The Special Meeting of the Board of Education for the School District of Osceola was held in the Middle School IMC on November 25, 2020. The meeting was called to order by President Brooke Kulzer at 11:00 A.M. with roll call taken: Pete Kammerud – yes; Kysa Marten –yes; Lanette Johnson-yes; Brian Meyer-yes; and Brooke Kulzer –yes. Superintendent Mark Luebker, Director of Buildings and Grounds Bob Schmidt, Food Service Director Susan Mayer, Director of Transportation Steve Leslie, Kids Klub Director Michelle McManamy and Building Principals Adam Spiegel, Amanda Meyer, Lindsay Thomas and Julie Bender also attended the meeting.
Person(s) who requested an audience with the Board
Jordan Swontek in regards to COVID-19 District Plan
Rick Parent in regards to COVID-19 District Plan
Jeanine Sandberg in regards to COVID-19 District Plan
Stephanie Hanto in regards to COVID-19 District Plan
Superintendent Mark Luebker reviewed COVID District Plan with the Board. Items reviewed were the 2020-21 District’s commitments, Polk County Health Department COVID Report, current school data of COVID cases, quarantine individuals and review on how remote learning has been going for grades 5-12. Mark Luebker and building principals Adam Spiegel, Amanda Meyer, Julie Bender and Lindsay Thomas reviewed the draft plan for grades 4K-5th grade to stay face-to-face but allow parents to choose if they want to have their student attend remotely starting December 1 - January 8th. Grades 6-12 would remain remote learning through January 8th and plan to resume Monday, January 11th pending on case numbers. Surveys would be sent out to families that have students grades 4K-5th grade to let them choose if their child would attend in person or remotely. Building principals also emphasized on how hard their staff are working to keep their students engaged during remote learning.
Mark Luebker reviewed a draft Model Guidance document that will help guide the district to make decisions whether to remain remote or resume face-to-face based on Polk County and school district COVID cases. This guidance model will be reviewed at the December 9, 2020 School Board meeting.
The Board would like to recognize all the endless work staff are doing this school year and would like to thank them. OES and OIS did a great job kicking off their first two days of planned remote learning on November 23 and 24th. Equity to all students is a top priority. Need to be intentional that the district is meeting the needs of all our students.
Transportation Director Steve Leslie mentioned since grades 5-12 has been remote there is an average of 20 students per bus which has made it easier to distance students on the bus.
A Kysa Marten/Pete Kammerud motion was made to approve 4K- 5th grade to remain face-to-face but have the option to do remote learning December 1-January 8th. A survey will be emailed to 4K-5th grade families. Grades 6-12 will remain remoted through January 8th. A plan to return face-to-face learning for grades 4K-12 is January 11, 2021 pending on the Learning Model/Return to School Matrix. Roll Call Vote: Lanette Johnson -no, Pete Kammerud - yes, Kysa Marten- yes, Brian Meyer -no, Brooke Kulzer - yes. Motion Carried.
The next Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. in the Osceola Middle School Library. A public audience will be allowed for this meeting and the room will be set up to follow social distancing guidelines. All visitors will be required to fill out a COVID-19 Visitor Screening and wear face coverings in accordance with CDC guidelines.
The next regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the Osceola Middle School IMC. A public audience will be allowed for this meeting and the room will be set up to follow social distancing guidelines. All visitors will be required to fill out a COVID-19 Visitor Screening and wear face coverings in accordance with CDC guidelines.
A Brian Meyer/Kysa Marten motion was made to adjourn. Motion Carried.
Pete Kammerud, Clerk