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Libertyville, D70 School Board to Hold Special Meeting to Discuss COVID Mitigations
February 7 @ 6:00 pm
Feb. 5, 2022
Dear District 70 Families and Staff,
Late yesterday, an Illinois Judge ruled on two lawsuits that challenged state-mandated COVID mitigations.
Given that D70 is not a named party in the lawsuits, the district’s legal counsel has advised that:
It appears that the rulings are not binding to our school district, but that issue may be clarified in the near future;
It appears that the school board may elect to convene a meeting to approve a resolution to maintain all current mitigations or take a more selective approach on which mitigations to maintain or remove (universal masking, quarantining of close contacts, required testing of non-vaccinated employees, etc.).
The school board will be convening a special meeting on Monday evening, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. in the gym of Butterfield Elementary School to address this matter of policy. We are complying with the statutory requirements of the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the first available date and time for this meeting is Monday at 6 p.m. The agenda for this meeting is below and will be posted on our website shortly.
All existing mitigating measures that are currently in place will continue until the board of education meets and determines a pathway forward on these important policy matters.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this time.
District 70 Board President
LIBERTYVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
District No. 70
February 7, 2022
The Libertyville School District No. 70 Board of Education will conduct a Special Meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, February 7, 2022, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the gym at Butterfield Elementary School.
Stakeholders may attend the meeting. Face-masks and social distancing will be required for all persons present at the meeting.
The District 70 community may watch the live stream of the meeting. The meeting also will be recorded, and the link will be posted on the District website within 48 hours after the meeting.
The District 70 School Board values public participation. Community members and staff will also be able to participate remotely in the live meeting by leaving a voice message at (847) 461-9418. When leaving a voice message, community members must begin by stating their full name and must also meet civility requirements outlined in Board Policy 2:230 in order to be played at the meeting. Messages must be received by 4:00 p.m. on February 7, 2022. District 70’s current phone system, voice messages will have a maximum of three (3) minutes.
Based on the number of voice messages received, and to preserve time for the Board to conduct all of its business, the Board President may summarize the comments allowed as time permits.
I. Special MEETING – 6:00 P.M.
Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Presentation from District Legal Counsel
Presentation from the Floor (Public Comment)
* Approval of a resolution. Options for consideration and action:
* Continue with all current mitigations including universal face-masking, quarantining of close contacts, and weekly testing of non-vaccinated employees to allow the school board to get legal clarity. This will be revisited at the regular board meeting on February 28, 2022.
* Adjust mitigations to allow for mask optional for students, staff, visitors, etc., continue quarantining of close contacts, and weekly testing of non-vaccinated employees.
* Adjust mitigations to allow for mask optional for students, staff, visitors, etc., discontinue quarantining of close contacts, and discontinue weekly testing of non-vaccinated employees.