I hope you all understand that this is a continuously evolving situation. There are a few details I can share now and will continue to do so as events continue to unfold.
- To recap, based on the Governor’s recommendation (supported by the Iowa Department of Public Health) we will be closing school through April 10. We will open the doors again on Monday, April 13 unless the Governor extends the timeline.
- This morning, both athletic associations (IHSAA & IGHSAU) the Iowa Speech Association and the Iowa Music Association released a joint memo stating that all practices and events by these organizations are suspended until April 13. The timeline will be reassessed before then and further guidance will be given about what will happen at that time. Currently, all middle school and high school sports, speech, and music activities are not allowed to practice or compete during this shutdown. Coaches are not allowed to meet with students individually or as a group until after this shutdown has expired on April 13. This also means that the weightroom and fitness center are closed to students and coaches during the shutdown.
- We will be closing all school facilities to any and all outside groups and organizations. If you are scheduled in the gym or a classroom, please notify your group that the facility is closed. During this time we will be doing deep cleaning of our school facilities to prepare for the students return on April 13.
- Panther Academy will be closed until April 13.
- The USDA has approved our district to serve meals during the shutdown. We will be offering brown bag meals free to anyone 18 years of age and under, Monday – Friday from 11am-11:30am. These lunches will be available at Carpenter Elementary School and at the Old Middle School starting Monday, March 23 and run until Friday, April 10. They will be “Grab & Go” which means we will be handing them out to people outside of the building.
That is all I can share at this time. More information will come after the state legislature meets today on the school days during the shutdown. Please remember to continue to use universal precautions and take it one day at a time. We are all in this one together.
Dr. Brian Jaeger, Superintendent