Board member Linda Duncan, who represents District 5 and has frequently backed plans for school security officers in Jefferson County Public Schools, says she wants the board to schedule a work session to resume talks of starting a school security team at JCPS.
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Other staffing areas in JCPS and other school districts at "crisis point" during another school year affected by COVID-19 pandemic, Superintendent Marty Pollio says.
The school board is slated to determine Tuesday the masking policy of Jefferson County Public Schools, which currently requires unvaccinated teachers and staff to wear masks inside buildings and everyone to wear face coverings while on school buses during summer programming, for the start of the 2021-22 school year.
Principals can request permission to suspend young students from their assistant superintendents if warranted after threat assessments following possible violations of law, which determine what supports are needed to ensure the safety of students, according to the updated handbook.
Board members James Craig, Linda Duncan and Sarah McIntosh said they intend to vote to resume in-person instruction at Jefferson County Public Schools during a special meeting Thursday.
The escalations in two key metrics have some members of the Jefferson County Board of Education doubting whether classrooms in Kentucky's largest school district will reopen for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools across the state to close in March.
Board members Chris Brady, who represents District 7, and Linda Duncan, who represents District 5, said Tuesday that they will not be completely comfortable reopening Jefferson County Public Schools classrooms to students and staff until a COVID-19 vaccine is released or far in development.
JCPS had a 55% attendance rate in the Summer Backpack League's first year, and more than a quarter of students enrolled never showed up once.
The fight between 14-year-old Kamron Jennings and teacher Carrie Durham Adams exposed turmoil at the school.
JCPS students disciplined for weapon possession spiked 150% during the 2018-19 school year, and this year's total could surpass that if the current rate of weapon incidents per school day holds.