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Kingsville Board Reviews COVID Leave for Staff

The Kingsville School Board addressed the staff leave policy, as it relates to COVID, at its regular January meeting.

It was reported by Superintendent Lorna Warren that the FFCRA and its Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act expired on December 31, 2020.

After discussion, the board voted to approve a resolution to provide additional COVID-19 leave to district employees at their full rate of pay for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

In other policy actions, the board revisited Board Policy S-196-P, having to do with student alcohol and drug testing.

This policy is reviewed annually in January for the next school year. The board approved the policy measure.

In personnel business, the board accepted and approved the resignation of member Mike Collens.

In student education news, Principal Jay Fleeman gave an update on virtual learning. He reported 14 high school students are in virtual learning this semester.

Also, eight elementary students are learning virtually this semester.

Fleeman gave a report on enrollment numbers, saying the elementary is at 128 and secondary has 109 enrolled. The K-12 total is 237.

In upcoming calendar dates, Fleeman reminded the board that Homecoming will be held on Friday, January 22.

The Kingsville teams will play host to Norborne on Friday.

“Ticket restrictions are still in effect,” Fleeman said. “Additional tickets will be provided to Homecoming candidates and the court.”

The coronation and other festivities will also be live-streamed for those watching from home, according to Fleeman.

In other business, the board approved the library media report, which was provided by Mrs. Kee.

The board approved the clarification to the R-I District’s Bereavement Leave policy in the Employee Handbook.

The policy now only states:
Bereavement Leave – An employee is entitled to three days of paid leave upon the death of a member of the employee’s immediate family, or if not a member of the employee’s immediate family, the leave requires the approval of the Superintendent.

The district may request verification of the need for bereavement leave.

The regular meeting of the Kingsville R-I School Board closed, to reopen in February.

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