superintendent James Berardi talked of spending months and were ready to go face to face which was “not meant to be.” He told of tests, transportation not to fill busses and the fire crews “building a city,” on both Loyalton campuses and now being on the State’s Watch List due to COVID-19 cases, the need to support the effort to move back to distance learning.
It approved a calendar suggested by Sierra Plumas Teachers’ Association President Laurie Petterson. Approved was September 3 and 4 would be District days. September 8th would be first day of distant learning. It will remove the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, one of the February days, one day of Easter travel, remove two of the early snow days and extend the year by three days.
The Superintendent stressed it was “not my decision or the Board’s decision,” and it’s “out of our hands.”
Under Public Comment, Jane Roberti was bothered by a lack of communication and transparency, Elementary School Principal Annie Ceresola told how parents were frustrated how zoom kicks parents off. Heather Fraser suggested hitting Star 6 to unmute. Berardi agreed technology is a huge hindrance and told of 20 hot spots purchased to turn cell phones signals into t spots. As an alternative, they will provide hard packets if needed. He stated we’re doing what the majority of students in California are doing under the Governor’s guidelines. He stressed they will bus hard packets if needed,
Heather spoke on the sports program and the social
aspect of school and to “give kids some sort of hope to go back.” She told of feeling “disheartened.”
James told of the no contact sports in the State but if and when CIF allows it, they will institute it as fast as they can and how they’d tried to get football up and running but are told by the local health department what is allowed. He is planning a move back off the Watch List and maybe football as a Spring sport.