Greene: "we are prepared to pivot," but voices concern about impacting teacher pay.
Greene: "it has the capability of something like a hybrid but the bottom line is we have to make sure we’re offering brick and mortar five days a week."
Greene: "we do not know. However we believe that the plans that we are working as a team are in alignment ... and feel like we'll be ready for the first day of school."
Greene says it's more complicated than that...
Said they're working on another option to retain hybrid capability for those not comfortable 👀
Greene says yes, if school closes, moves to Duval HomeRoom
Greene: that is why we are developing the possibility of another option. Our thinking was DVIA would be used but not to that magnitude. Said order changes "our entire framework of hybrid."
They cover both reopening schools and renaming schools. Jones said meeting might have to go past 11p tonight and extend into tomorrow AM.
Asking for motion to suspend rules & break comment into 2
Joyce said no, that a lot of people want their comments read tonight.
Karen Chastain: "we haven't had the volume [of comments] we've had tonight."
We are now in public comments.
Current note points out how not only does this impact magnet students losing out on their lottery place in school, but hurts funding.
Also brings up the RNC & asks for school year to start after Labor Day. Worth noting this would impact teachers' pay.
Also asks for magnet waiver so students can keep their magnet seat if they school virtually for a year or for FT Duval HomeRoom option
That's something the district hasn't provided guidance on yet. The existing plan addressed core classes.
Hershey was on video earlier, unclear if she's still on the line with her camera off or off the call entirely. Smith-Juarez was on via audio earlier, assuming she's still on the line but also unclear.
A commenter asks about repercussions for not wearing a mask.
Greene said the district is meeting w/ principals at schools w/ special programs to create something that supports what those students need online. admits it'll be challenging
In contrast, an 80-y/o Lee c/o '58 graduate calls Lee "an imperfect man," asks not to change the school's name. "I went to Robert E. Lee HS. Please don't take that away from me."
Followed by another comment in opposition saying it will "diminish" the school's meaning in the community.
Asks for funding to go toward counseling and resources for students instead of a name change. At last meeting, school board member Joyce made a similar comment (see in linked story)