Douglas County’s Education Unified Command, which provided support and developed guidance for local K-12 schools and higher education in recent months, will move into a broader Unified Command structure that will continue to guide the community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
1) Executive Session for consultation with the County Counselor regarding legal matters related to public health, which matters would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship, in order to protect the privilege; and
2) Executive Session for consultation with the County Counselor regarding pending litigation, which matters would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship, in order to protect the privilege.
Two and a half years ago, Anna Witt, 29, was arrested and booked into the Douglas County Correctional Facility. She describes that moment as the darkest point in her life, but also as the turning point. “When I was arrested that was the beginning of my life for me, and I’m so blessed that it happened.”
As the Douglas County Building Codes Director, Tina Rakes describes her work as life safety.
She ensures that homes and businesses are built to be safe, sustainable and resilient structures that meet the International Code Council’s standards.
“I primarily help people who want to build something whether it’s commercial, residential or an addition,” she said. “My goal is to establish a working relationship and to help people accomplish their goals.”
Dale Beaulieu had been through graduation ceremonies before. This one was different.
And not just because it was conducted via Zoom.
This graduation was the most meaningful.
Douglas County buildings are open to the public. The public should wear a face covering when inside buildings and maintain six feet of distance between employees and others in the building. Departments and elected officials may have additional screening tools for clients and visitors, depending on the services provided.
Douglas County Modifies Public Meeting Procedures until further notice:
Douglas County announced today its continued commitment to reduce the number of people in the Douglas County Correctional Facility who have mental illnesses by participating in the newest initiative from Stepping Up, Set, Measure, Achieve - a nationwide call to action to reduce the prevalence of mental illness in local justice systems.
The multi-year effort will focus on creating measurable reductions to the Douglas County Corrections Facility population with serious mental illnesses (SMI) and achieving:
Building upon Douglas County’s use of the Unified Command structure to lead a comprehensive COVID-19 pandemic response, local government, health, education and business leaders will partner to provide a coordinated reopening and response strategy among education institutions. The goals: protect students, staff, and faculty; reduce community impacts; and, minimize disease spread. Leaders of Douglas County, City of Lawrence, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, LMH Health, University of Kansas, Lawrence Public Schools and The Chamber will participate.