The Fulton School Board amended the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan at its Wednesday meeting.
After a long debate and a short break, the plan was updated to include when a single building exclusion rate exceeds 10 percent of students, masks shall be required for all students and staff within that building for the remainder of the week, to be evaluated at the end of the week to determine procedures for the following week.
Director of Health Services Lauren Jacobs provided an update from the first two weeks of school in regards to COVID-19. There are 150 students and staff out. The district has been doing contact tracing and notifying parents. But in order to reduce the number of quarantined students and staff members, the board chose to amend the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan with DESE's mask to mask guidelines in place. So when a masked person tests positive and those exposed are wearing a mask, those close contacts will not have to quarantine and are still able to attend school. Students will be disciplined for not wearing their mask properly.
Board members were be given information on the COVID-19 leave. The paid leave under the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) has expired. The board decided to take action to grant district employees paid COVID-19 leave.
For the Revive the Hive campaign, Coordinator of School and Community Programs Sarah Manley presented board members with information on the development of a new Hornet logo. After viewing all the logo designs, the board decided on a new logo from One Stop Custom in Auxvasse. The new logo will be able to be customized to allow different variations of the Hornet such as: changing color based on t-shirts, adding a graduation cap or even making the Hornet festive for the different holidays.
The board also approved meal pricing for the 2021-2022 school year. For student first meals operating seamless summer option (SSO), there is no cost for breakfast or lunch. For student additional meals, it's $1.95 for breakfast and $3.05 for lunch. And adult meals are $2.35 for breakfast and $3.85 for lunch.
After approving pricing, they heard from the Director of Food Service, Amy Lee, who provided a yearly report on Food Service, and data and final reporting for the 2020-2021 Food Service program.
Assistant Superintendent Chris Hubbach gave a curriculum update. He informed the board the literacy materials from McGraw Hill have arrived and been distributed for grades K-8, the PurposeFull People toolkit from CharacterStrong has been purchased for use in grades PreK-5, professional development is being scheduled for grades K-5 to support reading and math instruction, and DESE has continued to share data from the 2021 MAP and EOC exams with districts for review and planning.
The Policy Committee reviewed and updated the Missouri School Boards' Association 2021A Policies, which the board approved.
Superintendent Dr. Ty Crain, recognized the Fulton Public School's elementary schools for receiving recognition for Successful Implementation of School Wide Positive Behavior Supports at the gold level from DESE.
The next meeting is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Fulton High School library.