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COVID-19 Pandemic Causes Districts to Consider Delegating Emergency Powers to Superintendents

Many boards are considering whether to provide the superintendent with emergency powers. Districts should be purposeful in considering the timing and scope of such a delegation including the extent to which the superintendent already has the authority to take steps to comply with mandates issued by federal, state, and local governments.

The board might consider delegating its authority with respect to policy waivers, curriculum revisions, and calendar changes. Also, superintendents might need authority to enter into necessary contracts above the dollar threshold requiring board approval. Please contact us if you want to discuss what might be best for your district.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in Colorado and across the country, and that includes for school districts. We are actively monitoring legislation, executive orders, and resources related to the pandemic so that we can help board members and educators navigate the rapidly changing landscape and transition to distance learning. If you are not already in touch with one of our attorneys and would like to reach us for guidance, email is the best way to contact us.

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