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Masks, shots not required for East Lycoming School District

The health and safety plan approved by the East Lycoming School Board this week does not require students and staff to wear masks during the school day or to be vaccinated.

The plan calls for the district to continue to maintain social distancing and educate staff and students “on hygiene practices and the importance of following these practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

In the meantime, the district will continue to follow Centers for Disease Controls guidelines for cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing and educate staff and students in prevention of the spread of coronavirus.

School districts are required to develop a health and safety plan by July 30 in order to receive American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding.

The board took action on a number of personnel matters.

The resignation of Jennifer Temple, a part-time high school supervisory aide, and Crystal Falk, a part-time high school building secretary, were approved.

The board voted to hire Dianna Brown as a part-time Spanish teacher at $32.42 per hour.

Kathryn Stiadle was approved as assistant band director. She will be paid $1,439, which represents Level 1 of the extracurricular salary agreement.

The following personnel were re-appointed as band camp staff members at the various stipends: Sarah Pulver, $1,017; Ross Campanella, $978; Devon Palmeter, $1,299.

Steve Millheim was approved as a volunteer boys soccer coach and Steve Kaiser as a volunteer football coach for the upcoming seasons.

In response to a district resident’s question regarding the teaching of Critical Race Theory, Superintendent Michael Pawlik said there are no plans for curriculum changes in the coming school year.

The board met in executive session following meeting to consider personnel and legal matters.

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