Stockton Unified Grants Superintendent Special Powers

The Stockton Unified School District Board of Education has voted to declare an ongoing public health emergency and grant special authority to Superintendent John Deasy for the time being.

The resolution, which was approved unanimously on April 1, allows the superintendent to “take all appropriate action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.” This includes the power to close schools, modify schedules, assign employees to perform disaster activities, make further declarations of emergency, and grant leaves of absence.

A similar measure failed 4-3 on March 26. San Joaquin County’s case numbers have increased since that vote. As of Tuesday, the county had 212 confirmed cases and 11 deaths.