Plum School District’s Tuesday night board meeting to be online conference call
Monday, March 23, 2020 | 9:42 PM
Plum School District officials will have their monthly school board meeting on Tuesday.
Board President Mike Devine said they are expected to meet remotely via a video conference to comply with the latest safety restrictions announced by Gov. Tom Wolf.
“If we did like a normal meeting, we wouldn’t be able to allow anyone in,” Devine said. “We’re going to do everything virtually.”
A stay-at-home order was announced for Allegheny County starting at 8 p.m. Monday that is to last for two weeks.
The state also extended school closures through April 6.
The board’s expected to approve coaches for softball, football, soccer and other sports, as well as adopt a resolution empowering Superintendent Brendan Hyland to “make appropriate and necessary decisions to maintain the operations, proper functioning and educational capacity” of the district during the covid-19 pandemic.
Devine said the administration constantly updates its plans to keep students safe and educated as well as adhering to health officials’ guidelines.
“They’ve been ready to hit the ground running depending on what direction they’re given, and they’ve done a fantastic job,” he said. “‘I have no doubt that our teachers, with how good they are, will have no issue to put this into place. I have all the faith in the world they will adapt and implement this to our students and not miss a beat at all.
“This is an extremely unprecedented (situation), and given what I’ve seen in the short time I’ve been on the board with how our students respond and react to things, I have nothing but the utmost faith in them to adapt and thrive in it.”
Meals are still being provided through at least Friday at Holiday Park Elementary and at the high school as part of the district’s original efforts to serve district families during the statewide school shutdown.