With the Governor’s announcement that Iowa Schools will remain closed through April 30, 2020, we want you to know that Winterset Schools remain committed to helping students and families during these challenging times. Pending any further Governor orders, we will plan to re-open on May 1. Please CLICK HERE for more information regarding Voluntary Educational Enrichment Opportunities, Chromebook Loan Program, Grab N Go Meals, etc.
The WCSD Administrative Team met today to develop plans to support students. Here are some important updates:
Learning: Educational opportunities will be communicated by each teacher by Friday (3.27.20) afternoon. The communication will include suggestions on how to continue and extend learning with your child. We will not be able to provide direct services to students but rather resources to support their continued learning. The opportunities will not be graded. You can expect at least a weekly communication from each teacher your child was assigned during 3rd term.
Internet Access: Any school issued device may utilize school wi-fi by parking near a school building. Wi-fi will be open 24/7.
Technology, Instruments and WHS Art/Tech/FCS Projects: If you need your school issued laptop, please email Matt Pudenz (email@example.com) If you would like to retrieve your instrument from the band room, please email your band instructor Mr. Petersen firstname.lastname@example.org, Mr. Gibson email@example.com or Mrs. Willis firstname.lastname@example.org If you are a WHS Art, Industrial Tech, or FCS student needing to collect a project and/or supplies, please email Mrs. Hoefing at email@example.com, Mr. Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org, Mr. Hehnke at email@example.com, or Mrs. Mapes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Computers, instruments, art supplies and materials and industrial tech and FCS projects and materials will be picked-up at the Administration building. We will correspond with you about pick-up dates and times.
Individual Education Program (IEP) Meetings: Parents will be contacted by special education teachers to discuss options available.
3rd Term Grades and Finals (WHS): If students return in April, there will be a 1 week grace period to complete missing work or work that was due prior to Spring Break, before grades are posted. Finals at WHS for 3rd term have been cancelled.
WHS Students Enrolled in Dual Courses (WHS): Teachers will communicate to students enrolled in DMACC courses with the intention that students will work to complete their DMACC credits.
Seniors: A counselor will contact you to review your credits and course completions.
Events Postponed: After April 1 we should have a better idea of the length of school shutdowns. We will reassess the situation and communicate event reschedule dates at that time, if appropriate.
Stay Updated: The district website will be updated as new information is made available. Infinite Campus messages will be sent, as necessary.
Questions: Do not hesitate to reach out to the administration if you have questions. We will work to support you as much as possible.
We hope this finds you doing okay under the circumstances. We are in this together and as a school district will do everything we can to help get through this situation. A couple of things for you to know:
Updates, resources and information are being posted on our district website.
The district office is open for essential business only. Please do not visit, instead call or email. The status may change as this situation unfolds.
Grab and Go meals will begin Monday, see flier for times and state guidelines. The funding comes from state and federal resources thus we must follow the rules set by those entities. If those are relaxed, we will let you know. Grab-n-Go Flyer
Drive-up Paw Pantry will be open on Thursday, see flier. Pre-packaged food boxes will be placed in cars.
Paw Pantry Flyer
Administrators will meet virtually on Monday. An update from buildings will come this week regarding specific information about learning. We will follow the Iowa Dept of Education guidelines and rules regarding what we can and cannot do.
Childcare for essential workers (such as health, safety, emergency responders, food suppliers)
The 2 daycare centers (Stepping Stones and The Jungle) are open for business and have openings. We also have a list of school employees willing to help out in a pinch. If you are interested in contacting them, call the District Office (462-2718). Madison County Public Health has a Childcare Resource and Referral hotline number to secure information about Madison County services. The hotline number is 855-244-5301.
We all have a role in getting back to normal as soon as possible. Please follow the Iowa Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines so we can flatten the curve and get our students back to school. Videos about social distancing and handwashing will be posted to our website soon.
We miss you – stay safe and healthy!
This is a very fluid situation and we will continue to send updates as the situation changes. This is an unprecedented time in the history of Iowa and the United States. Efforts are focused on preventing a spike in the number of cases so that the healthcare system is able to care for the sick. The federal government is now recommending that groups of more than 10 should not be meeting. There will be a regular briefing from the Iowa Department of Education and as important information is shared, it will be shared.
We just received word that Governor Reynolds has recommended all Iowa schools close for 4 weeks. We will follow her recommendation for the safety and health of our students and staff. At this point, please plan to make arrangements for Winterset Schools to be closed until April 13th. All events and activities are also canceled. This is a very fluid situation and things may change in the days and weeks to come. We will continue to follow up with more information as it becomes available. If you have specific questions please direct those to Dr. Meade at the District Office.
Central Iowa School Districts Unify on COVID-19. Crisis In light of recent university and public school closures, central Iowa school district leaders met Friday, March 13, to collaborate and develop a consistent message for our broader communities. Representatives from the Governor s Office and other educational agencies were also present. At this time, we believe it is in the best interest of our families and staff to resume school as planned after spring break. Student and staff safety remains our top priority. We all look to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) for their expertise and direction. IDPH currently believes the risk to our student and staff population is low. We also acknowledge many of our families rely on district-provided childcare and nutritional resources. We will continue to partner with IDPH and follow their standard protocol for reportable illnesses. This may result in a need to close a specific building, district, or region of schools. IDPH will be the primary source for how we make our decisions regarding COVID-19. In addition to IDPH, we are in continuous communication with County Health Departments and the Iowa Department of Education (IDE). Central Iowa school districts will continue to follow the guidance of these agencies and work together to keep students, families, and staff safe and informed. Resources Where you get your information about this virus is important. Look for information from reliable and trusted experts. Social media posts often report partial or inaccurate information. Reputable Resources Include World Health Organization: Coronavirus FAQs World Health Organization U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Iowa Department of Public Health Polk County Health Department What You Can Do To Help Families and community members can help by following these simple, easy steps that help prevent the spread of ALL contagious viruses, including COVID-19. Practice the same routine hygiene used to help prevent the cold and flu. Frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with you as this situation unfolds.
We are keeping a keen eye on the developments of this situation. Last week our nursing staff met with the Director of Madison County Public Health, we shot a video (soon to be released) on tips for staying healthy, and discussed the matter with our district/city/county safety committee. We will watch attendance numbers, continue our custodial cleaning and disinfecting routines, and take the lead from the state and county health departments regarding any change in plans. In the meantime the best defenses for staying healthy are:
Our nurses are also writing a letter to local doctors asking them to articulate in their doctor excuse notes more specifically how long students should stay home so that students don't "push through" their illness in order to obtain perfect attendance or opt-out privileges.
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover your cough
- Wash your hands
- Keep your hands away from your face
- Have students wipe down desks, door handles, and other common areas more frequently (if you need any supplies, just ask our custodians)