At a special meeting Saturday, April 18, the Platte Canyon School District RE-1, voted to give district Superintendent Mike Schmidt emergency powers in order to address the coronavirus issue.

All five school board members were in attendance, while they followed the guidelines of Governor Jared Polis, by sheltering at home. The meeting was conducted by using the application Zoom, which enables participants to see and converse with other people while they are in various locations.

The public was invited to attend the meeting using the same application, and time was given at the meeting for public input.

The emergency powers for the superintendent passed 5-0, and no one from the public offered any input.

The resolution read in part:

1. Authority to temporarily waive such board policies or provisions of board policies as the superintendent shall deem necessary to comply with guidance from appropriate health or governmental authorities or necessary for other effective response.

2. Authority to take any lawful actions necessary to ensure the continuation of public education, to provide for the health and safety of students and employees, or to respond to direction from appropriate health and government authorities. Such actions may include, but are not limited to:

Adjustments to the curriculum and the provision of alternative educational program options;

Adjusting graduation requirements for the Class of 2020;

Adjustments to employee work schedules and assignments;

Modifications to the school calendar;

Adjustments to the delivery of school-provided meals;

Limitations on access to property owned or controlled by the Board of Education;

Applying to any governmental body for financial or other aid as may be available.

Applying to any governmental body for waiver of regulations or requirements, compliance with which is affected by the COVID-19 emergency;

Applying to any governmental body for financial or other aid as may be available; and

Applying to any governmental body for waiver of regulations or requirements, compliance with which is affected by the COVID-19 emergency.

3. Authority to enter into contracts without board approval for any dollar amount necessary for the purchase of materials, equipment, supplies, or services for sanitation, cleaning, technology, or other needs directly related to the COVID-19 emergency situation, provided such action is consistent with all applicable state and federal laws.

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