Columbia Board of Education to reevaluate COVID-19 safety plan and raises for school bus drivers



At the Monday night time board assembly, the Columbia Board of Education is ready to overview agenda objects that embrace its COVID-19 safety plan and potential raises for school bus drivers.

COVID-19 Safety Plan

Columbia Public Schools is recommending the Board of Education prolong the school district’s coronavirus safety plan.

The extension advice to the return plan relies on Superintendent Dr. Brian Yearwood’s report from late September, which outlines the necessity for the COVID-19 mitigation measures.

This consists of the obligatory use of masks whereas indoors for each college students and workers.

The school district stated the aim of the safety plan is to present an surroundings that’s as protected as doable for its college students and workers.

The present COVID-19 safety plan requires grades kindergarten by fifth grade to have steady teams and assigned seating in lecture rooms and the lunchroom.

CPS additionally encourages the coronavirus vaccine for anybody who’s no less than 12-years-old.

According to the CPS COVID-19 dashboard, the school district at the moment has 27 college students testing constructive for the virus. Eighteen of these college students are in elementary school.

Elementary school college students are at the moment not eligible for the coronavirus vaccine.

The school board is taking public remark on-line of their assembly agenda on the overview and doable extension of the COVID-19 safety plan.

Raises for STA Drivers

On the assembly agenda, the administration is asking the Board of Education to amend a present contract settlement that may give STA drivers a pay improve.

The school district stated the pay improve is critical as a result of of due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the job market.

CPD stated the pay improve would assist recruit and preserve present drivers.

Nationally and domestically, school bus drivers are in excessive demand.

The administration is recommending a pay improve of 8% which equates to $2 per hour for full-time drivers and displays. This would value the district an extra $800,000, which might be coated by the transportation working price range.

Other agenda objects embrace the administration of summer season school applications, resurfacing of the Mill Creek Elementary School playground, and a psychological well being companies settlement with Burrell Behavioral Health to improve psychological well being companies for college students.

The assembly is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday night time.

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