Celina School Bill Sell

(8-11-20) The Celina City Schools BOE met in special session this morning to discuss the school calendar in regards to the ‘face mask’ issue.

Superintendent Ken Schmiesing said that since students will now be required to wear face masks during the school day several issues have evolved, including the number of students who want to do school online instead of at the school. The number went from 100 students to 200 students. Schmiesing pointed out that 93% of students still want to attend Celina City Schools.

Schmiesing and board members had hoped that the Governor would have made an order on face masks and other issues considering reopening of school districts. Supposedly that will happen this afternoon.

Celina School Supt

Some of the reasons for the delay include waiting for orders of face masks, shields, sanitizer (7 drums) and other health equipment, including thermometers.

Celina School teachers

Some concerns by teachers and administrators who have concerns with the Google classroom for online and feel that additional training is needed. Concerns that students might want to mover to online charter schools. Remote learning will be on Monday’s August BOE meeting agenda.

A lengthy discussion to delay school from the original August 26th start date center on two dates…September 2nd and September 8th. A motion was made by BOE President Bill Sell  for a September 2nd student start date and passed 5-0.

The meeting was broadcast live on Facebook and drew a large audience.