Johnston school board hears concerns over mask policy
People speak for and against a school mask requirement during the Johnston County Board of Education meeting.
when the meeting returns when called speaker should come forward and address the board from the green public comment is limited to matters. Yes ST right. Okay. The crowd. Mhm Okay, address fight for personnel and students. Yes, correct performance. Recent policy policy 40 Yeah. What direct, what would administrative rather for a properly cool. Okay. All public meetings of the board of Education, Board of Education. Yes. Ward. Or we requested and not demonstrate approval or mhm. What a speaker. Mm week and disorderly. Yeah. Any individual believe Sarah this one. Service and important please. Um Border but and we'll listen attentively £8. The board will not respond. Just the board clear also. Yes. Okay. You are. Thanks our first. Uh huh. Right. Help with what? Well, the members of the board, thank you very much for having me out today. I believe that fear is a tyrant's favorite tool. No weapon is greater. The tool is stronger because when fear is king and panic reigns, freedom trembles. I'm here today to fight for our Children. Our Children live in a world where science and reason have been cast aside and replaced with fear. I will not sit idly by While this happens. Our Children have been muzzled, forced to grow up in a world where their emotions are hidden and their voices are smothered during the most impressionable times in their lives. Children should not be forced to obey destructive, unscientific mandates from the heavy hand of government. The left is not listening to science. They are grasping for power. The left doesn't believe in science. He doesn't even believe in the science behind masks. Nancy. Pelosi held Damascus fundraiser days ago, AOC was seen dancing masters around a gala last night. But according to them, we are the radicals for demanding that our Children the young Mass as well. The science is on our side Deaths in Children under the age of 17 constitute .27%. I'll say that again. .27% of all COVID deaths in the United States, many involving underlying conditions. More Children have been shot in the streets of Chicago this year than have died of covid. But the left shot silence on those Children is definitely, I've said it before and I'll say it again, forcing our Children to wear masks is nothing short of psychological child abuse. Suicide attempts from Children and teens stumped it in their social interaction Skyrocketed 250%. In 2020 was done by 11 study by a hospital in the United States. Even the World Health Organization's own guidance last year warned Mass could have been impact on Children's psychological development. Children are struggling to breathe, struggling to concentrate. They're fighting headaches and they're struggling to learn. We're here today in the heart of our state and king Roy cooper's backyard to declare no more. It's time to be fearless. It's time to stand up to Roy cooper and say that firmly that the family and individual freedom always comes before the government. You must fearlessly stand up to Roy cooper. I know this will be difficult but doing the right thing always is the eyes of our Children are upon us. They remember your action when tearing they came knocking on our door because remember the shortest path of tyranny runs through the classroom. Set a precedent today for freedom in the state of north Carolina defy Roy cooper make masks optional in contact tracing and in these burdens and quarantine requirements. Let us declare in one loud voice that we will no longer be bullied by radicals who trample our liberties in the name of safety. Hold the line defend the cause preserve our nation to protect our Children. Thank you very much. Whoa. Yeah. Whoa you want to be here anymore. Yeah I was playing okay. Must what? Yeah the next speaker. Mr So I just put this in here. I know right your work and see. Okay. Yeah. Okay. Yeah. Good evening. Good evening. My name is kelly Casper. I am a parent of four Children in the johnson county public school system. And I also am a public health community nurse. But what comorbidities did they have? This is the question I hear daily whether in passing conversation the comment thread of a social media post or a patient questioning the validity of our medical advice covid does not discriminate. It has forever changed the lives of countless americans, some healthy, some with chronic illnesses, the rich, the poor celebrities, the homeless. It does not care what race you are, it does not care who you voted for As a nurse. I have seen the devastation of lives not only from death that .27% rate that Madison just touted but also from serious long lasting effects and disabilities to say only a certain percent died voids. The work of these people to say they died because they had a co morbidity trivializes their suffering and negates their work. America is better than that. We as true patriots are willing to do whatever it takes to keep all of our Children from harm. Every single child deserves the chance to go to school and to be safe in that school. Unmasking our Children opens the door for clusters that will close our schools, forcing our Children to once again learned by a countless hours of screen time and shutting out the special needs population entirely as they will lose access to speech therapy specialisation and other resources that help everyone. It's time that we actually mean no child left behind before the americans with disabilities act businesses could do whatever they wanted. They could restaurants could refuse to serve the disabled theaters, grocery stores. All of these people could say if you're in a wheelchair, get out library access was denied, you cannot get in the government stepped in and made that change the government did things like curb cuts ramps and flat ramps, entrances and parking spaces and handicapped accessible bathrooms up to and including the handicapped accessible. Porta potty outside Madison would not have been able to even get in this building today if the government had not stepped in to protect the freedoms of everyone. So his idea of government not intervening to protect the rights of all of our students is built on a false sense of security. An idea that we should respect the freedom of the many with none of the responsibilities to the few. In much the same way parents flock to the call to stop polio. This board to has the opportunity to be on the right side of history by putting politics aside and erring on the side of caution because at the end of the day a piece of fabric blocking droplets spread is a small price to pay to help keep our Children all of our Children safe and in school where they belong. Thank you. Thank you. My next speaker is robbing started. Mhm. Yeah. Hello ladies and gentlemen, I want to address you guys first from a factual point of view because it seems like there must be confusion in these school boards over what the facts actually are. So I think that most people on this board would agree that the C. D. C. Is giving you good information correct. So I would lead you guys towards the CDCs may study, which is the only study they've done on the efficacy of masks, which determined when they looked in Georgia At over 90,000 students, 169 schools, they found that the masks showed no statistical significance in terms of efficacy in preventing COVID among Children. Okay, now, I want to also read you guys something else because outside of the US, this is not a controversial finding in the UK Ireland all of Scandinavia France. The Netherlands, Switzerland italy. I keep going. They don't mask Children in schools. They not only don't mask Children in schools. They're not mandating Children to get vaccines or anything along those lines. And we all know that's what's coming next. So if the factual point of view, the fact that our Children like Madison said, the likelihood of one of a child in America dying in the streets of Chicago or another major city is higher and then dying of Covid. Actually, the chance of them dying of a lightning strike also higher than the chance of a child dying of Covid here in the United States. Okay, if those facts are not enough, I want to appeal to your understanding of history. My family came from cuba in cuba a dictatorial government. That would not admit they were a dictatorial government, that would not admit they were a communist or Marxist government rose to power the entire time saying that they believed in education for all saying they believed in safety. They believed in taking care of the health care of their citizens. That's they said when they rose to power. That's what they said when Castro rose to power and stole everything my family ever worked for. It led to the results we see today. It led to situations that people in my own family face like the blindfold test, which you may not be familiar with, where the Cuban government went into schools. They separated Children from their parents, they brought the kids in and they put blindfolds on them. They asked the kids, they put a bowl in front of me and they said, pray to God for ice cream. They took the blindfolds off. No ice cream there. They put the blindfolds back on and they said, pray to Castro, pray to the party for ice cream. The kids did. They took the blindfolds off and the ice cream was there. That was science that they taught them. That's what they said at least. That was for their safety. They said that's what they believed at least. And in the beginning nobody saw it coming. But in the end, once they've consolidated power, they stole everything. And the way that our school boards are moving towards ripping away parental rights being the arbiters of decisions that should fall with the parents is going to end in a similarly disgusting place. I hope you guys consider these things as you consider these rules our next speaker, Sandy smith. It's important. Yeah. Hello, my name is actually Jillian malam. We had a mix up. I'm a junior at Princeton High school. Some of you may remember me from a couple of years ago when I received the award for having the most school spirit. This award meant that I cared a great deal about my school, my fellow students in my community. I still do care a great deal about my school and my fellow students and that is why I have come to you today. Before school started, you made mass optional for schools and that thrilled my entire town and school of Princeton. We, as students, were finally excited to come back to school. But right before school started, you changed your minds and decided to force every single student to wear a mask at all times when in school, the news devastated my school and killed our morale. The first day of school felt like torture After not having to wear a mask all day and summer wearing it for 7-8 hours a day was one of the worst punishment someone could have dealt. Some students have to wear it for 10 hours because they have sports too. Let me ask you a question, Everyone, all of you by show of hands. How many of you wear a mask while you're around your friends in your homes, where you are safe, where you feel safe? Do you feel safe outside around your friends? People that you around every day. People you see every single day I don't either. So it doesn't make sense why I have to wear a mask at school when I'm not going to be wearing it outside of school or in the same exact people. These masks have deeply wounded me and my classmates excitement for a school day. We now dread going to school because we're forced to put on a hot and sticky mask all day with one break for lunch. And let me remind you. That is not a mask break. That is lunch. When you reconsider your mask mandate, please remember that uh, students are the ones affected. We already have limited freedom and you're just taking away more of it. Let people choose whether or not they want to wear it. If people are worried about getting sick, then have them have the option to wear a mask at school switch to an online school or even home school. There are options for people who are scared. So why are you taking away our choice when you give others so many options to choose from? Please stop trying to accommodate too scared adults and try to accommodate to us miserable Children. Thank you. And I hope you can understand our side of the situation. Yeah, thank you. The next speaker is Renee For these four days. Jason. I am Reneberg Az I am running to be a Congress. One woman for the North Carolina's 4th congressional district. I've been a nurse for 30 years. I've worked in the icu in the emergency department as well as a flight nurse. I'm also a cancer survivor. 20 years now and I have comorbidities and my husband has chronic lymphoma. So to say the least. We have a vested interest in what's going on with our health. I understand that covid is real. I understand the possible implications of contracting the virus, both for adults and for Children. And I understand that you are tasked with making a decision whether or not our our Children should wear mask at school. I would say that I implore you to consider the negative impacts. Throughout the school year. We are talking about 1,025 hours of masking, not including bus travel or before or after school or athletic events. Only 7% of our communication is verbal, 7%, is transmitted by tone of voice as well as body language Face mask prohibit the emotional signal signaling between students and students and between students and teachers. At its most basic level. The face provides the ability to communicate emotion. You are faced with asking our Children to give up the ability to communicate their emotions for 1,025 hours. Over the course of the school year. For perspective, That's 42.7 days of masking, I mentioned, I'm a cancer survivor. My son was nine when I went through chemotherapy and radiation for the better part of a year. He was worried that his mom might die no matter how much I tried to reassure him. No matter how many conversations we had. That's where he went. He was scared and worried for years after. Every time I caught a cold or had an acre pain. That's where his mind went. Um He was a child he didn't understand and that was a child that had a trusting loving relationship with a parent. Our actions and decisions have consequences. 1,025 hours is not an insignificant amount of time the pandemic has created environment of distrust. We distrust people whether they have a mask or they don't whether they've had a vaccine or they don't. Our Children are not immune. They mimic what they see and they are suffering. Let's give our Children back their childhood, let's allow them to send and receive emotional cues with their friends, family and teachers. Let's avoid putting undue stress on them and let's not mask them for 1,025 hours this year with a mask that provides little to no value in the preventing transmission of the virus. The fear is that my son faced at age nine or the same fears that Children are facing today. We need to find a solution that allows our Children to engage in normal social communication and developmental growth while also keeping them safe from the virus. The mask simply is not that solution. Thank you. The next speaker is nearing. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Good evening ladies and gentlemen of the board While some of the others speaking tonight will say that mass choice is the desire of the majority of school Children and their parents. I do not believe that to be the case, enrollment numbers for our school system alone proof that most kids and their parents will do what is necessary to keep kids in the classrooms. The masks are working our covid case counts and quarantine numbers are significantly better than similarly sized districts who have mass choice. Covid is not over and it likely won't be for a while. It is imperative that we maintain mandatory masks until our district and county numbers go down substantially. Things are getting worse daily. Our hospitals are becoming overrun with covid patients and that means that they can't treat things like heart attack stroke, gunshot wounds, et cetera. If we get to that magic 80% number and you guys want to lift the mask mandate, I'll accept it. But we're not there. I want to ask these parents where they have been, where they've been. While our state House and Senate have gutted our education budget where they've been, when we have been losing teachers and specialists left and right to other districts who can pay more because they have a larger tax base. You don't seem to care about the fact that we have to is being pulled from the sea classrooms to drive buses or seven other rooms. They don't seem to care that we can't even get subs because the pay is abysmal. As for the CRT issue, CRT is not being taught to schoolchildren. Teaching an accurate representation of history is not CRT. And if Children develop empathy for others as a result of learning this accurate history, I don't see that as a bad thing. I teach my Children that while there are many wonderful things about America, there are also many lessons to be learned from history so that we do not repeat it. When I talk to my Children about being a good friend and an ally to their friends of color. There. L. G. B. T. Q. Friends, their friends with different religious beliefs. I am not shaming them or making them feel bad. I am teaching them that based on the way our society is set up, they have a certain privilege, a privilege that they have not earned the privilege that I have not earned a privilege based on their race. And that is just how it is and it's unfortunate and it sucks and I hope to change it. One day I teach them to stand up for their friends and neighbors. I teach them to boost voices of others so that they can be heard. One of my Children wanted to be here tonight to speak to you about this issue. Unfortunately the situation outside made it unsafe for him to come. He would have told you that CRT is not being taught in our schools. He would have told you that. Learning about cultures that are not his own is beneficial to his education, he also would have told you that he's happy to wear a mask to protect his friends. The goal I have as a parent is to raise kind caring young men who will go out into the world and make it a better, safer and more empathetic place. I would hope that others would have the same goal, including you all on our board of education. Next sarah, increased carbon dioxide, decreased oxygen, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, bacterial, viral and fungal contamination, respiratory impairment exhaustion, increased blood pressure, increased temperature and humidity. Itching irritation, acne impaired skin barriers, decreased empathy, false sense of security, communication disorders. These are all side effects from wearing masks and these effects are even more pronounced in someone who is sick when masks are used by the general public. There is an increased risk for infection because of standard hygiene practices followed by doctors and surgeons are not followed by most general adults. No less kids. History has shown us that flu pandemics in 1918 1957 in 19 sixties to eight, masks and everyday youth did not help achieve the slowing of the spread of these infections. COVID-19 is no different. Let us learn from history rather than having it repeat itself. Your stated reason for mask mandate is the health is for health reasons and to keep students from close contact from quarantining. However, this is not happening. Classes are still being quarantined. Even if kids wear mask, if the reason for wearing meth for wearing masks is health. Then why do you punish kids with I. S. S. Whose kids whose face mask slip down over their face more than three times? Or why do you punish the whole class by taking mass breaks away when just a couple kids are bad? Why are kids have any lunch on the floor where they have been walking all day? The reason for these mass mandate is not health of our kids, It's all about control. You are trying to control our kids were the parents of johnston county are here to tell you tonight that we will not be controlled. Parents have the right to choose what is best for our kids, not you. The school board neither does the governor or the president. We will not comply. We will not be controlled. The Declaration of Independence States we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal and that are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It also states that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it by instituting instituting these ridiculous mask mandates, you are infringing on our rights as american citizens of life Liberty and pursuit of happiness. We do not consent. We do not comply. We will take actions to ensure these mass mandates are ended and we will hold you the governing body of these schools responsible. If it continues. Our country was founded on the principles of freedom. I will not stop fighting until we get our freedoms back. We as americans deserve and have the right to breathe freely and make our own medical decisions. Thank you. Yeah, Next is Alan Hall. Mhm. Mhm. We want to stay here, prove it. All right. So before I started, when I actually came here to talk about just say this whole circus outside. Just absolutely ridiculous. And I do appreciate the board taking the time to to make assessments. Come back to call a vote on that today. So it's been said that history is often written by the victors, but in the case of the civil war, that satan might not hold true. While the Union army of the North won the war, the Southern confederacy may have won the narrative that followed soon after the failure of Reconstruction, United Daughters of the Confederate street went to work rewriting textbooks and therefore history across the school systems in the south. They did so by blacklisting textbooks that they felt were unjust. The institutions of the South and publishing new ones that have heard to their distorted version of the civil war history. This was known as the lost cause narrative. They refrained. The confederacy has a heroic defense of the southern way of life against the overwhelming forces in the north. The strategy was to preserve and teach their distorted perception of the war. This included the much romanticized lives of slaves and the relationships they had with their masters, which has been indoctrinated to so many people's minds that is still believed to this day. The truth, however, doesn't mind being question, but like I can't stand to be challenged in America is built on a lot. The lie of white supremacy. We're all taught that live opportunity doesn't exist. Many people here today deny white privilege. They deny there's racial injustice and every american institution. We are taught to ignore these things in our schools. Teachers are supposed to pretend that it doesn't exist. The State of Tennessee will find a school district $5 million dollars for teaching students the truth of our history. They are forced to teach their students ally of how our founding fathers were great moral and just men. I asked my sixth grade son what historical black figures he learned about while in school only. You know what the answers are martin Luther king JR rosa. Parks, Harriet tubman and George Washington carver. This means our teachers are admitting so much history Such as Elizabeth, Mom Bet Freeman who sued and won her freedom in 1781 Or Black Wall Street or the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 Where there were more than 300 black residents that were killed by whites. 10,000 black people were left homeless and interned in camps is not to mention the historic Greensboro set in Or the massacre perpetrated by white supremacists in 1899, Rather right down the road in Wilmington history. Sometimes it's ugly and we should be ashamed of it. The black history is also american history. Now, let's talk about critical race theory. Let me start by saying CRT is an academic framework used to assessing equity in higher education, not something that's being taught in our public schools. With that said, what is wrong with teaching our Children? The truth. The truth behind 500 years of lies of white supremacy and run out of time. So in closing, we require you to push back against the board of Commissioners and State CRT is not being taught in our schools, but at the same time that they would not dictate american history, be whitewashed to ensure little white kids feelings are not hurt. Next this april league. Mhm. All right, sweetie, Good evening Chairman Sutton. Doctor Bracey. Members of the board of Education on april lee. A mother of two current Johnson County Public School students. A classroom teacher in my 20th Year Service and President Johnson County Association of Educators, Students and staff members wearing mask is necessary if our goal is to keep our students safe and in school. I don't love wearing mask. I don't love teaching while wearing masks, but I understand that for now, this is what we need to do to keep our kids in school and I'm just gonna say that being in class with my kids face to face every day has been such a blessing, it is so different than last year. The relationships that have been built in the last four weeks have re energized my passion for what I do every day and the foul scene that I can't emotionally bond with my kids because I'm wearing a mask is a straight out lie. My kids laugh at the faces I make and they can't see me from, you know, my nose down, I'm very expressive when I teach, they can see my eyes, they are very um insightful, right? These kids know and they understand and um and I just kind of wanted to make that point since that point was made, I wanted you to hear it from a practitioner in the classroom who is able to build relationships with their Children are kids get it. Uh not many of them complain about wearing a mask and I don't hear a lot of parents complaining about it either, you know why, because we are happy to be back in the classroom, that's the bottom line, We are happy to be back, whether we're wearing mask or not right now, we are happy to be back And while I'm uh sorry, while the masking issue is important, it is even more important for us to focus on the challenges facing our schools in our classrooms. There 131 certified vacancies 233 classified staff vacancies and bus driver ring and substitute teacher shortages. Teachers are being asked to cover classes during their plannings on a rotating schedule. Some teachers are giving up their planning period to teach a class and their content area. That would be me. I'm doing that. Teachers are writing lesson plans and designing activities to provide a long term substitute teachers when we can secure them. Many of them are grading the work given to the substitute teachers and then entering those grades into power school as well, instructional assistants are being pulled to sub when a substitute isn't available. Some instructional assistants are writing lesson plans and teaching classes when they are paired in a classroom where certified teachers yet to be hired and you can read that as like in our ec self contained classes, we've got our T. A. S. Doing that job right now. Thank you. We're in trouble. Y'all. Next is Kevin Donovan Take our last one is Camden Policy. Good evening. I'm the mother of three school age Children. I'm a speech therapist and a former EC teacher and I ask you to please consider the negative impact that mask mandates have, Yeah, face mask negatively affect hearing comprehension and billions of connection between listener and speaker. It impacts willingness to engage in conversation, increases anxiety and stress and creates communication fatigue, wrote the speaker and the listener face mask muffles speech limit facial expressions and remove the visual cues from the mouth and lips. For speech reading Children need to see faces. They need to see faces when they're learning in the classroom, when they're receiving speech therapy and when they're interacting socially with their peers, Non verbal communication makes up at least 70% of communication and facial expressions are a crucial part of that facial expressions show emotions. I can't imagine a scared kindergartner walking in the first day and not being able to see a reassuring smile. Yeah, facial expressions help us determine the speakers true intention when speaking, learning to read and react to these cues as an important life skill that Children need. How can they learn when all they see your mask? seven hours a day, five days a week, teachers monitor facial expressions of their students to gauge if they're tuned into a lesson and if they understand the material being presented Mass muffle speech up to 30%. Make an understanding of what is being said more difficult. Students are now expected to try to learn new information while also trying to simply decipher what is being said, how long before students just give up, Children need to see faces and to be seen in speech therapy, examine your child's mouth and observing the way they produce sounds is an important diagnostic tool, modeling is crucial for learning correct speech production, speech production, it's important for teachers to model is in the classrooms and it's needed tool in speech therapy to show correct placement of articulate urz speech therapy and teachers use visual cues, facial expressions and modeling all to help Children become effective communicators mass negatively impact this As recent tests short, excuse me. As recent test scores share The past 18 months. I've failed our Children educationally. Data shows masks don't work, it's time to do what's right by our kids and it's time to put parenting back in the hands of parents. Please consider making nice optional. Thank you. Thank you. That concludes our public comment for right now. The rest of our public comments will be at the end of our meeting. So we'll resume our meeting with dr King and his right. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Thank you. Your members. Uh board members. Our next item uh is uh an item for action. It is the Selma Middle School, I. P. G. Partner. West End item. Selma Middle school has been awarded uh the I. P. G. Grant that is innovative Partner Grant. It is a grant provided by the state for schools who are part of the comprehensive school support and improvement process. Selma's grant award is for a period of three years and it is a grant of one point 3,000,001 1.0.38 million dollars as a part of the grant. The school is required to identify a technical assistance partner. Uh Tonight we are announcing that the summer middle school staff has identified West Ed as their technical assistance partner as part of the Grant. West End will provide services to include Um conducting baseline needs and and assets assessments, providing high quality instructional professional learning, providing instructional coaching and support and providing leadership coaching. Again the grant is $1.38 million. Um The contract tonight for West End that we asked the board for approval for Is for a total of $234,000. And I'm sorry uh Mr Sutton and that um expenditure is covered by the grain. So by the grant by the I. P. G. Grant. This is an action emotions food. Mm. Mhm. 2nd by Mr Bird. Any question becomes course. Uh huh. Part of what they were saying is that we utilize these people they pretty much saying. Mhm. Yes sir. Closing this contractor says if we don't see those improvements they're gonna refund some much not to my knowledge. But again these these are not funds that we are spending from local dollars or from state dollars east. The way this process works is the state gives us the money to pay the partner. Uh So it won't be any of our funds that we are expending for that purpose. But I don't believe there is a guarantee of results. Unfortunately the results of their collaboration with other systems in terms what progress was made. So let me say, I I don't have that data in front of me. I know that West End is a well received and well known educational support program. Unfortunately Mr baker was initially going to be here tonight, so I don't have that level of detail. I certainly will be glad to get that for you. Mr Caroline, bring it back to you. But I can tell you that West End is a is a well received well known educational services provider. Um I don't have that specific data but I think we can find it. I believe so, yes sir, at the end of this contract here, we will see proves that uh that that is that is my belief and I will I will confirm that and and make sure to get back to you. Mr su. The three year time before Is a three Year contract. Mhm. Total bull. Mhm. Mhm. Yeah. Uh huh. Do so and I just so I can replicate around this. They're bringing in their people to do these things to provide the service. Oh yes and no, they will provide the professional development for our staff. They would bring staff in to provide that professional development and provide coaching support, both for teachers and for the administrator. Yes, yeah, they would have different tools than what we have. Yes man, Yes ma'am. That's crazy. What's that? Her wonderful was that? I wanted to respond. Mr carroll as I look at the contract. It is mutually agreed upon that you can start and terminate this country three days. Yeah. So in essence It's a series of one year contracts 1-20 Can get out of the 30 day sentence. Fair enough. Mrs suu has reviewed to come. Uh huh. Come on. Yeah. Mr Robertson. And I would note that mr carol we are required to have a technical assistance partner. So if we did terminate this contract we have to open that process up again and identify a new one. Yes. Well this is identifying the technical assistance partner again. Right, right. Yes. I just think we just need to be aware of their claiming that they're going provide us an avenue to improve what I would say we need to start going. You need to know where we are being in that year and if we don't ab absolutely and I don't disagree, I don't disagree. We have emotion and it's sick all in favor say aye. Motion curious. Yeah. Thank you for members. Board members are next item is the federal programs Local plan for 2021 2022. Uh This uh um item. Board members represents our reporting to you um of our plan to submit applications for federal dollars um as as you may know at this point, the state of north Carolina now requires us to create a comprehensive plan. Um That plan um includes plans around title one part a improving the academic achievement of the disadvantaged title one part c uh migrant education program titled to part a preparing training and recruiting high quality teachers and principals uh titled three english language instruction P. R. C. 104 E. S. L. N. P. R. C. 1 11 immigrant and title four part A student support an academic enrichment tonight. Board members we are asking for permission uh to submit a plan. We will certainly come back to the board and provide specific details about the plan once it has been submitted and approved at the state level. This is tonight my internal and something. Yes. No question not all. Imagine. Terry 6 0. Thank you. Board members. Um Next item is social studies weekly supplemental text. Board members, if you if you remember the way that we approach social studies um and johnson County public schools is that we integrate our social studies work um with our english language arts um reading program. And so rather than teaching those things separately we bring them together. There's a a body of research that suggests that that implements I'm sorry enhances um The ability of students to learn social studies makes their studies of social studies more real, particularly allows them to read um real social studies information and use that as the process that they also use while they are learning. Um We have identified, we did go through an RFP process to identify supplemental text. Um We've identified the social studies weekly supplemental text that we would like to provide for our students in grades K. Through five. Um Again we are asking to provide this at a cost of 127 $39.27. This is an action item on entertainment. So what? Yeah, heard any questions you comment, there will be some very minimal training. This is essentially um These are just materials that are, teachers will use to give our students to read as they work through there. They're they're they're reading lessons, right? So rather than just reading, you know, kind of random things, they'll be reading about social studies as they work through their english language arts. Um Structure. You not our friends, they are, this carries six. They were thank you. Board members um 2021 2022 School improvement plan review and approval. Or members you have in front of you um very large notebooks that include uh each school's school improvement plan, executive summary. Um And uh their plan, our initial plan was to actually offer you these documents um and ask you to approve our plans for our um low performing schools. One of the things that was involved in. Uh Senate Bill 6 54 was an additional extension of low performing schools plans. As you will remember last year, you didn't have to improve plans because the plans that were submitted in 2019 were extended for an additional year. Um uh Senate Bill 654 extended that an additional year for this year. So you are not at this point required to improve school improvement plans for local farming schools in johnson County public schools. We did however, want to provide those documents for you. You will note that um on the board item there is an actual link um and you can use that link to access each of these plans um electronically or of course those plans are provided for you in in writing. We would note that while the goals of our schools are not changing, we did have our schools go in and uh revise the targets of their goals so that they reflect where they are now and where they intend to be based on where they are now. So um this actually is not an uh an action item at this point, but it is an opportunity that we wanted to provide for board members to review those plans um and have them um uh in your possession moving forward um Grace of giving your goal for our I'm thinking I understand what you're saying about will be given another year but obviously he set some pretty high call county. So what we will look at this, it's just going to reflect you're charging our school, let your goal as far as our strategic plans increased rating time. But that may not, I'm not saying that schools didn't happen. Yeah. Yeah we have made commitments. Yeah. Mhm. Yes and I I'd argue that's that's exactly why we asked our schools to revise their targets even even though they were not necessarily revising their actual goals. And that that's what yes, we're addressing the things we need to address right now. Absolutely yes. This is probably not going to be a popular question but Well why are we not going to have well board members again? Uh We can certainly do that at your direction. That I don't mean to suggest that we could not present them to you. I did just mean to suggest that you aren't required by law this year to go through the actual uh approval process. I think you him telling us what they want to achieve and spelling it out and thus understand where are you now do you want to be? Yes sir. That way we all understand each other. Sure. I know I will learn a whole lot more if they tell me what's and then reading so I don't know what the players of the board is but I would like to think the schools to hear this. Uh And as the board directs, we certainly will provide. Hey that's a great idea. Mr Carroll. We can certainly discuss. Mhm. Operation of how we need we're going to hear all 14 and one evening it'll be it's an artistic process. Yeah telling you I believe will work for everybody. One republic session. So the company will hear what proposed and plus we'll have a better understanding when you stand here and tell me what you're gonna do a little more. Yes sir. Down the road. And I would advise we we actually have identified and designed a process for that. Um And so we you know, again, it will simply be uh an issue of putting it into place. We're prepared to do that for you. Yeah, as far as the board is concerned, just give us some parameters. How much time representation. Thanks. Um Because what kind of time do you think uh with your school? 30 minutes? I was gonna say it's 30 minutes. You won't hear on 14 and one understand that Prepared that we would have 234 section and but you know, they're going to put this much time into an effort to improve their school, you know, let's hear what you've got to say. We'll all understand. So I can sit with DR King this week and get out to you by the end of the week what a sketch of what that will look like. Who will be presenting with the principal the amount of time things like great charity burning questions that the board wants us to tell them to be prepared to answer. We can have that conversation as well. Yes sir. All right. And so finally board members dr Bracey asked me to prepare um just a brief presentation about um options for quarantine students, I want to say at the outset of this presentation, these are all just possible solutions to this as an issue. Um We are I am certainly open um and I know that dr Bracy is open to hearing your um direction about how you would like us to move forward in this regard. Uh So what I've tried to do is put together presentations, you will find today that I am going to present to you four options and I want to be very clear that there there is certainly no limit. Um I don't mean to suggest that these are the only four options either. Just before that we are suggesting um um there is no rule that says you have to select it, any of these objects, any of these options, any one of these options, you could select two of the four or one of the four or tell us to go back to the drawing board altogether. The structure of this presentation is that we are, I will present each option, I will share with you what I believe are the advantages of using that as an option I'll also share with you um what I would call the shortfalls of using that option and finally I'll share with you just very briefly the financial implications of each particular option. All right, let me just back up and say this again, this is not remote learning per se and this is not virtual learning per se. These are options for how we would provide instruction and academic support for students who are on quarantine. Okay, so students who are quarantined, the first option is allowing students to use paper packets and access to content through learning management systems. Um Board members, you may have heard probably 2.5, 3 weeks ago we advised all of our schools um to make sure um that they had all of their teachers update their learning management systems and make sure that all of their students knew how to access. Uh they're learning management systems that each classroom teacher um uh is using for their classrooms. Uh this year in johnson County public schools, we have to learning management systems that are teachers may choose from. Um Most of our teachers, the overwhelming majority of our teachers use uh a system called canvas. Um Other teachers use um a system called google classroom, but regardless of that, they were all asked to update those um and to make sure that all of their students knew and understood how to access the material that is there as, you know, paper packets are about as old as uh as as as an instructional practice as anything that is. Teachers simply putting together a packet of materials to give students while they're gonna be out for a period of time. So option one obviously is that students can use paper packets or access content through their teachers learning management system. And this option, students will be provided with paper packets. Um They'd be able to access content through their teachers updated learning management system. What are the advantages to this first? This is our current practice. This is what we have directed our schools to do um at this moment, um and what schools are generally doing, um it does not require other than the production of the packets, additional work for our teachers. Um Students can receive a packet for any class that they are enrolled in. Um Students and their families get to determine their degree of engagement. As you can imagine students who are home um on quarantine maybe in different states as it released to their own medical condition shortly. Maybe some who aren't in a position to do academic work um You know, either physically or emotional or whatever have you. But doing this using this option allows parents to decide how much they want their kids to engage with learning um and how much they want them to step back from that um allow students to earn a one. Our attendance designation. Uh one our attendance designation means that in terms of um a child's attendance designation for each school day, they can be um marked as remote learning, which means they are essentially marked present for school. While they are quarantined Students also have the option right now of receiving a one D um attendance designation. That simply means they are absent. The shortfalls to this. Uh to this option obviously is that students don't benefit from live instruction and students certainly may find themselves in a position that have to catch up when they return to school. The financial implications for this is none. Um uh basically again it's what we're doing now, it won't require additional teaching, it won't require us to compensate anybody in any additional way Option two is all teachers return to two way teaching by two way teaching what I refer to as what we basically did last year. Um And that means that teachers would, teachers would both be required to both teach the students who are physically in their classroom as well as uh teach the students who are accessing their classroom um remotely Okay, so that is what we mean by two way teaching. The advantages to this um it is something that we have done before so schools could restart this practice almost immediately. Um Students benefit from live instruction while out on quarantine in this option, um students who complete their assignments are less likely to fall behind in this option. The shortfalls is that teachers will experience the burden of two way teaching. I know you board members heard a lot from teachers about how difficult and challenging that was and we certainly recognize that to be the case. Um teachers attention within the classroom would have to be split because teachers would be responsible for providing instruction to both students who are in the classroom and those who are um charming in uh remotely. Um And the final shortfall is that this is obviously not a particularly popular option for classroom teachers. Once again, in terms of financial um implications, um there are likely no implications financially because again it's something that we've done before. We could simply just kind of ratchet uh that machine. If you will up again, there may be a few students who we would need to provide some technological support, but for the most part it won't require us to spend any significant amounts of money. Additional money, Option three is to create a quarantine teacher cadre. And this option C. I. A. Would recruit and identify a cadre of teachers as many as 3 to 5 per grade level or core course who are interested in teaching two ways and then compensate them to do so. Um Students who are quarantined would be provided a link to join live classes of these teachers. The advantages of this option would be that students will again benefit from live instruction against students who complete their assignments would be less likely to fall behind And uh only teachers who are interested in to a teaching would be asked to teach two ways. Essentially, those folks would volunteer to be a part of the process Shortfalls. While this is live instruction, it would not be necessarily with the child's classroom teacher. So in other words what we would do is we may be identified five fifth grade um english e ela teachers and and advise parents of when they could log in uh to see a live english language arts class. Right? So it would not necessarily be your teacher but it would be a teacher who was teaching english language arts based on our pacing um and based on our english language arts curriculum. Um This another shortfall is that it would only include core courses. We don't feel like it would be possible for us either from a financial perspective or frankly from a logistical perspective to offer this option for every single class. Um And then um probably the most significant one um is that it will require some lead team as we would have to identify teachers and create schedules and communicate those. Um two principals who would then share them with students who go out on quarantine financial implications. Obviously teachers who agreed to participate will require uh compensation. I can tell you that I've shared these ideas um with Mr Britt and Mr Britt is clear that this is the kind of activity that we could very much use um S r funds to fund. So we certainly would be able to fund it through esser and there are funds available to do this if we would so desire. Yeah option for option for is to create a library of recorded lessons. And this option c I would again recruit and identify teachers who are interested this time in recording live lessons and compensate them to do so. Students who are quarantined would be provided a link to access those recorded lessons, They could access those lessons you know at home with their parents on their own time. Um The advantages here is that students of course would benefit from high quality instruction. Again that that's high quality instruction as opposed to live instruction. Um And the reason why I would suggest that it would be high quality instruction is that we could certainly we would be in a position to choose the teachers who participated in this process. And so obviously we will be looking for those folks who do um a really good job so that we could you know suggest that there would be a level of quality um of the recorded lessons that are there. Again a second item. Second advantage is that families would be allowed to manage their students access to instruction based on their medical needs. Again as we talked about in one of the options before, um I think this is a real opportunity here because as a student begins if for instance a student was sick or not feeling well towards the beginning of their quarantine um and decided that you know over time they begin to feel a little stronger they could then access those lessons um and use them as necessary in that in that regard shortfalls. Again, uh students won't benefit from live lessons um Again it would only include core courses uh So math science, social studies and science and again will require some lead time to identify uh teachers and begin to create um and um and um to create and store those lessons in a format that they could be access and then finally, financial implications for this option. Again, teachers who agreed to participate will require compensation. There may be some limited need for us to do some things on the technical in that could possibly have a cost, but that is relatively unlikely. So board members, those are the four options that uh my team and I have developed, we will be glad I'd be glad to answer your questions. In fact I invite your questions and your ideas about what you think about these options, which ones you would be interested in us pursuing further changes, you might suggest to any of these options. Got all these. Mhm, wow. Yes, Yes sir. All right, let's start talking. Yes, sir, paper pack. Mhm. Order that. Okay feedback. Well the material yeah, most busy and and I'd be I'd be honest with you, that is a that is a shortfall usually of paper package because you usually don't ask teachers to make a paper packet every week or every two weeks. You generally make a packet and you use that packet uh for you know some time. Um You know I think what we could do to address that if we wanted to remain with that option is we might, you know, look at a process where we asked our principles uh you know, to to provide a little bit more oversight as it relates to those packets. Um And so we could address it in that way, but I would want to be clear, you know, I don't know how in fact I know having kind of having overseas processes like that before. I don't think it's possible to make sure that those packets are gonna always be up to date current. There will be some, there'll be some lap time. Yes sir or the two ways I'm assuming that we have a problem world in chrome books. Hey be somewhat similar what we did last year with virtual learning. It wouldn't be sitting in. Yeah, at least peter would be faced teacher he or she Yeah, student be able to put lot quite whatever they are. Thank you and also communicate. So I would be comfortable suggestion that the teacher student would be able to observe a live class. I think we would have to think through the notion of participating in a live class that that would make it a bit more complicated. I certainly would not say that that was off the of the of the table. Um But I think we have to do some more thinking about how that would work logistically, but certainly we would say that students would be able to observe a live lessons, receive assignments um and follow those live lessons through that process. They would be able to you look like as hurry material. That's the idea. Yes, sir. With that student able to ask a question. I would imagine that through whatever technological remote process portal they were using um I'm assuming we would use google meet as we've in most instances. Yes sir. Through the certainly through the chat feature. Mhm. All right. Yeah. And the teacher cadre with our show already facing right the planet. Well, I think there's I think that's a reasonable concern. Yes, sir. It could be difficult. Um But I think, you know, we are, you know, the benefit would be if you if you think about it, I don't know how many third grade teachers we have in johnson County schools. I'd imagine somewhere in the neighborhood of, I don't know, 150. We just be looking for three people between three and five people. So it might be a challenge. But I would imagine we'd be able to get the number of people that we need to make that happen. Um You know, if we were looking at the cadre piece. Yes, sir with that. Yes, sir. Yeah. Right. And that that's that's kind of what I'm projecting now. I think as as you know, if this is something that we got into and we went through as as as we got into it and figured out some of the kinks and the core courses and we figured out a way to um expand to others. We might be in a good place. But the reason I would say that is if you think about it, if you think about mr carroll's point, So we might have 100 and 50 third grade teachers. Right? So the notion of finding 3 to 5 third grade teachers um is a whole lot different than finding 3 to 5 U. S. History teachers because while they're 131 143rd grade teachers, there may only be 40 U. S. History teachers or may only be 30 U. S. History teachers. So the universe of people who could actually do the work in terms of being in the cadre shrink significantly and mr mr carroll, I see your mind working social studies with us, history would be a part of core courses. I just threw that one out as the as the one that I was speaking of. But as we get to specialized courses, again That universe of available teachers shrinks and shrinks and shrinks. And so when we get to courses like CTE courses specifically, there may only be, you know, seven um teachers who teach a particular content area in CTE across the entire district. So if we're talking about finding three of them, that means we got to find, you know, half of the folks who are, who are doing it, who would be willing to do that. That's the reason why we're suggesting it probably is going to make the most sense for us to focus this on core subjects. Is, forgive me for asking this, but we've ever used this word contract. Was there a Condrey, a virtual teachers who may not be employed with this district that maybe we can pull on a contractual basis or the group. I believe that and many um yeah, I would suggest to you sir that if you have a, if you know someone who has a cadre of teachers that we could contract with virtually you would be a rich man at this at this moment. I have to tell you, I know that um Mr Vetrano would probably tell you certainly Doctor Bray, She will tell you we've we've kind of beat that horse almost to death. Um There are just not available teachers out there. I think we reached out to a couple of agencies that generally are able to do that for us and they and we found that they are in the same place that everybody else is at this time. There's just not a pool of folks out there that are available. Um Anything we can do with the virtual academy company that we contact with many of them. Ed Mentum, Is there anything that we can do with them? Maybe Fosters? Because ring horrible. We could we could certainly inquire. Um But the difference would be we would be contracting with a service provider right to provide a service, right? So if we're looking at our teachers and creating a cadre within the context of our teachers, we would just be in a position to have to compensate our teachers if we contract with the service provider like Ed Mentum, you know, they're going to charge us what they charge us and I would argue that the difference in the cost would be relatively significant for money or they want to do something, please follow me. But if there is a shortage and there is an asset out there with I admit I'm sorry wrong in but if there is, wait, can we use those S. R. Funds for that? We could I could, I would imagine that we would we could use extra funds if that was something that we could work out with Edmund. Um um There would be a couple of other slight uh Pullbacks. Number one is Edmund um does not necessarily use are pacing. Um So that would create an additional um barrier not not not insurmountable. Um And they do not necessarily use um our curriculum materials so that we're creating it is Sure. Absolutely yeah. If we could look into that. Great but I love the four options. I'm not trashing on that but the four options are great. It gives people exactly what, indicating the number of pleasure. Yes sir. King carol. We were talking in our financial. Mhm. The use, of course we want to take first the use of retired the teachers for opportunities that would all the slots for this. What? Still I don't understand the need to force our retired recently retired To that six months. Well, we're in a crisis. Whoa. Quarantines the reason. Yes. Quality teachers that have retired on the left hand. Right. Yes, sir. Yeah. And I think we all have a discussion to a retired teacher is actually less boys because we don't have benefit. Yeah. And your hiring an experience. Uh huh. Without Oh yes, sir, Good point. They are. Answer this question. Yes, sir. Two ways. What? This? Mhm. Right. I think so. I'm speculating mr carroll. Um I think one of the issues for teachers is that the splitting of their attention um frankly their inability to manage um the engagement of students who on the other side of the computer. Um And some of the comments I've heard is that because of those two issues, um teachers have felt like um that it was less um less productive um and and less productive in addition to being um more physically and emotionally draining um for classroom teachers, those are some of the comments that I've heard, I want to be clear that I've never been in a position that have to do that. Um, and so I could only share what I've heard. Okay, work how the king probably as we have this, it wouldn't have volume be a little less just doing quarantine excuse and it was we were split certainly last year certainly. So I wonder and we won't know till we have cars future. I mean you have, yeah, you may have a procedure that has once too correct versus half the class West man. I think this works. I said you're thinking I really like if you give hope and pray that we are not talking magnet. Right kids. I mean, some teachers will have anyone. Right. Right. Absolutely. Thank you. Right. So if we're just talking about the line and engaged property. Yes sir. But as far as just educational line probably right to, to to a teaching because it, you know, it maintains the connection. Um, you know, one of the things that I didn't mention, you know, both with the recorded lessons and the Kadre issue would be, you know what you do with the work that the student submits during that process that you know, who do you give it to? Who do you send it to? So there there's some pieces that will make it quite complicated and convoluted if you will that two way teaching um, certainly does not um, have to have to deal with grapple with stevens, you're but it probably those teachers that are doing, you win. Remember potential due to wait. I wonder is it away copies for working with students because if you're doing that to wait, going to lose could have been doing something else and questions Stephen one thing so see what I'm saying, you talk about this, this is fresh out of my mind. Couldn't we compensate the just who are having to do this with something possible, possibly some virtual office hours after school. Yes. Yes sir. We sure kid uh actually Miss Mills. Otto and I were just talking about that in the hallway as this was being discussed here and we could provide uh we could build that into the plan and have an extra responsibility stipend for teachers to do. We well listen we love our teachers saw what they did. Um last school year and MS stevens is just presented to us. We would close the gap on state and gap does not wait. Quick break progress. Um when you lose as much as some people did is what I'm trying to say. So if we could sit there and figure out a way to pick them for office hours. Those that Stephen really you can do this. If you are working with students that are warranted, how can we compensate you because you're gonna have to communicate with those families after hours you're gonna be sending emails and following up with what they're doing, we can figure out how burden file virtual office hours that for us to be able to figure out your doctor King myself. Remember else you need to be there. Yes sir. I think it's very doable. Yes and I liked it. I absolutely say, I agree The two a teaching last year was a tremendous burden of all of our teachers. The amount of students they're going to have this, you know. Yes, but you mentioned something about the kingdom keep in mind and that is based kids Yeah, maybe In those 1st 3-4 days when they're home and cannot get on these two way teaching many that way we can do a Harvard and do some of these recorded lessons that the teacher is, if she's going to take to a teaching that can record that lesson. So when that student feels well enough they can go back and watch that lesson over again and they need a further assistance they can reach out to the teacher bracing stuff in a virtual office. Yes sir. That would be a bad, I'm just making a suggestion but you know, always a library blessings is a great, great tool for a lot of reasons. It was a high school. I remember it's done in other places where you go ahead and recorded less than Utah documented is what this strategy was subject in store and there it is but just like you said, it's like you said that takes, it does appreciate the options because we all heard it from parents about the packets so forth and the kids wanting to do more and want to be more involved when they're homely. We wouldn't even received emails from some of these students that are pro actively thinking of want to keep up with while I'm at home but unfortunately they don't community so I appreciate you all provide me for the compensation. And I would like to say we hope and we don't believe this is gonna go on forever. And so I think a nice clean quick option that if we can get ourselves You know another month or two through the is it may be all unnecessary. That's what we can absolutely something is going to be a forever as the data gets better and we look each month and how trending is going. You know we may be able to I have to work with it all. I would like to say to and they were talking about teachers that compensating these teachers and these extra rolls but we have a lot of teacher assistants to do some of this work as well. And that to add those into the mix as far as being compensated if they're doing some of that work that the teacher would be doing some of our understanding being pulled the cover glasses we need to compensate. We're gonna sit and see if we can figure this out. We don't have the compensation part of it figured