Board Meeting Summary – October 27th, 2021

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At its October 27th meeting, the Piedmont Unified Board of Education:

Received District COVID-19 Update – Superintendent Booker outlined the District’s plans to lift outdoor mask requirement for all fully vaccinated students and staff. After implementing the requirement prior to the start of the school year, the District has consulted with the PUSD Health & Safety Steering Committee on a benchmark where outdoor masking would no longer be necessary. Following these discussions, the District selected the level of five COVID cases per 100,000 (adjusted) in Alameda County to revisit the requirement. As of October 26th, the county had dropped to 4.4 cases per 100,000 (adjusted). SUperintendent Booker announced he will be informing District staff and families that effective Monday, November 1st, the outdoor masking requirement will be lifted for all  students, staff, visitors, volunteers, consultants, and contractors who are able to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Individuals who are currently vaccinated, while no longer required, may still elect to wear a mask outdoors if they so choose. 

Recognizing that the COVID-19 vaccination will soon become available for children ages 5-11, the outdoor mask policy will remain in effect for those students until they become “fully vaccinated.”  Once the District knows when younger students are eligible to receive the vaccine, a date will be announced by which families of those students will need to provide proof of vaccination (approximately 8 weeks after) and when the outdoor mask policy will be lifted.

If conditions change and cases in Alameda County rise to above 5 per 100,000 (adjusted), Booker said the District will consider whether to reinstate the requirement. 

The Board requested an agenda item for its next meeting (November 10th) to discuss and take posible action regarding the outdoor mask requirements for students age 5-11. 

Received Update on Dyslexia Student Support – In recognition of Dyslexia Awareness Month, PUSD Director of Special Education, Douglas Harter, updated the Board on the DIstrict’s efforts to support students with dyslexia at the elementary and secondary level. Read full background.

Received Update on Superintendent’s Community Advisory Committee – Superintendent Booker provided an update on the development of a Superintendent’s Community Advisory Committee. Created as one of the recommendations made during last spring’s communications Pandemic Response Survey, the Committee’s purpose will be to strengthen relationships between stakeholders, to listen, learn and better understand one another, and generate ideas to improve communications across the District. Membership will include students, parents, administrators, teachers and Board Trustees. The Committee’s first meeting is scheduled for November 15th.  Read full background

Received Construction Update on Performing Arts Center – PUSD Facility Department’s, Michael Brady, stated that despite COVID-related challenges, construction on the District’s new Performing Arts Center remains on schedule. Very proud to report through the efforts of Director Peter Palmer and the on-site crew, the structure held up well despite over seven-inches of rain last week. Hope to occupy the building by Thanksgiving and be able to host Drama classes by Winter Break. Due to delivery delays of essential theater equipment, there is no way to predict when the building will be open to performances. Read full background

Received HI Bond Budget Update – Brady also provided an update on the status of the District’s H1 Bond Budget. With funds of $67.6 million available (Bond plus interest), the current Bond program costs stand at $70.3 millon. The cost increases are due primarily to DSA requirements, unforeseen conditions (deteriorated infrastructure) and COVID-related costs. Budget gaps will be covered through state matching funds but the timeline of receiving these dollars is unknown. The District is considering other financing options for the short-term and will present them at a future Board Meeting. Read full background.

Approved 2021-22 Tentative Agreement between the Association of Piedmont Teachers (APT) and Piedmont USD – The District has reached a Tentative Agreement on issues including COVID guidance, parent-teacher conferences and accommodation of students under COVID quarantine. Read full background

Watch Meeting

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Next Regular Board Meeting – Wednesday, November 10th, 7:00pm

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