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story.lead_photo.caption The North Callaway Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at Williamsburg Elementary School. Photo by Helen Wilbers / Fulton Sun.

North Callaway R-1 parents have until Dec. 18 to decide between virtual and in-person schooling for spring semester.

A commitment form will be emailed to families already using virtual education Dec. 8. They have the choice between continuing virtual education for a second semester or switching back to in-seat learning.

That information is part of an updated district re-entry plan that will be presented to North Callaway board members during this evening's meeting. The North Callaway Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Williamsburg Elementary School; members of the public are welcome to attend.

Activities Director Kevin O'Neal will share new guidelines for attendees of the district's indoor activities, including sporting events, plays and concerts. All spectators will need a ticket to attend any indoor event, and all spectators will have their temperature taken — anyone with a temperature more than 100.3 will have to head home. Home and visiting teams will each have designated areas of the stands, and social distancing is recommended between groups.

Middle school basketball players and cheerleaders will receive two tickets each to share with guests, while high school wrestlers, basketball players and cheerleaders will get four tickets each. Additionally, 20 tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the North Callaway High School office to high school students for each basketball game and wrestling meet.

Also on the agenda is a curriculum update presented by Assistant Superintendent Niki Buschmann. Students are taking Evaluate testing, which assesses grade-level standards to determine whether students are meeting learning targets. Meanwhile, teachers are taking self-assessments as part of an effort to improve data-based decision making skills.

Other notable agenda items include:

Proposals from two surveillance companies to install indoor and outdoor security cameras at all the district's schools, the T-Bird Learning Center and North Callaway Central Office, at a total cost of $97,849-$139,683.

Information about a U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grant. The district received a $49,996 grant to plan a school garden program, which will be planted and tended by high school agriculture students mentoring preschool students.

Proposed updates on school policies regarding transgender students (based on recent Federal Court of Appeals decisions), MOCAP virtual instruction applications and English Language Learners.

To see the complete agenda, click here.

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