White Hall School District Board meeting talks annual reports; mask policy update

The White Hall School District, like most districts in Jefferson County, met for their monthly meeting. The most prevalent topic was the annual report to the public. Debbie Jones, the Administrative Assistant, presented the report focusing on specific points including a staff report, enrollment data, district statistics in areas of academics, and improvement plans.

The staff in the district has 109 classified and 219 certified teachers with 125 who have Bachelor’s Degrees and 82 with their Master’s. The Enrollment rate for 2020-2021 decreased by 64 to 2,906 and the current enrollment numbers are above 3,000. The district also had 16.8% of students attended virtual learning compared to 82.3% on-site for the 2020-2021 school year.

In relation to the academic statistics, the student’s test scores are exceeding the state average and Jennifer Menard the district testing coordinator and director of communications explained more.

On another subject, The ESSER II & III funds were mentioned throughout the meeting and during the Superintendent’s Report by Superintendent Doug Doris. Those funds distribution plan for the district includes funding a summer enrichment program, facility updates, new buses, and a reading program to name a few. Menard also spoke more about those funds and how parents or the public can access that information on the district’s website under the tab explore.

Doris also spoke about a booster clinic for the district staff that will be held Wednesday, October 13th at the White Hall Community Center.

The board also addressed a potential mask policy update and unanimously approved the consideration of the proposal of a pilot plan that the state has developed for January 2022. That proposal included a new quarantine protocol that allows students to return to school daily to get tested and lessen the number of days a student is out due to COVID.

This mask policy would go into effect for the second session of the 2021-2022 school year on January 4th.