Today is Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
As we continue to adjust, respond, and change to the current situation, the schools will continue to work with everyone to provide an education to all students. I want to say that the health, safety, and well being of our community is our number one priority.
- Sometime in the next few days, the Secretary of Education will be releasing what is called " Continuity of Learning Plan (CLP)." So what is a CLP?
- The purpose of a CLP is to assist supervisory unions/supervisory districts in developing and submitting the required Learning Plan to the state that outlines how schools will be providing education to all students under Governor Scott’s Directive Number 5 of March 26, 2020. More to follow.
- As of today, April vacation will remain in effect and WNESU will continue to follow the school calendar as published.
There have also been a few changes to the open meeting law that people should be aware of. (see below)
Temporary Open Meeting Law Changes
Designated Meeting Location Not RequiredPublic Access to Electronic Meetings
- A quorum or more members of a public body may attend a regular, special or emergency meeting by electronic or other means without being physically present at a designated meeting location.
- The public body is not required to designate a physical meeting location where the public may attend.
- Public body members and staff are not required to be physically present at a designated meeting location.
- When a public body meets electronically, it must use technology that permits the attendance of the public through electronic or other means.
- Whenever feasible, the public body must allow the public to access the meeting by telephone.
- Public bodies must post information on how the public may access meetings electronically and must include this information in the published agenda for each meeting.
Recording of Meetings is Required
Each school board is required to record its meetings unless unusual circumstances make it impossible for them to do so.
Extension of Time for Posting of Minutes in Event of Staffing ShortageIn the event of a staffing shortage during the declared state of emergency, a public body may extend the time limit for posting of minutes required by 1 VSA § 312(b)(2) to not more than 10 days from the date of the meeting.