Dear Parents and Students:
With the Governor’s announcement that Iowa Schools will remain closed through April 30, 2020, we want you to know that Ogden Schools remain committed to helping students and families during these challenging times. Pending any further Governor orders, we will plan to re-open schools on May 1. Even though the Ogden CSD doors are closed, our schools’ heart is still going. While academics are very important for our students, we don’t want this to become added stress for you and your family. There is no greater time for all of us to extend care, grace and understanding towards each other. We WILL get through this together. Based on the current Iowa Department of Education (IDOE) guidance on what districts can and can not do, our district will continue to provide PK-12th grade students Voluntary Educational Enrichment Opportunities (VEEO). This means the learning options are available but not mandatory for students to participate. Per the IDOE, this option will count as instruction and no days through April 30th will need to be made up. Next week you will hear from us again, and we will clearly outline our DOE approved plan moving forward. Since our new plan will not begin until April 13, this week you can anticipate hearing from teachers in the way you have for the past two weeks. Also this weekend you will receive a continual learning survey from the building your child attends. Please complete the survey by Sunday evening so we can continue to meet the needs of all students in our district. Thank you and please be in touch with teachers or administrators if you have questions.
Iowa Department of Public Health Guidance
The Ogden School District is in ongoing contact with Boone County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) - Coronavirus. We also follow guidelines and best practices from those entities and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Coronavirus when it comes to responding to public health concerns, including Coronavirus and the flu. Furthermore, we are coordinating with other Boone County and Iowa school districts to ensure a cohesive response in the education system. Should there be recommendations or updates from county and state health officials, the district will turn to the IDPH and CDC and follow any updated guidelines.
Prevention measures for colds, influenza, and COVID-19 are the same. Here is a link to an FAQ from the IDPH: 2019 Novel Coronavirus FAQ for Schools
Iowa Department of Education information on COVID-19: Iowa Department of Education - Coronavirus
Iowa Department of Education Guidance
The Department of Education is participating in the State Emergency Operations Center and closely monitoring the situation. The safety of those served is of utmost importance.
We want to assure you that the Department of Education will be leading efforts to coordinate directly with school districts to provide clear guidance and support for Coronavirus planning and decision making for schools. Please find initial guidance linked below.
It is important to note that the Iowa Department of Public Health is not currently advising any school closures. In coordination with the Department of Public Health, the Department of Education is finalizing identification of key decision points needed to contain and mitigate COVID-19 and included in these decision points will be triggers and metrics on how they will recommend if school closures are necessary.
Iowa Department of Public Health Guidance to K12 Schools: K12 Schools Guidance
Spring Break Travel Questions
As we head into spring break we encourage families to reach out to local public health departments and the CDC for the most up-to-date travel information available. We will continue to monitor the situation and work with our critical partners as we move forward.
Handout on Spring Break (March 14- 22) Travel: Spring Break Travel Information
Letter from the Polk County Department of Public Health: Spring Break Travel Recommendation