The Northwest Allen County Schools Board of Trustees Oct.13 meeting will be virtual with no public attendance. The meeting was originally scheduled for Oct. 11 but was rescheduled.
NACS sent the meeting's agenda to news outlets with the following sentence at the top:
"Public access to this meeting will be available exclusively online as opposed to in-person in accordance with current guidance."
A spokesperson for the board said the meeting change is in accordance with a COVID-related protocol.
Luke Britt, a public access counselor, said the board is able to have a virtual-only meeting because of the state's public health emergency.
According to Britt, the main requirement is that the public be able to watch the meeting as it is happening.
The board decided to stop the public comment portion of the meetings beginning at the Sept. 27 meeting. This decision came after the Allen County Sheriff's Department addressed the board with concerns over safety.
“Northwest Allen County Schools believes in providing a healthy and safe learning environment that engages, supports and challenges each learner in a culture of achievement and excellence,” a Sept. 23 statement said.
The school board will hold a hearing and project meeting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 13 that will be open to the public. Those in attendance will have a chance to address the board, but comments will only be heard in person and exclusively on the topic on the project and additional appropriation, according to the meeting agenda.
The regularly scheduled board meeting will begin at 8 p.m.
The livestream link for the 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. meetings is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7Z2NVBm-j5u1C6JJG0CHkA/videos.