CLINTON, N.Y – Clinton Central School District Board of Education held an emergency virtual meeting Thursday at noon, where they approved the purchase of $150,000 worth of polycarbonate barriers that will allow students to return to full-time learning in person after spring break.
The district recently clarified social distancing requirements for students returning to in-person instruction with the Oneida County Health Department. Health officials define safe distancing as six feet of space in all directions, or use of appropriate physical barriers.
According to the office of Superintendent Dr. Steve Grimm, the board needed to approve expediting the purchase of the barriers, which bypasses the competitive bidding process that is usually required for this kind of spending.
“We have a goal of implementing everyday instruction for all students at all levels K-12 beginning after spring break April 12. Our capacity to meet that goal is dependent on our ability to acquire and install barriers on our desks and tables, and we know that the lead-time for such acquisition grows longer each day due to the high demand," said Grimm.
The resolution was approved unanimously by the board.
Watch the board meeting in full below: