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Salem BOE may meet via Zoom

SALEM — Salem City Schools are already using video conferencing to teach students — now the school board may join the Zoom experience.

“We’re going to do a test run,” Superintendent Sean Kirkland said.

The board isn’t scheduled to meet again until 7 p.m. April 20, but with the coronavirus orders in place for staying at home and social distancing, local governments are working on ways to meet without putting themselves or the public at risk and still get their work done.

The school board is no different and school officials like Kirkland are already experienced at using the system since that’s how students are learning now.

Gov. Mike DeWine ordered Monday that schools remain closed until April 30. Kirkland said they’re continuing what they’ve been doing, with decisions still up in the air regarding graduation and other year-end activities.

He had already contacted a couple of board members about the idea of using Zoom to meet and they’ll do a test run next Thursday to try it out.

Once plans are finalized, the code to join the regular board meeting will be publicized with the meeting notice so the public will be able to attend.

“If it works out well, we’ll do that until the pandemic is over,” Kirkland said.

The state legislature recently passed legislation to allow for governmental entities to meet via teleconferencing or video conferencing programs when there’s a state of emergency, which Ohio is in due to COVID-19.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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