School District Five announces plans for April 6 Board Meeting via teleconference
IRMO – The Lexington-Richland School District Five Board of Trustees will hold its April 6 Board meeting via teleconference. Members of the public will be able to hear live audio of the April 6 meeting, beginning at 7 p.m., by visiting the following link: https://lexrich5.rev.vbrick.com/#/webcasts/boardmeeting
The change is due to federal and state guidelines encouraging social distancing in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Board members will join remotely, using a secure Google platform. The live audio will be provided to the public through the district’s streaming platform. A recording of the meeting will be posted on the district’s Board Information tab after the meeting, during the week of April 6.
“We find ourselves in extraordinary times, and I am thankful we have people who are doing extraordinary things,” said Board Chairman Michael Cates. “In light of the Governor's guidance for social distancing, and board policy BE School Board Meetings, the board meeting scheduled for April 6 will be held as a virtual meeting. I am incredibly grateful for the hard work of the district staff to facilitate this meeting.”
In March, the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) provided districts with guidelines on conducting school board meetings during the coronavirus crisis. Among the guidelines, SCSBA recommended canceling non-essential board meetings, utilizing teleconferencing to encourage members of the public to access meetings from home, and temporarily eliminating public comment periods.
School District Five will remain closed through “the duration of the month of April” under executive order of the governor of South Carolina. All district events including athletic events, Adult Education classes and other after school activities are cancelled until further notice.
State and school officials will continue to reassess the closure, and details regarding a date to return to school. Any future announcements will be made using the school district’s automated telephone system, the district website, social media and local media outlets.