Board Meeting Briefs- July 21, 2020

 

Consider and Act on Approval of District Innovation Plan

The Board of Trustees approved the District of Innovation plan as presented.

Texas Education Agency is requiring all school districts to be proactive in planning for Covid-19 disruptions during the 20-21 academic year. They have recommended that school districts adopt a modified calendar or year round calendar, requiring a District of Innovation Distinction. This exempts districts from Texas Administrative Code 25.0811, which limits school districts to a start date no earlier than the 4th Monday in August.

• After much study, Del Valle administration recommends a calendar revision that includes starting the year one week earlier, on August 17, 2020, and extending the year until June 15, 2021.

Timeline:

• On June 16, 2020, the Del Valle ISD Board of Trustees approved of District of Innovation status and approve the District Advisory Team (DAT) as the District of Innovation committee. A public hearing was also held.

• On June 18, 2020, administration presented a District of Innovation plan to the DAT acting as the DOI committee. In addition, administration held a public meeting on the plan. The DAT, acting as the DOI committee, approved the plan with a vote of 31 to 7.

• Per TEA requirements, on June 19, 2020 the plan was posted on the district website for the purpose allowing public comment and garnering community input. Tonight, administration presents the plan to the board for final approval. Included in the board documents tonight are the following:

• DOI Plan – the final draft of the plan. It can also be accessed at: https://www.dvisd.net/2020/06/18/district-of-innovation-plan-proposal/

• DOI Q&A – these were the questions asked during the public meeting. These questions were answered in real time. A recording of the meeting that includes the answers is available upon request.

• DOI Public Comment – these are the questions that have been collected since the public meeting

• DOI Committee vote – this document shows, by DAT member, the vote for the DOI Plan

Consider and Act on Approval of Revised 2020-2021 Academic Calendar

The Board of Trustees approved the revised 2020-21 Academic Calendar.

The COVID19 pandemic in the spring of 2020 resulted in the district moving to full E-Learning for two and a half months. While Del Valle’s teachers did an exceptional job of providing instructional continuity to our students, the loss of face-to-face instruction is expected to have a significant impact

on student learning and achievement. The guidance from the Texas Education Agency is for all school districts to be proactive in planning for similar disruptions during the 20-21 academic year. TEA has suggested many forms of calendar revision in order to maximize the opportunities for face-to-face instruction with students. After much study, Del Valle administration would like to recommend a calendar revision that includes starting the year one week earlier, on August 17, 2020, and extending the year until June 15, 2021. In this calendar, if there are no disruptions, school would actually end on May 26, 2020 as the days from May 27th through June 15th would not be needed. On January 21, 2020, the DVISD Board of Trustees approved the 2020-21 Academic Calendar. The revised calendar presented tonight reflects only 2 changes from that approved calendar:

•            A start date of August 17th instead of August 24th

•            An end date of June 15th instead of June 3rd.

Consider and Act on Approval of Remote Learning for weeks 5 –8 of Fall 2020

The Board of Trustees approved remote learning for weeks 5 –8 of Fall 2020.

The COVID19 pandemic in the spring of 2020 has continued throughout the summer.  Government officials and health experts advise taking precautions as we move into the fall of 2020.  On July 17, 2020, the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Commissioner of Education released new guidance and new guidelines regarding the opening of school in the fall of 2020.  Per the guidance, school districts may open using remote learning for the first 4 weeks of the 2020-21 school year.  With Board approval, school districts may continue using remote learning for an additional 4 weeks.  Del Valle ISD’s proposed instructional plan recommends remote learning for the first 6-8 weeks of the 2020-21 school year.  To do that, administration went to the Board tonight to request approval for the additional 4 weeks as authorized by the commissioner.

Consider and Act on the Decrease in the Reduced Price Lunch for the 2020- 2021 School Year

The Board of Trustees approved a reduction in the reduced meal price from 40 cents to 0.

USDA has amended the regulations for a reduced-price lunch for those school districts that have an excess fund balance. School Districts with an excess fund balance can now choose to lower the price for a reduced-price meal from 40 cents to 0. Many of our families who qualify for reduced-price meals struggle to pay the 40 cents for each lunch. In the past, this reimbursement was covered through the use of General Funds. Reducing the reduced meal price to 0 will cost the Child Nutrition Department approximately $60,000 in reduced revenues.

Consider and Act on Approval of Hazardous Routes for 2020-2021 School Year

The Board of Trustees approved the hazardous routes for the 2020-2021 school year as presented.

The State of Texas requires annual approval of hazardous routes by school district Board of Trustees. Designated hazardous routes must include one of the following conditions per the Texas Education Agency:

•            High traffic roads with no crossing guards

•            Bridges or other obstructions that would be considered hazardous

•            Areas that require students to walk through construction or industrial sites

•            Areas within 2 miles of campuses in which students are at high risk of violence when walking to and or from school

•            Any other condition approved by the school board

The are no changes to the DVISD hazardous routes from the 2019-2020 school year. All designated hazardous routes for Del Valle ISD are noted as traffic hazards. There are no hazardous routes due to high risk of violence areas. District staff will continue to review the current hazardous routes and adjustments to the routes may be made when feasible to ensure the safety of students is maintained.  Any future changes or additions of hazardous routes will be provided a Board agenda item.

Consider and Act on Adoption of Board Policy FFAA(LOCAL) Athletic Physicals

The Board of Trustees approved the revised board policy as presented.

Due to considerations related to the pandemic, administration recommends an amendment to the following local policy which will, for the 2020-2021 school year only, permit students who already had a UIL physical the prior year to dispense with another physical unless an exception to their status is made by school personnel. All athletes and marching band members who completed a physical before the start of the 2019-20 school year and clear on the medical history form are exempt from obtaining a new physical for the 2020-21 school year.

Closed Session

The Board approved action items that were discussed during Closed Session.

Review and Consider a Resignation and Release Agreement with an Administrator

The Board approved the resignation and release agreement with the Del Valle MS principal as presented in closed session.

Board Meeting videos are available online at http://delvalleisdtx.swagit.com/board-meetings/

Board Meeting agendas are available online at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=227910