Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/29/2020 - 6:00 AM
Category: Policies and Regulations
Type: Info
Subject: School Board Policies Impacted by the COVID-19 School Closure
ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan Goal:
Goal 1: Academic Excellence and Educational Equity
Policy: BF - Board Policy Manual
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable)
File Attachment:
200529_Board_Brief_Policies_Impacted_by_COVID-19_School_Closure.pdf
Agenda Item Summary: Many School Board policies reflect state and federal laws and regulations, some of which have been waived by the relevant government authority during the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school closure. Such waivers of existing laws and regulations are designed to be limited in duration. Therefore, on April 24, 2020, the School Board adopted a Resolution Regarding Suspension of School Board Policies. The resolution addressed the impracticality of changing all affected Board policies quickly enough through regular order to implement the temporary legal and regulatory changes.
Since the resolution’s adoption, impacted School Board policies and regulations may be waived while the laws or regulations on which they are based have been waived or amended. In addition, the resolution directs the Superintendent “to inform the School Board and the public of any policies or regulations that are proposed for suspension and the duration of such suspensions.”
Background: On Friday, March 13, 2020, ACPS closed all schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to promote physical distancing and the safety and wellness of school staff, students, and their families. The same day, Governor Northam ordered all Virginia schools closed for a period of two weeks. On March 23, 2020 the Governor ordered all Virginia schools to remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year (Executive Order 53).
Recommendation: The Superintendent recommends the School Board review the information regarding impacted policies and regulations.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Final-Clerk of the Board - Proxy