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Technical difficulties delay emergency board meeting

The emergency meeting of the Franklin County Board of Education that was originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, was eventually called off because of repeated technical failures and has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 27. It also will be a virtual meeting with access information to be posted on the district's website, www.fcschools.net.

The only topic of the meeting was to be an in-depth discussion of Plan C for reopening Franklin County schools next month. Under that plan, all classes would be virtual and no students would attend face-to-face classes.

Plan C had become increasingly likely as the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to rise and many parents and school staff members have expressed safety concerns.

Unless a change is approved by the board, however, the district is scheduled to open under Plan B which requires students to attend face-to-face classes two days each week and have three days of remote learning.

In a related matter, the school district has extended the enrollment period for the new Virtual Academy until July 27. The Virtual Academy will offer students of all ages remote learning opportunities in the coming year. The deadline was extended to allow parents to see what the Board of Education decides about reopening schools and what their options will be.

Thursday's meeting to discuss the opening options, was to be held virtually via the Zoom platform. That attempt to use Zoom suffered audio failure, perhaps because more than the allowed 100 audience members had logged on.

After several attempts to remedy that problem -- and increasing the school's license to 300 participants, the audio problem persisted. After an hour, the meeting was recessed and rescheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The second attempt was made via the school district Youtube channel but that also failed for unknown reasons, possibly because of severe thunderstorms in the area.

After several attempts to remedy that problem, the meeting was called off for Thursday night and rescheduled for Monday, July 27.


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Members Opinions:
July 24, 2020 at 2:23pm
Hmmm. The technical failures don't bode too well for online classrooms. If the BOE can't pull off a meeting, it makes you wonder just how many "technical failures" might plague the far more complicated enterprise of connecting every student in the county to their teacher.



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