The Kingsville School Board heard plans and protocols for the new school year at its regular August 12 meeting.
K-12 Principal Jay Fleeman told the board that at this time, face masks are optional in school.
He added the masks are highly recommended for all students and staff.
He went on to explain that all water fountains in the school will be for a bottle fill only and students should bring their own water bottles to school.
He also explained to the board that the car rider line and the bus line have switched locations.
“Car riders will need to come from Oak Street (from the west) and will line up in the drive on the north side of the building,” Fleeman said.
“Buses will now drop off and pick up at the main entrance on the east side of the building.”
He added that parents should make sure their contact information is up-to-date on the parent portal so they can receive updates from the school.
They can also make address changes or emergency contact information changes there.
Links are on the district website.
Continuing his new school year protocols, he said, “Also, we want to make sure all parents/guardians have signed up for Textcaster and OneCall,” Fleeman said.
“Those links can also be found on the district website.”
Fleeman spoke of a recent survey that was sent out to some families.
He said, “If families have received the transportation information survey email, they should complete this as soon as possible so the district can put together bus routes.”
He reminded the board that August 12 was a drive-thru Meet the Teachers night.
He went on to say, if kindergarten families have not received appointment times for their students, they should email Teresa Groves at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In tax rate news, Superintendent Lorna Warren shared that the board set the tax rates at 4.0686 in the operational fund and .7476 in debt service fund.
Warren also said the board approved the following: Special Education Compliance Plan; the Thera Fit, LLC contract; the 2021-22 speech contract; setting the adult lunch price at $3.25; and finally, the ESSER III Compliance Plan.
ESSER III provides funding to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) through Section 2001 of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Fund, to address the impact of COVID-19 on elementary and secondary schools.
Concluding their business for August, board members voted to adjourn the regular session meeting, to reconvene in September.