Free Meal Service
Davis Elementary 818 Hamilton Ave.
The Grinnell-Newburg CSD Food Service Department will provide an opportunity for families to drive through and pick up emergency meals for children the ages of 1 to 18 at Davis Elementary. The meal distribution site will be set up outside in the front loop. To maintain social distancing, please stay in your vehicle and meals will be passed through the passenger window.
Please enter the Davis Driveway by driving North on Main Street then turn right/east on Hamilton Avenue. If there is a waiting line please line up along Main Street so that the line does not back up to Highway 146.
This program will be solely for the pick-up of meals, and meals will not be consumed on site. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continue to wash your hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue and stay home if you are sick.
Update as of 3/38/2020
Dear Grinnell - Newburg Families:
This update will provide you information on how to access an iPad for K-4 students through a drive up service at your elementary school, and what to do in the event that you left your device at the Middle School or High School. Please see below for times:
Bailey Park Elementary
Monday, March 23
11:00 - 1:00 & 4:00 - 6:00
Tuesday, March 24
11:00 - 1:00 & 4:00 - 6:00
Wednesday, March 25
11:00 - 1:00 & 4:00 - 6:00
Please pick up your iPad at your school only. If you can not make these times, please email your building principal.
Middle School students please call the office Monday the 23rd at 641-236-2750 between 6:30 am and 10:00 to set up a time to pick up ipads that day between 10:00 and 2:00. High School students who left their devices at school should email Mr. Seney at firstname.lastname@example.org to pick up their device via drive up. No students will be allowed in the schools at this time.
Food Service: We need information from our parents on the number of meal requests per family so we have an idea on the number of meals to be packed for pick up. It is our hope that this will begin mid-week, next week for food drive up service. In order to ensure we have enough to supply our families, please complete this three question survey.
If you do not have access to internet please contact your school office next week, so that our staff can assist you on alternative lessons and activities. These will be available as soon as possible.
Keep listening and watching email and voice reach updates.
UPDATED AS OF 3/16/2020:
We understand that the Novel Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is causing much anxiety in our community, state and the world. Grinnell-Newburg Community School District is working closely with Poweshiek County Public Health and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.
What is Known
The virus causing COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified, and causes respiratory illness ranging from a mild cold-like illness to severe respiratory disease.
Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications from COVID-19 are believed to be the very old, very young and those with other chronic or underlying medical conditions.
There is no vaccine or treatment currently available for COVID-19, so prevention is very important.
Currently, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. However, experts predict there will eventually be community spread. IDPH, Poweshiek County Public Health and Grinnell-Newburg School District are preparing for when/if this happens.
How The Virus Spreads
COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads—through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
People who are most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within about 6 feet) with someone who has the disease.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
What You Can Do Now
Keep children home when they are sick.
Students (and parents/guardians) who are ill, especially with acute respiratory symptoms (not allergies or chronic conditions), should stay home.
Teach your children to always cover their cough and sneezes with a tissue or elbow.
Remind them to wash their hands with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer) after they touch their face, use the restroom and before they eat.
Tell children to avoid touching their mouth and nose since that is how germs get into the body.
Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (everyday household disinfectants are fine).
Enhance cleaning of high touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles and sink handles.
Plan for when community spread occurs.
Ensure you have a plan to designate a caregiver, such as a family member or neighbor, for a sick child(ren) if you can’t stay home.
Know your child’s school plan to communicate with you when needed, such as robocalls, email or checking their website.
Find up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Iowa at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus and follow IDPH on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentofPublicHealth and Twitter at @IAPublicHealth, as well as our district social media @GNCSDTigers.
See further travel advisories as of 3/6/2020.
Online Registration for the 2019-20 School Year is open, and we encourage parents to register early!
Existing Students: Accessing Online Registration from your Parent Portal
For parents of existing students, online registration can be accessed from your parent portal. (If you have not set up your parent portal account, please find the directions at the end of this article.)
Online registration can be handled in the convenience of your home. Please click on the following link to begin the registration process: New Student Registration (Students are considered "new" if there is no family information in our information database. If you are a parent of a returning student, please access Online Registration through your Parent Portal, so as to avoid having to re-enter your information. See directions below.)
We welcome families who have recently moved to the Grinnell-Newburg School District, and encourage parents to contact the building your student will be attending. Parents are invited to schedule a tour of the building, and to meet your student's building principal and administrative staff. Appointments are not necessary but are recommended. Welcome to the Grinnell-Newburg Community School District!
Please note: If you do not have access to a computer, kiosks will be available over the summer at each building for you to fill out your registration application. If you plan to register at a building, please plan to arrive no later than 2:30 p.m. (Buildings are closed for the month of July.) The District will also be hosting a registration night August 1.
In the bottom left hand corner of the page you will find the link for Online Registration. Clicking on the link will open up Online Registration in a new window.
Handy Hints as you are going through the registration module:
When you begin you will be given a Confirmation Number. Please save this number. If you need to stop and return to the application, this will be needed to access your saved application.
To move through each section use the “Next” button. To move from section to section, click on the “Save and Continue” button. Please ensure all information is entered correctly before moving on to a new section.
Fee Payment and Lunch Accounts
After submitting your registration application, please return to your portal account to submit payment for your student’s instructional fees.
Once in your portal account, click on the “Payments” tab to submit your online payment.
**Can be completed after July 1, 2019
**Families applying for Free and Reduced: Please submit all forms before beginning the payment process.
Directions to set up your parent portal for the first time
To set up an account you will need a key code. Key codes can be obtained from your building administrative assistant. Please enter your key code and follow the steps to set up your Campus Portal account. You will be able to create your own username and password.
You will only need to do this once.
Please call 641-236-2700 during regular business hours if you have any questions regarding any of these processes.
Happy Friday! I hope that this weekly update finds you well! I want to thank you for your patience as we navigated learning opportunities, food delivery, iPad deliveries and communication over the last few weeks. Each day we continue to problem solve and work through the unknown. These weekly updates will resume as scheduled on Fridays. On Mondays, I will be sending information out to staff with updates as we continue to navigate during this time of school closure. In the event of an important update, please know that I will send a voice reach to all of our families.
Thank you to all who contacted the USDA to help us with lifting the requirement to have students in the vehicle for food pick up service. Now, the State of Iowa needs to implement and provide us with the official notification. It is my hope that we are in the “all clear” by Monday for our next pick up. I will send a voice reach to you if we get the official go ahead for parents to pick up without students. If you do not hear a voice reach from me, then we will need to have students in vehicles for pick up. Let’s hope we are notified soon.
I want to give kudos to our Cooks and Custodians for their assistance with our successful food delivery on Wednesday. We were able to provide 1800 meals for students for the next three days. We dropped off roughly 54 meals to families as well.
Thank you to our principals and staff for meeting virtually to plan and prepare for our students continued learning opportunities. Please know that any software login for your students should be sent to you through google classroom, email, or Infinite Campus. We can not post passwords or login information on social media.
Thank you Tech Team, Principals, and staff for preparing iPad deliveries through pick up or drop off! Amazing effort!
Shout out to Farren Johnson for your art lessons each day! This has been quite the popular activity for many students who are here in Grinnell as well as outside of our school district!
On mobile devices, like the student iPad, only use the browser Safari to open the Parent Resource Guide and access any links. On iPads, Chrome is a mobile browser so it doesn't always open the links and if it does open them the formatting may be distorted. Also, it will ask you every time you open a link to get the Google Apps, it is recommended not to use the Google Apps for Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, etc. as they do not have the full functionality and cause more issues. In fact, if the Google apps are installed on a mobile device the links will only open in the apps, you don't get to choose what program to open them. The apps would have to be deleted from the mobile device in order for the links to open in the Safari browser. Students can not delete apps, they need to send an email to tech and I can take care of it.
Google had a major outage yesterday impacting almost all of their services (docs, sheets, slides, classroom, gmail, drive, calendar, etc). Although Google reports it is all back up and running, there are still some issues being reported so please be patient.
If student devices are still having issues I would encourage them to restart their device.
I hope this helps to clarify the workflow on iPads and smartphones. GMS students are pretty proficient at step 1 of this workflow already since they have had their iPads since January, but parents may still need some help. At the elementary level this workflow is newer and can be confusing and frustrating to families.
Device Support: (repairs, apps not installing from Self Service, passcode not working, etc)
Students who need device support can email email@example.com (most older students already use this)
Parents who need support please email firstname.lastname@example.org (this email was on the info we sent home with K-4 iPads)
The Grinnell-Newburg School District has closed all playgrounds for student use during this time as the virus may live on surfaces for a period of time. This also includes outdoor facilities such as athletic fields or track. Open green space may be used as long as there are less than 10 in a group. We ask that you remain off of all ball fields and track. Thank you for your cooperation.
Thank you to Scouts BSA Troop 313 for the use of a canopy for some weather coverage during our sidewalk iPad distribution this week to K-4 students.
We appreciate the generosity.
I will continue to update our families on a weekly basis, unless there is a need for immediate notification. I know that this is a time of uncertainty for many in our community. We are here to support you to help ease some of the stress related to our current reality. Please feel free to contact me if you are in need of information or assistance. Have a wonderful weekend.
Interested in volunteering for the Grinnell-Newburg Schools? There are many ways that you can help to enrich the educational experiences of our students through volunteering. From reading to a class, to volunteer coaching, to helping out with activities, there is something for everyone.
Applicants would need to submit a volunteer application and a background check. Please download the documents and email them to Judy Smith at email@example.com. Please call 641-236-2700 with questions.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering!