At the November 1, 2021 BOE meeting, departing board members were thanked for their years of service.
Mr. Egan, Mr. Remley and Mr. Stevenson, of New Canaan High School, presented on a state-mandated Mastery Based Credit Assessment that will be implemented for the graduating class of 2023:
This additional one credit will focus on theory of knowledge, interdisciplinary thinking, reflection and metacognition, and will provide students multiple ways to demonstrate their learning and growth. Students will draw from their portfolio of high school work and receive support in various ways including via the Writing Center. More information is to come.
Darlene Pianka presented on district enrollment:
- The total K-12 enrollment as of October 1, 2021 was 4133, 101 less than last year. This includes 14 out of district, and 50 Pre-K and P-K speech students.
- At the high school, enrollment is 1289, 60 less than last year and 28 under projected. The high school is at 99% for class size guidelines.
- District projections for next year are an increase of .72%.
Dr. Luizzi presented a COVID update:
Vaccinations will be offered to students ages 5-11 on November 11. Boosters for staff recommended to receive them are available November 10. The vaccination rate for faculty is at 97% and for non-certified staff is 94%. Non-vaccinated staff submit negative tests each Sunday.
The Dattco Bus Company Contract 5-year extension was approved by vote.
The November 22 meeting began with a call for nominations for BOE Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary. Katrina Parkhill was approved as Chair, Brendan Hayes as Vice-Chair and Dan Bennett as Secretary.
Dr. Luizzi presented another COVID Update:
The CIAC and CT DPH announced that after December 23, 2021 masks are no longer required for vaccinated athletes in basketball, ice hockey, indoor track, swimming, cheerleading, wrestling and other winter sports. Students who are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated must still wear masks.
Upcoming BOE meetings are scheduled for December 6, 13 and 20. For complete minutes click here, and for video click here.