A pair of Defiance residents with kids in school and a district bus driver were in attendance at the Defiance Town Education Council meeting on Wednesday to share their thoughts on the mask requirement that has been put in place. in place for students and staff of Defiance City Schools (DCS) since August 31.
Additionally, the Board of Directors heard an update on the District’s finances from CFO / Treasurer Cheryl Swisher.
Kristina Tracy, a parent of three at the district school, said she was disappointed that the district was not offering alternative education measures, such as virtual learning, when the mask’s mandate was put on. in place August 31.
She went on to say that she had been very supportive of the district, however, she went on to say that it should be up to parents, not the district, to decide whether or not students should wear masks.
“We believe that (wearing masks) should be a choice that every family has to make for themselves,” Tracy said.
Clarissa Barnes, parent of a kindergarten student, thanked the board for its leadership in demanding masks, knowing it did so to keep students in school.
The goal of keeping all students in school conforms to the Ohio School Boards Association’s Code of Ethics, which states that the primary responsibility of all board members should be the educational well-being of all students. “said Barnes.
John Hancock, bus driver and member of Defiance City Council, shared his support for the mask requirement.
“I pick up and drop off over 90 kids a day, and while the warrant isn’t a cure, it’s a good preventative measure,” Hancock said. “These children are in close contact and I see how wearing masks is helping to stop the spread. “
Superintendent Bob Morton made a brief statement, saying the mask requirement was not something he took lightly and the decision was ultimately made to keep the children in school.
With quarantine rules in place from the Ohio Department of Health and Defiance County General Health District, wearing masks is one way to dramatically reduce the need to quarantine students and staff.
Since Defiance City schools implemented a mask requirement on August 31, there have been 65 student cases of COVID-19, seven staff cases, 116 students quarantined, and three staff members quarantined . So far this week at DCS, there is a student case, a personal case, four students and two staff in quarantine.
Swisher gave council an update on August finances, the monthly revenue split exceeded the monthly expense by $ 2,224,329.98, due to the district paying taxes during the month.
She went on to explain that the information regarding the new funding formula had not yet changed the foundation’s funding, so the five-year financial forecast has not been fully updated, meaning that there are no new reports for the forecasts.
In his report, Superintendent Bob Morton scheduled parent-teacher meetings for October 14-15. On October 14, the Defiance Middle / High School lectures will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with Defiance Elementary lectures scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On October 15, college / high school lectures will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon, with elementary lectures from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will be no school on October 15 or October 18 due to a teacher training day.
The administrators were present on Wednesday to share monthly updates. Jacob Moser, Director of Alternative Education, shared that when students are assigned to the vaping learning center / vaping product possession at school, these students will participate in vaping education.
The teaching materials include educational videos, digital activity and discussion questions, while educating students about potential consequences / risks.
“The goal is to reduce the number of vaping-related cases in schools in Defiance City,” Moser said.
Defiance High School principal Jay Jerger explained that the Homecoming football game will take place on October 1 against Lima Bath, with the dance scheduled for October 2. Additionally, a performance by the high school choir will take place on October 19 at Defiance Christian Church on the corner of Standley Road and Ayersville Ave.
In other matters, counsel:
• the approved permanent credits and the amended certificate as presented.
• OK for the following replacements for 2021-22: Thomas Wagner, teacher; Matt Clausen, van / bus driver; Steve Johnson, van / bus driver; and Kerri Thompson, bus driver.
• voted for the following transfers: Denise Mendez, from the college kitchen, 3.5 hours per day, to the high school hostess, 3.75 hours per day; and Cindy Rocha from the high school dish room, 3.5 hours per day, to the high school server, 3.75 hours per day, both effective September 13.
• approved the resignation of Jordan Davis, first year volleyball coach; and endorsed Jennifer Davis as a first year volleyball coach.
• Student activities OK’d Spanish Club and FCCLA, and the primary elementary account.
• accepted the following donations: $ 25 from Sandy Bauer in memory of Michael Struble; $ 25 from Wayne and Charlene Word in memory of Michael Struble; $ 50 from Steve and Jodi Wahl in memory of Jeff Bell; and $ 250 from Keller Logistics to the cross-country sports department.