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Board approves revision to extracurricular safety plan

The Loyalsock Township School Board this week approved a revision to its athletics and extracurricular health and safety plan.

With the revision, athletes must wear face coverings when idle on the sidelines, while entering or exiting a school facility and anytime a social distance of 6 feet is not possible.

The health and safety plan governing athletics and extracurricular activities is separate from the health and safety plan for the reopening of classes which the board approved this week.

In personnel matters, the board agreed to hire Stacey Dangle as a social studies teacher at a salary of $54,560 and Alison Walk as a part-time secretary at a rate of $13 per hour.

The board also approved transferring Carrie LaPoint, Michelle Bartley and Tammy Hornberger from positions of 203-day secretary to 223-day secretary.

In other business, the board approved a flexible instruction day program for the 2020-21 school year and authorized the administration to submit the application for the program to the state Department of Education.

Superintendent Gerald McLaughlin told the board that the program allows districts to use the days throughout the year in various ways providing more flexibility.

A resolution calling for temporary provision of instruction was given approval by the board. McLaughlin explained that this provides a way for the district to modify the school schedule in the event that the district would have to go to remote learning. He noted this past school year, the state had waived the 180-day requirement but they had already informed districts they would not be doing that for the upcoming school year.

Along with this, the board approved an emergency instructional time template for the 2020-21 school year. McLaughlin said that the state required districts to submit proposed schedules to be used if a move to either hybrid or remote learning takes place.

The board approved the following agreements for the 2020-21 school year:

• With JusticeWorks YouthCare, Pittsburgh, for educational services.

• Between the district and St. John Neumann Regional Academy to allow students enrolled at St. John Neumann to participate in track and field at the district.

Board members present were: Charles Edmonds, Christina Kiessling, Valerie Komarnicki, Robert Leidhecker, John Raymond, Carolyn Strickland, Melvin Wentzel, Paul Young II and Michael Zicolello.

The next regular board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 12.

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