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Information to Parents/Families Regarding Coronavirus

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

Davis Elementary

Tuesday, March 24

11:00 - 1:00 & 4:00 - 6:00

Fairview Elementary

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 kevin.seney@grinnell-k12.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.   


Janet

Dear Parent/Guardian:

UPDATED AS OF 3/16/2020:

As you may have learned the Governor has made the recommendation to close Iowa Public Schools for 4 weeks at this time. Grinnell-Newburg will be closed through April 10th with a plan to re-open on April 13, 2020. Please know that we are in the midst of planning for iPad pick up for K-4 students, meals for families to be picked up through drive through services at schools, and lessons to be planned for continued learning for all students following our Spring Break. Each day I will be updating you on our planning process and sending messages on how you can access resources, iPads, and meals. All athletic activities, practices and events are cancelled through April 10th. We are waiting on guidance from the Department of Education on make up day requirements. I will keep you posted. I do not anticipate being in school beyond June 5 at this time. I recognize this is not easy on our families. We will do everything we can to support you during this challenging time. Please continue to monitor your email, our website and Face Book page.

 

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.