-person and remote instruction options, the LBOE briefly outlined the many details that need to be ironed out once the district comes to a decision on its reopening plan.
In addition to facing the daunting task of determining the best practices for reopening safely and successfully—such as the maximum classroom capacity allowable to maintain proper social distancing at each facility, the personal protective equipment that needs to be provided through the district, the extent to which remote instruction needs to be improved and more—the board will also need to revisit and adjust several district policies to align with the final reopening plan.
“There are going to be many policies that we’re going to need to be taking a look at and adjusting,” said LBOE President Ronnie Konner, citing the attendance policy and class guidelines policy among those that need to be addressed. “Some of the reasons for those multiple meetings also will be to make a policy change. We know that we need to have two meetings to do so unless there is a need to wave that, which we’ve had to do in emergency situations.”
Although the New Jersey School Boards Association and the district attorney, Strauss Esmay Associates, have been very proactive in providing policy recommendations and samples over the last few weeks, Livingston Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Block reiterated that the LBOE will need to schedule additional meetings to review the material and adopt the revised policies.
“If all of the meeting and review of materials that the board’s been doing hasn’t been enough, there’s going to be some more,” said Block.
The next three board of education meetings are currently scheduled for July 28, Aug 5 and Aug 12. All public LBOE meetings and agendas will be posted to the TAPinto Livingston event calendar moving forward.
No action was taken during last week’s meeting, which was dominated by the conversation about reopening. Prior to discussing the three options for reopening—all in person, all virtual, or a hybrid of the two—Block explained the district’s plan for refining the remote learning model and why the Livingston district will not adopt a specific plan until the state’s Aug. 10 deadline to do so.
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