"The health department is supporting our recommendation especially since the virus seems to be more readily transmitted by older students," said Contreras, "As we see with what has happened with college students. President of the Guilford County Association of Educators, Todd Warren, argued that teachers also need time. "You need to let people know that you want to hear, and we need to listen," Welborn said. The school board also approved expanding their reopening metrics to include consideration of students’ academic outcomes, social and emotional well-being, and the emerging science and data regarding school re-entry. “We want to give students the best environment possible, whether that’s a blended model or one that provides different styles of instruction to students in different grade levels. ", RELATED: Guilford County Schools parents, teachers waiting to find out if students will return for in-person classes. Board of Education; Board Meetings; Board Members; Bylaws; 2020-2021 Board of Education Meeting Schedule; Get the GCS App; Public Comments; Public Records Requests; Board Committees. Various groups of students with special needs are slated to return on Monday. A week later, on October 26, grades 3-5 would phase in full time. "There seems to be a misconception that the superintendent is preventing us from reopening or is ignoring the board’s directives to follow the metrics,” Board Chair Deena Hayes said. Welborn said Tuesday that school board members have continued to hear concerns. You can also watch the recorded meetings on-demand after they have aired. Warren also had concerns about the metrics. The district plans to phase-in the other grades over the first few weeks of January, with high school students, the last group, expected to start on Jan. 21. “Our families need time to plan and make the appropriate arrangements for their children,” Contreras said. SCHOOL BOARD School Board Meetings Policy Book ... Maine Counties’ Risk of COVID-19 Spread for Schools Our District has remained “Green”, or low risk since the beginning... COVID-19 11-5-20. Some board members expressed concerns about that. "A return to in-person instruction right now appears to us to be a very dangerous proposition," Warren said. Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras initially recommended that the first five weeks of school open as remote learning for all students, followed by Scenario A, which would allow students in grades K-8 to attend school five days a week. 5 safety tips for safely deep-frying your turkey on Thanksgiving! The board will vote on the option for re-entry at the meeting on September 24. "Just two days for educators to get ready to get back in the classroom is not enough," Warren stated. Sign up now to get the most recent coronavirus headlines and other important local and national news sent to your email inbox daily. December 16, 2020. Inquiries related to sex discrimination or harassment should be directed to Jason J. Beaudin, Title IX Coordinator and Assistant Superintendent, 701 New England Road, Guilford, CT 06437 or at 203-458-0001, ext. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. It was a new beginning for them, and also for Guilford County Schools. CHECK OUT WXII:Get the latest Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem news of the day. What to expect at the Guilford County Board of Education meeting. READ THE FULL STORY:Guilford County school board votes to start school virtually for the first nine weeks of fall instruction. The superintendent said there are a lot of moving parts in this process and if cases of the coronavirus go back up, they would have to change course again. 6; inquiries related to disabilities should be directed to Jason Sconziano, Director of Pupil Services, 701 New England Road, Guilford, CT 06437 or at 203-458-0001, ext. Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. No credit card required. February 9, 2021. 2:30 PM Virtual Legislative Committee Meeting. Students, parents and community members can also use the app, which provides the community an avenue to connect with the district on a variety of topics, not just the pandemic. "I know some people think, well we've been out for months but remote learning and in-person instruction are not interchangeable. Encore presentations are broadcast the day after the meeting at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the Saturday after the meeting at 1 p.m. 6:00 PM Board of Education Work Session. Guilford County Schools. Please subscribe to keep reading. You can cancel at any time. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. Catch the top stories, sports and weather from the team at WXII12. More from WXII 12 Greensboro Winston Salem, North Carolina schools can offer both in-person and online instruction options in August. Each month the Fulton County Board of Education schedules several public meetings to discuss educational issues and act on items requiring Board approval. Wednesdays would be used to deep-clean the school. 260. excellence - challenge - passion - potential - success, Special Education Screening for Preschool Children, Revised Schedule for In-person & Remote Learning, College Upper-class Students - GPS Substitutes Needed, GPS Offices Closed Over the Thanksgiving Break, Dr. Paul Freeman Named Superintendent of the Year for 2020, Technology, Learning, and Resources During COVID-19. The sixth grade would also return on Oct. 20, but with only half of the grade Monday and Tuesday, and the other half Thursday and Friday. But Tuesday night is supposed to be different. Contreras said the district has room in all but three elementary schools to allow for social distancing. The superintendent of Guilford County School's recommendation to start the first nine weeks of school virtually passed at a meeting with the district's school board Tuesday. Monday marked the first day of classes for kindergarteners across the Guilford County school district. Encore presentations  are broadcast the day after the meeting at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the Saturday after the meeting at 1 p.m. GCSTV can be seen on Spectrum Cable digital channel 2 or 74.1 in Guilford County and channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse. You have permission to edit this article. View Calendar. GCSTV televises all Guilford County Board of Education regular meetings and most special called meetings LIVE. 6:00 PM Board of Education Meeting. Superintendent Dr. Sharon Contreras has said the week-to-week decisions aren't working for working families. The "Let's Talk" app is on the district's website and can be downloaded to mobile devices, Superintendent Sharon Contreras told the Guilford County Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday ", Contact Jessie Pounds at 336-373-7002 and follow @JessiePounds on Twitter.​. The board will make a re-entry decision based on coronavirus data from October 2 to October 16. COMMUNITY LETTER FROM MSAD #4 SUPERINTENDENT – Kelly MacFadyen DATE: November 5, 2020 RE: COVID-19 POSITIVE CASE AT Tri-County Technical Center in Dexter ... WE WILL MISS YOU 8TH … For students to come back, coronavirus data and key indicators, like the positivity rate, hospitalizations and Guilford County cases have to meet certain criteria, according to the district. The superintendent's recommendation doesn't have high school returning until January 20th. That's this Thursday. 6:00 PM Board of Education Meeting. {{start_at_rate}} {{format_dollars}} {{start_price}} {{format_cents}} {{term}}, {{promotional_format_dollars}}{{promotional_price}}{{promotional_format_cents}} {{term}}, First day of kindergarten at Jesse Wharton goes smoothly as students, teachers adjust to safety protocols, Guilford County's first day of pre-K marks a return to old, an embrace of the new. The terms are staggered to ensure continuity of service. So, we don't want to reopen with all of the students, and immediately we see students start transmitting the virus to other students or the adults in the schools, and then we have an outcry to close the entire system.". The board has had conversations during multiple meetings this school year about staff raising complaints about protection equipment. Your subscription makes our reporting possible. The Guilford Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or disability in its programs, activities, and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Guilford County Board of Education meetings are broadcast live on GCSTV with replays aired the next day at 1 and 7 p.m. and the Saturday after the meeting at 1 p.m. Watch the current meeting live.To watch a previously recorded meeting, click on the Video button next to the meeting.