DATE: March 30, 2020
CONTACT: Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer
School Board Adds Virtual Meetings on COVID-19 at 2 p.m. on April 2, May 7, June 18 & July 16
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – At their virtual meeting this past Thursday evening, the Albemarle County School Board added four COVID-19 related meetings to their upcoming schedule. These meetings, beginning this Thursday, April 2, will provide Board members with updated information on the school division’s COVID-19 management plan and on any additional resources needed for the plan’s implementation and providing instructional support for students over the next two months.
The plan can be accessed on the division’s COVID-19 Management Plan web page at www.k12albemarle.org/coronavirus. The division is completing its instructional plans for all students.
Thursday’s meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Members of the public will be able to virtually attend the meeting by using the school division’s link for live streaming school board meetings at http://streaming.k12albemarle.org/ACPS/player.htm?xml/schoolboard.xml.
Last week’s virtual meeting followed an opinion issued by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring that said, in part, Virginia law allows public bodies to conduct meetings electronically if “the purpose of the meeting is to address the emergency,” which includes meeting “to make decisions that must be made immediately and where failure to do so could result in irrevocable public harm.”
The opinion also cited a provision in state law that allows local governing bodies to adopt local ordinances to support the continuity of government. This past Friday, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors adopted such an emergency ordinance that waives in-person quorum requirements for public bodies and expands the scope of business that can be conducted at virtual meetings. The ordinance includes meetings of the School Board.
Also added to the School Board’s schedule are virtual meetings on May 7, June 18, and July 16. All begin at 2 p.m.
Community members can address Board members on school division issues by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail at 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902.