EDON — There are still many decisions and policies to work out before Edon returns to school this fall in the midst of the global coronavirus outbreak, but Superintendent Anthony Stevens made it clear at Monday’s board meeting that he wants students back in school in whatever way possible.
As a hot-button topic in the country during the current pandemic, Stevens was quick to discuss face masks. He acknowledged the divisiveness they can create, but fully supported mask wearing in schools and on buses if it meant Edon could get kids back in school.
“At some point, we’re going to have to make a face mask policy,” said Stevens, adding that he “couldn’t feel good about loading up a bus of kids without trying to protect them.”
Stevens also added that wearing masks helps to maintain the school’s core beliefs and the majority agreement that “we want kids in school, and we want to keep kids and staff safe.”
Some members of the board expressed support in Stevens’ desire to do whatever is possible to get kids back in school. They also added that should a mask policy be put in place, the district should offer masks to those who don’t have the means to purchase them, as well as provide education for why masks are necessary.
“I’d wear a HAZMAT suit if it meant we could return to school,” said board member Jamie Schaffter, who teaches in Bryan City Schools.
Several other issues were brought up on Monday, such as social distancing policies in the lunch room, classrooms and buses, as well as whether or not to utilize lockers in the hallway. More leniency with the attendance policy was also discussed.
The board scheduled a meeting for July 27 at 5:30 p.m. to formulate a plan for these issues and more.
Also on Monday, Edon School Board:
• Approved raising the cost of breakfast and lunch by 10 cents.
• Approved a 2.25% base salary increase for classified employees for the 2020-21 school year.
• Approved employment of Tim Sheridan as technology coordinator on a one-year contract
• Approved an agreement with Edgerton Local Schools for Four County Career Center busing for the 2020-21 school year
• Approved an agreement for school speech services with Edgerton Local Schools, effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.
• Approved an advance of funds from the 0001 General Fund to the 006 Cafeteria/Food Service Fund in the amount of $35,000.