Amboy School Board waiting for rules on return to school this fall

AMBOY - Many people are wondering what precautions such as wearing masks will be in place when, and if, schools reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. One Amboy parent posed that question during the June 18 Amboy Board of Education meeting but at this time, Superintendent Joshua Nichols said he cannot answer that question. Illinois schools have received the current CDC guidance and summer school guidance but nothing yet for reopening in the fall. Nichols said until school districts get guidance from the state, they do not know exactly what rules will apply to schools for conducting in-person instruction.

Several personnel matters were handled by the board. They hired two teachers for the 2020-21 school year at Amboy Junior High School, Kelsi Eyster, 8th grade ELA, and Michael Olson, special education. They accepted the resignation of Cindy Mundell as part-time cook and hired her as assistant head cook at AJHS for the 2020-21 school year. They accepted the resignation of Shelli Bump as part-time cook at Central School and approved her as a part-time caf-eteria cook at AJHS for the 2020-21 school year. The board also approved extra-curricular positions for the 2020-21 school year. Two retirement resignations were ac-cepted, Scott Spangler as special education teacher, effective May 21, and Susan Shaw as library technician, effective May 20.

The board accepted a bid from Life Touch for school photography services for a three-year term and approved a managed services agreement with Single Path. They also ap-proved the 2020-21 student handbooks.

Regarding the possibility of holding in-person graduation ceremonies, Nichols said later that individual 15-minute in-person graduations were held for junior high and high school students. While he is still hopeful that schools will be allowed to hold large, traditional graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 before August, it will depend on any new guidelines that are received from the state.

The next board of education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 at Central School. All meetings are open to the public.


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