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SO WELCOME , EVERYONE.

[1. Meeting Called to Order by Chair Anderson]

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THIS IS THE RITUAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING FOR NOVEMBER 23, 2020.

AND CALLING A MEETING TO ORDER AT 5:03 P.M.

AND SO I WILL, WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME IF YOU KUWAIT YOU ARE.

CINDY ANDERSON.

>> HERE.

>> GENTRY.

>> HERE.

>> GREENE.

>> MARGARET LABOR.

>> I DIDN'T HEAR YOU.

I SEE YOU HERE.

>> CHRISTOPHER SUAREZ.

>> HERE.

>> HEATHER THORNTON.

>> HERE.

>> AND I'M HERE.

>> DID I MISS YOU?

>> I THINK I GOT CUT OFF BY MARGARET.

>> ALL OF US ARE HERE.

>> THIS IS NOT A GOOD WAY TO START.

>> .

>> YES.

>> NOW WE'LL START WITH A MOMENT OF SILENCE.

[2. Observe a Moment of Silence]

>> OKAY, EVERYONE.

IF I COULD GET A MOTION TO ADOPT THE AGENDA, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

>> I MOVE WE ADOPT THE AGENDA FOR THE EVENING, MADAM CHAIR.

>> DO I HAVE A SECOND?

[3. Adopt the Agenda for the November 23, 2020 Special Called School Board Meeting]

>> I HEAR A SECOND.

MS. GENTRY'S MOTION TO ADOPT THE AGENDA SO I'LL CALL FOR A VOTE ON THAT.

AND CINDY ANDERSON, YES, NOLAN.

>> YES.

>> MEGHAN.

>> YES.

>> AMY GENTRY.

>> YES.

>> GREENE.

>> YES.

>> MARGARET.

>> YES.

>> MICHELLE RIEF.

>> SUAREZ.

>> YES.

THORNTON.

>> YES.

>> 9-0.

>> SO THERE'S NO COMMUNICATIONS OR ADDRESSES TO THE BOARD.

WE HAVE TWO COMMENTS ON THE WRITTEN COMMENTS SO THAT THEY ARE ATTACHED TO THE

[ Consent Calendar]

AGENDA.

NEXT ON THE AGENDA TONIGHT IS THE CONSENT CALENDAR SO IF I COULD GET A MOTION TO ADOPT THE CONSENT CALENDAR.

>> MADAM CHAIR, I -- THAT WE ADOPT THE CONSENT CALENDAR.

>> SECOND.

>> OKAY.

>> ALTERTON, SECOND.

MS. GREENE.

ANYTHING TO REMOVE?

>> IF THERE'S NOTHING I CALL A VOTE.

ANDERSON, YES.

VERONICA NOLAN.

>> SORRY.

YES.

>> MEGHAN ALTERTON.

>> YES.

>> GENTRY.

>> YES.

>> GREENE.

>> YES.

>> WARBOR.

>> MICHELLE RIEF.

>> YES.

>> SUAREZ.

>> YES.

>> THORNTON.

>> YES.

>> 9-0.

THANK YOU, EVERYONE.

[8. Superintendent’s Recommendation on the Renaming of T.C. Williams High School and Matthew Maury Elementary School--30 mins.]

AND THEN NOW WE'RE ON TO OLD BUSINESSES.

FIRST UP IS THE PRESIDENT'S SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION OF RENAMING THE HIGH SCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

DR. HUTCHINGS.

>> I'M EXCITED ABOUT THIS MOMENT.

IT'S HERE.

WE HAVE OUR HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL ON THE ZOOM AND I JUST WANT TO SAY ON BEHALF OF OUR STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY, THAT THIS IS A HISTORIC MOMENT FOR EVERYBODY FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AND I CAN'T REMEMBER, I BELIEVE IT WAS MS. GENTRY WHO MENTIONED THIS AT THE LAST MEETING FOR MANY YEARS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO HAVE THE NAME OF T.

C.

WILLIAMS IN PARTICULAR CHANGED AND, YOU KNOW, THEY REALLY HAVE NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND I JUST WANT TO COMMEND ONE, THE BOARD FOR ALLOWING US TO BE ABLE TO EXPLORE AND TO GET INFORMATION FROM OUR COMMUNITY AS WELL AS TO EDUCATE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AND OUR COMMUNITY ABOUT THOMAS WILLIAMS AND -- AND IF WE ASK PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT THEY 92 ABOUT WILLIAMS OR MORRAY MANY PEOPLE WOULDN'T HAVE A

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RESPONSE.

BUT I CAN ITEM YOU TODAY ESPECIALLY WITH THE YOUNG PEOPLE THEY DO KNOW SPECIFICALLY WHO THE INDIVIDUALS WERE AND WHY THESE NAMES SHOULD NOT BE PLASTERED ON OUR SCHOOLS.

AND THAT IS, TO ME, A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT ON OUR END AND IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE BOARD PROVIDING THAT DIRECTIVE SO I JUST WANTED TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU ALL AND I WANTED TO JUST POINT OUT THE FACT THAT TODAY WE DO HAVE OUR T-SHIRTS IN SOLIDARITY AND LET ME SHOW MY SHIRT BECAUSE DIE HAVE IT ON WITH MY JACKET, TRY TO JAZZ IT UP LIKE MR. SUAREZ, TRYING TO BE COOL LIKE HIM.

THESE ARE TEACHERS THAT ARE TACKTY AWARE AND IT MAY BE SIMPLE IN REGARDS TO THE WORDS.

EXCELLENCE, EQUITY, ENGAGEMENT, AND IMPOWER MEANT WORDS, FOUR POWERFUL WORDS IN THE DICTIONARY AND THE WORK WE ARE EMBARKING ON.

WE BELIEVE IN IT 10E67 WE ARE GOING TO PLASTER IT ON THE T-SHIRTS.

>> SOMEBODY IS ON MUTE.

MIGHT BE TERRY.

THANK YOU TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE FORRARY ADVOCACY THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS BECAUSE WE WOULDN'T BE STANDING RIGHT HERE WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION WITHOUT THEIR HARD WORK AND OUR TWO STUDENT BOYD MEMBERS.

T DOING OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS.

YOU TALK ABOUT WORKING TIRELESSLY, THE YOUNG LADIES, WE KNEW THAT WHEN THEY FIRST CAME ON BOARD BUT WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS IS WHAT THEY WOULD BE EMBARKING ON FROM THE BEGINNING.

THEY STARTED OFF THIS WAY AND IT'S BEEN AN AMAZING, AMAZING RIDE AND I KNOW THAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO SO MUCH MORE BEYOND THIS, BUT THIS RIGHT HERE IS BIG.

SO I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING FURTHER TO SAY AT THIS TIME.

I'M GOING TO TURN THINGS OVER.

AIM SUPPOSED TO TURN THINGS OVER TO DR. MOZINGO OR MR. BALLAS.

>> MR. BALLAS.

>> THANK YOU.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF YOU HAD COMMENTS TO SAY BEFORE THE BOARD.

>> FIRST OF ALL, IT'S AN HONOR TO BE HERE AND TO BE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION AT T THIS VERY IMPORTANT CRITICAL TIME.

I DO AGREE DR. HUTCHINGS THAT THE WORDS ON OUR SHIRTS, I DON'T THINK THEY WERE CHOSEN ABOUT THE RENAMING PROCESS THAT WAS PUT IN PLACE BUT I THINK ACTUALLY IT ALL KIND OF CAPTURES THE PROCESS THAT WE WENT THROUGH, ESPECIALLY IN THE IMPOWERMENT OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THIS PROCESS.

SO I WANT TO TANK YOU AND THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR EMPOWERING OUR STUDENTS AND TO GIVE THEM A VOICE AND ESPECIALLY OUR STUDENTS OF COLOR A VOICE IN THIS PROCESS AND THIS IS JUST SUCH AN IMPORTANT NIGHT.

I KNOW THAT A LOT OF US ARE VERY, VERY EXCITED, SO THANK YOU ALL, AND MY STUDENT REPS.

>> BACK TO YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

>> OKAY.

S IS IF PEOPLE, IF BOARD MEMBERS WOULD LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING BEFORE THE VOTE, THAT'S WHAT WE WILL DO, SORT OF LIKE WE DID FOR AT THE HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT SO IF YOU RAISE YOUR HANDS, I WILL CALL ON YOU IN THE ORDER IN WHICH YOU RAISE YOUR HANDS.

>> MAYBE NO ONE WANTS TO SAY ANYTHING.

DR. MICHELLE RIEF.

>> I'M WAITING FOR YOU GUYS TO JUMP IN WITH YOUR COMMENTS BUT I GUESS I'LL -- I HAVE COMMENTS THAT I WANT TO MAKE.

IF YOU'LL BEAR WITH ME FOR A MINUTE, MY PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND IS TEACHING AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL AND I'VE TAUGHT BOTH US HISTORY AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY.

MOST RECENTLY AS ADJUNCTLY IN NOVA.

I WAS TEACHING WHEN HEATHER WAS KILLED.

AT THE TIME CHARLOTTESVILLE, AND THEY VOTED TO REMOVE THE ROBERT E.

LEE STATUTE REMOVED.

I HAD CONVERSATIONS JUST LIKE MANY OF THE ACPS TEACHERS, I LED CONVERSATIONS WITH STUDENTS ABOUT THESE ISSUES AND THAT REALLY CAUSES YOU TO REFLECT

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ON YOUR OWN VIEWS ABOUT THIS ISSUE OF HOW WE MEMORIALIZE INDIVIDUALS FROM THE PAST AND NAME OUR BUILDINGS AND THINGS LIKE THAT AND SO NOW TO BE IN A POSITION AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL VOTING ON THIS ISSUE IS A RESPONSIBILITY I TAKE REALLY SERIOUSLY AND I HAVE THREE FUTURE GRADUATES OF THE HIGH SCHOOL AND SO THIS REALLY DOES MEAN A LOT TO ME AND, YOU KNOW, WHEN IT COMES TO -- I THOUGHT PEOPLE MIGHT WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE HIGH SCHOOL AND I WANTED T SPEAK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE NAME OF MOREY ELEMENTARY.

WHEN IT DID COMES TO A SCHOOL LIKE THAT SOME PEOPLE MAY POINT TO THIS MAN'S PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND THAT'S SOMETHING I WILL ACKNOWLEDGE.

HE WAS CONSIDERED THE FATHER OF OCEANOGRAPHY AND FOUNDED THE U.S.

NAVAL OBSERVATORY.

ABOUT WHY WAS THIS NAME SELECTED FOR THIS SCHOOL IN THE FIRST PLACE.

SOME OF YOU ARE PROBABLY FAMILIAR WITH THE WORK OF THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER WHICH PUT TOGETHER A LOT OF RESEARCH YEARS AGO ON CONFEDERATE MEMORIALS AND IT WAS, YOU KNOW, AS I LEARNED IT WAS -- I THINK PEOPLE HAVE BEEN RAISING THIS ISSUE FOR A LONG TIME BUT IT WAS ALSO THE SHOOTING THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE CHURCH IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, THAT REALLY RAISED THIS ISSUE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS AND THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER PUT TOGETHER A DATA BASE THAT DOCUMENTS ALL OF THE EXISTING SITES AND SCHOOLS NAMED AFTER IT AND THEY FOUND A LOT OF THESE WERE BUILT BETWEEN 1900 AND 1920 WHICH WAS PART OF A MOVEMENT THAT HISTORIANS HAVE IDENTIFIED AS THE LOST CAUSE AND THIS WAS AS I'M SURE MANY OF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WAS AN IDEOLOGY ADVOCATING THAT THE CAUSE OF THE SOUTHERN STATES DURING THE CIVIL WAR WAS JUST AND HEROIC AND WHY WOMEN WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN PROMOTING THIS IDEOLOGY, ESPECIALLY THE UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY AND WE'VE BEEN SORT OF TRYING TO UNRAVEL THAT HISTORY FROM OUR TEXTBOOKS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AND I WAS PLEASED THAT THE VIDEO ABOUT MOREY THAT ACPS PUT TOGETHER DID IF YOU LOOK AT THE SPECIFIC HISTORY OF ALEXANDRIA'S MATTHEW MOREY SCHOOL, THERE WERE A COUPLE OF THINGS I NOTED ABOUT THAT, THAT IT WAS NAMED IN 1929 AND THIS WAS THE VERY SAME YEAR THAT THE MONUMENT WENT UP ON MONUMENT AVENUE IN RICHMOND AND THAT STATUE CAME ABOUT AS A RESULT OF A LOBBYING CAMPAIGN BY -- THERE WAS A FOUNDATION THAT WAS ESTABLISHED BY A NUMBER OF THE UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY TO PROMOTE THIS STATUE.

ONE THINGS I LEARNED THIS GROUP DID, THE FOUNDATION FOR THE STATUE IS THAT THEY LOBBIED THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO MAKE JANUARY 14TH MOREY DAY IN VIRGINIA SCHOOLS SO THAT SCHOOL CHILDREN WOULD BE TAUGHT ABOUT THIS INDIVIDUAL AND THEY SECURED AN -- ASKED EVERY VIRGINIA SCHOOL CHILD TO DONATE ONE PEN THEY TO HELP THIS MONUMENT BE BUILT IN RICHMOND AND THERE'S NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT ALEXANDRIA'S DECISION TO NAME THIS NEW SCHOOL IN 1929 WAS DEFINITELY TIED TO THESE EFFORTS.

THIS WAS THE CONTEXT THAT THE ALEXANDRIA SCHOOL BOARD, YOU KNOW, SOD ON THIS NAME AND THEY EVEN HAD, IF YOU SEE WE POSTED THE HANDWRITTEN SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES FROM THAT TIME AND THEY EVEN HAD AN ESSAY CONTEST FOR FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADERS ABOUT HIS LIFE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND THEN ANOTHER INTERESTING FACT ABOUT THIS LOST CAUSE IS THAT HISTORIANS HAVE FOUND IT CAME IN TWO WAVES.

THERE WAS THAT PERIOD IN THE 1920S AFTER WORLD WAR ONE, AS MANY SOLDIERS WERE DYING AND IT WAS AGAIN IN THE '50S AN GROWING PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR RACIAL EQUITY RESULTING DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

THIS SECOND WAVE EXPLAINS WHY T.

C.

WILLIAMS NAME WAS SELECTED FOR THE NEW HIGH SCHOOL IN 1962.

WE LEARNED ABOUT THAT FROM PROFESSOR DOUGLAS REEVE WHO TALK BAD IN HIS BOOK THAT

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THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA AND ALEXANDRIA CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF T.

C.

WILLIAMS PARTICIPATED IN THIS MASSIVE RESISTANCE, AN EFFORTS BY JURISDICTIONS THROUGH THE STATE OF VIRGINIA TO RESIST THE INTEGRATION OF PUBLIC HE WOULD CASE AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND SO IN 1962 AT THAT TIME THAT THE SCHOOL WAS NAMED, THE HIGH SCHOOL, ACPS WAS STILL REFUSING TO FULLY EMBRACE THE BROWN VERSUS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION DECISION AND SO TO REITERATE I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY AND I KNOW YOU ALL KNOW THIS TO JUST UNDERSTAND WHY THESE NAMES WERE SELECTED IN THE FIRST PLACE.

SOME PEOPLE MAY ARGUE THAT CHANGING THESE NAMES IS SOMEHOW CHANGING HISTORY OR ERASING IT.

I DISAGREE.

WE-CAN'T CHANGE HISTORY BUT WE CAN CHANGE WHAT HISTORY WE CHOOSE TO PUBLICLY HONOR.

AND THE NAMES OF PLACES AND BUILDINGS ARE A REFLECTION OF OUR VALUES AND SO THESE NAMES THAT HAVE BEEN EXISTING, THEY WERE SELECTED I THINK NOT BECAUSE OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THESE INDIVIDUALS BUT THEY WERE DECLARATIONS OF OUR COMMUNITY'S VALUES IN 1929 AND IN 1962.

AND ONE OF THOSE VALUES WAS THAT BLACK AND WHITE CHILDREN LEARN DIFFERENTLY AND SHOULDN'T ATTEND TOGETHER.

THAT WAS WRONG AND NOW WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RIGHT THAT WRONG AND I THINK THIS CHANGE WAS A LONG TIME COMING AS DR. HUTCHINGS ALLUDED AND I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK OUR PEOPLE WHO ADVOCATED FOR THE NAMES TO CHANGE OVER THE YEARS INCLUDING THE PEOPLE WHO SIGNED AND SUBMITTED THE PETITIONS RECENTLY AND I ALSO WANTED TO SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT HOW THE SCHOOL BOARD IS A CONTINUOUS BODY.

IT'S NOT THE SAME PEOPLE, BUT IT IS -- THIS IS THE SAME BOARD THAT MADE THE DECISION TO NAME THOSE SCHOOLS AND JUST SPEAKING FOR MYSELF I WOULD LIKE TO APOLOGIZE TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN HARMED BY THESE NAMES THROUGHOUT THE PAST UP UNTIL THE PRESENT DAY AS DR. HUTCHINGS MENTIONED, PEOPLE ARE STILL LEARNING WHAT THESE NAMES MEAN TODAY AND THAT HURTS PEOPLE TO FIND THAT HISTORY OUT.

AND WE KNOW THAT CHANGING THESE NAMES IS NOT GOING TO MAGICALLY END SYSTEMATIC RACISM BUT IT'S AN IMPORTANT STEP TO LIVING OUT THE VALUES THAT OUR COMMUNITY HAS EMBRACED AND THE VALUES THAT ARE OUTLINED IN THE STRATEGIC PLANS AND FOR THESE REASONS I'M SUPPORTING THE NAME CHANGES THIS EVENING AND THANK YOU.

>> OKAY.

NEXT UP WE HAVE MS. THORNTON.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR AND THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN A PART OF THIS ENGAGEMENT PROCESS SO FAR.

I KNOW WE GOT THOSE PETITIONS RIGHT BEFORE SUMMER OCCURRED AND WE WERE ALL REALLY ANXIOUS TO ADDRESS IT BUT LOOKING BACK I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE THOROUGH ENGAGEMENT PROCESS THAT WE HAD.

W COMMUNITY INCLUDING OUR STUDENTS AS THE PRINCIPAL NOTED EARLIER AND I DON'T THINK WE CAN DO A PROCESS LIKE THIS WITHOUT HEARING FROM OUR STUDENTS FIRST AND FOREMOST SO I REALLY DO THANK OUR STUDENT BOARD REPRESENTATIVES.

I'M NOT SURE THEY'RE ON THE CALL THIS EVENING BUT THEY DID A PHENOMENAL JOB OF ORGANIZING ESPECIALLY THE STUDENT CONVERSATIONS COMPLETELY ON THEIR OWN FOR THE MOST PART.

WE WERE THERE TO SUPPORT THEM SO THANK YOU TO LORRAINE AND ASHLEY AND ALL OF THE OTHER STUDENTS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THAT.

AND, YOU KNOW, IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I WILL BE VOTING TO APPROVE THE RENAME OF THE HIGH SCHOOL BUT IN LISTENING TO DR. REESE SPEAK '1ST I HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT I DID GO TO SCHOOL AT THE INCIDENT OF RICHMOND RIGHT NEXT TO MONUMENT AVENUE AND I CAN'T TELL YOU LIKE HOW MANY TIMES WE WOULD DRIVING DOWN THAT WILL ROAD AND JUST SHAKE OUR HIDES AT THE FACT THAT THESE ARE THE INDIVIDUALS OF HISTORY THAT AS A SOCIETY WE ARE CHOOSING TO HONOR AND MATTHEW MOREY'S STATUE WAS REMOVED EARLIER THIS YEAR IN JULY AND FOR VERY SIMILAR REASONS TO WHAT DR. REESE STATED AND I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE THINGS WE CHOOSE TO HONOR SHOULD BE REFLECTIVE OF THE SOCIETY THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY AND CLEARLY WILLIAMS AND MOREY, A KEY ARCHITECT OF MAINTAINING THE CONFEDERACY IN VIRGINIA AND INTERNATIONALLY NO LONGER REFLECT ALEXANDRIA.

I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE PEOPLE THAT BROUGHT US TO THIS POINT BECAUSE IT WASN'T EASY CLEARLY.

I HERE.

AND SO I DO WANT TO SAY THOUGH THAT I THINK SO THAT THE PROCESS MOVING SHOULD THE BOARD PROCEED WITH THIS RENAME, THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS MOVING FORWARD WILL BE EQUALLY IMPORTANT AND I HOPE THAT ALL THOSE IN THE PROCESS TO

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DATE WILL CONTINUE AND OFFER THEIR VOICES SO THAT WHATEVER NEW NAME WE DO PICK IS REFLECTIVE OF WHO WE ARE AS ALEXANDRIA CITY.

AND, YOU KNOW, I DO WANT TO PUT A PLUG IN AS WILL THAT, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE'RE ALL VERY PROUD OF THE ENGAGEMENT THAT WE'VE SEEN ON THIS ISSUE, BUT I DO HOPE THAT EVERYBODY THAT HAS BEEN A PART OF THIS PROCESS UNDERSTANDS THAT THIS IS A SYMBOLIC STEP CHANGING THE NAME OF T.

C.

WILLIAMS HIGH SCHOOL AND THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS NOT GOING TO REALLY DO ANYTHING TO ELIMINATE THE SYSTEMATIC ISSUES AND BARRIERS THAT WE HAVE.

IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE ACKNOWLEDGE IT BUT IT'S NOT GOING TO SOLVE ANYTHING SO I DO HOPE THAT PEOPLE STAY ENGAGED AND UNDERSTAND THIS IS ONE STEP, AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP BUT THERE'S SO MANY THINGS AS A SCHOOL DIVISION THAT WE NEED TO HAVE OUR COMMUNITY'S ENGAGEMENT ON, WHETHER THAT'S CONVERSATIONS ABOUT DISPROPORTIONATALITY AND MORE.

THE DISPROPORTIONATE IN THE GRADUATION RATES, LIKE WHAT WE'LL DISCUSS LATER TONIGHT.

IT'S EQUALLY IMPORTANT WE HEAR EVERYONE'S VOICES BECAUSE WE CAN CHANGE THE NAME ALL WE WANT BUT IF WE DON'T CHANGE THE FOUNDATIONAL ISSUES BEHIND THE NAMES AND BEHIND OUR DIVISION, YOU KNOW, I DON'T THINK THAT WE'LL REALLY ACHIEVE WHAT WE'RE DIVISION SO THIS IS JUST A PLUG TO OUR COMMUNITY AND TO -- REALLY BELIEVES IN THE HEART OF OUR STRATEGIC PLAN.

I'M HAPPY TO BE A PART OF THIS HISTORIC PART OF THE ACPS HISTORY AND I'LL BE HAPPY TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THESE RENAMES.

THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

NEXT UP WE HAVE MR. SUAREZ.

>> THANK YOU.

AND THANKS TO MY COLLEAGUES, DR. MICHELLE RIEF AND MS. THORNTON FOR THEIR COMMENTS.

I WOULD AGREE WITH EVERYTHING THEY SAID IN TERMS OF THE SUBSTANCE AND I REALLY APPRECIATE WHAT MS. THORNTON JUST SAID ABOUT THE FACT THAT, YOU KNOW, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT SYMBOLIC GESTURE THAT WE NEED TO CONVEY TO OUR COMMUNITY, BUT THAT THERE'S A LOT OF SYSTEMATIC WORK THAT IS GOING TO NEED TO BE DONE GOING FORWARD AND I JUST WANTED TO OFFER A FEW REFLECTIONS BOTH ON THE PROCESS THAT WE TOOK TO ARRIVE AT THIS POINT AND ALSO TO SHARE SOME OF MY PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON GOING FORWARD AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS NAME CHANGE.

FIRST I JUST WANT TO SAY WITH REGARD TO THE PROCESS, I WANT TO ECHO THE THANKS THAT MY COLLEAGUES STATED ABOUT THOSE ADVOCATING FOR THE CHANGE BOTH IN THE CURRENT WAVE BUT ALSO IN THE PAST WAVES TO REALLY BRING THIS ISSUE TO THE FLOOR AND I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS HAS TAKEN A LONG TIME.

IT HAS TAKEN TOO LONG.

IT'S TAKEN DECADES TO EFFECTUATE.

EVEN IN THE SUMMER AND LEADUP TO THIS TODAY, I WANT TO SAY, YOU KNOW, THANK YOU FOR YOUR HAVE DONE AND I HOPE AFTER TODAY'S VOTE YOU'LL FEEL BETTER THAT WE'LL HAVE RESOLVED THIS ISSUE EIGHT THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD AS A COMMUNITY TO REALLY ADDRESS THE SYSTEMATIC ISSUES THAT UNDERLIE THIS DECISION AND THAT REMAIN IN THE SYSTEM, WHICH SORT OF BRINGS ME TO MY SECOND POINT WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, SOME IN THE COMMUNITY I THINK BECAUSE OF THIS PROCESS AND BECAUSE OF THE THOROUGH WORK THAT'S BEEN DONE TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY ON THE HISTORY OF THE NAME, WILLIAMS AND MOREY AND EVERYTHING THAT'S BEEN DONE OUR COMMUNITY HAS A MUCH WEREN'T UNDERSTANDING OF WHY THIS IS THE RESULT WE NEED IN TERMS OF CHANGING THE NAME BUT, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE'LL STEAL HEAR MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY QUESTION WHY WE HAVE DONE THIS AND WHY WE HAVE CHANGED THIS NAME AND I THINK ONE OF THE ARGUMENTS WE'LL HEAR, YOU KNOW, IS ABOUT THE MOVIE AND REMEMBER THE TITANS.

WHY WOULD WE EVER CHANGE THE NAME.

I WANT TO THE MAKE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS ON THAT BECAUSE I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR A COMMUNITY TO HEAR AND ALSO FOR OURMENT TO CONVEY TO FOLKS WHO MAYBE DON'T UNDERSTAND OR APPRECIATE THE BACKGROUND.

IT'S THAT, YOU KNOW, WHILE THE 1971 INTEGRATION OF THE TITANS WAS A GREAT MOMENT AND WHILE THAT IS SOMETHING THAT, YOU KNOW, WAS GOOD IN THAT IT WAS REPRESENTATIVE

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OF THE REMOVAL OF PERHAPS LEGAL DASHURRAI SEGREGATION, YOU KNOW, IN OUR COMMUNITY.

WHAT I THINK THAT FAIRYTALE AND THAT STORY HID IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR MANY YEARS IS THE SORT OF TOXIC UNDERBELLY OF DE FACTO SEGREGATION THAT HAS REMAINED OUR SYSTEM FOR DECADES AND THAT THIS SCHOOL BOARD FRANKLY HAS, YOU KNOW, PUT THE -- FOR MANY YEARS AND I THINK THAT TO ME BY CHANGING THE NAMES WE ARE SAYING HEAD ON THAT, YES, YOU KNOW, MAYBE THERE WAS SOME SYMBOLIC REMOVAL OF SEGREGATION AND THE NAME IT REPRESENTED BUT WE HAVE TO TACKLE THE SYSTEMATIC DE FACTO SEGREGATION HEAD ON THAT REMAINS IN OUR SCHOOLS, THE DISPROPORTIONATALITY AND DISCIPLINE AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, DIFFERENT GROUPS RECEIVE IN THE SYSTEM AND SO FORTH AND SO I THINK THAT THIS NAME CHANGE REALLY REPRESENTS US, YOU KNOW, TURNING A NEW PATH FORWARD, TURNING A PATH FORWARD WHERE WE'RE COMMITTING AS A BOARD TO REMOVING THE VESTIGAES.

I'M EXCITED FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF THE PROCESS WHICH IS SELECTING A NEW NAME, WHICH I KNOW IS GOING TO BE A DIFFICULT PROCESS.

AS I SAID BEFORE, IT'S ARGUABLY GOING TO BE A MORE CHALLENGING PROCESS BECAUSE WE HAVE TO REALLY THINK ABOUT WHAT VALUES WE'RE GOING TO BE, YOU KNOW, SORT OF ARTICULATING AS DR. MICHELLE RIEF SAID IN THIS NEW NAME THAT WE PICK AND SO I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT AND I WANTED TO ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE -- I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO AND VIDEO FROM THE 1971 TITANS AND I APPRECIATED THAT THEY HAD EXPRESSED A WILLINGNESS TO SOCIAL OF LOCK ARMS WITH US AS WE GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF CHOOSING A NEW NAME.

SOME OF THEM EXPRESSED IN THEIR REMARKS THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY HAD SOME RETSENTS BUT THAT THEY -- THEY UNDERSTAND THE TIME IS RIGHT TO MAKE THE NAME CHANGE AND THAT WE HAVE TO MOVE FORWARD AS A COMMUNITY TO ARTICULATE THAT NEW VISION GOING FORWARD AND SO, YOU KNOW, I LIKE MY COLLEAGUES ENTHUSIASTICALLY WILL VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THE NAME CHANGE FOR BOTH SCHOOLS.

I HAVE NOT SPOKEN AS MUCH TO MOREY BUT AS DR. REIF SAID, HE DID REPRESENT A LOT OF THE CONFEDERACY AND THE REASON FOR THINGS BEING NAMED THAT IN VIRGINIA WAS MOTIVATED AT OF SOME OF THE REALLY TERRIBLE EFFORTS THAT WERE GOING ON TO PRESERVE THE CONFEDERACY IN VIRGINIA AND LIONIZE AND IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON FROM THAT NAME TOO AND TO MOVE FORWARD AS A COMMUNITY TO ARTICULATE A BETTER SET OF VALUES FOR THAT SCHOOL ALSO.

THANKS AGAIN TO EVERYONE WHO ENGAGED THE COMMUNITY ON BOTH OF THE SCHOOL RENAMING ISSUES.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS AS A BOARD AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR ADVOCACY.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO VOTING TODAY.

>> GREAT.

THANK YOU.

MS. GREENE IS NEXT.

>> THANK YOU, CHAIR.

MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID IT ALL.

BUT I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T THANK DR. HUTCHINGS AND THE STAFF AND THE WONDERFUL STUDENT REPS AND THE STUDENTS THAT PARTICIPATED, AND OUR COMMUNITY, YOU KNOW, THAT BROKE FORTH THE PETITIONS AND ADVOCATED TO DO THE RIGHT THING.

I'M REMINDED OF A PODCAST THAT WAS PUT OUT, PUT TOGETHER BY ACPS ON OUR WEBCAST ON OUR WEBSITE CALLED VOICES AND IT'S ABOUT A LOVE STORY THAT STARTED AT PARKER WITH THE TAYLORS.

HE WAS SO HURT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM IN HIS EDUCATION.

HE TALKED ABOUT T.

C.

WILLIAMS AND THE -- I WONDERED, WHY HASN'T, YOU KNOW, THE PETITION COME YOU AGAIN BECAUSE THIS WAS -- THIS CAME OUT LONG BEFORE THIS PETITION CAME UP AND, YOU KNOW, I SAID, AND STARTED CRYING, HE WAS LIKE, CHANGE THE NAME OF THAT HIGH SCHOOL, SO I'M JUST -- MR. TAYLOR PASSED AWAY ALMOST A YEAR AGO NOW AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, IF THIS VOTE PASSES AND I WILL VOTE TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE SCHOOL, THIS WILL BE FOR HIM AND FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAD TO ENDURE THE INEQUITIES OF OUR SCHOOLS SYSTEM FOR MANY YEARS, AFRICAN-AMERICAN

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STUDENTS TWO BOOKS BELOW THEIR LEVEL AND NOT HAVING SIDEWALKS.

WE'RE IN A DIFFERENT TIME NOW BUT WE NEED TO REMEMBER THE PEOPLE THAT ENDURED THAT PAIN, SO, YOU KNOW, THIS IS A SPECIAL AND HISTORIC MOMENT.

I'M SO HONORED TO BE A PART OF IT WITH MY COLLEAGUES AND THANKFUL THAT WE HAVE GOTTEN TO THIS POINT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO COMING UP WITH A NAME THAT'S GOING TO REPRESENT EVERYONE, INCLUSIVE, VERY DIVERSE COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU.

>> MS. NOLAN?

>> THANK YOU, CHAIR.

NORMALLY I DON'T LIKE TO REPEAT ITEMS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN SAID BUT IT WOULD BE DISINGENUOUS TO MAKE THIS VOTE AND NOT SHARE THOUGHTS.

THE BIGGEST ONE BEING THAT SIMPLES AND WORDS MATTER AND ONE OF THE THINGS I'M PROUD OF IS TO LIVE IN A COMMUNITY AND SCHOO THE DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH SO THERE'S NO ONE ON THE BOARD AND THERE'S NO ONE THAT WORKS FOR ACPS THAT WOULD EVER WANT SOMETHING TO SYMBOLIZE DISRESPECT TO ANY ONE OF OUR STUDENTS AND FOR THAT REASON I'M GRATEFUL TO BE HERE AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME.

WITH THAT SAID, IT WOULD BE DISINGENUOUS THAT WHAT HAS BEEN REPEATED BY COLLEAGUES, THIS IS A MOMENT FOR THE MENTAL SYMPTOM BOWL AND THE WORK TO DISASSEMBLE RACISM, AND WE -- WE DON'T WANT TO HIGH FIVE EACH OTHER AND FEEL THE WORK IS DONE BECAUSE THERE'S MUCH TO BE DONE AND THANKFULLY WE HAVE A WONDERFUL LEADER WITH MR. BALAS WORKS HARD EACH AND EVERY DAY TO MAKE SURE THIS IS HAPPENING AND I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT AND SAY THANK YOU TO HIM AS WELL AS TO THE STUDENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MENTIONED THAT PARTICIPATED.

I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE TRANSPARENT OPEN PROCESS AND BEING LASER FOCUS ON THE NEED TO COMMIT TO STUDENTS AND THE FALL REOPENING PLAN BECAUSE WE LEARNED A LOT AS A COMMUNITY, AS SOMEONE WHO IS A MORERY MOM IT WAS COOL TO HAVE OUR FIFTH-GRADER ENGAGE IN THE CONVERSATION BECAUSE HE LEARNED ABOUT IT AND TIME WAS TAKEN, AND KUDOS TO SARA WHELAN.

WE ALWAYS WANT TO MAKE FOR LEARNING MOMENTS AS EDUCATORS, AND I WANT TO THANK THE COMMUNITY FOR THE ROBUST PARTICIPATION IN THE FALL, JOINING US IN THE JOURNEY.

I WANT TO THANK YOU EVERYONE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE'S MUCH TO BE DONE BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS EVERYONE IS COMMITTED TO DOING THE WORK.

I'M GRATEFUL FOR THAT.

THANK YOU.

>> .

>> THANK YOU.

I'M ALSO GOING TO SAY SOME WORDS AND I'M GOING TO BE REPEATING A LOT OF WHAT PEOPLE SAID TOO BUT I WANT TO THANK THE WONDERFUL STAFF FOR PUTTING TOGETHER THE PROGRAM THEY DID.

WHEN WE STARTED GETTING, YOU KNOW, THE EARLY LETTERS, THEY WERE LIKE I JUST FOUND OUT, YOU KNOW, THIS, AND TO ME, WE HAD TO TAKE A MOMENT AND EDUCATE PEOPLE BECAUSE OTHERWISE THERE WAS A LOT OF PEOPLE WE CAN ASSUME THAT DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT AND SO ESPECIALLY WHEN WE'RE IN THE VIRTUAL-FOR-MAT AND SO I WANT TO THANK THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO PARTICIPATED, WHO KNEW FIRST HAND, FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE AND COULD PROVIDE THEIR VIEW INTO HISTORY AND THEN OUR STUDENT RIPS, OH, MY GOSH, THEY'RE INCREDIBLE.

I'M GLAD TO SIT BACK AND HAVE THEM LEAD IT BECAUSE THEY DID SUCH A PHENOMENAL JOB.

AND SO I JUST -- IN THE SUMMER I SAID, YOU KNOW, THAT WILLIAMS DIDN'T DO IT ALONE AND I HOPE THAT PEOPLE CAME AWAY FROM SOME OF THE COMMUNITY INFORMATION AND REALLY UNDERSTANDING THAT BECAUSE I THINK IT'S NOT JUST IMPORTANT FOR WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST BUT IT'S IMPORTANT FOR MOVING FORWARD.

THERE WAS THE SCHOOL BOARD WHO, YOU KNOW, HIRES AND EVALUATES THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THEN WHEN SOMEBODY ON THE SCHOOL BOARD WANTED TO SUPPORT INTEGRATION, THE CITY COUNCIL REPLACED THEM AND THEN YOU GET TO THE STATE LEVEL AND OUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHO LET ME JUST TELL YOU, BOOTH, WHO HAS A PARK NAME FOR HIM AND IS SUPPORTED -- SAID TO HAVE BEEN A SUPPORTER O INTEGRATION, HE WAS NOT.

THAT IS TOTALLY FALSE AND I -- HE WAS -- HE SUPPORTED 99-POINT-PLUS PERCENT

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SEGREGATION SO HE WAS WELL, TO DO THE 1 PERCENT OR LESS AND SO WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL.

I THINK THAT'S A LESSON THAT WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHO WE ELEVATE FROM THE PAST BECAUSE THERE WAS SOME MISINFORMATION THERE.

AND SO THIS IS -- ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK IN TERMS ABOUT MANY PEOPLE INVOLVED, I LISTENED TO ONE OF OUR WONDERFUL TEACHERS FROM G.

W.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPEAK AT THE NOVA A WEEKEND OR SO AGO AND SHE KIND OF SUMMED IT UP WITH IT'S NOT THE SHARK THAT'S THE PROBLEM.

IT'S THE WATER.

SO THIS IS REALLY I THINK SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND.

THERE'S NO ONE THING, NO ONE PERSON THAT -- IT'S REALLY THE SYSTEM.

THAT'S THE SYSTEM SYSTEMATIC PART.

WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THE ASSEMBLY.

IT'S THE ALLEYS -- THAT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

THE NAME DOES NOT NECESSARILY CORRELATE WITH WHAT IS GOING ON INSIDE BECAUSE MY MOST INTEGRATED EXPERIENCE WAS AT -- BUT MY LEAST WAS AT PARKER GRAY SO IT DOESN'T REALLY -- THE NAME IS -- IT'S SYMBOLIC AND IMPORTANT BUT IT DOES NOT DICTATE WHAT IS GOING ON INSIDE AND SO I THINK WE JUST -- WE JUST NEED TO NOT LOSE THAT IN THIS.

SO INNING THAT MS. ALTERSON WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK .

>> YES.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR.

SO I DON'T THINK THERE'S MUCH LEFT TO SAY.

ALL OF THE BOARD MEMBERS AND MR. BALAS AND AS EVERYONE HAS SPOKEN ON, ALL OF THE THINGS THAT I WOULD SAY, AND SO I'M JUST LEFT WITH IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE ABOUT TO, YOU KNOW, MOVE TOWARD CHANGING THE NAME OF THE SCHOOL AND I JUST WANT TO REMIND ALL OF US THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE CHANGING THE NAME BUT IT'S TIME TO CHANGE THE GAME AND SO LET'S DO THIS.

AND WITH THAT, I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND MOVE THAT WE GET THIS DONE AND SO THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS RECOMMENDED THE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVE THE RENAMING OF THE TWO SCHOOLS AND SO HEREBY MOVE THE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVE THE RENAMING OF THE HIGH SCHOOL AND I MOVE WE EMPOWER THE SUPERINTENDENT TO SEEK THE COMMUNITY'S INPUT IN NOMINATIONS AND ACCORDING WITH FFR AND DEVELOP NAMING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BOARD APPROVAL IN SPRING OF 2021.

THE NEW NAMES WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE AT THE START OF THE '21, '22 SCHOOL YEAR.

>> SECOND.

>> MS. GREENE, SECOND.

ALTERTON'S MOTION AND I'LL CALL FOR A VOTE ON THE ITEM.

>> ANDERSON, YES.

NOLAN?

>> YES.

>> ALTERSON.

>> YES.

>> GENTRY.

>> YES.

>> GREENE.

>> YES.

>> WERBER.

>> YES.

>> REIF.

>> YES.

>> SUAREZ.

>> YES.

>> THORNTON.

>> YES.

>> OKAY.

9-0.

IT PASSES.

WE ALL HAVE OUR SHIRTS ON.

IT'S A LITTLE HARD TO SEE BUT WE DO HAVE OUR SHIRTS ON.

THANK YOU, MR. BALAS FOR THAT, MR. BALAS.

[9. Update on Virtual+ Plus and Phased Reopening: Technology Update/ Infrastructure Intent to Return Form Data--60 mins.]

THE NEXT IS OUR UPDATE ON OUR VIRTUAL PLUS PHASE REOPENING.

OVER TO YOU, DR. HUTCHINGS.

>> YES.

WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO START OUR MEETING WITH THAT.

THAT RIGHT THERE IS THE BEST DAY EVER.

I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR THAT AND I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM FOR DOING ALL THE HARD WORK AND STILL HAVING TO GO THROUGH ALL OF THE COMMENTS AND INQUIRIES THAT WE GOT ABOUT THIS OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS BUT THANK YOU ALL.

BIG MOMENT.

ALL RIGHT.

SO AS WE GO INTO OUR UPDATE TODAY, I WANT TO KIND OF TALK ABOUT AND SET THE STAGE FOR THIS CONVERSATION.

FIRST AND FOREMOST I HAVE TO TELL YOU, WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT WE'RE NOW ABOUT TO GO INTO THANKSGIVING AND WE ARE STILL, YOU KNOW, IN THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND WE ARE STILL NOT IN OUR SCHOOL BUILDINGS.

WE THOUGHT WHEN THIS HAPPENED ON MARCH 13 WE WOULD BE BACK AFTER SPRING BREAK AND THEN WE WERE LIKE THE SUMMER AND THEN FIRST QUARTER AND THEN AFTER FIRST AND, YOU KNOW, NOW WE'RE STILL HERE AND, YOU KNOW, I KNOW WE'LL HEAR FROM DR. HERINGTON TODAY MIND IS THAT THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC, YOU KNOW, IS NOT GETTING BETTER.

OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AND WEEKS AND MONTHS, THEY ARE SAYING WE COULD BE ENTERING THE MOST DEADLY PHASE OF THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC WITH ALL THE TRAVEL

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HAPPENING RIGHT NOW AND FOR THANKSGIVING AS WELL AS THE TRAVEL THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN MOST LIKELY OVER THE WINTER BREAK.

AND I'M HOPING THAT WE ALL CONTINUE TO TAKE THIS VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY.

I LOVE THE FACT THAT WE HAVE CONTINUED TO BE METHODICAL AND STRATEGIC THROUGH THIS PROCESS.

I CAN'T STRESS IT ENOUGH.

WHO HAS A PLAYBOOK ON HOW YOU NAVIGATE THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC.

I KNOW I DON'T.

I WISH I DID BUT I DON'T AND I HAVE TO RELY ON MY COLLEAGUES OF COURSE AND OUR TEAMS BUT FIRST AND FOREMOST I LIKE TO RELY ON THE HEALTH OFFICIALS BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE BACKGROUND AND THE EXPERTISE TO REALLY GIVE US SOME GUIDANCE IN REGARDS TO THE HEALTH SIDE OF THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC.

I WANT TO SAY IT'S EXCITING TO HEAR ABOUT THE VACCINE AND THE POSSIBILITIES THERE, THE 95 PERCENT EFFECTIVE RATE.

WHAT I HAVE HEARD FROM THE DOCTOR AND I'M SURE HE'LL MENTION IT TODAY, THAT'S A GOOD THING.

THAT'S VERY HOPEFUL.

I'M HOPING THAT WE CAN BEGIN TO SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.

BUT IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN OVERNIGHT.

I JUST ASK FOR US TO CONTINUE TO BE METHODICAL AND STRATEGIC THROUGH THE PROCESS.

I'LL TURN THINGS OVER TO THE TEAM.

I'LL START WITH DR. MOZINGO YOU IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE COMMUNITY TO UNDERSTAND OUR TEAM WORKS TIRELESSLY EVERY SINGLE DAY DURING THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC.

WE WERE WORKING HARD BEFORE THAT SO TAKE THAT TIMES 100 AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE WORKING EVERY SINGLE DAY AND I GENUINELY MEAN THAT.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR MANY -- I'VE RECEIVED SOME EMAILS AROUND THE TRANSPARENCY AND WE NEED MORE INFORMATION AND I JUST STRONGLY ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO REVIEW OUR WEBSITE UNDERSTAND OUR VISUAL LEARNING PAGE WHERE YOU CAN ACTUALLY WATCH ALL OF OUR MEETINGS THAT WE CONDUCT.

YOU CAN WATCH THE CONVERSATIONS THAT OUR HAPPENING, THE QUESTIONS THAT ARE ASKED, AND, YOU KNOW, THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS THAT WE SHARE, THE MINUTES THAT WE GO THROUGH AND IT CAN REALLY GIVE YOU A GLIMPSE INTO ALL OF THE THINGS IN REGARDS TO ALL OF THE FACTORS THAT WE HAVE TO KIND OF TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION, ALL OF THE DISCUSSIONS AND THE DISCOURSE WE HAVE TO HAVE AND IT GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF HOW COMPLEX IT IS.

IT'S NOT A COP-OUT TO SAY THINGS ARE COMPLEX.

I'M NOT SAYING THAT I DON'T WANT US TO COME UP WITH A DECISION.

WHAT I'M SAYING IS THAT THIS IS A VERY COMPLICATED SITUATION.

IT'S NOT EASY TO JUST SAY, HEY, THIS IS THE ANSWER, EVERYBODY.

IT TAKES 20 MINUTES TO COME UP WITH A SOLUTION.

IF IT WAS THAT EASY EVERYBODY WOULD BE BACK IN SCHOOLS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND THAT'S NOT THE CASE.

I RECEIVE THE EMAILS AND WHEN YOU ARE TALKING TO PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY AND I CHALLENGE ANYBODY WHO IS WATCHING TO SAY THE SAME THING.

WE'RE NOT THE ONLY PEOPLE IN THIS PANDEMIC IN ALEXANDRIA.

EVERYBODY IS DEALING WITH THIS, FOR THE JUST IN THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA BUT ALL OVER THE WORLD AND IF WE'RE NOT T FOLLOWING THE NEWS AND WE'RE NOT USING DATA TO MAKE SOME INFORMED DECISIONS, THEN WE'RE DOING A DISSERVICE TO OUR CHILDREN.

I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I WILL NEVER BE IMPULSIVE ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO DECISIONS LIKE THIS.

I'LL MAKE SURE I'M TALKING TO OUR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND I'M WORKING WITH OUR TEAM, ESPECIALLY OUR TEACHERS AS WE MAKE IT THROUGH THIS PROCESS.

WITH THAT SAID, I'LL TURN THINGS OVER TO THE DOCTOR SO WE CAN BEGIN OUR PRESENTATION FOR TODAY.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.

I LIKE TO BEGIN BY JUST HIGHLIGHTING OUR CENTRAL QUESTIONS FOR THIS EVENING.

HERE YOU SEE THAT WE HAVE FIVE CORE QUESTIONS.

NUMBER ONE, WHAT GUIDANCE AND INPUTS WILL CONTINUE TO INFORM THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS ESPECIALLY FOR PHASING STUDENTS BACK TO IN-PERSON LEARNING.

WE WANT TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON WHAT THE STAFF'S AND STUDENT'S ABILITY TO RETURN, FOR NUMBER 1, DR. HERON IN TERMS OF THE INPUTS.

NUMBER TWO, WHAT IS THE STAFF AND STUDENT'S ABILITY TO RETURN THAT WILL -- THE STAGE WILL BE MICHAEL CARLSON.

WHAT MODELS HAVE WE EXPLORED AND WE WANT TO EMPHASIZE EXPLORE BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT MADE ANY DECISIONS REGARDING IMPLEMENTATION.

NATALIE HAUL WILL TAKE ABOUT OPTIONS.

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WHAT ARE OPPORTUNITIES EXPLORING FOR CONCURRENT TEACHING ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO WHAT IS CONCURRENT TEACHING AND WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES AS WELL AS WHAT THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES AS IT RELATES TO TECHNOLOGY AND LASTLY, AND THAT IS DONE BY DR. HOOVER AND THE LAST QUESTION, WHAT ARE OUR UPCOMING FOCUS AREAS FOR OUR WORK TEAMS? WE MADE A COMMITMENT TO KEEP THE COMMUNITY INFORMED REGARDING SOME OF THE WORK THAT IS OCCURRING WITH OUR PRIMARY WORK TEAMS AND I'LL PROVIDE A GLIMPSE INTO SOME OF THE WORK IN THE SUBSEQUENT WEEKS.

YOU HAVE SEEN THIS BEFORE.

IT MEANS A LOT TO US.

WE WANT TO PUT IT IN THE FOREFRONT BECAUSE ALL OF THIS IS GUIDED BY THE HEALTH EXPERTS.

WE WANT TO THE REALLY THANK DR. HERING BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN VERY INVOLVED AND SUPPORTING THE UPDATES.

I APPRECIATE HIM DOING THAT.

WE'LL HEAR FROM HIM LATER THIS EVENING.

WE'RE MEETING WITH OUR PRINCIPALS AND TEACHER GROUPS AND TRYING TO FIND WAYS TO ENHANCE THE VISUAL INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL.

EVEN TO OUR PUBLIC WE WANT TO SAY AS THE DOCTOR IS RECEIVING EMAILS AND SOME ARE COMING TO US, WE'RE TRYING TO IDENTIFY MORE WAYS THAT WE CAN SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THAT MODEL.

LASTLY, EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY TO SUPPORT DIFFERENT GROUPS OF STUDENTS RETURNING IN PERSON TO SCHOOL.

HERE WE JUST WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT AGAIN THE BOARD'S VOTE ON PHASED REENTERING.

YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE'S GROUPS OF STUDENTS THAT HAVE BEEN PRIORITIZED BEGINNING NOVEMBER 5 THROUGH FEBRUARY AND WE WANT THE PUBLIC TO BE AWARE THAT EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY, AND A LOT OF PLANNING IN THE VARIOUS TEAMS AND GROUPS AND EFFORTS UNDERWAY TO STEAL PHASE IN VARIOUS GROUPS OF STUDENTS.

NOW I WOULD LIKE TO TURN IT OVER TO MR. STEVEN HERING WHO IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE ALEXANDRIA HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE TO THE BOARD IN THE COMMUNITY.

>> I THINK HE IS SWITCHING OUT HIS SLIDES.

LET ME SEE.

DOCTOR, ARE YOU ON? OKAY.

DR. HAERING? DR. HAERING?

>> MAYBE IT'S NOT ON.

>> MAYBE HE'S NOT ON.

>> I DO NOT SEE HIM.

I FLIPPED THROUGH AND I DON'T SEE HIM.

>> HE ACCEPTED.

LET'S JUST MOVE ON.

WE'LL COME BACK TO THAT.

>> SO WE'LL TURN IT OVER TO DR. STEVEN WILKINS FOR THIS PART OF THE PRESENTATION.

>> THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS, I'M CHIEF OF STAFF, AND I'LL BE JOINED BY MICHAEL CARSON, DIRECTOR OF EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND RELATIONS.

TOGETHER WE'LL PROVIDE A BRIEF FEEDBACK FROM THE DIVISION-WIDE FORM.

AS I START I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE OUTSTANDING WORK BY MICHAEL AND THE H.

R.

TEAM IN COLLECTING THE DATA.

WE TOUCHED OVER 2600 STAFF TO GET THEIR INDIVIDUAL FEEDBACK.

WE USUALLY DO EMPLOYEE SURVEYS BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME ACHIEVEMENT TO GET EVERY PERSON TO COMMENT ABOUT THEIR UNIQUE WORK SITUATION.

THIS IS A HIGH MARK FOR ACPS EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THIS DISTINGUISHED EFFORT.

THE TIMELINE FOR THIS FORM SHOWS WE COLLECTED ALL STAFF FEEDBACK ON NOVEMBER 13 AND HAVE COMPLETED A DATA ANALYSIS ABOUT STAFF AVAILABLENESS.

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THE STAFF, IN RETURN FORM, WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FAMILY FORUM TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE STUDENT ABILITY TO RETURN AND THAT FORM IS SENT OUT SOMETIME IN EARLY DECEMBER.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

BIG PICTURE.

THE MAJOR FINDING FROM THE SURVEY, AND THIS IS A SELF-REPORTING FORM, THE RESULTS SHOW THAT APPROXIMATELY 55 PERCENT OF STAFF ARE ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK ON SITE AT THIS TIME.

THE REMAINING 45 PERCENT ARE IMPACTED BY COVID-RELATED CONCERNS.

THE CONCERNS ARE THE PANDEMIC HEALTH FACTORS THAT YOU SEE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SLIDE.

WE ASKED THE STAFF TO TELL US HOW THE FACTORS AFFECTED THEIR ABILITY TO WORK ON SITE.

FACTORS SUCH AS AGE 65 OR OLDER, UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS, AT RISK CONDITIONS SUCH AS PREGNANCY, WHETHER OR NOT THE PERSON WAS CARING FOR A FAMILY MEMBER WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS, AND CHILD CARE CHALLENGES AND OF COURSE FEAR AND ANXIETY OF THE WORKPLACE.

WE ALSO HAD A SECTION FOR OTHER TO CAPTURE SOMETHING ELSE THAT MIGHT BE IMPACTING THEM THAT NEEDED TO BE REPORTED.

ON THE SLIDE TO THE RIGHT YOU'LL SEE THE LINKS TO THE SURVEY SHOULD YOU WISH TO REVIEW THE TEMPLATE IN QUESTION FORMAT.

THE NEXT STEPS AFTERNOON THE SURVEY ARE WE'RE GOING TO REASSESS THE FEESABILITY OF STAFFING THE HYBRID MODEL.

WITH HALF OF THE STAFF AVAILABLE TO WORK WE NEED TO REVIEW WHAT IMPACT THAT HAS ON THE INSTRUCTAL PROGRAM FOR SCHOOLS.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE SENSITIVE TO THE STRESS IN THE WORKPLACE.

WE WANT TO OFFER CONFIDENTIAL HR ASSISTANCE TO THE INDIVIDUAL STAFF WHO ARE FEELING EXTREME ANXIETY ABOUT THE WORKPLACE.

WE ALSO HAVE TO DIFFERENT SCHOOLS ARE IMPACTED AT DIFFERENT LEVELS OF ANXIETY AND WE WANT THE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TO HAVE THE SUPPORT TO MANAGE THIS STRESS IN THE WORKPLACE.

FINALLY WE'LL GET FEEDBACK FROM FAMILIES WITH THE STUDENT RETURN FORM BY MID-DECEMBER AS MENTIONED.

BUT THAT PORTION IS GOING TO BE DEPENDENT ON NEW INFORMATION ABOUT HEALTH CONDITIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY AS WELL AS THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA AREA.

I'LL TURN IT OVER TO MICHAEL CARSON WHO WILL GIVE SOME HIGH-LEVEL NUMBERS AND PERCENTAGES ABOUT THE STAFF BASED UPON THE SELF-REPORTING FORM AND YOU'LL GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE TEACHERS VIEW THEIR PARTICULAR SITUATION.

WE'LL FOLLOW THIS BRIEFING-UP WITH A DETAILED BRIEFING IN DECEMBER SPECIFICALLY ON DECEMBER 3RD AND WE'LL PROVIDE SCHOOL BY SCHOOL RESULTS.

MICHAEL, OVER TO YOU.

>> THANK YOU, DR. WILKINS.

GOOD EVENING, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD AND THE ACPS COMMUNITY.

WE RECEIVED 100 PERCENT STAFF PARTICIPATION WHO INTEND TO RETURN FORM THAT IS 2,601 STAFF MEMBERS, AS INDICATED PREVIOUSLY, 55 PERCENT OF THE STAFF INDICATED THAT HE OR SHE COULD RETURN TO THE CLASSROOM, FROM THE NUMBER OF RESPONSES, WE HAD 1,290 CLASSROOM TEACHERS THAT RESPONDED TO THE INTENT TO RETURN FORM.

OF THAT NUMBER 55 INDICATED THAT HE OR SHE COULD RETURN FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION.

THAT IS APPROXIMATELY 690 CLASSROOM TEACHERS.

THIS NUMBER DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY OTHER LICENSED STAFF BUT ONLY CLASSROOM TEACHERS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

I WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH SOME OF THE DIVISION-WIDE DETAILS RELATING TO THE PANDEMIC HEALTH FACTORS WHICH IMPACTS 25 PERCENT OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS.

45 PERCENT IS EQUIVALENT TO APPROXIMATELY 1180 STAFF MEMBERS.

IN ADDITION WE ALSO ASKED OUR ESSENTIALLY WORKERS AND STAFF MEMBERS CURRENTLY REPORTING OCCASIONALLY TO AN ACPS WORK SITE TO INDICATE WHAT PANDEMIC HEALTH FACTORS COULD AFFECT THEIR FUTURE ATTENDANCE.

TONIGHT I'LL PRESENT THE RESULTS COLLECTIVELY.

B COULD SELECT AS MANY CHOICES THAT FIT HIS OR HER INDIVIDUAL SITUATION.

TO THE LEFT OF THE SLIDE ARE THE PANDEMIC HEALTH FACTORS THAT DR. WILKINS INDICATED PREVIOUSLY.

LOOKING AT THE PIE CHART AND GOING CLOCKWISE WE HAD 85 STAFF MEMBERS THAT SELECTED THE AGE 65 OR OLDER CATEGORY WHICH IS ABOUT 5 PERCENT.

WE HAD 343 STAFF MEMBERS THAT SELECTED UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT PLACED ONE AT RISK OF INFECTION WHICH IS ABOUT 21 PERCENT.

WE HAVE 167 OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS THAT SELECTED THEY WERE AT RISK FOR COMPLICATIONS DUE TO A CURRENT HEALTH CONDITION OR WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM.

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THIS IS 10 PERCENT.

WE HAD 253 OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS THAT SELECTED CARING FOR A FAMILY MEMBER WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS WHICH IS 16 PERCENT.

AND 188 STAFF MEMBERS SELECTED CHILD CARE CHALLENGES DUE TO COVID-19.

12 PERCENT.

OUR BIGGEST GROUP WAS 508 STAFF MEMBERS WHICH SELECTED FEAR AND ANXIETY OF WORKPLACE INFECTION.

THAT WAS 31 PERCENT.

CLOSING THIS OUT WAS 90 INDIVIDUALS OR 6 PERCENT WHICH STATED THAT NONE OF THE PRESENTED HEALTH PANDEMIC HEALTH FACTORS IMPACTED THEM AND THEY OPTED TO LEAVE A COMMENT.

WE HAVE REVIEWED ALL COMMENTS AND NONE INDICATED AN IMMEDIATE HEALTH DANGER.

WE ARE PREPARED TO PRESENT MORE IN DEPTH RESULTS TO THE BOARD ON DECEMBER 3RD AND THIS CONCLUDES MY COMMENTS.

THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE, AND THANK YOU FOR THAT.

I WANTED TO JOIN BE YOU ALL THIS EVENING SHARING ABOUT WHAT WE KNOW FROM EDUCATIONALMENTS BASED ON OUR WORK WITH OTHER DIVISIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY WITH THE LATEST AND GREATEST WITH THE HYBRID LEARNING AND A DIVE INTO CURRENT ININSTRUCTION.

I'LL START WITH OUR LATEST AND WORKING DEFINITION WITH HYBRID AND TAKE US THROUGH SOME OF THE MORE RECENT RECINCH AND TRENDS COMING OUT OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING WITH CONCURRENT TEACHING TOO.

STARTING HERE ON THE SLIDES, THESE ARE THE THREE DEFINITIONS THAT ALEXANDRIA CAME UP WITH THIS PAST SUMMER WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE TEAMS AND THINKING ABOUT WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND CONSIDERATIONS FOR EACH SCENARIO WE MIGHT ENCOUNTER AS WE RETURN TO SCHOOLS.

TRADITIONAL REFERRING TO 100 PERCENT IN PERSON LEARNING.

HYBRID, NAVY AREATION OF STUDENTS OR STAFF IN THE BUILDING.

100 PERCENT VIRTUAL LEARNING, REFERRING TO THE CURRENT STATE.

I WANTED TO FLASH THIS ON THE SCREEN SO PEOPLE HAVE A WORKING UNDERSTANDING OF THAT.

THESE ARE THE DEFINITIONS THAT WE'VE BEEN OPERATING UNDER AND THE DEFINITIONS WE USE AS WE CONTINUE WITH OUR PLANNING.

MOVING ON TO OUR NEXT SLIDE.

I WANTED TO SHOW THE LATEST THINKING AROUND HYBRID LEARNING IN ACPS.

WHAT IT IS IS STUDENTS HAVING SET DAYS WHERE THEY ATTEND SCHOOL IN PERSON AND SET DAYS LEARNING VIRTUALLY.

WHAT IT IS NOT IS TEACHERS LIVE STREAMING A CLASS WITH STUDENTS AT HOME FOR AN ENTIRE DAY AND STUDENTS NOT PAR PATING IN INSTRUCTION FULL TIME.

ON THE LEFT, THERE'S A FEW DIFFERENT VERSIONS.

IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE STUDENTS RETURNING TWO DAYS IN PERSON DURING THE WEEK AND BEING VIRTUAL THREE DAYS.

IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE STUDENTS IN PERSON FOR TWO WEEKS AND THEN ANOTHER SET OR IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE A HALF DAY STRUCTURE, WHERE IN THE MORNINGS, ATTENDING IN PERSON AND SENT HOME.

I WANTED TO FLASH THIS HERE SO YOU UNDERSTAND OUR WORKING DEFINITIONS BEFORE GOING DEEPER INTO CONCURRENT TEACHING, CONCURRENT TEACHING.

IF WE GO INTO OUR NEXT SLIDE HERE I WANTED TO ALSO SHARE FOUR DIFFERENT COMMON MODELS WE'VE BEEN SEEING ACROSS THE COUNTY SO HYBRID INSTRUCTION.

SOME OF THEM WERE CAPTURED ON THE PREVIOUS SLIDE BUT WE WANTED TO ADD NAMES SO YOU CAN HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW DIFFERENT DIVISIONS ARE GOING ABOUT THEIR PLANNING TOO.

MODEL ONE IS THE ONE THAT WILL A LOT OF US HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT AND HEARING ABOUT, CONCURRENT TEACHING, ALSO KNOWN AS MIRRORED.

IN PERSON AND VIRTUAL SCHEDULES ARE FUNCTIONING THE SAME REGARDLESS IF THE STUDENT IS LEARNING FROM HOME OR IN THE BUILDING.

THERE'S A FEW OPPORTUNITIES.

THE FIRST, FOR PEOPLE TRANSITIONING SCHEDULED-WISE IT'S EASIER TO FOLLOW AND IT CAN BE MORE EFFECTIVE IF MOR BUILDING.

WE'LL DIVE INTO CONSIDERATIONS ON THE NEXT SLIDE.

A FEW TO KEEP IN MIND, IT IS DIFFICULT TO ENGAGE STUDENTS VIRTUAL FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME AND THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR LEARNING BASED ON STUDENT ENVIRONMENTS.

MODEL TWO AND THREE REFERS TO MINI ACADEMIES AND ROTATION MODEL.

THIS REFERS TO MULTIPLE ACADEMIES WITHIN A SCHOOL.

YOU'RE NOT NECESSARILY ROTATING LIKE YOU MIGHT BE IN MODEL THREE.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THESE ARE THAT YOU HAVE REALLY GREAT CHANCES FOR TARGETED AND SMALL-GROUP LEARNING AND HIGHER FLEXIBILITY AND THERE'S ALSO GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENGAGEMENT SINCE THERE'S THAT KIND OF ACADEMY COHORT STRUCTURE.

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THERE'S ALSO A LOT OF PLANNING THAT NEEDS TO GO BEHIND THE SCENES AND THROUGHOUT THE DAY AROUND THE LOGISTICS AND EXPERIENCES STUDENTS ARE HAVING AND REQUIRES A LOT OF PLANNING AROUND TEACHER SCHOOL LEVELS AND THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO PREPARE THEM.

WITH THE FEW OPPORTUNITIES, IT'S USED IF MORE STUDENTS WANT TO RETURN THAN ALLOW FOR SPACE IN THE BUILDING WHERE CONCURRENT IS IF MORE STAFF CAN RETURN.

ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO ROTATION ELLIOT COULD LESSEN THE GAP IN LEARNING.

THERE'S CONCERNS THEY'RE THERE MIGHT BE SOME IMPLICATIONS FOR HOW YOU ARE PACING OUT CURRICULUM.

MODEL FOUR IS ONE THAT WE SEE LESS COMMON BUT IT'S ONE TO TOUCH ON.

IT'S CALLED ONE-DAY FLAG-FLIPPED.

THIS MEANS STUDENTS REMAINING VIRTUAL ARE ONE DAY BEHIND IN PERSON STUDENTS AND ARE USING A FLIPPED MODEL.

I WON'T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME THERE BECAUSE IT'S LESS COMMON.

NEXT SLIDE, TALKING ABOUT CONCURRENT INSTRUCTION.

HERE'S WHAT WE HAVE SEEN AND HERE'S WHAT WE KNOW WITH THE LATEST AND GREATEST AROUND CONCURRENT TEACHING.

THE FIRST THING I WANT TO START WITH IS THAT IT'S RESEARCHED BASED AND NOT NEW.

IT'S BEEN AROUND FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND GROUNDED IN SMALL UNIVERSITY OUT OF FLORIDA WHO HAVE BEEN USING CONCURRENT TEACHING FOR A LONG TIME TO MANAGE STUDENTS COMING INTO THE LECTURE HALL AND STUDENTS LEARNING FROM HOME BUT UNLIKE THE K THROUGH WOVE, IT WAS RATHER UNPREDICTABLE TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT STUDENTS WOULD SHOW UP IN PERSON OR HOME.

OH CONCURRENT TEACHING HAS BEEN A PRACTICE THAT PROFESSORS HAVE BEEN USING FOR A LONG TIME TO MANAGE THE UNPREDICTABILITY WITH STUDENTS SHOWING UP.

CONCURRENT TEACHING IS IN PERSON, FUNCTIONING THE SAME WAY AND IT'S IN PERSON VIRTUAL STUDENTS TAUGHT AT THE SAME TIME BY THE SAME TEACHER.

UTILIZING DIGITAL FEATURES.

IT'S NOT LIVE STREAMING AT HOME WHERE THEY'RE WATCHING AND LISTENING AND NOT VIRTUAL TEACHING WITH STUDENTS IN THE ROOM.

I WANTED TO SHARE A COUPLE OF SUCCESS STORIES AND THEN A FEW COMMON CHAMPSES EMPHASIZING WE'RE VERY MUCH IN THE PLANNING AND EXPLORATION PHASE WITH SCHEDULING, AND THIS IS GOOD T THE PLANNING ACTIVITIES.

STARTING WITH THE SUCCESS STORIES.

FIRST, THERE'S SOME EASIER TRANSITION PERIODS WHEN IT COMES TO ADJUSTING TO THE SCHEDULE FOR FAMILIES AND STAFF AND FOLLOWING THAT SCHEDULE THROUGH THE SCHOOL DAY.

THERE'S ALSO GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONSISTENCY OF LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND ALSO FOR A CLASSROOM COMMUNITY BECAUSE THERE'S A HIGHER CHANCE THAT STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE SAME TEACHER AS THEY HAVE IN THE FALL WITH A THIS MODEL.

THERE'S MULTIPLE WAYS TO ENGAGE WITH STUDENTS.

NOT ALL NEED TO BE ENGAGED IN THE SAME WAY OR AT THE SAME TIME SO THAT ALLOWS FOR PERSONALIZATION TO MEET THE STUDENT NEEDS.

OF COURSE THERE'S IMPLICATIONS AND CHALLENGES TOO.

THE FIRST IS FOR THE TEACHERS THERE'S A GREATER EMPHASIZE ON PLANNING WITH CONCURRENT TEACHING.

FORMATIVE DATA IS THE DATE TO CAPTURE DAILY.

THE SECOND THING IS THAT THERE'S OPPORTUNITIES FOR GREATER GAPS IN LEARNING EXPERIENCE BASED ON WHERE STUDENTS ARE LEARNING FROM AND THERE'S CHALLENGES AROUND COVERAGE, THE QUARANTINE OR A DAY OFF OR THE NEED FOR A SUBSTITUTE.

THERE'S CHALLENGES AROUND THAT.

DR. HOOVER WILL GO MORE INTO THIS.

TEACHERS USING CONCURRENT TEACHING REQUIRE HEADSETS OR MONITORS.

I'LL PASS IT TO THE DOCTOR.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>> BEFORE MOVING INTO TECHNICAL AND CHALLENGES I'D LIKE TO TALK DATA ABOUT AS SUPPORT THE VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT NOW.

AFTER THE FIRST COUPLE OF -- 40 TO 50 VISITS A DAY.

WHEN WE COMPARED OUR TRADITIONAL SCHOOL OPENING TO WHAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS FALL, THE NUMBER OF TICKETS THERE, CLOSE TO 4,000 HELP DESK TICKETS, YOU SEE.

THIS YEAR WE HAD OVER 6,000 HELP DESK TICKETS AND WE HAD TO PUT YOU A STUDENT HEALTH DESK, WHICH WE HAD NEVER DONE BEFORE WITH OVER 7,000.

YOU CAN SEE THERE THE NUMBERS.

THIS IS A BIG JUMP FOR MY STAFF.

WE CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE INTERNET ACCESS.

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IT CONTINUES TO CHANGE FOR FAMILIES AS THEIR SITUATIONS CHANGE.

NOW WE HAVE ALMOST 1600 OUT TO THE FAMILIES AND WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO MOVE SOME FAMILIES TO INTERNET ESSENTIALS.

SO 123 OUT OF 500 POSSIBILITIES.

THAT WORK CONTINUES.

AS EVERYONE HAS CHANGED THEIR FOCUSES THIS YEAR WE'VE WORKED HARD DOING MORE OUTREACH TO FAMILIES.

WE HAVE WORKED DOING FAMILY WEBINARS WITH TRANSLATIONS AND MULTIPLE LANGUAGES AND TRANSLATING DOCUMENTS ON THE FAMILY HELP DESK WEB PAGE, CHROME BOOKS AND TABLETS AND POWERSCHOOL.

WE HAVE EXPERIENCED THE IMPORTANCE OF TECHNICAL SUPPORT, OUR 100 PERCENT VIRTUAL ONLINE LEARNING AND I'LL SHIFT OVER TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WHAT WE WOULD NEED TO DO IF WE WENT TO A CONCURRENT TEACHING TEACHING MODEL.

THE CAPACITY, WE'RE USED TO SCHOOLS RATHER THAN AT HOME AND IN SCHOOLS.

RESEARCHING COST ANDABILITY OF CAMERAS AND ACCESSORIES.

IN ORDER FOR TEACHERS TO BE SUCCESSFUL THEY NEED SOME ADDITIONAL TOOLS, A SECOND MONITOR, MICROPHONES AND ITEMS LIKE THAT.

WE CAN USE THE CURRENT BANDWIDTH TO SUPPORT THIS AND WE WOULD HAVE TO CONSIDER THAT AND EXPANSION OF TECHNICAL SUPPORT BEYOND THE CURRENT STAFFING.

KNOWING THAT THOSE ARE CHALLENGES AND CONSIDERATIONS, WE CAN MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

THAT'S MY STAFF IN THAT PICTURE.

THANK YOU.

THERE'S PROJECTS THAT WE WOULD NEED TO TACKLE.

ONE, INCREASING THE CURRENT BANDWIDTH.

WE CAN DO THIS.

WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THAT AND RATHER QUICKLY.

THAT WOULD BE ABOUT $5,000 EXTRA PER MONTH.

WE NEED TO PROCURE AND INSTALL CAMERA CLASSROOM AND ACCESSORIES.

THERE'S A SUPPLY AND DEMAND SITUATION THESE DAYS BUT WE BELIEVE HE COULD ACQUIRE THOSE.

THAT WOULD COST US ABOUT $300,000, OR $400,000.

ANOTHER PROJECT, TO BE DETERMINED, IS INCREASING NOT ONLY THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT BEYOND WHAT WE'RE DOING AT STUDENT HELP DESKS, BUT ALSO COMING UP WITH PROCEDURES AND HOW YOU SUPPORT TECHNICAL CHALLENGES IN CLASSROOMS WHILE MAINTAINING THE GUIDELINES.

IF WE COULD DO ALL OF THOSE THREE PROJECTS WE WOULD BE ABLE TO SUPPORT ABOUT 700 CLASSROOMS WHICH IS ABOUT 80 PERCENT OF OU CLASSROOMS NOT INCLUDING THE LIBRARIES OR, YOU KNOW, GYMS AND CAFETERIAS AND SOME OTHER NONTRADITION CLASSROOM AREAS.

I'LL HAND IT OVER TO YOU, DOCTOR.

>> WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A BIT OF A CHANGE IN THE PRESENTATION BEFORE WE END.

DR. HERING JOINED US BY PHONE AND HE'S GOING TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE AT THIS TIME.

>> DR. HAERING.

GOOD EVENING.

CAN YOU HEAR ME.

>> YES.

WE CAN HEAR YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> HI.

DIRECTOR OF ALEXANDRIA HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

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SORRY I'M LATE.

IT WAS COMPLETELY MY ERROR.

I HAD MEETING MIXED UP.

I DON'T HAVE THE METRICS IN FRONT OF ME NOW BUT AS AS REMINDER THERE'S THREE CORE INDICATORS THAT THE CDC PRESENTED TO COMMUNITIES TO HELP THEM MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT SCHOOL OPENINGS.

THE ONE OF THOSE CORE INDICATORS IS THE 14-DAY TRANSMISSION.

IT'S THE NUMBER OF CASES PER 100,000.

THERE'S FIVE DIFFERENT LEVELS.

ALEXANDRIA RIGHT NOW IS IN THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF RISK FOR TRANSMISSION WITHIN THE SCHOOL SETTING.

THE SECOND INDICATOR HAS TO DO WITH THE PERCENT POSITIVITY OVER THE PAST 14 DAYS.

AND WHILE WE'RE NOT IN THE LOWEST AND NOT IN THE HIGHEST, WE'RE SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE.

I FORGET EXACTLY WHAT IT TRANSLATES TO BUT I THINK WE'RE AROUND SIX TO 7 PERCENT RIGHT NOW.

THE HIGHEST WOULD BE GREATER THAN 10 PERCENT.

THE ONE RIGHT BELOW THE HIGHEST IS EIGHT TO 10 PERCENT.

WE'RE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE RANGE THERE.

THOSE ARE TWO CORE INDICATORS THAT TALK ABOUT THE COMMUNITY.

THE THIRD CORE INDICATOR IS ACTUALLY FIVE MITIGATION STRATEGIES.

FROM ALL THE PLANS, THESE ARE IN ALIGNMENT WITH BEING GREEN, WITH BEING THE LOWEST RISK OF TRANSMISSION.

ONE WOULD GO ON AND LOOK AT THE SECONDARY INDICATORS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH HOSPITALIZATIONS AND OTHER THINGS AND THERE'S A MIX THERE BUT ONE OF THOSE IS AT THE HIGHEST RISK OF TRANSMISSION.

WHAT I CAN TELL YOU IS THAT WHEN WE LOOK AT THE NUMBERS AND LOOK AT THE ROLLING AVERAGE OVER THE PAST SEVEN DAYS WE'RE AS HIGH NOW AS WE WERE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC BACK IN APRIL OR MAY, IN THE BEGINNING OF JUNE ENWITNESS WAS REALLY, REALLY HIGH.

IN FACT THIS MORNING WE REPORTED THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CASES SINCE THE PANDEMIC STARTED.

THAT WAS 75.

THIS WAS DAYS AFTER WE'VE REPORTED 53 AND 51.

WE'RE SEEING INCREASES IN CASES ACROSS THE BOARD.

IT'S IN ALL AGE GROUPS.

THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE CITY, EVERYBODY IS REALLY FOCUSED ON REDUCING THE TRANSMISSION IN ORDER TO PREVENT THIS FROM AFFECTING OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATION, OUR ELDERLY AND THOSE WITH UNDERLYING CONDITIONS THAT CAN PUT THEM AT SEVERE RISK.

WE KNOW THE HOSPITALIZATIONS THAT ARE UP AS WELL.

THE HOSPITALIZATIONS WERE AS LOW, UNDER 200 HOSPITALIZATIONS, AND NOW IT'S WELL OVER 400.

AT THE WORST PERIOD OF TIME IT WAS ABOUT 900.

SO WE'RE CONTINUING TO PUT THE MESSAGE OUT THAT PEOPLE ARE SAFEST AT HOME AND THEN ALL THE OTHER MITIGATION STRATEGIES WE TALKED ABOUT, SANITIZING, TO NAME ONE, AND THAT IS A BRIEF OVERVIEW WITHOUT MY HAVING THE DASHBOARDS IN FRONT OF ME.

IF ANYBODY HAS THEM IN FRONT OF THEM AND HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THEM OR ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, I'M HAPPY TO ADDRESS THOSE.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WE'LL CONTINUE THROUGH THE PRESENTATION AND I KNOW THERE'LL BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR QUESTIONS AT THE END.

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>> SURE.

I'LL HANG ON.

THANK YOU.

>> WE THANK YOU.

WE ARE REALLY COMMITTED AS THE SUPERINTENDENT SAID EARLIER TO CONTINUE TO LEARN FROM OUR TEACHERS.

EARLY ON IN THE PROCESS WE CREATED THE TEAM THAT CONSISTS OF ABOUT 260 SOME TEACH ARE AND OTHER STAFF MEMBERS AND WHAT WE WANT YOU TO KNOW IS NEXT MONDAY WE'RE GOING TO BRING THOSE TEACHERS BACK TOGETHER AND WE'RE GOING TO ENGAGE IN AN ACTIVITY CALLED SWAT.

NATALIE PROVIDED AN OVERVIEW OF CONCURRENT INSTRUCTION BUT WE WANT TO GET OUR TEACHERS INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS SO WE CAN BEGIN TO LOOK AT WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OPTIONS.

WE ARE INVITING AND GOING TO HOST A PANEL OF A FEW TEACHERS THAT WILL ALSO SHARE THEIR SAY, THE GOOD, THE BAD EIGHT THE UGLY, BUT WE WANT TO SHARE EVERY ASPECT OF WHAT IS OCCURRING IN SOME OTHER DIVISIONS.

NEXT MONDAY, AGAIN, WE'LL BRING ABOUT 200-PLUS TEACHERS TOGETHER AND WITH THE WHOLE FOCUS ON CONCURRENT INSTRUCTION.

ALSO AS A PART OF THAT THERE WILL BE THIS PANEL REALLY OF THOSE ACTUALLY IMPLEMENTING CONCURRENT INSTRUCTION WITHIN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO SHARE WITH YOU AND THE PUBLIC SOME OF THE WORK THAT IS OCCURRING WHEN THE SCHOOL AND DIVISION TRANSMISSION TEAMS ARE MEETING.

THERE'S A LOT OF IDEAS AND THINGS THAT ARE ON THE TOP OF THEIR MIND AS THEY MEET ON A WEEKLY BASIS.

AS YOU CAN SEE THERE'S SIX FOCUS AREAS, ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION MODEL, SECONDARY, THE ACADEMIC SUPPORT, ENGLISH LEARNER, CITYWIDE AND STAFFING.

IN THE AREA OF THE MEL MENTORRY MODELS, THE TEAM IS BEGINNING TO LOOK AT DIFFERENT TYPES OF SCHEDULES, THE TYPE OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATE SHOULD WE MOVE WITH IN PERSON MODEL.

THE SECONDARY MODEL, THEY'RE BEGINNING TO LOOK AT STUDYING VARIOUS TYPES OF MODELS.

YOU'LL RECALL THAT THE TEAMS ACTUALLY STUDIED MODELS EARLY ON AND WE'RE CONTINUING THAT CONVERSATION.

IN LOOKING AT THE BARRIERS AND THE OPPORTUNITIES, PARTICULARLY WITH IN-PERSON LEARNING, IN TERMS OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR EFFORT IS UNDERWAY REGARDLESS OF A HYBRID MODEL OR TH VIRTUAL-PLUS MODEL, THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT DATA, DATA SETS, AND PROVIDING ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR MANY OF OUR STUDENTS.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, ONE OF THE GROUPS THAT WE'RE COMMITTED TO AMAZING IN IS THE ENGLISH LEARNER.

THAT GROUP STARTED MEETING AND BEGINNING TO IDENTIFY STAFF NEEDED AS WELL AS OTHER ISSUES FOR BRINGING STUDENTS BACK AND THEN YOU'RE AWARE OF THE CITYWIDE PROGRAM AND THE COMMITMENT TO CONTINUE TO BRING GROUPS OF CHILDREN BACK IN THAT AREA.

LASTLY, YOU HEARD A LITTLE TONIGHT FROM DR. WILKINS AND HIS STAFF REGARDING THE RESULTS FROM THE STAFF, THE INTENT TO RETURN SURVEY, BUT AS DR. HUTCHINGS INDICATED, THERE'S FIRST ANALYSIS AND COMMUNICATION AT THE DECEMBER 3RD MEETING.

WHAT WE ARE -- THESE ARE SOME OF THE EXAMPLES OF THE ACTIVITIES AND WORK THAT IS OCCURRING WITH THE SCHOOL AND DIVISION TRANSMISSION TEAMS.

>> THIS SLIDE, WE LOVE THIS SLIDE, AND ONE REASON IS BECAUSE OF THE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT CYCLE TO THE RIGHT BECAUSE WHAT THIS ILLUSTRATES FOR ALL OF US IS THAT WHATEVER IS BEING DISCUSSED, WHETHER IT'S WITH OUR TEACHING, LEARNING LEADERSHIP REPRESENTATIVES THAT WE MET WITH TODAY, THAT THE TOPICS THAT WE DISCUSSED TODAY WILL BE TAKEN TO THE SCHOOL LEADER SHINILY TEAM MEETINGS NEXT TUESDAY.

THEY REPLICATE GETTING FEEDBACK ON THAT, AND IN ADDITION TO THE DIVISION TEAM, AND WE MEET EVERY WEDNESDAY.

I SHARED WITH YOU SOME OF THE UPDATES FROM THE DIVISION TEAM AND A QUICK REMINDER, WE WANT TO OVEREMPHASIZE AND OVER COMMUNICATE THE COMMITMENT TO THE TEACHERS AND VOICES AND WHAT WE'RE PLANNING FOR NEXT MONDAY.

WE ALSO WANT TO SAY NO DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE IN TERMS OF THE CONCURRENT INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL BUT WE WANT TO LEARN AS MUCH AS WE CAN SO THAT THE BEST DECISION CAN BE MADE AS TO WHAT IS FEASIBLE AND CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTED WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS, SO THAT IS CONSIDERED THIS IS OUR LAST SLIDE.

WE ALWAYS SHOW YOU WHERE YOU CAN ACCESS, AS DR. HUTCHINGS SAID EARLIER, A WEALTH OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE VIRTUAL PLUS REENTRY PLANS.

THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY AND THOSE WHO PRESENTED WITH US TONIGHT.

>> THANK YOU, DR. MOZINGO AND THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE TEAM FOR ENGAGING IN THIS.

AS YOU KNOW, THESE ARE SOME VERY UNPRECEDENTED TIMES AND I KEEP SAY UNPRECEDENTED, BUT IT REALLY IS.

EVERY DAY I WAKE UP AND WE'RE STILL IN THIS, RIGHT.

THERE'S ALWAYS NEW INFORMATION.

BUT TONIGHT I AM GOING TO RECOMMEND TO THE BOARD THAT, YOU KNOW, GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE'VE HAD, YOU KNOW, AN UPWARD TREND IN REGARDS TO THE DATA OF POSITIVES FOR COVID-19, NOT ONLY IN THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA BUT IN THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA REGION AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

IT'S A HUGE CONCERN AND IN CONSULTATION WITH, YOU KNOW, OUR ALEXANDRIA HEALTH DEPARTMENT, AS MENTIONED BY DR. HAERING, I'M RECOMMENDING THAT WE DELATE OUR TRANCE OF STUDENTS INTO THE IN-PERSON UNTIL JANUARY AND SOME OF THE REASONS WHY I BELIEVE THING THAT I HEARD FROM OUR TEACHERS EVEN JUST TODAY IN OUR TEACHER SESSION IS THAT TEACHERS ARE EVEN MORE CONCERNED WITH THE DISRUPTIONS THAT CONTINUE TO OCCUR.

SO EVERY TIME WE MAKE A DECISION, AND I SAY IF WE'RE GOING TO PIVOT TO GO TO IN-PERSON AND SOMETHING OCCURS AND YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO VIRTUAL, THAT'S A TRANSMISSION AND IT'S DISRUPTIVE TO THE STUDENTS, WHETHER WE BELIEVE IT OR NOT, YOU KNOW, A HUGE DISRUPTION, AND IF WE'RE FOLLOWING THE DATA NOW IN REGARDS TO HEALTH DATA OUT THERE, THE DATA IS SHOWING THAT AFTER THANKSGIVING, AS YOU KNOW PEOPLE ARE TRAVELING AND THOSE TYPES OF THINGS, THAT THAT IS WHEN WE'RE GOING TO SEE THE SPIKE OCCUR, SO IF PEOPLE ARE TRAVELING, YOU KNOW, FOR US TO BE SAFE WE PROBABLY SHOULD WAIT I WOULD SAY AT LEAST 14 DAYS AFTER THANKSGIVING BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHO IS COMING AND GOING F WE'RE BRINGING IN HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE BECAUSE NOVEMBER 30 WE WERE PLANNING ON BRINGING IN HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, SO IT WASN'T A SMALL GROUP OF SIX, THAT IF WE WERE TO SAY LET'S WAIT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THAT, AS SOON AS WE GOT BACK WE WOULD BE ABOUT TO LEAVE A WEEK LATER FOR WINTER BREAK SO PEOPLE WOULD ONLY BE IN SCHOOL FOR A WEEK.

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I THINK THOSE ARE JUST TOO MANY TRANSMISSIONS.

WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE IS GOING TO HOLD BUT I THINK US AT LEAST WAITING UNTIL JANUARY TO CONTINUE WITH OUR TRANSMISSION OF OUR STUDENTS WOULD BE -- I BELIEVE IT'S NOT JUST THE MOS THING TO DO IN REGARDS TO MAKING SURE HEALTH AND SAFETY IS AT THE FOREFRONT FOR STAFF AND OUR STUDENTS.

THAT DOES NOT STOP OUR WORK AND WHAT WE'RE DOING IN REGARDS TO PLANNING AND AS FINALIZING OUR SCHEDULING AND TYPES OF HYBRID MODELS WE'RE GOING TO INCORPORATE BUT THIS WILL ALLOW US TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE DOING OUR PART WITH FLATTENING THE CURVE AND NOT BECOMING A PLACE WHERE WE'RE NOW SPREADING, YOU KNOW, THE COVID-19 WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS DURING ONE OF THE MOST -- I BELIEVE IT COULD POTENTIALLY BE ONE OF THE MOST DEADLY TIMES AND PHASES IN OUR GLOBAL PANDEMIC.

WITH THAT SAID, I WANT TO TURN THINGS BACK OVER TO OUR MADAM CHAIR FOR QUESTIONS.

>> THANK YOU, DR. HUTCHINGS.

I HAVE MS. GENTRY WITH A QUESTION.

>> THANK YOU.

BEFORE I ASK MY QUESTION I JUST HAVE A POINT OF CLARIFICATION FOR TONIGHT.

IT'S LISTED AS INFO ACTION.

IS IT NECESSARY FOR US TO MAKE A VOTE AT ANY POINT REGARDING THIS OR -- OUR EARLIER MOTIONS ALWAYS HAD CAVEATS, YOU KNOW, THAT THERE MIGHT BE CHANGES.

I WANTED TO KNOW IF THERE WAS ULTIMATELY BE A NEED FOR A VOTE.

>> YES.

WE HAVE ACTUALLY RECOMMENDING TO THE BOARD THAT WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD FOR UPDATES TO BE INFO ACTION AND THE REASON FOR THAT IS BECAUSE SOMETIMES THERE'S SITUATIONS.

FOR EXAMPLE, RIGHT NOW I'M RECOMMENDING THAT WE STAY IN A VIRTUAL SETTING.

THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE BOARD BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE US NOT PURSUING THE IN-PERSON FOR RIGHT NOW.

IT DOESN'T MEAN WE'RE NOT GOING TO EVER PURSUE IN PERSON BUT THAT IS A CHANGE IN REGARDS TO THE RECOMMENDATION THAT WE HAD A FEW WEEKS AGO WITH THE WHOLE TRANSITIONAL PLANNING.

IT'S DELAYING THAT PARTICULAR PLAN.

>> DO WE HAVE LANGUAGE IF WE WERE TO MAKE SUCH A MOTION?

>> .

>> THAT'S A QUESTION WE WOULD NEED TO WORK THROUGH F WE NEEDED TO HAVE THAT LANGUAGE.

>> SHE DID PUT LANGUAGE IN THERE.

I KNOW IT'S HARD TO GET THE SCREENS UP.

IF YOU GO TO E-WORD THERE'S SOMETHINGS.

>> IN THE MEMO.

>> YES.

THE RECOMMENDATION IS LISTED IN THE MEMO AND THE RECOMMENDATION FIELD FOR THE AGENDA FOR ACPS.

I DON'T KNOW IF WE CAN BRING IT UP.

PERHAPS.

>> THANK YOU.

WHILE THAT'S HAPPENING, I'LL JUST GO AHEAD AND ASK MY MORE GENERAL INFORMATION QUESTION BECAUSE AS DR. HUTCHINGS SAID, REGARDLESS OF WHAT WE MAKE DECISIONS ON IN TERMS OF THE TIMING TONIGHT, WE'RE STILL DOING PLANNING, BECAUSE IT'S NOT A QUESTION OF IF BUT WHEN WE RETURN TO IN-PERSON, BUT WHEN IS THE QUESTION.

WHILE WE'RE DOING THAT AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHEN, I JUST WANTED A CLARIFICATION.

THERE WAS SOME OF THE BUDGET IMPLICATIONS THAT WERE MENTIONED IN TERMS OF THE NEED FOR THE CAMERAS AND THINGS LIKE THAT AN WANTED TO HEAR FROM THE STAFF IN TERMS OF THE AVAILABILITY OF THE FUNDING, IF WE DECIDE TO MAKE THOSE PURCHASES FOR THE CAMERAS, DR. HOOVER WAS SAYING UP TO $400,000.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WAS AVAILABLE AND IF OTHER AREAS WOULD BE IMPACTED, IF THEY ARE.

>> WE'RE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE'RE ABLE TO USE SOME OF OUR CARES ACT FUNDING.

THAT FALLS UNDER THAT CATEGORY IN REGARDS TO TECHNOLOGY SO WE'LL BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE FUNDING FOR THE CAMERAS.

>> IT WOULD BE TOTALLY WITHIN CARES? WE DON'T NEED TO PULL FROM SOMETHING ELSE.

>> NO.

THE ORIGINAL CARES ACT FUNDING WAS ABLE TO SPEND IT OVER A TWO-YEAR SPAN, NOT

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DECEMBER 30TH.

THAT MONEY HAS BEEN ALLOCATED BUT THIS IS FOR THE FUNDING, THAT WE DO HAVE A TWO-YEAR SPAN AND WITH THE PLANNING WE DID NOT WANT TO SPEND ALL OF THOSE DOLLARS RIGHT AWAY BECAUSE WE DID NOT KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE WAS GOING TO HOLD FOR THE TWO-YEAR SPAN AND THAT WAS WHY WE'RE ALLOWED TWO YEARS TO SPEND THE DOLLARS SO WE'LL BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE FUNDING FOR THAT.

>> GREAT.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

>> NEXT UP I HAVE MS. NOLAN WITH A QUESTION.

>> YES.

THANK YOU.

CAN WE GO BACK -- FIRST OFF, LET ME ACKNOWLEDGE A HUGE THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO THE IT DEPARTMENT TO GO FROM ALMOST DOUBLE IT SOUNDED LIKE OF THE HELP DESK AND ALL OF THE NEEDS SO WE'VE YOUR STAFF MEMBERS AND THE DEDICATION THEY HAVE TO THE DIVISION.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

THE CONCURRENT TEACHING, SOMETIMES PEOPLE -- I'VE HEARD CONCURRENT TEACHING BEING USED DIFFERENTLY.

SOME ARE WHAT IT'S NOT.

I'VE HAVING A BIT OF A HARD TIME, AND SOMEONE WHO TAUGHT IN THE CLASSROOM FOR EIGHT YEARS, UNDERSTAND WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE.

THE HANDFUL OF TEACHERS, AND NOT A LARGE SAMPLE SIZE BUT THE HANDFUL OF TEACHERS THAT ARE CONDUCTING THEMSELVES IN WHAT THEY LABEL AS CONCURRENT TEACHING, AND THEY ARE FINDING CHALLENGES.

COULD I GET MORE OF AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE PRACTICALITY.

>> .

>> RIGHT.

SOME KIDS ARE AT HOME AND SOME ARE IN THE CLASSROOM BUT SOME OF WHAT I HAVE IN MY HEAD WAS ON MS. HALL -- WHAT IT IS NOT LIST.

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND WHAT DOES IT REALLY LOOK LIKE THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WHEN WE SAY CONCURRENT TEACHING.

>> MS. HALL CAN COME ON AND PROVIDE CLARITY.

ONE THING I'LL SAY IS THAT NEXT WEEK WE'LL BE HAVING THE DISCUSSIONS WITH OUR TEACHERS TO TALK ABOUT HOW DO WE MAKE THAT COME TO LIFE IN ACPS.

WHAT WOULD THAT LOOK LIKE FOR US.

WE'RE HEARING FROM TEACHERS FROM OTHER JURISDICTIONS WHO ARE ALREADY DOING IT TO PROVIDE INSIGHT ON THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY, IF THEY COULD DO IT OVER, AND IF WE COULD ELABORATE AND WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE IN A PRACTICAL SENSE, LOOKING LIKE IN THE CLASSROOM OR NOT LOOK LIKE.

>> THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION.

A LOT OF WHAT CONCURRENT TEACHING COULD LOOK LIKE WOULD COME DOWN TO THAT COLLABORATION AND CODY SIGN THAT DR. HUTCHINGS IS SPEAKING TO.

THE SECOND THING I'LL SAY IS THAT THE DEFINITION OF CONCURRENT TEACHING THAT WE WOULD IS THAT FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL DAY TO THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY STUDENTS LEARNING FROM HOME AND STUDENTS LEARNING AT THE BUILDING ARE GOING TO THE SAME QUESTION.

THAT MEANS THEY'RE WALKING IN AT THE SAME TIME AND HAVING A MORNING MEETING OR ADVISORY AT THE SAME TIME.

SOME STUDENTS WILL GO WITH ASYNCHING GROUP.

THEY WILL HAVE THE SAME CURRICULUM.

DOES THAT HELP?

>> YOU HAVE KIDS IN THE CLASSROOM AND KIDS AT HOME.

ARE THEY BEING INSTRUCTED BY THE SAME TEACHER? THAT'S WHAT I'M HEARING TEACHERS ARE MOST STRUGGLING WITH, YOU ARE IN THE CLASSROOM AND SIMULTANEOUSLY EXPECTED TO TEACH THOSE PAYING ATTENTION VIRTUALLY WITH THOSE IN FRONT OF YOU.

WE ALL KNOW THAT WHEN YOU HAVE A KID IN FRONT OF YOU THAT'S HARD TO ALSO PAY ATTENTION TO THOSE VIRTUAL.

THAT'S TO BE CANDIDATE.

MAYBE THAT'S WHAT WE'LL LEARN BY TALKING TO FOLKS.

>> THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO LEARN FROM THE TEACHERS ACTUALLY ENGAGED IN THAT BECAUSE WE WANT TO REALLY ASK, WHAT ARE SOME O CHALLENGES WITH THAT WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO TEACH KIDS.

CONCURRENT TEACHING IS TEACHING KIDS IN PERSON.

LET'S SAY A TEACHER IS IN THE SCHOOL BIDDING TEACHING A CLASS OF KIDS AND SIMULTANEOUSLY THEY'RE TEACHING KIDS IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD WHO ARE CHIMING IN

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THROUGH A TECHNOLOGY DEVICE.

YOU'RE HAVING TO ENGAGE BOTH.

THE CHALLENGES THAT COME FROM THAT, WHEN YOU'RE DOING YOUR VIRTUAL TEACHING, TEACHER STRICTLY WHO ARE VIRTUAL, IT'S ABBREVIATED.

IT'S NOT A TYPICAL CLASS.

WE ALREADY KNOW IT'S ONLINE.

YOU CAN'T HAVE KIDS -- TEACHERS AREN'T DOING 90-MINUTE LESSONS, BECAUSE YOU WON'T KEEP THE KIDS ENGAGED.

YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO THAT IN A CLASSROOM SETTING BECAUSE YOU MIGHT HAVE SOME MANIPULATIVES, STRATEGIES THAT ALLOW FOR KIDS TO REMAIN ENGAGED WITH THE CONCURRENT TEACHING.

YOU ARE TEACHING TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS, VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON, SO DIFFERENT, AND YOU'RE HAVING TO PIVOT AND WORK THROUGH, OKAY, I SEE MY KIDS ARE NOT ENGAGED ONLINE.

LET ME SEE WHAT I'M GOING TO PIVOT TO WITH THEM BUT I'VE GOT THESE OTHER KIDS IN FRONT OF ME IN THE CLASSROOM TOO.

NOTE THAT IT'S IMPOSSIBLE BUT IT'S A HUGE UNDERTAKING THAT IS GOING TO REQUIRE US TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING, IF WE CHOOSE TO USE THIS MODEL, AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO THAT, YOU KNOW, NEXT MONTH IF WE'RE CHOOSING TO DO THAT.

WE'RE TRYING TO GET THROUGH WHAT IS OUR STRUCTURE GOING TO LOOK LIKE SO WE CAN BEGIN THE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CAPACITY.

M YOU WANT TO ADD TO THAT.

>> THE ONLY THING I'LL ADD, THE AMOUNT OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT NEEDED TO SUPPORT THE CONCURRENT TEACHING, NOT ONLY NEEDS TO HAPPEN ON THE FRONT END BUT A CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PROCESS AND SUPPORT PROCESS FOR TEACHERS.

SOME OF THE FOCUSES OF THAT PROFESSIONAL LEARNING MIGHT LOOK LIKE WHAT ARE THE ROUTINES AND PROCEDURES IN PLACE TO SUPPORT THE DAY.

WHAT ARE SOME JOBS AND ROLES WE NEED TO HAVE IN PLACE TO HAVE THE STUDENTS BE FULLY ENGAGED WITH A LESSON WITH REGARDS TO WHERE THEY'RE LEARNING FROM.

RELATED TO THAT, A LOT OF THE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING SUPPORTS WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN HAVING DISCUSSIONS WITH EACH OTHER REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY ARE LEARNING FROM AND WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO LOOK IN THE INFORMATIVE STAGE.

THIS WOULD BE THE MAIN THING THAT I WOULD ADD AND I HOPE I ANSWERED YOUR QUESTION OF WHAT IT COULD LOOK LIKE IN CONCURRENT TEACHING.

>> MY CONCERN, IT COMES WITH SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES.

I APPRECIATE THE CONVERSATION.

WE'LL CONTINUE TO EXPLORE.

THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT TIME IN GENERAL AND WE'RE NEVER GOING TO FIND THE TOTAL SOLUTION BUT I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR THE TEACHER FEEDBACKS.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THE INFORMATION.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THAT IS A REASON WE WANTED TO BRING TEACHERS IN FROM OUR JURISDICTIONS SO WE CAN GET AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW DOES IT WORK AND WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES THAT COME ALONG WITH IT SO THAT WE COULD THEN BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE BOARD WITH AN UPDATE AROUND WHAT WE THINK IS MOST FEASIBLE AND WHAT IS GOING TO BE MOST APPROPRIATE FOR OUR STAFF IN REGARDS TO THE LEARNING MODELS BECAUSE WE CAN'T JUST DO THINGS BECAUSE EVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING IT.

THERE'S ALWAYS IMPLICATIONS WITH EVERYTHING, YOU KNOW, AND SOMETIMES THE STORIES AROUND WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING, BUT BEHIND THE MODELS WE DON'T REALLY GET TO HEAR THE NEWS.

THIS WILL ALLOW US TO HAVE MORE OF A RAW CONVERSATION, OUR TEACHERS, AND THE TEACHERS THAT WE'LL BRING IN FROM OUR JURISDICTIONS TO REALLY GIVE THEM A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THIS WORKS AND -- OR HOW IT MAY NOT WORK.

>> IF I MAY ASK, DR. HUTCHINGS, WHEN YOU'RE HAVING THE CONVERSATION I THINK THE BOARD WOULD BE INTERESTED, GIVING HOW DIVERSE THE STUDENT POPULATION IS, IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR FOR SPECIAL-NEEDS STUDENTS AND STUDENTS WHO DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH AS THE FIRST LANGUAGE, AND THE GRATITUDE OF DIVERSE BUT IT'S NOT A, "ONE SIDE FITS ALL," ISSUE.

I KNOW WE GET TWO QUESTIONS DURING THESE CONVERSATIONS.

DO YOU WANT ME TO ASK MY SECOND ONE NOW OR GET BACK IN THE QUEUE?

>> WHY DON'T YOU GET BACK IN THE QUEUE.

I HAVE A QUESTION ON THE SLIDE.

IT SAID THIS MODEL WAS ALSO MORE LIKELY TO HAVE STUDENTS KEEP THEIR TEACHERS AND I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY AND HOW THAT WAS.

>> SO ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS, AND MS. HALL CAN ELABORATE.

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O KEEP THE TEACHERS IS BECAUSE A TEACHER IS NOW TEACHING KIDS VIRTUALLY AND ALSO IN-PERSON IT DOESN'T REQUIRE US TO NOW SWITCH THEM TO A DIFFERENT TEACHER, BECAUSE IF THE CLASSES ARE SPLIT UP, YOU CAN KEEP THE CLASS ROSTER INTACT EVEN IF THE TEACHER WAS UNABLE TO COME TO SCHOOL IN SOME CASES, YOU KNOW, AND THE TEACHER COULD BE ABLE TO TEACH THE IN-PERSON STUDENTS AND THE VIRTUAL STUDENTS FROM WHEREVER THEY ARE, EVEN IF THEY'RE AWAY BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS DONE VIRTUALLY IN A SENSE.

YOU HAVE A LOT MORE OPTIONS WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE TO MOVE AN ENTIRE CLASSROOM OR KIDS FROM A CLASSROOM TO A DIFFERENT INSTRUCTOR.

CONCURRENT TEACHING IS THE LEAST DISRUPTIVE OPTION BUT THERE'S ALSO OTHER CHALLENGES THAT COME WITH IT.

IT MIGHT BE LEAST DISRUPTIVE FOR THE STUDENTS BUT THEN THERE'S OTHER DISRUPTIONS THAT OCCUR FROM THAT PARTICULAR OPTION.

I DON'T KNOW IF I COVERED THAT CLEARLY, MS. HALL.

>> YOU DID.

NOTHING TO ADD.

THE THING I'LL SAY IS THAT IT'S DIFFICULT TO SPEAK IN SHOULDN'T WITH ANYTHING RELATED TO HYBRID -- DIFFICULT TO SPEAK IN ABSOLUTES WITH ANYTHING RELATED TO A HYBRID MODEL.

I WOULD AGREE WITH DR. HUTCHINGS SAYING THAT THERE'S A GREATER OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TO NOT HAVE THAT DISRUPTIVE OF PULLED APART AND PUT IN SEPARATE CLASSROOMS.

>> JUST TO CLARIFY.

IF A TEACHER IS NOT RETURNINGTHY COULD BOTH HAVE PEOPLE IN THE CLASSROOM AND AT HOME BUT THEY WOULD JUST BE USING THE CAMERA AND THERE'D BE SOMEBODY ELSE IN THE CLASSROOM I GUESS?

>> THE PRACTICE THAT MANY HAVE BEEN DOING IS THERE'S BEEN AN ADULT IN THE CLASSROOM, BECAUSE YOU CAN'T HAVE KIDS BY THEMSELVES.

THE TEACHING WOULD STILL OCCUR FROM THAT INSTRUCTOR REGARDLESS OF WHERE THE TEACHER IS.

SO THEY COULD BE AT HOME OR ANOTHER LOCATION AND THEY COULD STILL BE INSTRUCTING THE STUDENTS THROUGH A CONCURRENT TEACHING MODEL BECAUSE OF THE TWO-WAY CAMERAS THAT YOU'RE ABLE TO USE.

>> OKAY.

GREAT.

I'M CLEAR.

MS. THORNTON?

>> GOING OFF OF THIS CONCURRENT TEACHING MODEL CONVERSATION, I'M NOT QUITE CLEAR ON THE PROS AND CONS OF SOME OF THE OTHER MODELS DISCUSSED ON SLIDE 12.

I'M CURIOUS ABOUT THE ROTATIONAL MODEL AND IT SAYS A KEY BENEFIT IS IT HELPS OUT WITH CAPACITY RESTRAINTS, LESSENS GAPS IN THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE, WHICH I HEARD WAS A CONCERN WITH THE CONCURRENT TEACHING.

CAN WE GO THROUGH AGAIN THE PROS AND THE CONS.

SECONDLY, NOT QUITE RELATED, SHOULD WE PROCEED WITH PURCHASING THE ADDITIONAL TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT WE WOULD NEED FOR ANY OF THESE MODELS? WOULD THEY BE READY BY JANUARY? IS THAT EVEN SOMETHING LOGISTICALLY THAT'S FEASIBLE.

>> THE FIRST QUESTION, TODAY WE'RE FOCUSING ON CONCURRENT TEACHING.

NEXT WEEK WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE OTHER MODELS.

B THAT IS WHAT EVERYBODY IS SAYING WE SHOULD PIVOT TO DOING AND WE WANTED TO EXPLORE THAT PARTICULAR OPTION.

NOVEMBER 30 WE'RE GOING TO BE TALKING THROUGH MODELS TWO, THREE AND FOUR.

WE'LL HAVE MORE INFORMATION FOR THE BOARD AT A FUTURE DATE AT ANOTHER UPDATE.

WE SOLELY FOCUSED ON CONCURRENT TEACHING JUST BECAUSE THAT HAS BEEN THE DISCUSSION IN THE EDUCATIONAL WORLD.

WE DIDN'T WANT TO PIVOT INTO CONCURRENT TEACHING WITHOUT EXPLORING WHAT CONCURRENT TEACHING IS.

EVEN THE WORD ITSELF WAS BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF SUPERINTENDENTS IN THIS AREA A MONTH AGO.

I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE KNOW THE CONCEPT OF WHAT THE WORD CONCURRENT TEACHING.

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THE SECOND QUESTION, REPEAT IT AGAIN, PLEASE.

>> IT WAS ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY THAT WE MIGHT NEED TO PURCHASE FOR ANY OF THE HYBRID OPTIONS.

WOULD IT BE READY BY JANUARY?

>> DR. HOOVER?

>> GREAT QUESTION.

HONESTLY IT'S A FLUID SITUATION.

WE'RE NOT -- AVAILABLE.

IT'S A VERY FLUID SITUATION AND IT'S THE TIMING ALSO.

I CAN'T PROMISE ANYTHING RIGHT NOW.

WE'RE STILL WAITING FOR THE

>> WE DO HAVE MEASURES IN PLACE TO TRY TO GO AHEAD AND PURSUE THE TECHNOLOGY DEVICES, BECAUSE WHETHER WE GO WITH A CONCURRENT TEACHING OR NOT, THINKING FORWARD, FAST FORWARD, AND IT'S HARD TO DO THAT, IN THE FUTURE WE MIGHT HAVE FAMILIES THAT OPT TO NOT SEND THE KIDS TO SCHOOL, FOR WHATEVER REASON, AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE'RE EQUIPPED TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SOME FORM OF VIRTUAL LEARNING FROM OUR STUDENTS AND THIS COULD ALSO OPEN SOME DOORS TO US WHEN US MOVING IN THIS DIRECTION AND HAVING CAMERAS IN OUR CLASSROOMS. I THINK MR. SUAREZ MENTIONED THIS WHEN WE FIRST GOT INTO THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC, ALLOWING FOR OTHER STUDENTS TO TAKE UPPER-LEVEL COURSES, TO NAME ONE, AND US REALLY KIND OF FORWARD THINKING AND GETTING OURSELVES EQUIPMENTED WITH THIS TECHNOLOGY, A HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR PROVIDING, YOU KNOW, THESE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE MOVING FORWARD AND NOT JUST FOR NOW.

SO WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO MAKE SURE ALL OF THE DIFFERENT DECISIONS THAT WE'RE MAKING, WE WANT THEM TO BE SUSTAINABLE AND FOR THERE TO BE OTHER SOLUTIONS, FOR FUTURE PROBLEMS TOO AND NOT JUST THE PROBLEMS WE'RE EXPERIENCING TODAY.

>> NEXT WE HAVE MS. GREENE.

>> I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS BUT I'LL JUST BACK IN THE QUEUE AND DO MY FIRST ONE NOW.

THE FIRST QUESTION, DR. HUTCHINGS OR TEAM, CAN YOU TELL ME WITH THE CONCURRENT TEACHING MODEL WHAT OUR PLANS ARE FOR SUBSTITUTES.

INEVITABLY WELL NEED THEM.

WILL THEY RECEIVE THE SAME PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO PREPARE FOR THE NEW VIRTUAL WORLD?

>> GREAT QUESTION.

ABSOLUTELY.

THEY'LL HAVE TO.

THE MOMENT WE GET BACK INTO A SITUATION WHERE STAFF ARE BACK IN THE BUILDING, WE COULD HAVE CASES WHERE STAFF MEMBERS ARE POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND THEY'RE OUT FOR TWO WEEKS, NOT THAT THEY'RE POSITIVE AND ASYMPTOMATIC BUT THEY HAVE SYMPTOMS AND NOT ABLE TO ZOOM FROM HOME.

WE'LL HAVE CASES LIKE THAT AND WE'LL HAVE TO HAVE SOLUTIONS FOR THAT.

OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE WHOEVER WE HAVE SUBSTITUTING A PARTICULAR CLASS AND A CONCURRENT TEACHING OR ANY OTHER MODEL, THAT THEY ARE TRAINED OR COMPLETE OR IMPLEMENT THE PRACTICES IN THE CLASSROOMS. DR. MOZINGO, ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD FROM THAT?

>> NO.

I'M JUST GLAD YOU ASKED THAT QUESTION BECAUSE HE'S ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.

WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED AND WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT EVEN FOR THE VETERAN TEACHER USING EITHER OF THESE MODELS THEY START OVER AT ZERO.

THE LEARNING CURVE FOR EVERYONE IS THERE.

FOR OUR SUBSTITUTES AND REGULAR TEACHERS, AND VETERAN TEACHERS, ANYONE, SO EXTENSIVE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING IS ESSENTIAL.

>> NEXT UP, MS. ALDERTON.

>> I JUST HAVE A COMMENT.

I REALLY SPEAK BEING CLEAR AND ASKING REALLY COGNIZANT THAT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IS VERY IMPORTANT.

ONE CHALLENGE IS THAT EVEN THOUGH THERE'S A TEACHER WHO WILL BE IN PERSON OR SOMEONE WHO WILL BE IN PERSON, IT'S STILL NOT THE SAME.

I SUPPORT THE VIRTUAL STUDENTS.

ONE THING WE WANT TO CONSIDER AS PART OF THAT IS HOW TO MAINTAIN THAT VIRTUAL CLASSROOM, THAT VIRTUAL COMPONENT, LIKE WE USE CANVAS, HOW DO WE SET THAT UP SO IT'S INSTRUCTIVE AND SUPPORTS THE VIRTUAL STUDENT AND SUPPORT THE POSSIBILITY

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OF A RAPID SHIFT TO FULLY VIRTUAL.

LIKE WE SAID, IT'S NOT IF BUT WHEN SOMEBODY CONTRACTS COVID AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, THAT SHIFT BACK TO VIRTUAL NEEDS TO BE SEAMLESS.

AND SO I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND.

YOU DON'T WANT THAT VIRTUAL PART TO SLIDE SIMPLY BECAUSE SOMEONE IS IN PERSON BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, OTHERWISE IT JUST -- I THINK IT HAS THE HUGE SENSITIVITY TO FALL COMPLETELY APART AND THEN LASTLY, YOU KNOW, AGAIN LIKE TO MS. NOLAN'S POINT, HAVING SOME TRAINING ON HOW TO MAINTAIN THE VIRTUAL PORTION OF THE CLASSROOM WILL HELP BETTER SUPPORT KIDS WHO DO HAVE VARYING NEEDS.

SO JUST SORT OF AGAIN I APPRECIATE THAT FOCUS ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND THOSE ARE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO KEEP IN THE BACK OF OUR MINDS AS WE EXPLORE THIS OPTION.

>> DR. REIF?

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO EVERYONE ON THE TEAM.

I KNOW YOU ARE WORKING HARD TO WORK THROUGH ALL OF THE DIFFERENT ISSUES.

WITH REGARDS TO THE RECOMMENDATION, DR. HUTCHINGS, ABOUT DELAYING THE SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION AND THE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE SELF-CONTAINED LANGUAGE, ARTS AND MATH INSTRUCTION TO JANUARY, COULD YOU JUST TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT.

MY UNDERSTANDING, THERE'S BEEN CHALLENGES WITH ROLLING OUT THAT PROGRAM AND IT'S BEEN AROUND THE STAFFABILITY TO RETURN.

I KNOW WE WERE NOT ABLE TO BRING BACK THE THIRD THROUGH FIFTH GRADERS LAST WEEK AS WE WERE PLANNING IN THE CITYWIDE PROGRAM BUT NOT IT'S ANOTHER THING INTRODUCED WHICH IS THE DELAYS DUE TO THE HEALTH INDICATORS.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I HAD BEEN TALKING TO A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IF WE HAVE -- IF WE'RE GOING TO DEVELOP SOME CLEARLY DEFINED THRESHOLDS IN REGARD TO THE HEALTH INDICATORS, SO EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS THE BASIS OF THE RECOMMENDATION.

I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THE CASE COUNTS OR GOING UP AND WE'RE LOOKING TO BE GOING INTO A MORE DANGEROUS PERIOD BUT JUST LOOKING AT WHAT OTHER DIVISIONS ARE DOING, THEY SEEM TO BE MAKING DIFFERING DECISIONS REGARDING THE HEALTH INDICATORS.

IF YOU COULD JUST TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, YOU KNOW, AGAIN THAT PROGRAM, THERE WERE CHALLENGES WITH THE ROLL-OUT BECAUSE OF THE STAFFING CONSTRAINTS BUT NOW WE'RE RECOMMENDING TO DELAY IT BECAUSE OF THE HEALTH INDICATORS AND IT'S ALSO A DIFFERENT MODEL.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE CONCURRENT TEACHING BUT IT'S A DIFFERENT MODEL.

IF YOU COULD PROVIDE CLARITY, THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL.

>> THANK FOR THAT QUESTION.

I HAVE A COUPLE OF METRICS THAT WE USE AND I KNOW IF -- I WANT TO MENTION, OUR STAFFING HAS BEEN A CONSTRAINT PREVIOUSLY AND WE'VE BEEN VOCAL ABOUT THAT.

W MITIGATIONS.

WE STATED AT ANY TIME WE'LL HAVE TO FOLLOW WHAT'S HAPPENING IN REGARDS TO THE COMMUNITY SPREAD THAT COULD DELAY OR THANK ANY PLANS.

WE CAN PUT ALL THE PLANS TOGETHER FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR AND THINGS COULD HAPPEN.

WE'VE BEEN VERY, VERY VOCAL ABOUT THAT AND HOPEFULLY NOBODY IS SURPRISED BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN VERY TRANSPARENT ON THAT PARTICULAR THING.

THE THREE SPECIFIC METRICS THAT WE LOOK AT IN REGARDS TO THE HEALTH SITUATION, METRIC ONE LOOKS AT THE COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION.

THIS IS THE NUMBER OF NEW CASES THAT ARE WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY PER 100,000 PERSONS WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS.

SO TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE, WHEN WE HAVE MORE THAN 200 CASES PER 100,000, WITHIN THE PAST 14 DAYS, THAT INDICATES THAT WE'RE AT THE HIGHEST RISK OF TRANSMISSION

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IN OUR SCHOOLS.

SO THAT'S ONE METRIC THAT WE WORKED DIRECTLY WITH THE ALEXANDRIA HEALTH DEPARTMENT ON.

METRIC TWO DEALS WITH THE PERCENTAGE OF COVID-19 TESTS IN THE COMMUNITY THAT ARE POSITIVE IN THE LAST 14 DAYS.

THIS IS A LEVEL, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN MORE THAN 10 PERCENT DURING THE PRIOR 14 DAYS INDICATES THAT WE'RE AT THE HIGHEST RISK OF TRANSMISSION IN OUR SCHOOLS.

THIS IS LIKE ANOTHER METRIC THAT IS USED BY THE ALEXANDRIA HEALTH DEPARTMENT THAT WE'RE INFORMED ABOUT THAT HELPS US WITH OUR DECISION-MAKING.

THE THIRD METRIC IS MORE OF AN INTERNAL SCHOOL RISK ASSESSMENT.

T IN-SCHOOL MITIGATION EFFORTS.

FOR EXAMPLE, MAKING SURE WE HAVE CONSISTENCY WITH OUR MASKS OR FACE COVERINGS THAT ARE BEING USED THROUGHOUT THE BUILDINGS, OUR SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND THIS IS WHY WE'VE BEEN ADAMANT ABOUT THE SIX FEET APART AND NOT CAVING INTO THAT BECAUSE EVERY TIME YOU GO WITHIN SIX FEET YOU'RE NOW PUTTING THE STAFF AND STUDENTS JUST AT A HIGH RISK, YOU KNOW, AND IF WE AT LEAST STICK TO THE SIX FEET WITH THE FACE COVERINGS AND HAND WASHING AND RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE, SNEEZING INTO YOUR ARM, AND ALL OF THE DISINFECTANT MEASURES WE HAVE TAKEN THROUGH THE SCHOOLS AND ALSO THE CONTRACT TRACING THAT OCCURS WITH THE ALEXANDRIA HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

THE THIRD MITIGATION IS ABOUT INTERNAL SCHOOL RISK ASSESSMENTS.

THOSE ARE THE FIVE KEY STRATEGIES THAT DR. HAERING TALKED ABOUT.

WE'LL BE PLAYING THIS OUT TOMORROW IN THE ACPS INSIDER SO THAT FAMILIES CAN ACTUALLY SEE SPECIFICALLY WHEN IT COMES TO, YOU KNOW, METRICS THAT WE'RE USING THAT ARE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ALEXANDRIA HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THIS IS IN ADDITION TO STAFFING AND BUILDINGS, ALL IN ADDITION TO THIS.

I HOPE THAT HELPED ANSWER YOUR QUESTION.

>> YES.

IT DID.

I UNDERSTAND THAT THE HEALTH INDICATORS ARE -- WE CAN WORK -- WE HAVE TO WORK THROUGH THE STAFFING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT'S FEASIBLE AND THE HEALTH METRICS ARE ANOTHER LAYER.

BUT I GUESS WHAT I WAS GOATING AT SPECIFICALLY WAS IF WE'RE GOING TO SAY WHEN TWO OF THESE CATEGORIES ARE IN THE HIGHEST RISK FOR SEVEN DAYS, OR WHATEVER, THEN THEREFORE WE'LL NOT BRING KIDS BACK OR SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT, GETTING THAT SPECIFIC OR IF IT'S GOING TO BE MORE OF A, YOU'RE CONSULTING WITH THE DOCTOR AND MAKING A RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD BASED ON WHAT YOU'RE SEEING LOOKING AT THE TOTAL PICTURE.

I THINK THAT'S WHAT I'M TRYING TO GET AT.

IF THERE'S SOMETHING MORE SPECIFIC SO THAT EVERYONE KIND OF -- WHEN ALL THE BOXES ARE CHECKED WE'LL KNOW.

OR IF IT'S JUST A RECOMMENDATION.

>> I THINK THE BIGGEST AND MOST SPECIFIC THING IS THE FACT THAT WHEN WE LOOK AT METRIC ONE WE'RE LOOKING AT THE NUMBER OF NEW CASES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY PER 100,000 PERSONS WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS.

METRIC TWO, THE PERCENTAGE OF COVID TESTS IN THE COMMUNITY THAT ARE POSITIVE IN THE LAST 14 DAYS.

METRIC THREE, WHAT IS THE DEGREE OF IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR OWN IN-PERSON OR IN-PERSON MITIGATION MEASURES AND IT'S DIFFICULT BECAUSE THE SITUATION IS SO FLUID.

SO MANY THINGS HAPPEN, THAT WHEN WE SAY THIS IS THE NUMBER, THE NEXT WEEK IS A DIFFERENT NUMBER, ALONG WITH THE NEXT WEEK.

IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US AND IT'S VERY HELPFUL ESPECIALLY EACH WEEK THAT WE HAVE DR. HAERING PROVIDING US THESE UPDATES.

IT ALLOWS US TO SEE, IN TALKING ABOUT THE SPIKE, YOU CAN SEE FROM TWO WEEKS AGO WHEN WE WERE GREEN TO NOW WE'RE NO LONGER IN THE GREEN.

WE'RE IN THE RED IN CERTAIN AREAS.

THAT WAS JUST TWO WEEKS AGO.

IT'S HARD FOR US -- WE'RE TALKING ABOUT OPENING OUR SCHOOLS.

WE FELT COMFORTABLE WHEN EVERYTHING WAS GREEN AND WE WERE LOW RISK BUT IT'S VERY DIFFICULT WHEN YOU ARE NOW AT A HIGH RISK TO SAY WE'RE AT A HIGH RISK IN THE CITY BUT WE'RE GOING TO OPEN THE SCHOOLS ANYWAY AND HAVE MORE PEOPLE COMING IN FROM ALL OVER THE CITY BECAUSE THE STAFF ARE NOT FROM THE CITY BUT ALSO FROM MARYLAND AND

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THE D.

C.

METROPOLITAN AREA AND, YOU KNOW, WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE WE'RE BEING AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE.

DR. HAERING, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO THE CHIME IN.

WE WORKED SPECIFICALLY ON THIS WITH YOU.

>> I WOULD RECOMMEND, AND I HAVE BEEN TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS TEAM, TO REMAIN MORE FLUID THAN RIGID INSTEAD OF SAYING, IF WE GET TO X NUMBER OF YELLOW OR GREEN THAT WE'RE GOOD TO GO.

ONE NEEDS TO TAKE IT IN A GREATER CONTEXT THAN JUST ALEXANDRIA.

EVERY TIME I PRESENT I PRESENT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN NORTH VIRGINIA, D.

C., SOUTHERN MARYLAND AND, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF TRAVEL AND LIKE DR. HUTCHINGS TALKED ABOUT, STAFF LIVE IN DIFFERENT PLACES.

I KNOW THERE'S JURISDICTION THAT ARE USING THE METRICS AS ABSOLUTES, BUT IT'S KIND OF LIKE WHEN YOU GO TO YOUR PHYSICIAN AND THEY'RE TREATING CHOLESTEROL OR BLOOD PRESSURE OR WHATEVER THEY'RE TREATING IT MORE THAN JUST ABSOLUTE NUMBERS IN TERMS OF DECIDING WHEN YOU DO DIET OR EXERCISE OR ACTUAL MEDICATION BUT THEY'RE TAKING IT IN OTHER CONTEXT, THE FAMILY HISTORY, THE PERSONAL HISTORY, THE SOCIAL HISTORY, SO THAT WAY IT'S MORE USING THE METRICS IN TERMS OF THE CONTEXT AND THEN THE OTHER CONTEXT IS WHAT IS A COMMUNITY'S RISK TOLERANCE VERSUS THE BENEFITS OF OPENING.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DECIDED BY THE COMMUNITY, YOU KNOW, BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD AND EVERYBODY TOGETHER.

I THINK THE PLACES THAT ARE USING THE ABSOLUTES ARE NOT USING THE ART OF LEARNING AND THE ART OF PUBLIC HEALTH.

I THINK THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT ASPECT TO CONSIDER.

>> MS. NOLAN?

>> THREE PARTS BUT ALL PART OF THE QUESTION.

THIS THIS IS HELPFUL WHAT YOU LAID OUT.

AND THE -- WHAT IS THE MIXTURE OF PUZZLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION?

>> THERE'S FOUR THINGS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT.

IT'S ONLY THREE CATEGORIES.

ONE IS STAFFING.

FOR US TO OPEN OUR BUILDINGS, WE HAVE TO HAVE STAFFING.

CAN'T HAVE KIDS WITHOUT STAFFING.

TWO, WE HAVE TO HAVE THE BUILDING CAPACITY AND THAT WILL VARY AT DIFFERENT BUILDINGS.

WE HAVE TO COME UP WITH A WAY TO ONLY ACCOMMODATE WHAT IS FEASIBLE FOR THAT PARTICULAR SCHOOL BUILDING.

THE BUILDING CAPACITY IS REAL.

WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT AT THE FIRST SESSION, SHARING THE RECOMMENDATION FOR THE NEXT NINE WEEKS WITH THE BOARD.

WE SAID THAT WE WERE LOOKING TO TRANSMISSION PREK THROUGH 12TH GRADE BY FEBRUARY.

WE DON'T HAVE -- WE CAN'T SAY HEY, LET'S USE THE MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR ELEMENTARY OR THE HIGH SCHOOL FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL BECAUSE WE'RE TRYING TO GET EVERYBODY IN, SO WE HAVE TO WORK THROUGH EACH BUILDING CAPACITY CONSTRAINTS.

THE THIRD AREA DEALS WITH THE HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS.

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THOSE ARE THREE THINGS I MENTIONED.

ONE, THE COMMUNITY SPREAD PER 100,000.

ALSO THE POSITIVITY RATE, AND THEN OUR IN-SCHOOL METRICS.

THERE'S THREE SPECIFIC AREAS THAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT.

TO ANSWER THE SECOND QUESTION, WE'RE WORKING ON A VISUAL FOR THE COMMUNITY.

THAT'S IN THE WORKS.

IT'S NOT DONE YET BECAUSE WE'RE TRYING TO -- IT SOUNDS SIMPLE WHEN WE'RE TALKING THROUGH THIS ON ZOOM BUT IT'S NOT SIMPLE WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IT ON ZOOM BECAUSE I HAVE TO KEEP REFERRING TO MY NOTES WHEN I'M TALKING ABOUT IT.

THIS IS NOT LIKE EASY STUFF TO SAY HEY, LET'S DO A PICTURE AND EVERYBODY'S GOING TO GET IT.

WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE'RE DOING IT SO THAT YOU CAN, FROM THIS VISUAL, YOU CAN UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT THAT MEANS AND NOT THAT IT'S JUST A VISUAL TO MAKE YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON.

WE'RE TRYING TO BE VERY INSIGHTFUL AND TRYING TO WORK WITH THE ALEXANDRIA HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO GET WHATEVER WE PUT OUT THERE AS ACCURATE AS POSSIBLE SO PEOPLE DON'T SAY WE WRONG INFORMATION MOVING FORWARD.

BUT WE'RE WORKING ON THAT.

I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT SUGGESTION WHEN YOU MENTIONED THIS BEFORE IN OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM, THAT NIGHT, THEY GOT A TEXT AND WE HAD A CONVERSATION ABOUT IT THE NEXT DAY BECAUSE WE THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE SOME KIND OF VISUAL FOR ALL TO UNDERSTAND.

>> .

NEXT UP, MS. GREENE.

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>> .

>> WE HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THEM AND WE MEET WEEKLY, A WEEKLY MEETING THAT WE OF.

>> MS. LORBER?

>> MY QUESTION IS PIGGYBACKING ON OTHERS.

WHEN ARE WE FOLLOWING UP WITH TEACHERS WHO -- TO FIND OUT WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO BRING THEM BACK? I KNOW WE DISCUSSED THIS IN THE PAST.

TEACHERS HAVE A NUMBER OF REASONS THEY CAN'T COME BACK.

SOME, THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT COMING BACK.

BUT OTHERS I THINK MAY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH FEAR OR UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT.

I WANT TO PIGGYBACK THAT ON TWO QUESTIONS.

I DON'T THINK WE CAN ANSWER THIS IMMEDIATELY.

I'M CURIOUS TO KNOW HOW MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS HAVE WINDOWS THAT OPEN AND HOW MANY DO NOT.

BECAUSE I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WE KEEP READING ABOUT IS THAT THE MORE FRESH AIR YOU CAN GET IN AN ENVIRONMENT THE BETTER.

S WINDOWS AND HAVE AIR CIRCULATING.

THE OTHER TOPIC, AIR CIRCULATION.

I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIGURE OUT, FROM READING, TO WHAT DEGREE, THE HVAC AND THE FILTERS, THE SYSTEMS AND OPENING WINDOWS AND APPROPRIATE PPE FOR EACHERS COULD GO A LONG WAY TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL SECURE.

I'M CURIOUS ABOUT THAT.

>> TO ANSWER YOUR FIRST QUESTION, ON DECEMBER 3 WE'LL PROVIDE MORE SPECIFICS AROUND THE FEARS THAT TEACHERS EXPRESSED.

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WE'RE BEGINNING TO REACH OUT TO THE STAFF NOW.

SPECIFICALLY WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS MITIGATE SOME OF FEARS.

WE HAVE TO REASSURE WE HAVE PPE.

IN REGARDS TO OUR AIR QUALITY, I'LL ASK DR. HART TO SPEAK.

ONE THING I DO NOW IS WHEN I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH DR. HART, SOME OF THE RESEARCH AND INFORMATION THEY WERE SHARE WAS THAT WE DON'T ALWAYS WANT OUR WINDOWS OPEN WITH AIR COMING INTO THE BUILDINGS.

IF YOU COULD TALK TO THAT.

THERE WAS INFORMATION I RECALL YOU SHARING WITH ME WHEN I WAS GOING ABOUT WINDOWS AND OPENING WINDOWS AND HAVING FRESH AIR IN OUR CLASSROOMS.

>> GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS, WHEN IT COMES TO THE PVAC SYSTEMS, WHAT THE TEAM HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON IS ENSURING THE SYSTEMS ARE WORKING IN A WHAT THOUGH SHOULD BE, SO WORKING WITH THE CONTRACTOR AND MAKING SURE PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE IS UP TO DATE AND THAT INCLUDES CHANGING FILTERS.

IN REGARDS TO THE QUESTION ABOUT OPENING WINDOWS THERE'S BEEN SOME VARIED CONVERSATIONS AND REALLY THE INTENT OF YOUR HVAC IS THAT THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO WORK WITHOUT OPENING WINDOWS.

I SEE JOHN FINNEGAN ON THE LINE.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE FOCUSING SPECIFICALLY ON MAKING SURE THAT OUR HVAC SYSTEMS WORK IN A WAY THEY ARE INTENDED TO WORK WHICH INCLUDES FILTRATION AND FRESH AIR SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO OPEN WINDOWS.

>> DR. HAERING, DO YOU WANT TO CHIME?

>> I AGREE WITH WHAT'S BEEN SAID.

THE OTHER THING TO REMEMBER IS THAT THESE WOULD BE SECONDARY MEASURES IN TERMS OF THE UV, THE EXTRA FILTRATION.

THOSE ARE IMPORTANT.

I'M NOT SAYING DON'T DO THEM.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO FOCUS ON WHAT WE KNOW TO PREVENT A VIRUS AT THIS TIME.

I SHOULD SAY THIS IS CHANGING.

BACK IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH, WE WERE TELLING PEOPLE, DON'T WEAR MASKS.

BUT WITH TIME, LIKE ALL SCIENTISTS KNOW, WITH THE INCREASING BODY OF KNOWLEDGE, WE CHANGE OUR RECOMMENDATIONS BASED OFF THAT NEW KNOWLEDGE.

AS OF NOW WHAT WE'RE SEEING THE FOCUS NEEDS TO BE ON THE MASKING, SANITIZING, SO I WOULDN'T -- AT THIS JUNCTURE, YOU NEED TO CONTINUE DOING THESE OTHER THINGS.

>> THANK YOU.

THAT'S INTERESTING.

>> MR. SUAREZ?

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>> THANK YOU, CHAIR ANDERSON.

A COUPLE OF COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS.

FIRST COMMENT, I REALLY APPRECIATE THE DISCUSSION AROUND CONCURRENT TEACHING AND THE POINTS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND HAVING THE CAMERAS.

IT'S MY HOPE THAT REGARDLESS WE CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT PACE AND GET THAT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

FOR SOME OF THE REASONS AS MENTIONED BY DOCTOR, THERE WOULD BE BENEFITS FOR THAT, WHETHER A PANDEMIC OR IN THE FUTURE, YOU KNOW, GIVING STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE A CLASS THEY MAY MISS WHEN THEY'RE SICK FIVE YEARS DOWN THE LIKE OR FOR SOME REASON, STUDENTS MAKING YOU CLASSES OVER THE SUMMER, RE-WATCHING, AND THAT SEEMS LIKE A NO-BRAINER.

I HOPE WE CAN GET THAT IN PLACE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

THAT WAS ONE OF MY COMMENTS.

I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS AND THEN I MIGHT HAVE A FOLLOW-UP AFTER THAT.

ONE QUESTION, I WANT TO THE BE MINDFUL OF THE RATES AROUND THE COUNTRY, GETTING WORSE AND WE HAVE TO BE SENSITIVE TO THAT.

I'M THINKING IN TERMS OF THE INCREMENTAL APPROACH THAT THE BOARD HAS AGREED TO, THAT WE'RE TAKING THIS DELIBERATE BECAUSE WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE WE'RE LEARNING AND THOUGHTFUL AND MAKE SURE WE'RE NOT CAUSING ANY HARM FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

I GUESS IT'S SORT OF A FOLLOW-UP FROM DR. REESE'S QUESTION.

I UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE METRICS BEHIND THE RECOMMENDATION -- I'D LIKE AN UPDATE ON WHAT'S GOING ON IN PERSON NOW AND IN TERMS OF THAT, HAS THERE BEEN ANY CONCERNS FROM STAFF ABOUT HOW THINGS ARE GOING, HAVE THERE BEEN ANY CASES, HAS THERE BEEN ANY CONCERN FROM PARENTS NOW THAT THE RATE IS GOING UP, AND -- I WOULD LIKE TO TERMS OF HOW THINGS ARE GOING, HOW MANY KIDS ARE CURRENTLY IN PERSON AT THIS JUNCTURE AND SORT OF HOW WE'RE FEELING WE'RE DOING, NOTWITHSTANDING THE BROADER CONTEXT AROUND THE RATES AT ALEXANDRIA.

>> FOR ACPS WE ONLY HAVE SIX STUDENTS WHO ARE IN-PERSON IN ACPS.

WE HAVE NOT HAD ANY CASES WITH THE SIX STUDENTS IN THE CITYWIDE PROGRAM AT THIS TIME.

HOWEVER WE HAVE HAD CASES, ESSENTIALLY EMPLOYEES, IN THE BUILDINGS AND WE'VE BEEN HAVING THEM SINCE THE PANDEMIC BACK IN MARCH.

I CAN SAY OVER THE PAST MONTH IT SEEMS THERE'S MORE POSITIVE CASES JUST WITH THE ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL.

I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT IS AN IMPORTANT DATA POINT FOR US.

DR. HAERING MAY BE ABLE TO ELABORATE.

EVERY POSITIVE IS NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL IT'S THROUGH THE ALEXANDRIA HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

THAT'S NOT SOMETHING WE DO.

BUT WE FOLLOW PROTOCOL, IMMEDIATELY GETTING IN CONTACT WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SO THEY CAN DETERMINE IF THE POSITIVE WAS OFFICIAL AND THEY CAN BEGIN THE CONTRACT TRACING PROTOCOL IF NEED BE.

IF WE DISCOVER THERE'S OTHER POTENTIAL INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PART OF OUR ORGANIZATION WHO MAY HAVE BEEN CONTAMINATED, WE FOLLOW OUR COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOL.

DR. HAERING, WOULD YOU LIKE TO ELABORATE?

>> SURE.

WHEN WE HEAR ABOUT THE CASE, WE INTERVIEW THE CASE WHEN IT'S A CITY OF ALEXANDRIA EMPLOYEE OR AN ACPS EMPLOYEE STAFF MEMBER REGARDLESS WHERE THEY LIVE.

AND THE -- WE LEAD THAT TO THE JURISDICTION OF THEIR HOME.

GETTING BACK TO THE STAFF AND WHAT WE DO IS WE INTERVIEW THE PERSON.

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WE FIND OUT ALL THE THINGS ABOUT THEIR POSSIBLE CLOSE CONTACTS INCLUDING PEOPLE PERHAPS THAT THEY COMMUTED WITH.

IT HASN'T HAPPENED WITH ACPS BUT ONE THING WE'RE SEEING IS THAT FAMILIARITY DOESN'T BREED -- THERE'S A LOT OF WORKERS IN DIFFERENT BUSINESSES THAT ARE GOOD ABOUT WEARING THEIR FACE COVERING AND MAINTAINING DISTANCE FROM PATRON BUT WHEN IT COMES TO OTHER TEAM MEMBERS THEY'LL HAVE DINNER OR LUNCH WITH THEM AND SOCIALIZE WITH THEM.

THAT'S WHERE WE'RE SEEING TRANSMISSION.

AGAIN, NOT WITHIN ACPS.

THE OTHER THING WE DO IS FIND OUT WHERE THEY'VE BEEN.

THE CDC PROTOCOL STATES THAT WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING WITH THAT SPACE IS VACATING THAT SPACE FOR 24 HOURS IF POSSIBLE, NOT DOING ANYTHING WITH THAT SPACE.

AFTER 24 HOURS GOING IN AND DOING WHAT SOME PEOPLE REFER TO AS A DEEP CLEAN OR A THOROUGH SANITIZING OF ALL SURFACES AND SO THAT'S KIND OF THE TWO-STEP PROCESS WE'RE DEALING WITH.

THE PEOPLE, THE CASES AROUND, AND THE PLACES THE CASES HAVE BEEN AROUND.

>> THANK YOU FOR THAT, DR. HAERING.

I GUESS I HAD ANOTHER COMMENT, SLASH, QUESTION, THAT SORT OF RELATED TO THE COMMENTS YOU MADE EARLIER, DR. HAERING.

I INTERPRET THAT CORRECTLY.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I JUST -- I WANT TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT OBVIOUSLY THIS IS DIFFICULT.

ONE COMMENT YOU MADE WAS ABOUT BEING FLUID THROUGH THIS SITUATION.

RIGHT NOW WE'RE TAKING AN INCREMENTAL APPROACH.

RIGHT NOW I WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT BECAUSE OF THE RATE OF CASES IS GETTING HIGHER IN THE GENERAL COMMUNITY WE HAVE TO BE VERY MINDFUL OF THAT AND CONTINUE TO BE DELIBERATE.

I UNDERSTAND DR. HUTCHINGS TO CONTINUE TO TAKE THINGS SLOW.

YOU ALSO MADE A COMMENT ABOUT WE SHOULDN'T ALSO BE OVERLY RIGID.

I WORRY, YOU KNOW, IF WE JUST SAY STOP EVERYTHING, YOU KNOW, AND WE ARE INCREMENTALLY DOING A GOOD JOB RIGHT NOW MOVING THINGS FORWARD THAT WE'LL LOSE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN AS A DIVISION AND GET OUR DUCKS IN A ROW, AND FUNDAMENTALLY AND DR. HUTCHINGS' COMMENT, MY CONCERN, I CONTINUE TO BE REALLY WORRIED ABOUT THE LEARNING LOSS FOR OUR SPECIAL EDUCATION KIDS AND K TO TWO, YOU KNOW, LEARNERS.

I WANT TO MAKE SURE AND I KNOW EVERYONE'S WORKING REALLY HARD AND I CAN TELL.

THAT'S WHY I MADE THE POINT ABOUT CONCURRENT TEACHING.

I CAN TELL WE'RE TRYING TO GET THE DUCKS IN A ROW AND WHAT I HATE TO HAVE HAPPEN IS THE BOARD TO SAY, STOP EVERYTHING NOW, AND THEN WE LOSE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO EDUCATION SOME OF THE STUDENTS WHERE WE'RE DOING IT IN A VERY INCREMENTAL, THOUGHTFUL, ONLY A HANDFUL OF STUDENTS, WAY, AND AT THE SAME TIME BE FLAT FOOTED IN JANUARY CHANGE IN ADMINISTRATION AND HOPEFULLY A CHANGE IN NATIONAL POLICY.

WE HEARD THERE'S VACCINES.

IT WILL TAKE A LONG TIME TO GET THAT OUT BUT MY HOPE TO GOD IS THAT HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND FRANKLY EDUCATION STAFF ARE AMONG THE FIRST PEOPLE TO GET THAT.

THE THRUST OF MY QUESTION IS WHAT'S WRONG WITH CONTINUING TO BE UNDERRING THAT THIS IS A TIME WHERE PEOPLE ARE MAYBE BEING NEGLIGENT AND TRAVELING AND DOING THINGS THEY SHOULDN'T BE DOING, RATES HAVE INCREASED, BUT BEING INCREMENTAL, THOUGHTFUL, DELIBERATE, AS DR. HAERING SAID, BEING FLUID AND HAVING THE PIECES

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IN PLACE IN JANUARY TO CONTINUE TO BE INCREMENTAL AND THOUGHTFUL.

IT'S NOT OPENING UP K TO 12 RIGHT AWAY BUT GOING BACK TO MS. NOLAN'S COMMENT.

WHAT DOES THE TIERING LOOK LIKE, THE ORDER LOOK LIKE, AND INCREMENTALLY GETTING TO WHERE WE NEED TO GO.

I'D LOVE TO HEAR SOME OF OUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THAT BECAUSE I'M VERY TORN HERE.

>> I CAN UNDERSTAND BEING TORN.

I FEEL THE SAME WAY, ESPECIALLY WITH VULNERABLE STUDENTS AT THIS TIME, WE'RE HAVING TO MAKE A DECISION THAT'S IN WHAT WE BELIEVE THEIR BEST INTEREST IS HEALTH-WISE.

WHAT WE CANNOT NEGATE, THE DATA, TALKING A MONTH AGO, IS WORSE THAN IT WAS THEN AND WE DIDN'T HAVE STUDENTS IN THE BUILDINGS.

SO WHY AT THIS POINT WHEN IT'S SIGNIFICANTLY WORSE THAN JUST A MONTH AGO WOULD WE KNOW OPEN THE DOORS BACK UP.

AND THE -- I DON'T WANT TO SEND WILL STOP.

SO DIGGING DEEPER AND FIGURE OUT FEARS THAT THE STAFF HAVE SO WE CAN MITIGATE THEM AND HAVE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF STAFF ABLE TO RETURN INTO THE SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND CONTINUING TO DETERMINE WHAT THE BEST HYBRID LEARNING APPROACH IS GOING TO BE AS WE TRANSMISSION STUDENTS BACK.

THESE ARE HUGE ENDEAVORS THAT ARE CONTINUING AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

I JUST THINK THAT IF THE DATA WAS DIFFERENT NOW -- I'M CURIOUS TO KNOW IF WE'RE NOT SEEING STATISTICS BECAUSE MOST OF THE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED AND A LOT OF OUR SCHOOLS THAT ARE OPEN, THEY DON'T HAVE THEIR FULL STUDENT CAPACITY AND SO -- THE MORE I'M LEARNING THROUGH THE PROCESS WITH DR. HAERING AND MY OWN PERSONAL READINGS, THE MORE CONFIDENT I FEEL WHEN WE MAKE DECISIONS LIKE THIS.

IT'S NOT FUN.

I DON'T THINK I WANT TO MAKE THE DECISION, TO BE HONEST.

I'D LIKE FOR ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF MEMBERS AND THE SUPERINTENDENT TO BE BACK IN SCHOOL AND I'D LIKE TO BE IN MY OFFICE, AND WE NEED TO KEEP THE HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE FOREFRONT AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE I PRACTICE WHAT I PREACH.

DR. HAERING, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO ADD.

IF I CAN ADD CLARITY, WHEN I SAID, I'M RECOMMENDING TO REMAIN FLUID OR RIGID, WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS DON'T SAY THAT IF THESE TWO METRICS ARE BELOW MODERATING RISK OF

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TRANSMISSION OR BELOW LOWER RISK OF TRANSMISSION, THEN WE CAN OPEN, BECAUSE THEN YOU'RE JUST LOOKING AT TWO METRICS.

THE ONE THING I WOULD SAY IS THE FIVE MITIGATION STRATEGIES, I'VE BEEN ADAMANT THAT ALL FIVE NEED TO BE IN PLACE OR I WOULD NOT -- I WOULD RECOMMEND AGAINST REOPENING.

FROM WHAT I'VE SAID BEFORE, I'LL REPEAT IT AS LONG AS I SEE IT, FROM EVERYTHING I'VE SEEN ACPS HAS THE FIVE TRAGEDIES IN PLACE.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE CORE INDICATORS AND SECONDARY, YOU LOSE THE CONTEXT OF WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA REGION OR STATEWIDE REGIONALLY OR NATIONALLY THAT SHOULD ALSO INFLUENCE THE COMMUNITY DECISION DECISION ABOUT WHETHER TO OPEN PHYSICALLY OR NOT.

THAT'S WHAT I MEANT BY REMAINING FLUID INSTEAD OF RIGIDLY SAYING WE'RE GOING TO DO X IF THESE TWO OR THREE MEASURES ARE IN PLACE.

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?

>> I THINK IT DOES.

I THOUGHT I WAS INTERPRETING GOING -- JUST ONE LAST QUESTION, SORT OF GOING BACK TO MS. NOLAN'S QUESTIONS, THIS IS SOMETHING THE COMMUNITY NEEDS, I THINK YOU SAID PROVIDING A VISUAL, WILL THAT VISUAL INCLUDE MORE CLARITY ON -- LET'S SAY THE PANDEMIC IS OVER AND THE VACCINE CURES EVERYONE AND EVERYONE IS HAPPY AGAIN AND WE WANT A PHASE-IN APPROACH, WHAT WOULD THAT LOOK LIKE AND WHAT'S THE END GAME? THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF -- I DON'T THINK THAT'S YOUR INTENTION.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE EXPLAINING SORT OF WHAT -- WHAT IS THAT PRIORITIZATION AND CAN THAT BE IN THE VISUAL SOMEHOW BECAUSE I WOULD IMAGINE EVEN IF WE START GOING BACK MORE THOROUGHLY IN JANUARY, IT WON'T BE OPEN SESAME, BUT -- IT'S A PHASE-IN APPROACH.

WILL YOU PROVIDE MORE CLARITY AROUND THAT? THIS IS A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED.

WE HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT AND KEEP TRYING TO WORK WITH THE FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT ARE FRUSTRATED, BECAUSE WHICH WE'LL DO.

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WE GET IT.

WE TOTALLY GET THAT THIS PANDEMIC AND SOME OF THE DECISIONS THAT WE ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE BRINGS FRUSTRATION AND DISAPPOINTMENT AND I WISH I COULD MAKE IT DIFFERENTLY.

IT'S NOT SAYING THAT I DON'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT BECAUSE WE'RE WORKING TOWARDS IT EVERY DAY BUT I CAN'T MAKE THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC GO AWAY.

THAT'S ONE THING I DON'T HAVE CONTROL OVER.

WITH THE PLANNING, WHETHER IT IS DOING -- GOING HYBRID AND HAVING SOME KIDS VIRTUAL OR IN PERSON, YOU KNOW, AS WE MOVE THROUGH THIS YEAR, ALL OF OUR EXPERIENCE IS GOING TO PIVOT INTO THE PRACTICES.

WE'RE GOING TO BE LEARNING FROM WHEN WE PIVOT INTO THOSE.

WE'RE GOING TO LEARN SOMETHING FROM THAT.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A CONTINUOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR US UNTIL THINGS GET BACK TO SOME CYCLE OF NORMALCY, WHICH I DON'T KNOW WHEN THAT IS GOING TO BE.

I GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW.

WE'RE JUST TRYING TO ADJUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE ALONG THE WAY.

>> ONE LAST QUESTION FROM DR. REIF.

>> YES.

THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU FOR THAT CONVERSATION DOCTOR HUTCHINGS.

I KNOW YOU ARE IN A CHALLENGING POSITION AND JUST TRYING TO HELP ALL OF US UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENT CONSTRAINTS WE ARE WORKING THROUGH AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE THAT AND YOU ANSWERED MY QUESTION OF THIS IS, LIKE A COMMENT ON WHAT MR. SUAREZ WAS SAYING WAS CHALLENGING, FOR US AS A SCHOOL DIVISION TO DOCTOR HUTCHINGS AS A SUPERINTENDENT, SAYS A SCHOOL BOARD, WE ARE HAVING TO DEFINE THE RISK TOLERANCE FOR OUR COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY DON'T AGREE ON WHAT THAT RISK TOLERANCE SHOULD BE WE ARE HAVING TO DECIDE THAT FOR THE COMMUNITY AND IT'S HARD FOR ME TO DECIDE WHERE I COME DOWN ON IT BUT WHAT MR. SUAREZ WAS GETTING AT WAS THAT WE DO HAVE STUDENTS, THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IS INCREDIBLE AND CHALLENGING AND EVEN WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE GOVERNOR'S PHASE, THE DIFFERENT PHASES, THE FIRST IS THE REMOTE LEARNING SHOULD BE THE DOMINANT METHOD THAT YOU MAY CHOOSE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND SO I THINK THAT IS WHERE, THAT IS WHERE I GUES I AM TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW DO WE WAIVE THESE DIFFERENT RISKS IS WHAT I AM SAYING AND I THINK YOU MADE A COMMENT, YOU SAID LIKE WE DIDN'T BRING BACK PEOPLE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR WHEN THE CASE COUNTS WERE LOW I THINK THAT COULD CONFUSE PEOPLE BECAUSE MY UNDERSTANDING IS WE DIDN'T BRING PEOPLE BACK AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR BECAUSE OF THE STAFFING CONSTRAINTS WE HAD TO DEVELOP THIS VIRTUAL MODEL AND THAT WAS THE CHOICE AT THE TIME IT WASN'T THE CASE COUNTS IN THE FALL SO THAT'S WHAT I WAS BRINGING UP EARLIER AROUND THE TRANSITION OF THE STUDENTS THE ISSUE WITH THE ROLLOUT CHALLENGES HAVE BEEN THE STAFF ABILITY TO RETURN CONSTRAINTS.

THAT WAS THE REASON AND NOW IS THE RECOMMENDATION TO DELAY FOR A DIFFERENT REASON SO TO HAVE CLARITY ON WHY WE ARE MAKING THE DECISIONS WE ARE MAKING IS SO IMPORTANT SO MY QUESTIONS WERE ABOUT STAFF â€" FAMILY CHOICE FOR I WOULD LIKE TO GET CLARITY AROUND IS IT A SURVEY VERSUS A COMMITMENT FROM STAFF? WE UNDERSTAND WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS AND ISSUES STAFF ARE HAVING SO I AM CURIOUS TO HEAR ABOUT WHAT STEPS WE ARE TAKING TO ADDRESS THOSE AT WHAT POINT WILL STAFF BE MAKING A FIRM COMMITMENT AND IN THE NORMAL SCHOOL YEAR THE CONTRACT STIPULATES HOW

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DOES THIS WORK NOW THEY ARE WORKING IN A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT AND WITH REGARDS TO THE FAMILY CHOICE FORUM IT SOUNDS LIKE THAT IS A FIRM COMMITMENT AND MY QUESTION IS, ARE WE ASKING THEM TO COMMIT THROUGH THE SCHOOL YEAR OR FOR A PARTICULAR TIME AND I HAVE HEARD FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE PRIORITIZED STAYING WITH HER CURRENT TEACHER SO IS THAT BEING FACTORED INTO THE FAMILY CHOICE, IF THE PREFERENCE IS TO STAY WITH THE TEACHER IRREGARDLESS OF THE MODEL IS THAT GOING TO BE CAPTURED IN THE FORUM? THE FAMILY CHOICE FORUM.

>> AND DR. RIEF THANK YOU FOR BREAKING OF THE CLARITY AND THAT BECAUSE YOU ARE SPOT ON.

WE DID NOT PROVE IT TO YOU IN PERSON BASED ON STAFFING AND ABILITY CONSTRAINTS.

YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

NOW WE HAVE FACTORS THAT RELATE TO HEALTH MITIGATIONS.

THE POINT I AM MAKING IS THAT IF WE WERE NOT ABLE TO BRING STUDENTS BACK AT THAT TIME WE ARE IN A WORSE SITUATION NOW NOT JUST WITH THE HEALTH MITIGATION IT ACTUALLY HAS AN IMPACT ON THE STAFF'S GOING TO RETURN AND EVERYBODY ELSE WHO IS WATCHING THE NEWS RIGHT NOW PEOPLE ARE PROBABLY GOING OUT LESS PEOPLE ARE NOT WEARING FACE COVERINGS ALL THE TIME VERSUS SOME OF THE TIME THIS WILL HAVE AN IMPACT ON US AND I DO NOT WANT PEOPLE TO LEAVE THINKING THAT THE FIRST QUARTER, THAT THAT WAS BECAUSE OF HEALTH MITIGATIONS IT WAS BECAUSE OF STAFFING.

TO ANSWER A QUESTION ABOUT THE INTENT FORM HONESTLY BOTH ARE REQUIRED AND IT WASN'T A SURVEY AND IT WASN'T A SURVEY BACK IN SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER AND WE ARE SURVEYING THE STAFF AND THIS INTENT TO RETURN WAS SPECIFICALLY AROUND YOUR INTENT TO RETURN AND YOUR â€" IS SCHEDULED TO RETURN BACK TO SCHOOL SO IF YOU WERE A TEACHER THAT TAUGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL, GENERAL EDUCATION, YOU ARE LOOKING TO RETURN IN FEBRUARY.

SO THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE MAKING YOUR DECISION BASED OFF OF.

IT WAS NOT A HYPOTHETICAL IT WAS TRUE TO THE TIME YOU WERE IN TRANSITION.

AND THE SAME THING FOR STAFF, FOR FAMILIES AND THIS IS WHY WE WANTED TO PUT THIS INTENT TO RETURN FOR FAMILIES OR FAMILY CHOICE FORMS INTO â€" SO THEY ARE ATTACHED TO ACTUAL STUDENT SO FAMILIES DID NOT COMPLETE THE FORM, WE ARE ABLE TO GET INTO CONTACT WITH THEM BECAUSE THAT'S HOW WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO OUR PLANNING AND TO PROVE IT INTO THE TRANSITION FOR EVERYBODY BECAUSE OUR GOAL IS PRE-K THROUGH 12TH GRADE AND WHEN FAMILIES MAKE THAT COMMITMENT WE ARE STILL LOOKING AT THINGS BY QUARTERS AND THE REASON FOR THAT IS WE MAY GET INTO A SITUATION WHERE YOU MADE THIS COMMITMENT.

AND WE DO THAT WE WILL NEVER HAVE A PLAN, WE WILL NEVER HAVE A SCHEDULE BECAUSE EVERY TIME SOMEONE MAKES A CHANGE IT CHANGES EVERYTHING ELSE THAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO SO WE HAVE TO LET PEOPLE NOW WE WILL BE VERY EXPLICIT IN THE FAMILY CHOICE THAT YOU ARE MAKING THIS COMMITMENT FOR, THROUGH THE NEXT QUARTER.

THIS IS YOUR COMMITMENT FOR THE THIRD QUARTER ACTUALLY GET TO THE FOURTH QUARTER THERE MAY BE A SITUATION AND THIS IS ALL HYPOTHETICAL BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE FOURTH QUARTER IS GOING TO BRING TODAY.

WE CAN HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF ADDING SOME PEOPLE IN CERTAIN CLASSROOMS FOR THAT MIGHT NOT BE AT ALL BECAUSE OF A CLASS WAS MAXED OUT FOR WHATEVER NUMBER OF HYBRID DAYS AND NOBODY OPTS TO GO BACK TO VIRTUAL THERE STILL WON'T BE SPOTS AND SOME CLASSES YOU MAY HAVE A TEACHER THAT HAS FIVE DIFFERENT OPENINGS AND SOMEONE WHO HAS ZERO SO IT'S GOING TO VARY AND WE CAN'T MAKE A BLANKET STATEMENT WE WILL TAKE YOUR REQUEST AFTER THIS.

YOU ARE MAKING THIS DECISION FOR THE NEXT QUARTER AND WE ARE GOING TO BE EXPLICIT IN

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THE SURVEY AS WELL AROUND THE POSSIBILITY OF YOUR CLASSROOM TEACHER CHANGING AND WE CAN'T GUARANTEE THAT STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WON'T CHANGE BUT THAT THEY WANT CHANGE BUT WE CAN INFORM WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS WITH THEIR ASSIGNED TEACHERS IF WE GO TO THAT CONCURRENT TEACHING MODEL BECAUSE WE BEGAN TO EXPLORE MODEL 2, 3M 4.

THE OTHER MODELS MAY NOT ALLOW US TO KEEP STUDENTS WITH TEACHERS WE JUST HAVE TO LOOK THROUGH WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE AND WE SHARE THAT WITH THE TEACHING STAFF AND OUR FAMILIES IF WE PIVOT INTO A CONCURRENT TEACHING KIDS MOST LIKELY WILL BE WITH HER TEACHER AND THEY MOST LIKELY WILL BE WITH THEIR TEACHERS AND THEY WILL MAKE IT EXPLICIT FOR EVERYONE WE WILL HAVE MORE INFORMATION AFTER NOVEMBER 30 IN REGARDS TO THAT HYBRID APPROACH.

>> OKAY.

ALL RIGHT EVERYONE.

THIS IS A CONSTANTLY CHANGING ENVIRONMENT THIS IS A NEED TO HAVE A MOTION FOR THE CHANGE SINCE WE VOTED ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE VOTING AS WE GO ALONG SEVERAL MOTIONS HAVE BEEN FLOATED OUT THERE AND IF SOMEONE HAS A MOTION THEY WOULD LIKE TO PROPOSE I AM ALL EARS.

>> I AM SORRY.

I NEED A CLARIFICATION.

IF WE ARE PAUSING, DOES THAT MEAN THAT THE ADMITTEDLY FEW STUDENTS WHO ARE IN PERSON, BUT ARE IN PERSON, WOULD GO BACK TO VIRTUAL? SUE MIKE YES.

THAT WOULD MEAN THE SIX STUDENTS THAT WE HAVE CURRENTLY IN OUR CITYWIDE PROGRAM, WOULD GO BACK TO A VIRTUAL SETTING FOR AFTER THE THANKSGIVING BREAK.

>> OKAY.

I JUST THINK WE NEED TO MAKE SURE AND I THINK THIS IS A A REMINDER FOR OURSELVES FOR FUTURE ONES WHERE WE ARE CONSTANTLY LEARNING HOW TO DO THIS I THINK WE ARE GOING TO NEED BEFORE OUR NEXT UPDATE IF THERE'S GOING TO BE AN ACTION MOMENT WE WILL NEED TO GET I THINK SOME CLEAR MOTION SOONER AND HAVE IT BE PART OF THE PRESENTATION BECAUSE AS IT'S WRITTEN IN THE MEMO, IT'S BASICALLY SAYING REVIEW THE RECOMMENDATION AND DO THE RECOMMENDATION AND THIS PART OF OUR COMMUNICATION IF I HAD NOT ASKED THAT QUESTION I DON'T KNOW IF IT WOULD HAVE BEEN CLEAR SOBERLY SAY SOMETHING LIKE WE ARE GOING TO PAUSE, I THINK PEOPLE MIGHT THINK THAT JUST MEANS WE WON'T LIVE ANYMORE STUDENTS IN SO I THINK WE NEED TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY IS VERY CLEAR ON WHAT WE ARE VOTING ON COME ON WHAT IS BEING ASKED FOR AND WE WILL PUT SOME BOUNDARIES ON THAT AND KNOWING THAT THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF THAT WE CAN'T NOW SO WE MIGHT NEED TO FRAME IT AS WE ARE GOING TO LAUNCH OUT A BUNCH OF DATES BUT WHAT IS THE CLEAREST MOST REALISTIC THING WE CAN VOTE ON RIGHT NOW AND MAYBE IT'S JUST FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

I AM JUST ADMITTING THAT I AM STRUGGLING A LITTLE BIT WITH TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE HAVING A VERY CLEAR MOTION.

>> I APPRECIATE THE CLARIFYING QUESTION IN THE FOLLOW-UP.

I DO WANT TO BE CLEAR WHAT I AM ASKING IS THAT WE WILL PAUSE OUR TRANSITION OF CURRENT STUDENTS WHO ARE IN OUR CITYWIDE PROGRAM, CURRENTLY IN PERSON AS WELL AS STUDENTS WHO WERE SCHEDULED TO TRANSITION TO IN PERSON AND THAT WE DIFFER IN PERSON LEARNING TO JANUARY OF 2021 AFTER THE WINTER BREAK SO THE PURPOSE AND THIS RECOMMENDATION AND I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND IF I KNEW THIS TWO WEEKS AGO IT WOULD BE OUT LAST WEEK'S BOARD SO IT'S NOT INFORMATION THAT I KNEW THAT I WAS SITTING ON AND I WAS WAITING.

I DON'T OPERATE LIKE THAT.

I WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR TO YOU.

HOWEVER WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE BEING AS CLEAR AS POSSIBLE SO PEOPLE CAN

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TRULY UNDERSTAND WHAT WE ARE ASKING IN THE POINT IN HAVING THE CITYWIDE PROGRAM ALSO BE DEFERRED THE SIX STUDENTS CURRENTLY, THAT WE DO HAVE TRAVEL AND PEOPLE MIGHT PARTICIPATE IN A WEEK AND IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO TAKE SOME OF THOSE PRECAUTIONS INTO PLACE NOW AND TO MAKE SURE BECAUSE IT'S NOT JUST THE SIX STUDENTS IN OUR BUILDINGS.

WE HAVE STAFF AND MAINTENANCE AND IT'S MORE THAN JUST SIX KIDS WHO WERE IN THOSE BUILDINGS THAT WE TAKE THOSE PRECAUTIONS SERIOUSLY SO THAT WOULD

TRANSITION BACK TO A VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT >> IT'S FOR ALL STUDENTS.

I HAVE A FEW MORE HANDS.

MARGARET LORBER?

>> JUST A MINUTE, I'M GOING TO GET MY PICTURE UP THERE.

>> I JUST WANTED TO HAVE FURTHER CLARIFICATION BECAUSE THE PARENTS OF THOSE SIX STUDENTS MAY NOT BE WATCHING THIS MEETING AND BECAUSE I HAVE HAD FEEDBACK THE PARENTS WHO ENDED UP NOT RECEIVING SERVICES WHEN THEY THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE GETTING PERSONALIZED PHONE CALLS I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THAT WE BE CERTAIN THAT EACH OF THESE FAMILIES OF THE SIX STUDENTS GET A PERSONAL PHONE CALL FROM THE SCHOOL SYSTEM FROM YOU DOCTOR HUTCHINGS OR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS I THINK A PERSONAL PHONE CALL EXPLAINING WHY THIS IS NECESSARY AND HOW SORRY WE ARE, ETC. ETC.

BECAUSE THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF HURT FEELINGS IN A SENSE WITH THE LACK OF CARING ON OUR PART BECAUSE OF THE WAY THAT FAMILIES HAVE FOUND OUT THAT THINGS ARE NOT HAPPENING SO THIS.

THAN BY EMAIL OR A LETTER.

WE WILL MAKE CONTACT WITH THOSE FAMILIES PERSONALLY AND TOMORROW YOU ARE PREPARED IF THE BOARD DOES APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION WE ARE PREPARED TO HAVE A ZOOM SESSION FOR ALL OF THE FAMILIES WHO WERE PLANNING TO TRANSITION ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30 AND WE CAN DEFINITELY CALL EVERYBODY BUT WE WILL HAVE A ZOOM SO IT CAN BE RECORDED AND THAT INFORMATION CAN BE SHARED IN ADDITION TO WRITTEN CORRESPONDENCE BUT IT'S A LOT MORE PERSONABLE AND DO SOMETHING THAT I WILL BE JOINING MISS WARNER FROM THE SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION TEAM.

GOING THROUGH THAT TOMORROW IF THE BOARD DOES APPROVE THIS RECOMMENDATION.

>> OKAY DR. RIEF?

>> THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR THAT CLARIFICATION BECAUSE THAT WAS NOT CLEAR TO ME AND â€" KIND OF TOOK THE QUESTION I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT COMMUNICATION WITH THE FAMILIES THERE'S GOING TO BE A PERSONAL PHONE CALL WITH EACH OF THE FAMILIES AND I WANTED TO GET SOME CLARITY THIS IS GOING TO BE EFFECTIVE TOMORROW ISN'T IN PERSON LEARNING DAY SO WILL THIS BE EFFECTIVE NEXT WEEK OR â€" WITH THE HOLIDAY AND THIS KIND OF GOT ME THINKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW IF THE FAMILIES THAT CAME BACK WERE PREPARED FOR THIS.

I THINK WE ALL UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU GO BACK TO VIRTUAL.

THIS DEFINITELY RAISES A QUESTION TO WHAT EXTENT.

THE FUTURE.

>> THE STUDENTS WHO WERE PART OF THE CITYWIDE PROGRAM TOMORROW IT'S ON MY ASYNCHRONOUS DAY SO THEY ARE NOT SCHEDULED TO COME TO THE BUILDING TOMORROW AND WITHOUT THEM BEING AT SCHOOL AND FOR IT TO BE IN ASYNCHRONOUS DAY AND WE WILL

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NOW BE ABLE TO INFORM FAMILIES WHO WERE PART OF A SELF-CONTAINED CLASSROOM IT'S A WEEKS NOTICE, IT'S NOT THE DAY BEFORE BUT AT LEAST IT'S ALLOWING THEM TO KNOW UPFRONT ABOUT SOME OF THESE CHANGES.

I DO THINK WE COULD BE MORE EXPLICIT AROUND THE FACT THAT IN THE FUTURE WE WILL HAVE TO PROVE IT AT TIMES.

SOMETIMES IT MIGHT NOT BE THE WHOLE SCHOOL DIVISION PIVOTING TO VIRTUAL IT COULD BE A CLASSROOM.

IT COULD BE A SCHOOL AND WE WILL HAVE TO BE VERY UPFRONT AROUND ITS AND WE WILL NOT HAVE A LOT OF LEEWAY WHERE WE KNEW THIS TWO WEEKS BEFORE TO GIVE YOU THE HEAD'S UP IF SOMEONE TESTS POSITIVE AND THEY DO THE CONTACT TRACING ON THEIR SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN CONTAMINATED THAT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS REALLY QUICKLY THERE IS NO TIME TO PREP IT AND THAT PARTICULAR CLASS â€" AND WITH US MAKING SURE WE WILL CONTINUOUSLY INFORM OUR COMMUNITY ABOUT THAT AND I THINK WE HAVE DONE EXPLICIT COMMUNICATION AROUND THE FACT THAT ALL OF THE PLANNING IS CONTINGENT UPON STAFFING BUT I THINK WE NEED TO TALK TO AND BE MORE EXPLICIT ABOUT HEALTH MITIGATIONS COULD PREVENT THINGS FROM MOVING FORWARD AND IT COULD HAPPEN AT THE LAST MINUTE BECAUSE THINGS HAPPEN SO RAPIDLY WITH THIS COVID-19 SO POINT TAKEN DR. RIEF.

>> PART OF THE CLARIFICATION THERE HAS NO BIT â€" THERE'S NOT BEEN COMMUNICATION WITH THE FAMILIES BECAUSE DOCTOR HUTCHINGS FELT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO COME TO THE BOARD FIRST AND DIDN'T WANT TO COMMUNICATE A DECISION THAT WE HADN'T ACTUALLY MADE ADMIN.

WAS THERE SOMETHING?

>> MY HAND IS NOT RAISED I'M SORRY.

>> I WAS TOLD IT WAS.

>> MR. SUAREZ.

>> I HAVE A POINT OF ORDER FIRST OF ALL I APPRECIATE MISS GENTRY'S ATTENTION TO PROCEDURAL NICETIES.

I'M GRATEFUL FOR THAT I HAVE SIMILAR CONCERNS AND I THINK THAT THERE'S A COUPLE OF THINGS I'M WORRIED ABOUT.

ONE IS THE POINT MISS GENTRY READS IN HER FIRST COMMENTS, IS A MOTION NEEDED? I ASKED THE CLERK TO SEND ME THE ORIGINAL MOTION WHICH SAYS THE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES APPROACH TO IN PERSON LEARNING FOR ALL STUDENTS.

AND BEGINNING WITH OUR MOST VULNERABLE STUDENTS AND LATER CONSIDER EXPANDING THE SUPERINTENDENT PROPOSED TIMELINE CONTINGENT UPON CAPACITY AND I GUESS I DON'T WANT TO LOSE THAT.

I SPEAK FOR MYSELF OBVIOUSLY BUT I FEEL THE BOARD'S MANDATE IS TO HAVE A PHASED-IN APPROACH AND WE HAVE BEEN VERY INCREMENTAL AND WE ARE ONLY TALKING ABOUT SIX STUDENTS AND I RESPECT YOUR LEADERSHIP AS A SUPERINTENDENT AND YOU THINK IT'S NECESSARY TO HOLD BACK AT THIS TIME I AM NOT GOING TO IMPOSE THAT BUT I DO THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO RETAIN THE MANDATES AND I AM CERTAIN THAT IF WE VOTE ON, WE MIGHT PAUSE EVERYTHING THAT MANDATE IS SUPERSEDED AND WE THEN HAVE TO RE-VOTE TO REACTIVATE EVERYTHING AND WE CREATE A COMMUNITY OF CONFUSION AROUND WHATEVER OUR MANDATE IS AND OUR GOAL IS AND IT GOES BACK TO THE ENDGAME AND WHAT IS THE BOARD POLICY THAT WE ARE ARTICULATING HERE SO I AM CONCERNED FROM THE PROCEDURE STANDPOINT THAT WE ARE INTEGRATING BACK AND FORTH ABOUT SOME OF THE MOTION THAT I HAVE SEEN PROPOSED IN SOME OF THE MESSAGES I THINK THERE MAY BE A WAY BASED ON THE COMMENTS THAT DOCTOR HUTCHINGS MADE IS THAT YOU

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ARE CONCERNED THAT THE CURRENT MOTION ONLY SAYS CONTINGENT UPON CAPACITY AND STAFFING AND I AM OPEN TO HAVING A DISCUSSION AROUND DOES THAT LANGUAGE NEED TO REFLECT BROADER HEALTH TRENDS AND CONCERNS SUCH THAT YOU HAVE SOME DISCRETION, YOU KNOW TO PULLBACK BASED ON HEALTH MITIGATION SO I GUESS THE POINT IS THIS COULD GET YOU TO THE SAME OUTCOME CONSISTENT WITH THE RECOMMENDATION BUT DOESN'T PUT THE BOARD IN A PROCEDURAL QUAGMIRE WHERE IT HAS RESCINDED ITS POLICY OF WANTING EVERYONE TO RETURN IN A PHASED-IN INCREMENTAL APPROACH WITH WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING BUT MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE MINDFUL OF THESE CHANGES BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND THE PANDEMIC, I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE ARE GOING OFF FOR HOLIDAY BREAK AND AIRPORTS ARE CROWDED AND I GET THAT AND I AM WONDERING IF INSTEAD OF AS A POINT OF ORDER HAVING A MOTION TO SAY WE ARE PAUSING TO TWEAK THE INITIAL MOTION THAT WE HAVE PASSED ALREADY AND ESSENTIALLY AMEND THAT TO SAY PUBLIC HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT BECAUSE IT GOES BACK TO THE POINT I JUST DON'T WANT THE POLICY MANDATE AND GOAL TO BE EVISCERATED IF THAT MAKES SENSE SO I WELCOME MY COLLEAGUES THOUGHTS ON THAT I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DO THAT IN A WAY THAT DOESN'T PUT US IN A WEIRD PROCEDURAL SITUATION.

>> OKAY.

I THINK THIS PANDEMIC IS PUTTING US IN A WEIRD PROCEDURAL â€" THIS IS NOT THE NORMAL WAY THAT WE DO BUSINESS BECAUSE BASED ON THINGS THAT ARE CHANGING QUICKLY I DON'T KNOW IN TERMS OF MISS GENTRY DO YOU WANT TO TAKE A STAB AT IT?

>> ONLY TO SAY THAT I AGREE WITH MR. SUAREZ AND I HEAR THE LANGUAGE BACK AND I THINK THAT MOTION PROVIDES IT READS TO ME IT PROVIDES THE MANDATE THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE STAFF NEED AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THESE CHECK IN MOMENTS AND SEE HOW THAT SHIFTS AND I DO HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT, WHICH IS WHY I BROUGHT IT UP INITIALLY.

TO KEEP DOING AMENDED VERSIONS OF MOTIONS AS WE MOVE ALONG I THINK IT CAN LEAD TO SOME CONFUSION AS WE WERE UNDERSTANDING TONIGHT WITH SOME OF THE ISSUES SO THAT IS MY I THINK IF THERE'S A WAY WE CAN BE CLEAR THAT THIS IS AN INFO MOMENT I WILL DEFER TO MY COLLEAGUES AND IF â€" AS IN THE ADVICE SHE WOULD LIKE TO

OFFER >> SO COULD YOU GIVE A SURE >> I WOULD SAY IT'S UP TO THE BOARD TO DETERMINE HOW THEY WOULD HANDLE THESE PIVOTS THIS IS IN THE BOARD AUTHORITY OUR ORIGINAL COUNSEL WAS THAT IF THE BOARD DEVOTED TO START THE SCHOOL YEAR VIRTUALLY THAT

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ANY CHANGES FROM THAT WOULD BE AUTHORIZED FROM THE BOARD BUT REALLY THIS IS FOR THE BOARD TO DISCUSS AND DETERMINE HOW MUCH CONTROL THEY WANT OVER EACH PIVOT IN THE PROCESS ULTIMATELY.

>> OKAY.

I SEE DR. RIEF?

>> BUILDING OFF OF THAT I AGREE WITH MISS GENTRY I DON'T SEE THE BOARD DEVOTED EVERY TIME WE HAVE TO PAUSE OR QUARANTINE A PARTICULAR GROUP OF STUDENTS IN THE FUTURE.

THAT WILL BE CUMBERSOME AND I WOULD BE IN FAVOR OF THIS INFORMATION FOR THE TIME BEING AND MAYBE WE CAN TALK ABOUT A MOTION IN OUR NEXT MEETING THAT LAYS OUT SOME PARAMETERS AROUND THAT KIND OF A THING FOR THE FUTURE.

>> OKAY.

MARGARET LORBER.

>> AT THE RISK OF BEING REDUNDANT, THIS IS REALLY, THE BOARD SHOULD NOT BE DECIDING THE NUANCES IN THIS PROCESS IT SEEMS TO ME IS THE SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS STAFF WHO ARE VERY CLOSE TO THE DAY TODAY OPERATIONS AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES DICTATE THERE HAS TO BE A PULLBACK AND A CHANGE AND I JUST WANT TO CONCUR I AM MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE LEAVING THAT DECISION AS LONG AS IT'S WELL IMPLEMENTED TO THEM.

RATHER THAN CHANGING CONTINUALLY.

>> I THINK WHAT I AM HEARING, THERE'S A LOT OF AGREEMENT.

THERE STILL MAY BE SOME, I THINK WE WILL HAVE INFO TODAY AND DO MORE RESEARCH ABOUT BECAUSE WE ARE AN UNCHARTERED TERRITORY AS A BOARD AS WELL SO WE NEED TO MAYBE CHAT WITH â€" AND WE WILL GET LEGAL COUNSEL TO SEE IF WE IN FACT NEED TO BE EXERTING SOME SORT OF DECISION WHEN THESE CHANGES ARE MADE BECAUSE I JUST WANT TO, THERE'S SOME INTERESTING RULES AND I RESENT THE WHOLE EMAIL OF DIFFERENT RULES HAVING TO DO WITH â€" THAT I JUST GOT A HEADACHE WHEN I STARTED READING AND I WILL HAVE TO GO BACK TO IT.

AND WE HAVE CERTAINLY BEEN INFORMED ABOUT WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN AND WE WILL HAVE MORE DISCUSSION OFF-LINE ABOUT THE WAY WE SHOULD HANDLE THIS GOING FORWARD AND DOCTOR HUTCHINGS.

>> I WAS GOING TO ADD MADAM CHAIR THAT MR. SUAREZ HAD MENTIONED EARLIER ABOUT ADDING TO THE ORIGINAL MOTION, ADDING HEALTH MITIGATIONS BECAUSE THE ANALYSIS WAS CONTINGENT UPON CAPACITY AND STAFFING AND IF WE WERE TO ADD THAT TO THE ORIGINAL MOTION WE WOULD NOT BE CURRENTLY IN THE SITUATION WE ARE EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE BEEN INFORMING THE BOARD VERSUS REQUESTING TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

>> OKAY.

HEALTH METRICS ARE WE ALLOWED TO AMEND A MOTION OR DO WE NEED TO DO THE WHOLE MOTION FROM BEFORE AND CHANGE IT OR ARE WE JUST ADDING TO IT?

>> IT IS FROM A PREVIOUS MEETING THAT WAS APPROVED SO I THINK THE NEW MOTION COULD REFER BACK TO THE FORMER ONE AND OFFER A NEW ONE MOVING FORWARD IF IT PROMISES TO AMEND PRIOR GUIDANCE AND USE THE LANGUAGE FROM BEFORE WHILE ADDING AN PROVISIONS RELATED TO HEALTH METRICS.

>> THAT WAS MY, SOMEONE NEEDS TO COME UP WITH THE LAST MOTION SO WE CAN READ THE WHOLE THING.

IT'S A LOGISTICS QUESTION I GUESS.

>> I BELIEVE MR. SUAREZ HAD IT.

>> MR. SUAREZ FROM LAST TIME?

>> I HAVE THE TEXT FROM THE LAST MOTION TO HELP ME TO READ THAT?

>> THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

ADD HEALTH METRICS PLEASE.

>> SO THE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED PURSUING A PHASED-IN APPROACH FOR IN

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PERSONAL LEARNING FOR STATES AND BEGINNING WITH THE MOS VULNERABLE STUDENTS DISABILITIES, LEARNERS AND LATER EXTEND PARTICIPATION ACCORDING TO THE SUPERINTENDENT PROPOSED TIMELINE CONTINGENT UPON CAPACITY AND STAFFING SO WE CHANGED CONTINGENT UPON CAPACITY AND STAFFING AND HEALTH MITIGATION MEASURES OR DEEDS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

>> â€" SUGGESTED HEALTH METRICS.

>> DO I HAVE A SECOND?

>> WHO DID THAT?

>> MARGARET.

>> THANK YOU I THINK MR. SUAREZ WAS SPEAKING AT THE SAME TIME.

SO MARGARET LORBER SECONDS THE MOTION SO I CALL FOR A VOTE ON THE MATTER AND VERONICA NOLAN? MEAGAN ALDERTON? YES.

RAMEE GENTRY YES.

JACINTA GREENE YES.

MARGARET LORBER YES.

DR. RIEF YES.

CHRISTOPHER SUAREZ YES.

HEATHER THORNTON YES.

>> SO THANK YOU EVERYBODY.

THAT WAS QUITE THE EXERCISE AND NOW WE WILL MOVE ON AND AS PROMISED I THINK THE NEXT ITEM WILL BE SHORT AS THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA THERE WAS AN UPDATE TO THE LANGUAGE THAT CAME TODAY THAT WAS POSTED AND THE ADDITION WAS TO ADD SOMETHING FOR THE CIP REQUEST SO I DON'T KNOW IF THERE ANY QUESTIONS AND IF NOT SOMEONE COULD MAKE A MOTION.

>> MADAM CHAIR, I MOVE THAT WE APPROVE THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA.

>> A SECOND.

>> MARGARET LORBER SECONDS THE RAMEE GENTRY MOTION.

I WILL ASK FOR A CALL FOR A VOTE.

CINDY ANDERSON YES.

VERONICA NOLAN YES.

MEAGAN ALDERTON YES.

RAMEE GENTRY YES.

JACINTA GREENE YES.

MARGARET LORBER YES.

DR. RIEF YES.

CHRISTOPHER SUAREZ YES.

HEATHER THORNTON YES.

>> GREAT.

THAT'S NINE, ZERO FOR THAT AND NOW WE ARE ALMOST AT THE ENDS.

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BUT I HAVE LOST MY PIECE OF PAPER.

I DON'T FIND IT.

I'M SORRY.

HERE WE GO.

IT'S UP TO MY REPORT WHICH I HAVE NONE BECAUSE WE HAD A LONG MEETING AND WE HAVE ANOTHER SESSION TO GO AFTER THIS.

I WILL JUST SAY THERE'S A NEXT UPDATE THE DECEMBER 3 MEETING ON THIS REOPENING.

SO DOCTOR HUTCHINGS DO YOU HAVE A REPORT?

>>.

WHO WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO ADJOURN?

>> I MOVE THAT WE ADJOURN.

>> SECOND.

>> RAMEE GENTRY MOTIONS TO ADJOURN AND I WILL CALL ON A VOTE FOR THAT.

CINDY ANDERSON YES.

MEAGAN ALDERTON YES.

RAMEE GENTRY YES.

JACINTA GREENE YES.

MARGARET LORBER YES.

DR. RIEF YES.

CHRISTOPHER SUAREZ YES.

HEATHER THORNTON YES.

OKAY.

THAT'S NINE, ZERO WE ARE ADJOURNED AT 8:12 PM.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.