Wake County Board of Education discusses plans for spring semester
Wake County Public School System Superintendent Cathy Moore will give an update to school board members on the school district's reopening plans during Tuesday's board meeting. On Jan. 14, board members voted for all students to remain in remote learning until mid-February.
Okay. Mhm. All right. Good evening. And welcome to our weight kind of public school system. Board of Education meeting in January 19 called this meeting to order at 5. 37. We have a quorum with all board members. Uh, here in president, in the boardroom, along with Superintendent Kathy More So everyone is Here s O if you will stand with me and decided. Pledge of Allegiance graduated through the flag experience for Stan. Thank you for that. And we will move right into our information session and start with some attendance comments. Super 10 More. Good evening. I am pleased to report that our substitute teacher recruitment campaign continues to attack attract potential candidates. More than 830 people have completed our online interest form and nearly 400 have attended the past two virtual information sessions. To give you some perspective. In January 2020 we received 78 substitute teacher applications. So far this month, we have received 254. We remain hopeful that these trends will continue. As you know, increasing our pool of substitute teachers is a critical factor in our ability to return to in person instruction I am grateful to the members of our community who have responded to this call to serve our students. Anyone interested in learning Maura about becoming a substitute teacher is encouraged to register for the next virtual information session scheduled for this Thursday at 1 p.m. Go to W. C. P. S s dot net slash subs For more information. Congratulations to Julie Stivers of Mount Vernon Middle School, who has been named W. C. P. S s School Library media coordinator of the year. The award recognizes media coordinators who demonstrate high quality leadership, instructional practice, technology integration program, administration, school culture, development and professional reflection. Michael Hulkenberg, who was principal of Mount Vernon when Miss Divers was nominated, had this to say. The transformation of the library program and the library space at Mount Vernon is solely a result of her tireless efforts to rethink best school library practices to censor everything entirely on what will make the most impact on her students and to create an environment that not only welcomes them but also nurtures them. Miss Divers help Students Development present a program called the five Key Foundations for Building Inclusive Libraries. She also organized free book fairs and helps student writers in the W. C. P. S s Summer writing Institute. Stivers, who has worked at Mount Vernon since 2015, has served as the chair of the school improvement team that has led professional development and learning on equity. Clear. Luna Stivers is a worthy recipient of this honor. Congratulations to her as well as this year's other finalists. Angela Headley of 80 Combs, Magnet Elementary, Christine Ziccardi of Fox Road, Magnet Elementary and Heather Fields of Wake Forest High School. I feel like any trumpets. The eighth annual wake up and read book drive kicks off this Saturday with a Facebook live event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wake up and Read to date has collected hundreds of thousands of books for schools in Wake County with the highest need. These books are given to students to help combat summer learning loss, so they're ready to continue learning when the school New Year new school year begins. The pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges with long term impacts on student learning. That's why this year's wake up and read goal is the most ambitious ever. We are aiming to collect 200,000 new and gently read books to be distributed to partner schools. The drive begins this Saturday and runs through February 28th. Please consider joining Wake Up and read in building home libraries to ensure every child in Wake County is inspired and empowered to read, Go to wake up and read Dot or GTA. Learn more about how to get involved. Finally, I would like to recognize the finalists for this year's Diane Kent Parker first year Teacher Awards. Every year, our district honors a group of outstanding teachers from elementary schools, secondary schools and special education. Thes teachers are recognized for navigating the challenges of a new job with grace, skill and confidence. They serve as models for their colleagues and inspiration for their students. The selection committee has named 16 finalists. There will be one winner chosen from each of these four categories. Congratulations to the following finalists. Elementary school teachers Sally Allen of Hunter Magnet Elementary, Anna Jones of A B. Combs, Magnet Elementary, Kayleigh Scott of back Um Elementary and Jenna Time Moody of Harris Creek Elementary Middle School teachers. Zoe Grove of Westlake Middle, Wallach Eider of West Kerry, Middle Somer, Thompson of Apex, Friendship Middle and Alison Weatherspoon of Alston Ridge. Middle High School teachers analyst Boueiz of Green Level High. Emily Holla Dock of South Garner High, Shea Luke of Apex High and Angelo Pettis of Sanderson High and Special Education teachers. Valerie Errands of Green Hope Elementary, Bria Pepe out of Wake Forest Middle. Jessica Rogers of Harris Creek Elementary and Rachel Smith of Roseville High School. Our third core belief states well supported and highly affected dedicated teachers are essential to success for all students. Thes outstanding young teachers represent the very best of the next generation of educators. I applaud them for their commitment to their profession and to their students. That concludes my comments. Thank you for those comments. Superintendent More. I'll be brief with my comments. A swell. Just a couple of things to note. Uh, one District four is having our first B A, c, uh, meeting of this year. That would be this Thursday, January 20. 1st on that will be virtually in that meeting will be held at 12 noon. So again, just four b. A. C uh, this Thursday, uh, at 12 pm, that meeting will be held virtually, uh, second just wanted to. And I thought it was very fitting that we had a presentation from the chamber. Uh, this afternoon, Uh, just being the date after, uh, the date in which we observed the Martin Luther King holiday and just fitting and always think about each year. Aziz, we, uh, celebrate the working life of Dr Martin Luther King. Uh, think about one of his someone who works from chaos to a community. Where do we go from here on? Just reminds me, I think reminds us all about where we are as a country and as a nation and what we saw in our nation's capital Uh uh, the other week on the chaos around that and then ensued after that. And so just thinking about again the need for us to get to community on dso appreciate the work that the chamber is doing on that the role that we can play as a system and as a board, uh, toe help try to move our community to just that. A true sense of communities. I hope all of you spent some time yesterday, Um, even we, even though we are in a pandemic thinking about him reflecting how we might be able to do that work and celebrate the life of, uh, Dr King on in that note to that, all of you and particularly our students staff employees over the next few days with the, uh, emergency, uh, movement around the capital on the things that are of we are being asked to be aware of to that, we all be safe on travel safely. Uh, that you may even decide to stay in your homes and, uh, be safe over the next couple of days. But, uh, but I know that we are, I think, taking some steps at some of our schools in the downtown area near the capital, uh, to take some extra precautions so that our students, faculty and employees are safe, that we are home, uh, that most folks are home and and virtual learning. But I just encourage all of you, especially I wait kind of public schools, family, uh, to be safe over the next few days. On last but not least, um, I want to take a moment and lift up the name and life also of one of our employees back in September of 2019. We recognize doing one of our employees spotlights Ah, teacher at Phillips Uh, Eloise Hilliard, who was a grad point teacher at Phillips High School. And if you recall it, I'm just gonna read a few sentences from the, um, recognition that we provided her at our spotlight back in September of 2019. Mrs. Hilliard Eloise Hilliard eyes often one of the first staff members to arrive each day at our school at 7 a.m. Always with a smile on her face. Our staff and students absolutely love her. She is the epitome of a professional with a positive attitude. At the age of 89 she commutes daily tow our school from Clayton. She is, in fact the oldest teacher in W. C. P S s. And yet she daily displays an abundance of energy and positivity. And I remember taking a picture with with her and was proud to display that picture on my Facebook page that time. And so many people reached out and said, I remember her. She was taught she was my teacher. Uh, that they remember her well. This period passed last week. Last Tuesday at the age of 90 on, while Phillips and all of our high schools were obviously in virtual learning, Uh, she was not in the building, but at the time still was our oldest, uh, employees at nine. I was not able to confirm if she was our oldest serving employees, but she was certainly at 90 years old, our oldest employees. So I just wanted to lift up the name of Eloise Hilliard on, asked for prayers investing's for for her and her family and just take a moment of silence. A tous time. So again, thank you for that. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Mrs Eloise here and who passed away at 90 Phillips High School teacher with that Pass it on to Mrs Mahaffey. Vice chairman. Happy for any comments. Thank you. Chair Sutton. Andi, Thank you for sharing those words about Miss Hilliard. Um, I know many of us went to Phillips last in person graduation, and she was present, and we got to see how her students really kind of flocked around her and her energy at that time. Um, District eight held there board advisory council meeting last monday. I'd like to thank um, from the magnet office. Toumani Anderson Powell, um, who talked about the priorities and goals of the magnet office. Um, Glenn Krosa from student assignment, talking about future schools in District eight and what we've done as a district to help provide transparency and what's with their future school's website. What we can expect in the C I p coming up and also mark winters from our finance department talking about the structure of a budget in North Carolina and how different that is from other states and specifically where we get our funding sources from in Wait County. Um, and certainly discussion leading to what this unprecedented dear may may come may bring, uh, with that. And I'd like to thank um, the parents, administrators and community members that make up the District eight board Advisory Council for their continued engagement. Um, NBC, um, in this virtual space. Thank you. Thank you. Mr Happy that the Martin I'll start with you. Thank you. It took him a comments Brief. A zoo. Always. I want to say thank you to all of our teachers and staff. Students and parents way all know the hard work that virtual instruction is and thank you for engaging in that and everybody's work to try to continue to keep the community safe. We all have lots of work to do. Working together. I do want to recognize the importance of yesterday's holiday recognizing Martin Luther King. Uh, everybody remembers deal. I have a dream speech and I, among other things, eso respect Dr King's work calling for focus on education because I think he recognized the role of education in actually needing to transform our community on our culture. I don't have the exact quote, but it has stuck with me. He noted that integrating things like Busses and lunch counters and movie theaters and water fountains was the easy work, and he highlighted that he said, Wait till you get to funding public education for all students. That's where the real work comes because it's not an exact quote, but that's the essence of one of his quotes That is just really struck with me. And I think you know, we heard from Danya Perry with the Greater Rally Chamber of Commerce in Wake County. Our work with Artie I, our work with our strategic plan, doing that hard work, that systemic structural work to make sure that we have high quality education for every child is the legacy that is going Thio fulfill the dream of Dr King and the dream of many of us. So we'll keep on doing that hard work. Thank you. Think about the Martin, Mr Kushner. Thank you. Good evening to all. Um, and I wanted to thank everyone who came to the District six Board Advisory Council last week. We had a great discussion about academic issues, Um, in remote learning and hybrid learning and then looking forward, Thio, thanks to Drew Cook, Michelle Woodson and Alicia Miller from the academics team, as well as Marlow goddess for making the magical happened virtually last week. Um, and to all who attended also wanna wish best wishes from the start of second semester For most of our students tomorrow, it's not what we envisioned. Um, but, uh, like, half of all public school students in North Carolina who are remaining remote through the end of this month and beyond were struggling with these issues and appreciate the, um the input Conflicting, uh, varied and broad ranging, but know that we're working toe take in all that input and make the best decisions possible. Thank you, Chair Sudden. Thank you, Miss Kirsten. Mr Haggerty. Thank you, Mr Chairman. Um, honestly, nothing new to add. I convey as well my appreciation. And thanks to everyone is working hard to deliver educational services in our community and everyone who's working to keep everyone safe. I especially appreciate everyone that's out there getting vaccinated and helping to reduce our covert rates. So thank you. Thanks, sir. Miss Carter. Thank you, Chairman Sutton. I just want to thank everyone for reaching out, sharing your concerns and thoughts about all the discussions that we've been having on Bond. Just want to admit that some of the emails are difficult to read when families air sharing their specific, um, struggles for their families and their students. Um, please know that we hear you, Andi. We're doing our best to read everything that comes in. Um, I'd also like to just appreciate show my appreciation for all the community members who attended the first D nine connection virtual meeting I had last week. Just a very informal time for me to still listen to whatever you all would like to tell me. Eso I appreciate that. Um and wanted to make everyone aware that the first, uh, forward advisory council for District nine will be Thursday, January 28 at 5. 30. and those invitations will be going out later this week. So, um and thank you, as always, to all of our staff, um, doing everything that they continue to do and showing up for our students. Thank you. Thank you, Mrs Carter. Mrs. Cash. Um, thank you, Chair Sutton. Um, I also do want to thank everybody for emails. Um, all people that email, different sides of the of the opinions, but also the thoughts and things that they're sharing with us as far as experiences is very helpful. And hopefully that, um, we can we can take all of this and try to do something better with it. So I appreciate that. Also very sad about the untimely deaths that had happened to Martin Luther King and I I would have loved to see how different we would be today if he's been alive. I think things would have been s o much better. Of course, we all know that, um, and again, I just, uh I just hope that we can do some good things for kids. That's it, right? Thank you. But Johnson Hospital, Yes. Thank you. And again, hopefully, um, everyone who had a few days off were able thio rest and restore. Um, it's on Lee the second, third, full week of January, and it's already been a very long months. So I certainly hope people took the time to rest to restore. And while yesterday was the day that we celebrated a day of service, um, I made the comment to people that for many of us who spend our life committed to service, I certainly hope that those who who don't necessarily do that took the time to not just reflect on his past speeches, his most famous words, but really thought about what it would mean to them as a reflection point to how we really move forward and and for me again as a school board member, reminding people that one thing he was certain of his education was an equalizer for all communities, especially black and brown communities. And so I certainly hope people who listen to us also remember that as you reflect on how to be of service and actually actualize his dream that stabilizing and equalizing our education and ensuring and supporting an equity framework is a great place for those who join what county public schools by view in our meetings and providing us feedback that that's an inflection point for all of us to consider. How do we do that? Especially in this day and age, or things are not as though they were. Um, but I you know, for certain that in order to actualize the dream, education will always, in my opinion, be a pillar of strength, and we get to choose how we actually move that forward. So, um, I will encourage everyone to spend the next 300 plus days not just talking about it, but actually being about it and being committed to Wake County public schools And certainly all of your emails and comments with your diverse and divergent opinions, um, feed into that. But I certainly hope whether you agree or disagree, um, with me, with the broader board decisions that that won't change the way that you engage in public education and still see it as a place of equalizing for all of our students. Thank you. Thank you, Miss Johnson. hustler. Let me Scott, I would just like Thio replay with Miss Johnson. Hustler just shared especially that last remark. That is, that is just so important during this time, because we do have so many different experiences and and different backgrounds and and virtual learning and in person learning and living Life in a pandemic absolutely impacts everybody in unique in varied ways. And we certainly do our best to reach people where they are always and it's especially important now. Um, I wanted to take a second to thank all of our community partners who continue to work on providing much needed food, produce clothing, thio all of our families and Children in need. Really optimistic to to see backpack buddies has been slowly, uh, getting back into, uh, providing that that shelf stable food to our Children. And that's such an important, uh, part of addressing food security with our students. Ondas. We do continue thio to look for service. Um, you know, let let us be reminded that that there has been there has been progress. But if you look at the asks from 1963 the march on Washington, too many of those asks have not yet been fulfilled. And so, as we look to ways, we can serve our community. We have amazing partners in groups like activate. Good. Who can help steer you in the direction that works for your, uh, that helps you with the time and the gifts and the talents of each individual person in in different ways that call to you. Thank you. Thank you, Mr Scott. Thanks. Once again, thank all board members for your comments. Uh, and your thoughts about the superintendent? Yeah. I'm moving. Thio, Uh, approval of the, uh, meeting agenda. Have one change to the agenda on that is item five A on the communications. Why? I'm c of the triangle Association Resource Center. I would like to move that item to action. And with that, if I could entertain a motion to approve tonight's agenda with that correction or amendment, Thank you for making that adjustment to your son Would like to move approval of the agenda as amended. 2nd, 2nd, I've got no problem. Got a motion and a second to approve tonight's agenda With that said correction or amendment, certainly discussion. Hearing none. All those in favor show about signed by opposed nay eyes. Having the amended agenda is approved. That takes us Thio uh, probably comment portion of our agenda. Residents wishing to adjust the way it kind of Board of education may submit their comments or video by noon the day of the meeting that could be done at the link found at our website, www dot w. C. P s s dot net. The following citizens have submitted comments as part of our public comment portion of the agenda. Their comments are linked on the same online agenda that we're using for tonight's meeting. Uh, that agenda, as well as guidelines for those wishing to submit comments or future meetings, also can be found on our district website. We have 53 written comments from members of the public aside, done in the past because we don't have, uh, accommodations here in our board room. Uh, that those again written comments are there on the website, but I will read the, uh, topics and speakers whose comments are attached to the agenda. Again, with 53 I won't read each one individually, but just give you a number or a sense of the number of speakers on the topic areas on remote versus in person instruction. There are 11 speakers on that topic on the topic of school resource officers and the Peace Buddhist program. There are 30 speakers on that topic on special education. There are six speakers on then the remaining six speakers on our on a variety of topics that includes academic support for teenagers, policy changes regarding trans racial identity, school counselors, cumulative folders one on M. T. S s and one a public statement about the attack on the U. S. Capitol. So those are the 53 written comments that have been submitted for tonight's Public comment section of our agenda that that takes us to one information item on that is thes superintendents. Uh, update. Um, this is on second semester Updates eso We've changed that title just a little bit. So this super tender, more of a violence an update regarding I think it's too much of the current year. So Superintendent turned over to you. Good evening. Primarily, I'll focus my comments on a lot of the questions and requests that came up as part of the meeting last week that we had on Thursday. Um, do want to thank our guests. That came earlier today to the work session from the ABC Signs Collaborative Dr Benjamin and then the folks from our county Wake County government who came to speak about vaccinations and the process and the priorities and the numbers that they're looking at as well. Um, from follow up from last week. There were several comments and questions that were asked during the work session in particular, about how this district can engage from the district level in perhaps gathering some additional information from staff or families regarding the return to in person and second semester. We just wanna make sure staff is looking at these requests that we are building a bridge to a return to in person with the questions that we ask and the information that we gather. Um, there was also a number of questions asked about attendance, data or engagement, and some of those sometimes those two were conflated. So, um, we're going to probably start if we can if we could get it ready for next week in policy committee to first review the changes that were made for how we take attendance based on what we've had with remote instruction and the impact of the pandemic, and then talk a little bit about what the structures are there in place. We reviewed those with the board back in the fall, but think it bears some updating at this point and then begin to then provide you and follow up with what we're actually seeing in power school. Which teachers went from two possible options for attendance to four possible options for attendance and what that means. And I think in particular there were questions about the differences that we might be seeing this aggregated by either just those that air that have not chosen virtual academy, Um, and in particular those students and what we're seeing during remote weeks versus in person weeks and that sort of thing. So that will be the part of the focus is we come bringing that forward. Um, there was also There were also several questions about updating the grades conversation that we also had at the end of first quarter, when we provided the board with information about what we were seeing with regards to failure rates across levels and in the district at the end of first quarter, Um, second quarter just ended last week, so schools are now in the process of in putting that data. And so we will bring that data to the board as we get it. And you will note that it's different kinds of data. This second quarter failures is one thing on that would be like for year long for year long courses, which you see basically K eight, um, in high schools, you make you will. We will actually have final course data for those schools that have semester courses so found so that will be coming in schools in the process. Right now, we're finalizing that data. There's another question that came up a couple of times, was how we could capture data around dropouts or folks who are no longer engaged with the district. Um, and I'm gonna change that a little bit because the dropout is a technical term and it is a lagging indicator for the district, and what that means is that it's a year afterwards when you get that data right. The most recent drop out data that we have is 18 19 data the report for 18 19. The report for 1920 The dropout data report for 1920 will be available. Um, the state board finishes. They do our work in the fall early December ish. They finished their review, and it becomes official on March 1st. But that's for that's for 1920 right? So for 2021 um, staff is looking at what? What are the data points that we can look at? Is there something in withdrawals? Um, you know, when students withdraw from the district, um, in terms of what we know about what they're doing next, So that's that's something that we're doing mid year. That's not really how we gather dropout data, but it is. It is the impact I think it is. The information of the board wants to know what our students doing now that if they've left the system and we know what they've done, so how do we how do we capture that? There was also there were also several questions from a couple of board members about wanting to ensure that we can provide information not just to the board but to our families, in particular, those who have students who identified the special needs, who have I p s about the processes and the structures and the access to meetings and reviews and that sort of thing as we move forward during this period that we that we are back in remote. Um And then there was also some some desire from several board members about how we perhaps take those three, um, categories that we're looking at around how we are looking at our return to in person instruction, um, and provide a visual a supposed to just narrative around them so that we can sort of track that progress. And this would be things like the three things that we've talked about state and N. C. DHHS guidance and restrictions that are coming out the governor's office, or DHHS, the state and county level data and district indicators. And is there a way to provide that in ah, graphic format as opposed to a narrative format? Um, and then, you know, continue to bring all of the information that we can on vaccine updates and access for that to our staff and all of these really, with an eye towards how soon can we return to in person instruction safely? When are we ready to do that? And that is. I believe that what you've test this with. So I wanted to just provide you an update on all of those things. If there's something missing that I didn't catch, please let me know. Um, but I think it's absorbed in most of that. Those are my updates. All right. Thank you, Superintendent. More for those updates and appreciate your capture those things from our most recent meeting on last Thursday and addressing them so quickly and timely manner. Mrs. Cash, come see a couple hands. Just a question. Is this a good time to ask her question about the things that she just went through on data? Um, so clarification of when would we beginning? So United spoke earlier about the information I needed or was looking for was, um, Children that were in person and engaged. But when remote, we're no longer engaged. So it wouldn't be the virtual academy, I guess. Did you say we would be getting that information? What staff is gonna have to look at their is if if attendance is the proxy for that, is there a difference in the attendance of students who are attending in person, face to face weeks versus their remote weeks for those that are on rotations or the period of time that the district was in rotations. Yes, that's what we're looking at. Pulling s so that that won't take very long, right? I e Okay. Power school. Power school is an interesting product. And so way said, we will pull it and see what it looks like. And then we have to determine if it's we will share what we have. We're trying to get it from Central Services databases versus having to reach into schools, because that would take much longer, Mrs. Carter. Thank you. Um, yeah, I just have a few questions. I guess I wanted clarification. Are we gonna be, um, surveying families as well? I think that it would be helpful to get feedback from the board on the types of things that you would want our families to have an opportunity to respond to again. Towards the eye of what staff is discussing now is what is the information or feedback that we need that builds that runway for a return to in person. Okay. All right. Um all right. So are we discussing that now? Later? Because I'm just trying to get a timeframe for. So I think the the quicker we can get this information and get it together, we have You know, we'll have a bigger picture of what we're looking at. So that's up to you. How many set? Don't, because I guess I'm kind of I hear the update, but I hear you know, we're not getting information right now, and I understand it's being gathered, um, and then specifically in regards to the survey to families. If they're needing feedback on what we're looking for, are we going to give that tonight, or is that gonna be When are we looking at doing that? Because again, I'm about, you know, expediting this process and getting the getting the ball rolling. Are you Are you interested in You're saying survey all of our parents? Are you looking for input from families about our decision toe open schools and I'm trying to help understand what? Well, I had a couple other questions I can get into that, but I had other questions as well. But for myself, I can only speak to what I was looking for. Some of it was in response thio. Um what was brought up at the last board meeting and that there had been a change. Families willing Thio come in person. Right? I think that I believe you had mentioned that superintendent more so I think, um, just for me, providing the, like, you know, information directly from our families. What are we What are we looking at? If families air, Um, as far as I know, the VA window has closed. But if you have been receiving, um, volumes of emails stating, Well, I'm not sending my students, then this is something we need to address and what families are looking for. Um, if that make I mean, that's a general, but just a general idea. Yeah. And for and for that particular item, um, What? What we've talked about in the leadership team is how do we gather input from the families formally, who are requesting a change about the reason for why they are requesting that change? Um, the primary changes that we're seeing our requests for families who want to remain in virtual academy who may have been their first semester and opted for, um plan A, B or C. Whatever the district would be And when we returned, um, or families that were in Plan A, B or C first semester that are now requesting virtual for second after the deadline. So we will have a We will have a report should be ready before the end of the week. That's desegregated by school. Of the choices that families have made thus far, just like we did first semester will send that to you for second semester. Um, but we But the question now is how do we capture information on other request? The request that families they're making and why a to this point. So that is something that we have talked about doing. Okay. And the I guess the other questions I had were, um, you had mentioned attendance and having four options in power school. Do those poor options reflect how the student is engaging with the change in the attendance policy? Like, are they doing two way communication? Are they showing up for a Google meat? Are they? What was the other option or the in person? Um, or is it or turning in work or or those not captured currently in power school? I guess you know all of those so that we have a clear picture of, you know, if there's a student, that's, um, not showed up at all for Google meat, um, and consistently relied on two way communication a czar primary means of attendance. So just some clarification. Maybe around that so the public even could understand appreciate the four options that are available are in person, present in person, absent remote learning present remote learning absence. Okay, so and so whether you are virtual academy or remote, it's just one of those too, right? Um the the and And this is part of what we would cover that we covered first quarter with the board around the changes to how we take attendance that we wanted to revisit. Um, next week, Uh, what those options are and what the impact that is having on how teachers take attendance and the processes that they that they follow. Um, they have some choices teachers, individual classroom teachers about when they take attendance and how they take attendance. There was some guidance that was provided early on in the school year about ensuring that a that a student wasn't marked absent on Lee because they didn't show up to the Google meat, but that if there was work assigned because there may be barriers to the student joining the Google meat. Um, but that that should that should engage, that the teacher should engage and follow up with the student to determine what happened to see if the work that was assigned during that period of time was actually done. In which case the student would be kind of present, not absent. So And that that is, each teacher in the school district is implementing that, um and so that's we can pull the data from power school. But it's that particular level of how they're making that decision is gonna have to be driven down to the school level toe, get some more data, and that will take longer. Okay. All right. Yeah, because I guess for me, I think that, you know, knowing specifics like that is very important for us moving forward about possible impacts on students in their education. Um, and, um, I did have questions about, um, like if school social workers are still doing any in person visits or follow ups, if there's any red flags or, you know, attendance concerns um, that kind of thing. I'm sure they are. The school social workers are still engaged. I don't know if Paul Ko is online can provide any more information. If not, we need to follow up specifically. But I'm I'm certain that they're still engaging. Don't know if they're doing home visits or not. But okay, Superintendent More and Mrs Carter, I can actually add to that. So along with the social worker work where there's the due diligence process we reviewed earlier in the year of, you know, it's at the start of the year, we make sure our kids who have not come in and enrolled are found or sought out from previous records from a previous school or through phone numbers. In context, eso that process continues. Or I would say that we found the vast majority of our students. But any kids who who has not engaged in school are social workers are continuing to do the work to figure out what's going on and find out and get confirmation that have they transfer to a different district due to housing needs or whatever has happened to take record of those, and also with the cares act. We've hired community liaisons who've logged about 1600 hours between October and December of 2020. And they're the folks who will go to and continue to do home visits as needed. As schools make referrals or specific students who have needs or we have we are having a hard time connecting with them. So we ask our community liaisons to go out and visit the homes to find out more information. Thank you for that. That is very helpful to now. Um and I think it helps. I've had a lot of questions from the public as well around that. So thank you. Um, in my last thing is, is there a deadline for one will be receiving an update for the special education. Um, impact. I know you brought up. It's going to be looked at. Is there a time frame we're looking at Possibly getting an update on that. I think that you should get that in the next. I mean, I think you already got an email this morning about some things that were resuming next week. Um, but, you know, if there was Maurin that that wasn't answered by that, An email you should get that before the end of the week. Okay. All right. Thank you so much. Let's have it. Thank you. Just just to follow up on that and some other questions about the report. You know, I do think that there is a good opportunity that we can get some good, constructive feedback from parents in the district and from staff. You know, if you remember this summer, we had a very extensive public outreach way. All held community forums at thousands of people register and attend. We had the let's talk app. We collected a lot of survey that went in, I think and made a real difference between what we did in the spring versus what we're able to do in the fall. But the fact that we have 100% of our students now going back into either remote or virtual academy and then even when they come back, about half the kids will still be in virtual academy. It's worth, I think, the time to get more parent feedback about that experience. So I think there's constructive things we can do in terms of, you know, asking for feedback about grading about intendant. Since about hours of instruction about how the a synchronous days were an opportunity to talk about health concerns. Health concerns either from going to school or not going to school, you know, Are they worried about risks of infection? Are they worried about risks from isolation? Um, and I don't presume to know is that a survey is reopening the let's Talk at. But there could be a good opportunity here to sort of take measure of what we've been able to do so far and get some good feedback. Andi, I think that's equally important of our teachers and our other school staff outside of the certified teachers. Um, you know, we get a lot of feedback about challenges, but this is a good chance to ask about issues of technology that they've used, what's worked and what hasn't what they see in terms of level of engagement attendance might be more objective, but engagement is more subjective, right? And being able to hear directly from school staff about that engagement is maybe something that we could do that could be informative. Even if we can't scientifically prove something compliance with safety protocols or comfort with the work environment you know, what are the real drivers? What are the real stressors? Um, we've seen some good feedback so far, but being able to get that an official public document might be good. So those were just some suggestions, you know, asking for input about you've heard this idea surveys. But what would they look like? How could you make them constructive? Those are some things I just I think. And I think that was a thought exchange that we did in the fall. Okay. Okay. Yeah. Yeah. And if other folks have similar ideas just to share them with staff on those air things that we're talking about right now, thank you. And is it a realistic to expect that something like that could be done? And we could get that feedback with it? Because I'm assuming you're talking about doing this pause between now and mid February that we're able to do some feedback survey would happen. I'd like to see it sooner rather than later, but I don't have any illusions as to how long it would take. So I don't have a deadline, but I think it's important work that we need. No, I mean, agreed We would want to figure that out, really before the end of this week. What that looks like in order to at least have some preliminary data two weeks later when we come back to our next board meeting, if possible. And at the very least, I guess they could either share that with the district or with their respective schools or principles. And then they might told us that in some way and get it back. Okay, Dr. Martin. Thank you. And to pretend more. Thank you for the list of the summary of things. Uh, I agree with him. Think that information were very helpful. As you collected information, I'd like to request that, uh to what extent possible we can. We can understand some of it. Disaggregated. I'm possibly I mean, some of suggested by zip code. Possibly by, you know, a couple years ago, we started looking at the economic health index of schools. Part of our challenge is you know, when we get district wide data, what's that telling us? Because we have, as we saw from that analysis on just vastly different schools. So if we could if we could see some of the information a little bit disaggregated. I think that would be extremely helpful way here. A lot of people I'm making arguments based on, you know, to use some of their language marginalized in low income populations. I'm information we often hear in those emails is not the same information as at least I'm hearing from leaders in those very communities. I think many leaders in the communities have expressed to me concern about access to health care, for example, shaping their recommendations and whatnot. So I guess being intentional to look at the information, being intentional, to get voices from people who might not normally just respond to a survey and give us, you know, their opinions on things. I think we need thio our communities that we need to reach out to to make sure we're hearing from them rather than just, you know, taking the general survey. But we can look at our own data at some of the desegregation. So any to what extent we could do any desegregation that would be extremely helpful. Thank you Is Kushner. Thank you. Chair something. And I'd like to raise a question for Superman more if we if there are any policy changes we need to look at under our graduation requirements, Given the pandemic has disrupted particular high school students, um, are there waivers? We need to give timing, acceleration so that we can keep our students on track to graduate because that is one, um, significant concern given, you know, the disruption from this year. So are there some policy changes or things we can, um, do thio accelerate, give some students more time, allow some students more grace for graduation requirements? I don't think that the state will change their timeline who still have to report by June 30th in order to kids to count one way or another. Um, yeah, we don't govern alone, do we? We have to rely on the state Federal because, however, I do believe that we did take some steps last year at the end of the school year that we have, um, looked at again for this school year. And I don't know if Edward or Drew are on that can provide us a reminder of when we've discussed that where we are now or Paul a You okay? Who? Who is it? So who's go ahead? I think drew is trying to chime in. I'm not sure maybe having technical difficulties, But we did, um, talk about that. That information earlier in the year and there we can also do a review of that policy. When we come back to policy, maybe four attendants, we can share what the policy is and what exceptions high school principals been make around graduation and the circumstances. But it is something that way have also discussed around, um, really the impact of covert 19 in multiple areas. So over the next couple of weeks, around the the February 2nd, the February 9th work sessions, there are several big topics that we want to bring. Obviously around. Um, some some changes that we may wanna, you know, alter policy for this particular year. Um, and, you know, share some of that would be So there are multiple areas other than just graduation. Thank you. His cash. Um, so when we as we're looking for information, it's always kind of I'm kind always surprised at how we're trying to gather this information. So, like in the spirit of trying to get our schools back in as quickly as possible, would it not be really important for us to actually know the virtual academy, the a number of kids that are actually wanting to now go to virtual Academy. It seems like that would be to our benefit to let more of them go that lower our numbers for in person learning, or is that just seemed too simplistic to may we have communicated to principles to engage families who have concerns that are interested in after the deadline, moving to Virtual Academy from Plan A, B or C, whatever the district is in. Our principles have exercised a great deal of flexibility already with those families. And every time we talk about it, I'll get another email or two from someone that I then forwarded to the area superintendent to work with the principal on. But the principles are moving. Um, they have to look at their resource is they have to look at their personnel, but they understand why that is something that helps us with regards to the return to in person. Okay, thank you also, and also in the spirit of trying to get this open. When we talked last week about and Mr Haggerty, you did a good job of talking about the letter from the Division of Principles. I think I actually thought there was a survey by the Division of Principles and Super 10 More. You've told me there was not a survey by the division. They just said that that was what they felt was what the principles wanted. So my concern is after hearing from some people that K five to our elementary principles was something that they did have a problem with. But they did not necessarily have a problem with K three coming back. So the fact that the Division of principles were not actually responding to us from a survey of all the principles is a little concerning to me because I think we made a decision. Thinking they had asked that question, they hadn't asked, even if they had asked the question. While all k five. Are you comfortable with all K five coming back? They didn't ask the question. Are you comfortable with K three still coming back because the class size being smaller and four or five in rotation? But I think that's still leaving a lot of the information out and conclusions I don't feel like we've got good information on that, I think. Um, So the division sent a letter with their recommendations as the leadership board that represents principals and assistant principals in the district. Um, so that doesn't mean that every principal and assistant principal in the district provided feedback or agrees with that, but they sent it as the representative body that speaks for principals and assistant principals in Wake County. Um, they did not. They did provide a recommendation across all grade levels. When our area superintendents gathered information from principles specifically about the greats. 45 they did not gather information about K three because what we had agreed upon it, The prior board meeting was to look at grades 45 We are now asking them to go back and disaggregate that feedback more specifically so that as the board moves forward at looking at how we get back into in person instruction if we want and need to make a distinction between K three and or 45 that we have that information Well, yes. Thank you, Scott. I had a question and superintendent more. I apologize, um, for not, uh, asking this last week, but when I did ask about if staff would be required Thio go to buildings and their extended the option to stay at home. Are we hearing any feedback about staff members? Who are that is not having the option for the fast program is impacting them in a negative way. I think a J is on. And I think he sent something out in some messaging today. Two schools about this. You're asking specifically about staff members who may want to continue to tell her work or not during this period that we're in remote for all this All students. I'm sorry. No, uh, asking more if there are any, Uh, educator staff members, um, with their their own Children at home. And this is impacting, uh, their ability. Thio teach their students because previously they had been able to utilize the fast program. Sure about the fast program. That's right. Okay, so I don't know. That's actually Tim, who may have some, and I understand the complexities of starting that program to begin with, and certainly Thio started up again. But I was just curious how much feedback er I'm or what other resource is, uh, consideration suggestions and I'll have to follow up with stuff. I'm not sure that we've received a lot of feedback at this point from families about that, but we'll check and see. Thank you, Super 10 tomorrow. I think that's probably the That's a good way to put it is there's been some, um Scott, but there's been very limited response and the thing in these first few weeks of January regarding fast. So you know that topic will come back up among leadership azaleas, Uh, this week, maybe tomorrow, but I don't, um but it would be accurate to say that it's been very limited response we received today. I don't wanna say that I know this, but that would. So it would appear that the telecommuting is is serving the purpose intended. Guess I'd put it that way. Absolutely. And that's very complex. I certainly understand that. I just I know that Czar riel issue for some of our teachers. Thank you, Miss Johnson Hospital. I just want addition going back Thio because Mr Haggerty earlier, um, comments and I appreciate it. I had not thought about going back to using the Thought exchange or let's talk, but I do want to reiterate that there's several of us have talked about this is and I don't think this is due in the next two weeks necessarily. But I do think that it's gonna be important when we start having conversation with educators. Uh, that we that we do it in a forum, that they also feel comfortable with sharing in exchange, because oftentimes we'll do things through a school through a PLT and then get one perspective, which doesn't really allow people who are in leadership to necessarily hear their opinions come through. So I would recommend, like key informant interviews or small focus groups to gather some of that information. Uh, that's already been mentioned, but I certainly would also like to start hearing from them about thoughts about lessons learned as we try to move forward. As we keep saying, the genie is out of the bottle. So what does this look like? Forward going forward so that we could start to capture some of the lessons that they've learned. Like in order. Thio really execute this I need in my own house, I'm watching. My husband used to ipads and two laptops to create a full visual toe for him to write so students could see. So those are the types of things that I think our academics team needs to start hearing to some of that innovation so that we're capturing ways that educators could say here ways that we were able to engage students or hear ways that we weren't able to engage them. Um, because I think many of us are thinking through Okay, what does this look like? Thio. And the whole country is looking. How do we take stock off and address this year of major transition and change for students? And for some, there's been gains. But for other, there's been lost. And I certainly know, you know, we've talked about this before. Ah, lot of our students from most marginalized communities have the most fear, so they haven't been in our buildings and they have their remote. So do we know if we still are talking about, um, a gap and in learning and growth in proficiency? Or have we seen gains? And and I guess I'm not really looking for a state test to tell me that I'm more interested in what our educators feedback would be, Um, from what they are witnessing with their students, so we'll get it on a test. But I'd much rather those were things I'd like to hear from our educators that they've learned. Thank you. Thank you for that, Miss Johnson. Hostile. Any other questions? Thoughts on board members in regards of Superintendent Morris. Comments. All right. Thank you for those updates. Superintendent More, Uh, that brings us to our consent agenda. Uh, so if I can entertain a motion to approve tonight is concerned. Items as they've been amended motion to approve are considered. Got a motion from the Johnson Hoster second from his Kushner to approve tonight. It's consent agenda. Certainly. Discussion here. And then all those in favor show by sign of I I Paul's nay eyes haven't Tonight's constant items are approved. Content agendas approved. That takes us to our action items. A portion of the agenda. Uh, first item is a from our HR department. Dr. Montillo bringing together recommendation to bring him for a recommendation to extend FFC are a leave. Yes, thank you. Chair certain members of the board to pretend it more. Good evening. I'm bringing this item to you for consideration of extending the leave provisions of the families First Coronavirus Response Act or for the rest of this presentation known as F f c R. A. Since early April, employers have been required to make available to employees eight hours of paid sickly when an employee has to miss work for 80 hours of paid sick leave when an employee has to miss work for a covert related reason, which could include caring for a family member who is subject to a quarantine or isolation order or who's been advised by healthcare provider to self quarantine related to Kobe. 19 eso in general. When that leave is related to the employee, the leave is that the employees regular rate of pay when the leave is for someone informing the employees. Carrying the leave is generally a two thirds three employees regular rate of pay. The district had elected to allow employees to request to apply accrued sick leave or annual leave to supplement F C R A. Were eligible so that the two thirds could become full pay. With that supplemented, the F f C R A also provides up to 12 weeks of expanded family and medical leave at two thirds the employees regular rate of pay when employees unable to work due to a need for leave to care for a child who school or childcare provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to coping. The requirement that employers offer this FFC are a leave expired on December 31st a to beginning of the year. We were informed that employers now have the option to extend some or all of the provisions of FFC are a through March 31st 2021 for employees who are not already exhausted. This leaves. So it's not new lead for employees who who had already used it for those who have not was still available to them. So we have been reviewing this option for the district. The cost of extending this leave would already be covered within the funding source for salary and benefits on day after we've reviewed. We do believe it's in the best interest of our employees to extend FFC are a through March 31st 2021 Um, so this evening I am requesting approval to extend both the paid sick leave and the expanded FMLA leave. Provisions of FFC are a through March 31st 2021 with a retroactive effective date to January 1st. 2021 for any who might be able to recode leave that they had to take between this time so that that is my recommendation. Happy to answer any questions, Tear sudden, I'd make a motion to approve the extension of the Pepsi. Really? So on a motion by Mrs my Happy and the second by Mr Hagerty to approve staffs requests to extend all of the provisions of f f C R a through March 31st 2021 during the discussion, hearing on others and favorite show about sign of our high. Any opposed nay eyes have it, uh, that request for extension is approved. Thank you all. Thanks, sir. Uh, wanna now going back and grab the, uh, item that we moved from consent Toe action Y YMCA of the Triangle Association Resource center. Uh, Mr Simmons Europe. And this is, uh, looking for approval of what I'm saying. Trying associations support center the community fast program. Good evening. Chair. Sutton. Board members. Superintendent, I believe this was pulled out to an action item so we could bring a little attention to it, and I'll be happy to do. So, um, this particular item is a This is a federal grant that is administered through the state through D P I. As stated, it's It's through the why they call them Scholastic Support Centers. We often in in our conversations, call them the community. Fast programs. There they are, one and the same. Um, some of the main points here, I'm gonna touch on real quickly so that folks could understanding of how this grant money would be spent. It would be used thio provide development, developmentally appropriate learning opportunities, including social emotional learning and physical activities. The provider, in this case of why, uh, will provide professional services. Um, for about 450 students, probably 450 plus. The more we talk with them, the more likely it is that that number is going to exceed 500 between January and June. We provide academic support for students who need assistance with virtual learning or remote learning and a variety of settings. Um, the point here is that it's it's quite flexible. So well, obviously is we have seen we don't have the control that we would like over the effects that Kobe has on our schedule. Um, this particular program allows us to meet kids needs almost regardless of where we end up with in the in person versus remote discussion. Of course, it's to provide safe supervised childcare for K eight students. Um, this would be consistent with a 1 to 10 ratio per classroom, so you'd be following the c. D. C. And the DHS guidelines Wait, honey Health and Human Services guidelines. Um, a swell. It's, um, smaller, but important items having to do with WiFi and tech support for ask at risk students who are engaged in remote learning and making sure that the digital supports comply with perp A and security agreements. Uh, I don't mean to suggest there less than their importance. I mean that as contracts go, we're getting down into the details here. So the fiscal implications of this, the grand is the $350,000 grant, $330,000 of which would be used for the purposes that I just described here. I believe 20,000 of it is set aside for d. P. I do the evaluation after the, um, grant is completed on what we're seeking here is board approval of this grant, Um, contingent upon the receipt of the official grant Ward notification, which I believe came within the last hour or so on final guidance from the North Carolina Department of Public Construction. Subject to terms and conditions acceptable to the superintendent and the board attorney seeking your approval. I make a motion to accept that. Second. Already had emotional how we got to a discussion doing? Uh huh. Okay. All right. Okay. Most of Mitchell's cash on a second by, um Mm. Miss Kushner, uh, to approve the, um, grant for what I'm saying. Trying to resource center in the fast program. Eyes there. Any discussion, Mrs Kushner? Yeah. Thank you. I just don't appreciate highlighting our relationship with why the success that we've had partnering with them great work. They've done, you know, socially, allowing us to have more social distance, that that 1 to 10 ratio with the students that go to their center. So thank you to the y. And I appreciate Mr Simmons highlighting this work. Mrs. Cash? Um, yeah, in addition. Thanks. Um, it's Kushner. I agree. I would like to highlight that as well. They have done an excellent job of keeping our community engaged in our public school. So it's not been an easy feat, so I appreciate their hard work. Alright. Saying no other questions. Uh, all those in favor of approving, uh, this grant contract? Sure. About China by high in the polls. Nay. Eyes have it. Uh, that grant is, I'm sure eagerly and warmly approved. Yeah. Uh, can I entertain a motion to approve the HR requests or recommendations from the superintendent? The for motion to approve the HR recommendations. Got a most of my doctor Martin, uh, second by Mr Haggerty to improve the HR recommendations that were discussed earlier in closed session and that have been presented by the superintendent. Join the discussion here and then others in favorites about Santa by and opposed nay eyes. Have it entertain a motion to return to close session for the items previously stated and that are on the agenda. So moved how the emotion by Mrs Mahaffey and a second by Mr Haggerty to return the closed session for the items previously stated. And then the list on their agendas. There any discussion here? And then I was all those in favorite show by a sign of I opposed Nay eyes Have it. We now stand back in closed session. Thank you all for joining us for our meeting this evening. And good night. Yeah. I invite you to pray with me as we join our hearts with the heart of God, each in our own way. Holy God, whose ways are not our ways and whose thoughts are not our thoughts get who is willing to