On March 18 the Union County College Corner Joint School District Board of Trustees met to discuss emergency measures in response to the worsening pandemic.

A sign was posted outside the room, announcing the meeting was restricted to 10 attendees, reflecting the latest guidance from the governor. Inside the room, tables for the board members were spread out and instead of two dozen chairs in the audience, there were only four spaced several feet apart. Only a simple majority of five board members were in attendance.

The district's schools closed March 13 and announced they would remain closed until April 10; that date has since been pushed back to May 1. During the closure, teachers will continue to be paid their regular salary, per their contract. However, all other staff would not.

The board met to pass a resolution that will ensure all school district staff will continue to be paid through the closure. As all salaries are budgeted and funded for the year, the board decided to continue paying all employees the same amount they were making prior to the closure.

UCCCJSD Superintendent Aron Borowiak told the board there had been some concern from the staff about ongoing pay and the district is eager to alleviate any worry. Paychecks will continue as usual and no pay periods will be missed.

Shannon Hill, Union County High School English teacher and president of the Union County Teachers Association, thanked the board for its actions to protect the well being of the district's staff.

The district had already announced its plan to continue providing meals for the students through the closure. The meal distribution is subject to the United States Department of Agricluture restrictions and the school had to order additional supplies to meet those; they had planned to be able to start offering grab-and-go meals to students on April 2. The restrictions have since been loosened and the school was able to move up their timeline to Tuesday, March 24. The shelf stable grab-and-go packages will have breakfast and lunch for one week, although the first batch may be a little light. Updated information has been posted to the district's website uc.k12.in.us and will be sent to parents.

The schools' kitchens have been cleaned out and any perishable foods have been donated to local food pantries.

Borowiak informed board members of updates to the board's meeting procedures. Typically, a meeting can only be held if a simple majority of board members are present. Absent members can connect to meetings remotely, but were not able to vote. In an effort to reduce transmission of the virus, meetings are now limited to 10 people total and should only be held if absolutely necessary. Governor Eric Holcomb issued an executive order relaxing the attendance requirements of governing bodies.

For the time being, only one board member must be physically present at the meeting location. All other board members may connect remotely to the meeting and still be able to vote.