Burton ISD currently has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to school officials.

At Monday’s Burton School Board meeting, Elementary School Principal Melinda Fuchs and High School Principal Matthew Wamble both informed trustees that their schools currently do not have any teachers or students out with COVID-19.

Superintendent Dr. Edna Kennedy thanked school staff for their efforts in keeping school facilities clean and safe.

During the meeting, the board approved a 10-day staff COVID-19 resolution.  The resolution provides up to 10 additional days of leave for school employees who test positive during the 2021-22 school year.  Dr. Kennedy said the employee must provide confirmation to the district of that positive test, and the leave days will only be granted on a one-time basis for that employee.

Trustees also approved a remote conferencing – return to school instruction plan.  The plan allows students with a temporary medical condition to participate in remote classes for no more than 20 instructional days throughout the school year.  The medical condition must be documented by a physician, or the student must have been excluded from attending school because of a test result or formal diagnosis.

Also at Monday’s meeting, trustees:

  • Approved improvement plans for Burton ISD and the elementary and secondary campuses. The updates to the plans reflect new dates and timelines, new committee members and adjusted budget amounts for different Burton ISD-supported programs.
  • Held a public meeting on the annual School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) rating for Burton ISD. Business Manager Caitlyn Blakey-Staal said the district was granted a “Superior” FIRST rating for the 2019-20 school year and achieved a score of 90 out of 100.
  • Added an additional early release date to the 2021-22 school calendar to host elementary UIL on December 2nd.
  • Approved moving forward with hiring a surveyor and a contact with Geotech for materials testing and inspection services related to the November bond proposal.
  • Approved the Texas COVID Learning Acceleration Supports Plan. The plan is a direct grant valued at $120,000 over three years, $60,000 each for the elementary and secondary campuses.  The funds will be focused on dyslexia tools and reading at the elementary and approved tutor vendors at the high school.
  • Approved nominations for the Washington County Appraisal District Board of Directors, including John Schaer, Charles Gaskamp, Johanna Fatheree, Leslie Boehnemann Jr. and Joe Antkowiak.
  • Heard an evaluation of the 2020-21 ESL program.
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