Laguna Beach USD Moves Online Board Meeting to March to Avoid COVID-19 Surge

The Laguna Beach Unified School District School Board met Jan. 13 at the Thurston Middle School Library. Photo courtesy of Youtube

The Laguna Beach Unified School District school board will move its meetings online until March amid a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases, officials said Thursday.

Board members voted unanimously to meet virtually for the next 30 days when it meets in person at the Thurston Middle School library. Last September, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an amendment to the Brown Law allowing public agencies to teleconference their meetings to protect the health and safety of attendees.

“I feel like we’ve done a good job this week trying to think of new safety measures like having [other staff members] participate from home…, testing, masks, whatever we need to do as a council to make sure we proceed safely to continue to operate,” council clerk Kelly Osborne said.

The school board has also agreed to postpone a student recognition event scheduled for Jan. 25.

“I think from a public health perspective, it’s the best thing to do to not put children and families at risk of catching the virus,” said board member James Kelly.

The next regular board meeting will be held via Zoom on February 10.

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