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Coronavirus Update

District notifications To Families & Staff

The Urbandale Community School District continues to monitor the expanding global outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). In order to ensure the health and safety of students and staff, we remain in close contact with school districts throughout Iowa, the Iowa Department of Education, Polk County Health Department, Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Below is a list of notifications that have been shared with district families and staff. We will share new information as it becomes available. Please check back often as this is a rapidly evolving situation.

Important - Tech Survey Last Call - April 3

Click here for the Technology Needs Survey now, if you have not yet completed it.

If your kindergarten through 12th grade student attends school in the Urbandale Community School District, please complete the Technology Needs Survey to help us gain a better understanding of students who may or may not need support accessing hardware (e.g. laptop, iPad, Chromebook, or tablet) or accessing the Internet for continuous learning (note: we are not collecting data for preschool students at this time). Complete one survey per student.


School Closure Update - April 2

During this afternoon’s press conference, Governor Kim Reynolds extended the existing school closure through April 30, 2020, which means school is now scheduled to resume on Friday, May 1, 2020. The extension exists in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

School Closures Through April 30th 
Our school district will continue the following actions through April 30th:

  • All Urbandale Community School District schools will remain closed; school is scheduled to resume May 1, 2020.
  • All school-related programs, athletics, and activities will remain cancelled.
  • Adventuretime Program remains cancelled.
  • Community Education classes/programs remain cancelled.

Continuous Learning Options
Dr. Ann Lebo, Director of the Iowa Department of Education, outlined two options that school districts may choose from in support of continuous learning for students:

  1. “Voluntary Educational Enrichment Opportunities” means that school districts can encourage students to participate in continuous learning but participation is not required during this closure.
  2. “Required Educational Services” means that students are required to participate in continuous learning, attendance is taken, work is graded, and credit is granted during this closure.

School districts must indicate which continuous learning option they will implement by April 10th. School districts that do not provide continuous learning (i.e. districts that do not choose one of these two options) will be required to make up the instructional time lost beyond what has been previously waived by the Legislature (beyond April 13th).

Immediate Next Steps

  • Our District is currently reviewing data gathered in our Technology Needs Survey that was shared earlier this week with all families in order to help us gain a better understanding of students who may or may not need support accessing hardware (e.g. laptop, iPad, Chromebook, or tablet) or accessing the Internet for continuous learning. (Note: If you have not completed the survey, please do so now.)
  • District leaders throughout Iowa will be meeting with the Iowa Department of Education to discuss more specifics and requirements for both Continuous Learning options.
  • Once we learn more specifics about requirements and restrictions of both options, we will provide a recommendation to the School Board, then inform families and staff regarding the option that best serves the needs of students and families in our district.

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we all work through the many logistics and considerations to support all learners during this unprecedented time. Please continue to follow the guidelines of health officials to help mitigate the spread of this virus by frequent handwashing, social distancing, monitoring symptoms, and seeking medical attention as needed.


Tokom popodnevne konferencije za štampu Guvernerica Kim Reynolds produžila je postojeći datum zatvaranja škola do 30. aprila 2020., što znači da je početak nastave sada zakazan za petak, 1. maj. Produžetak je napravljen da bi se suzbilo širenje COVID-a 19.

Zatvaranje škola do 30. aprila
Naš distrikt će do 30. aprila poduzeti sljedeće postupke:

  • Sve škole Školskog distrikta zajednice Urbandale biće zatvorene; predviđeno je da se škole ponovo otvore 1. maja 2020.
  • Svi školski programi, sportske i druge aktivnosti također su otkazani.
  • Program Adventuretime je i dalje zatvoren.
  • Obrazovni programi i časovi u zajednici također su otkazani.

Mogućnosti kontinuiranog učenja
Dr. Ann Lebo, na čelu Ministarstva obrazovanja države Iowe, navela je dvije mogućnosti od kojih školski distrikti mogu izabrati podršku kontinuiranom učenju svojih učenika:

  1. “Mogućnost dobrovoljnog obogaćenog obrazovanja” znači da školski distrikti mogu podstaći učenike da učestvuju u kontinuiranom učenju ali učešće nije obavezno u periodu dok su škole zatvorene.
  2. “Obavezne obrazovne usluge” znači da su učenici obavezni da učestvuju u kontinuiranom učenju, pohađanje je obavezno, zadaće se ocjenjuju i dobivaju se krediti u periodu dok su škole zatvorene.

Školski distrikti moraju do 10. aprila navesti koju će mogućnost kontinuiranog učenja primijeniti. Školski distrikti koji ne obezbijede kontinuirano učenje (npr. distrikti koji ne odaberu jednu od ove dvije opcije) moraće nadoknaditi propušteno vrijeme nastavnih instrukcija mimo onog koje je Zakonodavstvo prethodno izuzelo (do 13. aprila).

Hitni naredni koraci  

  • Naš distrikt trenutno obavlja pregled podataka prikupljenih u anketi: Technology Needs Survey koja je objavljena ranije u toku ove sedmice i koja je poslata svim porodicama kako bi stekli bolju sliku o potrebama naših učenika kojima je za kontinuirano učenje potrebna ili nije potrebna pomoć u pristupu elektronskim uređajima (kao što su laptop, iPad, Chromebook ili tablet) ili potrebama priključka na Internet.  (Napomena: Ako do sada niste popunili anketu, molimo vas da sada to uradite.)
  • Predstavnici distrikta iz cijele Iowe sastaće se sa Ministarstvom obrazovanja države Iowe kako bi dodatno razmotrili specifičnosti i zahtjeve za obje Mogućnosti kontinuiranog učenja.
  • Kada saznamo podrobnije informacije o zahtjevima i restrikcijama za obje opcije, mi ćemo napraviti preporuku Školskom odboru, a zatim obavijestiti porodice i zaposleno osoblje o opciji koja najbolje odgovara potrebama učenika i njihovih porodica u našem distriktu.

Hvala vam na kontinuiranoj podršci i strpljenju u zajedničkom iznalaženju logistike i sagledavanju mogućnosti kako da pomognemo svim đacima u ovom do sada neviđenom vremenu. Molimo vas da i dalje poštujete naredbe zdravstvene službe koje se odnose na često pranje ruku, distanciranje od drugih ljudi, praćenje simptoma i traženje medicinske pomoći ukoliko je potrebna, a sve u cilju suzbijanja širenja virusa.

 


Additional Online Learning Resources: March 31

We’d like to make you aware of additional online learning resources shared today by the Iowa Department of Education for families and educators to use in support of student learning during school closures due to COVID-19. The Iowa Department of Education partnered with AEA Learning Online, the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, Iowa PBS and the Iowa Reading Research Center to provide a variety of resources. The resources cover multiple subject areas, such as literacy, computer science, fine arts and career and technical education. The resources also address mental health and emotional well-being.

The learning resources for students in preschool through 12th grade do not replace what students have learned at school, but instead help students practice or enrich the skills and strategies taught by their teachers. The optional resources to support learning during COVID-19 is not exhaustive and will be reviewed and updated weekly by the Iowa Department of Education with additional resources.

As a reminder: here is the list of optional online resources we provided last week which include fun ways to pass this time and to help keep children’s minds engaged in learning.


Technology Needs Survey: March 30

We hope this communication finds you and your families adjusting well to the many changes we are all experiencing. We continue to hope the measures being taken by federal, state, and local agencies, in combination with social distancing practices being implemented throughout our community, will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our students, staff, families and community safe and healthy.

Online Survey: Technological Needs of Students
Urbandale Community School District (UCSD) staff members are planning and collaborating on a daily basis in order to prepare for the potential of continuous learning for all of our students. In order to deliver continuous learning for ALL of our students, it is important to ensure each student has access to the internet and an electronic device (preferably a computer, laptop, Chromebook, iPad, or tablet). We have designed a survey to allow us to better understand the needs of students and families in our district. This will help us plan for meeting those needs and ensure students have the ability to continue their learning in an online environment should this be necessary.

Technology Needs Survey
If your kindergarten through 12th grade student attends school in the Urbandale Community School District, please complete the Technology Needs Survey to help us gain a better understanding of students who may or may not need support accessing hardware (e.g. laptop, iPad, Chromebook, or tablet) or accessing the Internet for continuous learning (note: we are not collecting data for preschool students at this time). Complete one survey per student. (Note: For families who have challenges accessing the Internet, we are reaching out via phone in order to request completion of this survey.) Please complete the survey by Wednesday, April 1, 2020.


Nadamo se da se vi i vaša porodica prilagođavate mnogim promjenama kroz koje sada svi prolazimo. Mi se i dalje nadamo da smo mjerama koje su poduzele federalne, državne i lokalne vlasti, u kombinaciji sa praktikovanjem distanciranja od drugih ljudi širom naše zajednice, potpomogli smanjenju širenja virusa COVID-19 i pomogli očuvanju sigurnosti i zdravlja svih naših učenika, zaposlenih, njihovih porodica i članova zajednice.

Online anketa: Tehnološke potrebe učenika 
Nastavno osoblje Školskog distrikta Urbandale (UCSD) svakodnevno sarađuje u pripremi platforme za kontinuirano učenje za sve naše učenike. Da bismo mogli pripremiti kontinuirano učenje za SVE naše učenike, veoma je važno da budemo sigurni da svaki učenik ima pristup Internetu i elektronskim uređajima (po mogućnosti kompjuteru, laptopu, Chromebooku, iPadu ili tabletu). Mi smo sačinili anketu koja će nam omogućiti da bolje razumijemo potrebe naših učenika i njihovih porodica. To će nam pomoći da iznađemo mogućnosti zadovoljavanja ovih potreba kao i mogućnosti da osiguramo nastavak obrazovanja učenika na mreži ukoliko to bude neophodno.

Technology Needs Survey Online Anketa
Ukoliko vaše dijete u Školskom distriktu Urbandale pohađa školski vrtić ili jedan od 1. do 12. razreda, molimo da popunite sljedeću anketu: Technology Needs Survey kako bi nam pomogli da stvorimo bolju sliku o broju učenika kojima je za kontinuirano učenje potrebna pomoć u tehnološkoj opremi (npr. laptop, iPad, Chromebook ili tablet) ili u pristupu Internetu (napomena: za sada ne prikupljamo podatke za predškolski uzrast). Za svako dijete popunite po jedan anketni list. (Napomena: porodicama koje imaju problema sa Internet vezom, mi ćemo se javiti telefonom kako bi ih zamolili da popune ovu anketu.)  Molimo da anketu popunite do srijede, 1. aprila 2020.


Esperamos que esta comunicación lo encuentre a usted y a sus familias ajustándose bien a los muchos cambios que todos estamos experimentando. Seguimos esperando que las medidas que estén tomando las agencias federales, estatales y locales, en combinación con las prácticas de distanciamiento social que se están implementando en toda nuestra comunidad, ayuden a mitigar la propagación de COVID-19 y mantengan a nuestros estudiantes, personal, familias y comunidad a salvo y saludable.

Encuesta en línea: necesidades tecnológicas de los estudiantes
Los miembros del personal del Distrito Escolar Comunitario de Urbandale (UCSD) planean y colaboran diariamente para prepararse para el potencial de aprendizaje continuo para todos nuestros estudiantes. Para brindar un aprendizaje continuo a TODOS nuestros estudiantes, es importante asegurarse de que cada estudiante tenga acceso a Internet y a un dispositivo electrónico (preferiblemente una computadora, computadora portátil, Chromebook, iPad o tableta). Hemos diseñado una encuesta para permitirnos comprender mejor las necesidades de los estudiantes y las familias en nuestro distrito. Esto nos ayudará a planificar para satisfacer esas necesidades y garantizar que los estudiantes tengan la capacidad de continuar su aprendizaje en un entorno en línea si fuera necesario.

Encuesta de necesidades tecnológicas
Si su estudiante de jardín de infantes a 12º grado asiste a la escuela en el Distrito Escolar Comunitario de Urbandale, complete la Encuesta de necesidades tecnológicas para ayudarnos a comprender mejor a los estudiantes que pueden o no necesitar soporte para acceder al hardware (por ejemplo, computadora portátil, iPad, Chromebook o tableta ) o acceder a Internet para un aprendizaje continuo (nota: en este momento no estamos recopilando datos para estudiantes de preescolar). Complete una encuesta por alumno. (Nota: Para las familias que tienen dificultades para acceder a Internet, nos estamos comunicando por teléfono para solicitar que se complete esta encuesta). Complete la encuesta antes del miércoles 1 de abril de 2020.


Optional Online Learning Resources: March 24

UCSD has collaborated with Heartland Area Education Agency, the Iowa Department of Education, and surrounding districts to provide a list of resources for you to consider over the next three weeks of school closure. Resources provided here are optional, free, and are being sent in the hopes that this makes the next three weeks a bit easier for your family.

Please keep in mind these important considerations regarding these resources:

  • Resources on this document are optional, and UCSD has no expectations that these resources be used by your child during this time. When school resumes, we are prepared to meet your child where they are and move forward in order to prepare them for their next grade level or class.
  • This list does not represent the full depth or breadth of resources teachers use to develop curriculum. These resources are intended to be user-friendly to parents and children.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of quality resources. Rather, this list was put together in collaboration with UCSD teachers, AEA partners, and surrounding districts to represent many common resources that may already be familiar to many students.
  • The stress and uncertainty we are feeling as adults is almost certain to also be felt by our children. While learning and routines are certainly important, so is social and emotional safety during this time. UCSD participates in the Student Assistance Program offered through Employee and Family Resources. To learn more about this program and how it may be helpful to your family during this time, please visit this link.

As a district, we are closely monitoring and following guidance given to us by the Iowa Department of Education. At this time, the direction from the Iowa DoE is that online instruction, outside of what was already approved prior to this pandemic, does not count toward required mandates for hours of instruction. However, Senate File 2408, passed just before the Iowa Legislature adjourned for a month, does not require schools to make up the lost instructional time that is currently scheduled to last through April 10, 2020.  UCSD and other districts in the state of Iowa will continue to monitor and use updated guidance we receive as a road map to follow over the coming weeks.

We realize many of you have questions about this lost instructional time and what it means for your child. Our teachers will be working during this time to identify essential content and skills for instruction once we return, in order to best prepare your child for the next step in their educational journey. We are not alone in this situation, and we will continue to collaborate with neighboring districts and our AEA to share resources, ideas, and support for students.

We hope that these resources give you some ideas of fun ways to pass this time and keep kids’ minds engaged in learning. Thank you for your trust in UCSD during this unprecedented time.


COVID-19 Update: March 23

We learned today that a second Urbandale Community School District employee tested positive for COVID-19. This employee primarily works at Webster Elementary and was also at Karen Acres Elementary on Friday, March 13. Based upon the work schedules of the two employees who tested positive, there is no causal/correlation between the two cases.

While we’re unable to share the name or position of an employee due to privacy laws, we are able to notify specific families whose children may have been in the presence of the employee, as well as specific staff, while the employee was asymptomatic (i.e. no symptoms present). A notification was sent via email today to those specific families and staff members. 

Although students were NOT in the presence of the employee while the employee was experiencing symptoms, we believe it is important to err on the side of caution by informing specific families of this situation. In doing so, we requested that they monitor their child’s health and be in touch with their medical provider as needed.

Please be aware, symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you or any member of your family exhibit these symptoms, please contact your medical provider. Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Given that our state is currently experiencing community spread of the virus, state health officials have shared that the source of the virus could have come from anywhere and cannot be associated with any one person or location, including our two schools. As we’ve seen in recent days, we will likely be learning of more community members who test positive for COVID-19. Thus, it is extremely important that we continue to follow the guidelines of health officials to help mitigate the spread of this virus by frequent handwashing, social distancing, monitoring symptoms, and seeking medical attention as needed.


Reminder: No School and Meal Program - March 22

I’d like to share a quick reminder email regarding four topics:

  1. Schools Closed: All Urbandale CSD schools are closed; all school-related programs, athletics, activities, Adventuretime & Community Education classes are cancelled. School is scheduled to resume on April 13, 2020. Note: The District Administration Office is also closed.
  2. Grab N’ Go Meal Program: Our Urbandale CSD Nutrition Services Team will be providing FREE meals to children 18 years and younger beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 23 until school reopens. Children may pick up one breakfast and one lunch and must be present in order to pick up meals. Meals are ‘to go’ meaning that they will be available in front of the school building and are not to be consumed on-site. A child does not need to be a student in the Urbandale CSD in order to receive a meal. No identification or paperwork required. Locations include: Jensen Elementary 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM, Karen Acres Elementary 11:30 AM -11:50 AM, and Valerius Elementary 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.
  3. Medication Pick Up: Tomorrow, Monday, March 23, families may pick up your child’s medications if needed. Please see an email that was sent to families on March 19 (subject: Student Medication Pick Up March 23) with specific timeframes that your School Nurse will be available. Due to buildings being closed, March 23 will be the only time medications will be available for pick up until we return to school on April 13. Note: You can also find this information on our Coronavirus Updates page.
  4. Staff Pick Up Essential Materials: Tomorrow, Monday, March 23, staff will be able to enter the building within certain timeframes in order to pick up essential materials (staff please see an email from Maggie Holton on March 18 with the subject: Building Access During Shut Down).

I’ll be in touch this week with more information regarding district operations as updates become available. Sending good wishes to you all.


District Operations Update March 19

I’d like to provide updates on district operations as we continue to navigate our safest next steps for students, staff, and families in helping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Topics are listed in alphabetical order.

Access To Buildings / Stadium

  • All District buildings are closed through April 3, 2020; no staff or students are allowed inside buildings as everyone is encouraged to stay home and self-isolate in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. District Administrators will be working remotely during this time and will be available via email.
  • On Monday, March 23, staff will be able to enter the building within certain timeframes in order to pick up essential materials (staff please see your email).
  • On Monday, March 23, families may pick up your child’s medications if needed. Please see an email that was sent to families earlier today with specific timeframes that your School Nurse will be available. Due to buildings being closed, March 23 will be the only time medications will be available for pick up until we return to school on April 13.
  • From April 6 – April 10, only essential staff (custodial, maintenance, technology, food services and administration) will be allowed entry. During this time period, our Custodial Team will be thoroughly deep cleaning all buildings prior to students returning on April 13. The District Administration Office is hopeful to reopen on April 6.
  • In light of Governor Reynolds recommendation to close schools and the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control to limit gatherings, Frerichs’ Field and the Track will be closed until further notice.

Closure
All Urbandale CSD schools are closed per Governor Reynolds’ recommendation to close all Iowa schools for four (4) weeks. All school-related programming, activities, athletics, Adventuretime, and Community Education classes are cancelled. Based on current information, students would return to school on Monday, April 13, 2020.

Deep Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sanitization of Buildings
We are following guidelines in our Polk County Pandemic Response Plan, as well as the CDC, which outline school cleaning recommendations during a pandemic outbreak. Beginning April 6, our custodial team will deep clean all buildings by sanitizing and disinfecting common or shared surfaces, desktops, counters, railings and door knobs/handles. Deep cleaning all rooms including restrooms, health offices, cafeteria, classrooms, locker rooms, etc. We are using a solution that is on the CDC approved EPA list of products (1839 – 83 Detergent Disinfectant Pump Spray Stepan Company RTU; Betco Fightback). In addition, we are cleaning/disinfecting all computers, headphones, chrome books, and iPads in classrooms. As much as possible, we are also increasing ventilation throughout all buildings by opening windows or adjusting airflow through our HVAC systems.

DMACC and AP Courses
Both the College Board and DMACC are working on guidance for teachers. The goal would be to ensure these students are still able to earn their college credit. We will continue to closely monitor updates as those plans develop. Once guidance is received, we will send communication to teachers who can share with students. At this time, AP tests are still scheduled to be May 4.

End-of-Year Events (Field trips, Prom, Graduation, etc.)
We will be closely monitoring guidance from the Iowa Dept of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control regarding large gatherings. We will assess the ability to hold previously scheduled events closer to the time in which they are scheduled.

Grab N’ Go Free Meal Program
Our Urbandale CSD Nutrition Services Team will be providing FREE meals to children 18 years and younger beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 until school reopens. Children may pick up one breakfast and one lunch and must be present in order to pick up meals. Meals are ‘to go’ meaning that they will be available in front of the school building and are not to be consumed on-site. A child does not need to be a student in the Urbandale CSD in order to receive a meal. No identification or paperwork required.

Locations include: Jensen Elementary 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM, Karen Acres Elementary 11:30 AM -11:50 AM, and Valerius Elementary 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM. To help us be better prepared for the start of this program, please complete this short survey: English Survey, Bosnian Survey, Spanish Survey We’d like to have a sense as to how many meals may be needed at which locations, as well as if we need to consider changing a location to better serve families. Survey will close Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Online Learning and Required Hours of Instruction

  • Urbandale CSD is working closely with Heartland Area Education Agency and the Iowa Department of Education to share a list of online resources parents can elect to use with their children at home. Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure this list includes high-quality resources, vetted by education professionals. We understand that not all of our families have access to the Internet at home. Therefore, we cannot guarantee equity and access for all of our students during this time, which is part of what prevents us from counting this time toward required hours of instruction. Ultimately, we are not able to offer online instruction given existing educational requirements.
  • The Iowa Legislature and Governor Reynolds have approved reducing the number of required hours of instruction, which means Iowa students will not have to make up this lost time. Therefore, Urbandale CSD teachers will work to ensure students receive instruction in essential content upon their return in order for students to be prepared for the next course or grade level. Should you choose to do so, reading to or with your children as well as engaging in online resources are both excellent ways to keep your students’ minds engaged in learning during this time.

School Board Meeting

  • During the Monday, March 23 School Board meeting, Administration will request the Board approve the closure of school for three weeks (March 23 – April 10) with school resuming on Monday, April 13. Note: To help limit the spread of the virus, we will only be livestreaming the meeting and will not be allowing individuals to attend the meeting in person. The School Board meeting will take place at the District Administration Office (not City Hall as previously scheduled) beginning at 6:30 p.m. A camera with audio to the Board Directors will be made available in the back room of the Administrative Offices if a citizen wishes to address the Board. To view the Board Meeting online, please visit our district YouTube Channel.
  • Continuation of hourly pay for classified employees will be an agenda item. You may visit the agenda for further information which can be found on the district website.

Seniors and Graduation Requirements
If graduating seniors are unable to complete their classes for the year due to school closure, illness, family illness, or related COVID-19 issues, the Iowa Department of Education suggests the district use local discretion to determine whether the students have completed sufficient course content to consider the units complete and recommends that districts provide as much latitude for students to graduate on time as possible. In Urbandale, we’ll plan on reviewing these instances on a case-by-case basis.

Social Distancing
While a school closure limits one type of student contact, it’s important to limit other types of contact as well. During this period of school closure, we strongly recommend that students stay at home and not be in close contact with other children. Students should not spend time in friends’ homes and public areas where children gather such as sporting events, community recreation centers, shopping malls, and theaters.

Student Assistance Program
Given the heightened state of concern and growing anxiety that many of us may be feeling, we’d like to remind you of an important resource. All Urbandale students and their families have access to the Student Assistance Program (SAP) through Employee & Family Resources (EFR). You do not need a referral. You can call the number directly, let them know you are an Urbandale School family, and request assistance. The assessment is at no cost; services include referral and short-term counseling for students and their family members. For telephone support and scheduling, please call: (515) 244-6090. District employees are also welcome to contact EFR for services and support.

We’ll continue providing updates as more answers to questions regarding district operations are confirmed. Thank you to our families and staff for the steps you are taking to help slow the spread of COVID-19.


Me gustaría proporcionar actualizaciones sobre las operaciones del Distrito a medida que seguimos observando los pasos mas seguros para los estudiantes, el personal y las familias para ayudar a mitigar la propagación de COVID-19. Los temas se enumeran en orden alfabético.

Acceso al los Edificios / Estadio

  • Todos los edificios del distrito estarán cerrados hasta el 3 de abril de 2020; no se permite que el personal o los estudiantes ingresen a los edificios, de manera que se alienta a todos a quedarse en casa y auto aislarse para ayudar a retrasar la propagación de COVID-19. Los administradores del Distrito trabajarán de forma remota durante este tiempo y estarán disponibles vía correo electrónico.
  • El lunes 23 de marzo, el personal podrá ingresar al edificio dentro de ciertos horarios para recoger los materiales esenciales (el personal debe consultar su correo electrónico).
  • El lunes 23 de marzo, las familias podrán recoger los medicamentos de sus hijo si es necesario. Consulte un correo electrónico que se envió hoy a las familias con plazos específicos para que la enfermera escolar esté disponible. Debido a que los edificios están cerrados, el 23 de marzo será el único día en el que los medicamentos estarán disponibles para recogerlos, si no, estarán ahí hasta que regresemos a la escuela el 13 de abril.
  • Del 6 al 10 de abril, solo se permitirá la entrada al personal esencial (custodios, mantenimiento, tecnología, servicios de alimentos y administración). Durante este período de tiempo, nuestro equipo de custodia limpiará a fondo todos los edificios antes de que los estudiantes regresen el 13 de abril. La Oficina de Administración del Distrito espera reabrir el 6 de abril.
  • Debido a la recomendación de la Gobernadora Reynolds de cerrar las escuelas y también a las recomendaciones de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades, se toma esta medida para limitar las reuniones. El Campo y la Pista de Frerichs se cerrarán hasta nuevo aviso.

Cierre
Todas las escuelas de Urbandale CSD se encuentran cerradas debido a la recomendación de la Gobernadora Reynolds de cerrar todas las escuelas de Iowa durante cuatro (4) semanas. Se cancelan todas las actividades programadas relacionadas con la escuela, actividades, atletismo, Adventurtetime y Clases de Educación Comunitaria relacionadas con la escuela. Según la información actual, los estudiantes regresaran a la escuela el lunes 13 de abril de 2020.  

Limpieza Profunda, Desinfección y Sanitación de Edificios
Estamos siguiendo las pautas de nuestro Plan de respuesta ante una pandemia del condado de Polk, así como de los CDC, que describen las recomendaciones de limpieza escolar durante un brote de pandemia. A partir del 6 de abril, nuestro equipo de limpieza limpiará a profundidad todos los edificios desinfectando y sanitizando superficies comunes o compartidas, escritorios, mostradores, barandas y perillas / manijas de las puertas. Limpieza profunda de todos las habitaciones, incluyendo los baños, oficinas de salud, cafetería, salones, vestuarios, etc. Estamos utilizando una solución que se encuentra en la lista de productos aprobados por los CDC de la EPA (1839 – 83 Detergent Desinfectant Pump Spray Stepan Company RTU; Betco Fightback). Además, estamos limpiando / desinfectando todas las computadoras, auriculares, Chrome books y iPads en los salones. En la medida de lo posible, también estamos aumentando la ventilación en todos los edificios abriendo ventanas o ajustando el flujo de aire a través de nuestros sistemas HVAC.

DMACC y Cursos AP
Tanto el Consejo de Educación como DMACC, están trabajando en la orientación para maestros. El objetivo será asegurar que estos estudiantes aún puedan obtener su crédito universitario. Continuaremos monitoreando de cerca las actualizaciones a medida que estos planes se van desarrollando. Una vez que recibamos orientación, enviaremos comunicación a los maestros que podrán compartir con los estudiantes. En este momento, las pruebas AP todavía están programadas para el 4 de mayo.

Eventos de fin de año (Paseos Escolares, Graduación, Prom (Baile de Gala) etc.)
Estaremos monitoreando de cerca la orientación del Departamento de Salud Pública de Iowa y los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades con respecto a reuniones grandes. Evaluaremos la capacidad de mantener eventos programados previamente más cerca del momento en que están programados.

Programa de Comidas para Llevar
Nuestro Equipo de Servicios de Nutrición Urbandale CSD, proporcionará comidas GRATUITAS a niños menores y de hasta 18 años a partir del lunes 23 de marzo de 2020 y hasta que se reabra la escuela. Los niños pueden recoger un desayuno y un almuerzo y deben estar presentes para recoger las comidas. Las comidas son para llevar, lo que significa que estarán disponibles frente al edificio de la escuela y no se deben consumir en el sitio. Un niño no necesita ser un estudiante en Urbandale CSD para recibir una comida. No se requiere identificación ni documentación.

Los lugares incluyen: Escuela Jensen 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM, Escuela Karen Acres 11:30 AM -11: 50 AM, y Escuela Valerius 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM. Para ayudarnos a estar mejor preparados para el inicio de este programa, complete esta breve encuesta: Spanish Survey

Nos gustaría saber cuántas comidas pueden necesitarse y en qué lugares, así como tomar en consideración el cambio de alguna ubicación para servir mejor a las familias. La encuesta se cerrará el sábado 21 de marzo de 2020.

Aprendizaje en línea y horas de instrucción requeridas

  • Urbandale CSD está trabajando en estrecha colaboración con Heartland, La Agencia de Educación del Área y el Departamento de Educación de Iowa para compartir una lista de recursos en línea que los padres pueden elegir usar con sus hijos en casa. Gracias por su paciencia mientras trabajamos para garantizar que esta lista incluya recursos de alta calidad, examinados por profesionales de la educación. Entendemos que no todas nuestras familias tienen acceso a Internet en casa. Por lo tanto, no podemos garantizar la equidad y el acceso para todos nuestros estudiantes durante este tiempo, lo cual es parte de lo que nos impide contar este tiempo hacia las horas requeridas de instrucción. En última instancia, no podemos ofrecer instrucción en línea dados los requisitos educativos existentes.
  • La Legislatura de Iowa y la Gobernadora Reynolds han aprobado reducir la cantidad de horas de instrucción requeridas, lo que significa que los estudiantes de Iowa no tendrán que recuperar este tiempo perdido. Por lo tanto, los maestros de CSD de Urbandale trabajarán para garantizar que los estudiantes reciban instrucción en contenido esencial a su regreso para que los estudiantes estén preparados para el próximo curso o nivel de grado. Si decide hacerlo, leerles a sus hijos o leer con ellos, así como participar en recursos en línea, son dos formas excelentes de mantener las mentes de sus alumnos dedicadas al aprendizaje durante este tiempo.

Reunión del Consejo Escolar

  • Durante la reunión de la Junta del Consejo Escolar del lunes 23 de marzo, la Administración solicitará a la Junta que se apruebe el cierre de la escuela durante tres semanas (23 de marzo al 10 de abril) y la escuela se reanudará el lunes 13 de abril. Nota: Para ayudar a limitar la propagación del virus, solo transmitiremos en vivo la reunión y no permitiremos que las personas asistan a la reunión en persona. La reunión de la Junta Escolar tendrá lugar en la Oficina de Administración del Distrito (no en el Ayuntamiento como se había programado previamente) a partir de las 6:30 p.m. Una cámara con audio para los Directores de la Junta estará disponible en la trastienda de las Oficinas Administrativas si un ciudadano desea dirigirse a la Junta. Para ver la reunión de la Junta en línea, visite nuestro canal de YouTube del distrito; district YouTube Channel.
  • La continuación del pago por hora para los empleados clasificados será un tema de la agenda. Puede visitar la agenda para obtener más información, se puede encontrar en el sitio web del distrito.

Seniors y Requisitos para la Graduación
Si los alumnos de ultimo año prontos a graduarse no pueden completar sus clases durante el año debido al cierre de la escuela, enfermedad, enfermedad familiar o problemas relacionados con COVID-19, el Departamento de Educación de Iowa sugiere que el distrito use la discreción local para determinar si los estudiantes han completado suficiente contenido del curso considerando las unidades completadas y se recomienda que los distritos proporcionen la mayor libertad para que los estudiantes se gradúen a tiempo como sea posible. En Urbandale, planearemos revisar estas instancias caso por caso.

Distanciamiento Social
Si bien el cierre de las escuelas, limita un tipo de contacto estudiantil, también es importante limitar otros tipos de contacto. Durante este período de cierre de la escuela, recomendamos encarecidamente que los estudiantes se queden en casa y no estén en contacto cercano con otros niños. Los estudiantes no deben pasar tiempo en las casas de los amigos ni en las áreas públicas donde se reúnen los niños, como eventos deportivos, centros de recreación comunitarios, centros comerciales y cines.

Programa de Asistencia al Estudiante
Dado el gran estado de preocupación y la creciente ansiedad que muchos de nosotros podemos sentir, nos gustaría recordarle un recurso importante. Todos los estudiantes de Urbandale y sus familias tienen acceso al Programa de Asistencia al Estudiante (SAP) a través de Recursos para Empleados y Familias (EFR). No necesitan tener una referencia. Puede llamar al número directamente, informarles que es una familia de la Escuela Urbandale y solicitar asistencia. La evaluación es sin costo; Los servicios incluyen referencias y asesoramiento a corto plazo para los estudiantes y sus familiares. Para asistencia telefónica y programación, llame al: (515) 244-6090. Los empleados del distrito también pueden comunicarse con EFR para obtener servicios y apoyo.

Continuaremos proporcionando actualizaciones a medida que se confirmen más respuestas a las preguntas sobre las operaciones del Distrito. Gracias a nuestras familias y al personal por los pasos que están tomando para ayudar a frenar la propagación de COVID-19.


Student Medication Pick Up On March 23

Due to the extended break, we realize some students may need medication from school to administer at home. The school nurse will be available in your school building on Monday, March 23 at the time listed below. Please email your school nurse if you plan to pick up your student’s medication at this time (note: do not call as phones will not be answered due to our buildings being closed). When you arrive, please buzz in at the main entrance of your school and the nurse will bring the medication to you outside the main entrance. Due to buildings being closed, this will be the only time the medication will be available until we return to school on April 13.

Urbandale High School
Brenda Ness
Email: nessb@urbandaleschools.com
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m

Urbandale Middle School
Amy Stroud
Email: strouda@urbandaleschools.com
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Jensen Elementary
Allison Fisher
Email: fishera1@urbandaleschools.com
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Karen Acres Elementary
Jennifer Villegas
Email: villegasj@urbandaleschools.com
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Rolling Green Elementary
Stephanie Barron
Email: barrons@urbandaleschools.com
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Valerius Elementary
Jennifer Villegas
Email: villegasj@urbandaleschools.com
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Webster Elementary
Sarah Bonnot
Email: bonnots@urbandaleschools.com
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


COVID-19 Update: March 18

We’ve been working closely with our legal counsel in order to confirm our ability to share more information with you regarding the Karen Acres employee who tested positive for COVID-19. While we’re still unable to share the name or position of the employee due to legal/confidentiality purposes, we are able to notify specific families whose children may have been in the presence of the employee while the employee was asymptomatic (i.e. no symptoms present). A notification was sent via email today to those specific families.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). The spread is through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Although students were NOT in the presence of the employee while the employee was experiencing symptoms, we believe it is important to err on the side of caution by informing specific families of this situation. In doing so, we requested that they monitor their child’s health for fever, cough and shortness of breath over the next week.

We also shared information for a new COVID-19 medical call line (211) developed by Medical Coordination Center in partnership with Polk County hospitals and clinics. The 211 medical call line will be staffed with medical professionals Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to help alleviate the increased call demand on clinics and hospitals. The 211 line should be used the same way an individual would contact their healthcare provider. The 211 line will answer questions about mild symptoms and if you need to be tested. If you have mild symptoms, call 211 and do not go to your healthcare provider or emergency room. Hospital emergency rooms and 911 should be reserved for patients who are in severe respiratory distress. If you have symptoms before and after the hours of the 211 medical phone line then call your healthcare provider.

As our state is experiencing community spread of the virus, combined with greater testing capabilities, it is likely that we will be learning of more community members who test positive for COVID-19. Thus, it is extremely important that we continue to follow the guidelines of health officials to help mitigate the spread of this virus by frequent handwashing, social distancing, monitoring symptoms, and seeking medical attention as needed.


COVID-19 Update March 17

We’ve been working closely with our legal counsel and the Iowa Department of Public Health in order to confirm our ability to share more information regarding the Karen Acres employee who tested positive for COVID-19. I know many of you are anxious to receive confirmation regarding if your child may have been exposed which, as a parent and educator, I completely understand.

As of right now, we are still in the process of confirming specific details regarding what exactly constitutes exposure and when an individual is considered contagious. In doing so, our aim is to ensure we are providing the most accurate information possible to our families and staff. We are working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and will have more specific information to share tomorrow.


COVID-19 Update: March 16

We continue to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation throughout our world, nation, state, and community. In doing so, I’d like to make you aware that today we learned an Urbandale CSD employee has tested positive for COVID-19. This Karen Acres Elementary employee has sought medical attention and is currently in quarantine. This is the first district employee to test positive for the virus. In support of legal/confidentiality purposes, we are not able to share more information about this individual’s medical condition.

We will remain in frequent communication with this individual in order to ensure the individual is not contagious prior to returning to work. Please continue to self-monitor your health and realize that there is community spread of the virus which can occur anywhere in our community. Thus, if you develop symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, please practice social distancing and contact your physician.

Please find below more recent developments related to our school district operations:

  • School Closure: All Urbandale CSD schools are closed beginning today, March 16, per Governor Reynolds’ recommendation to close all Iowa schools for four (4) weeks. All school-related programming, activities, athletics, Adventuretime, and Community Education classes are cancelled. Based on current information, students would return to school on Monday, April 13, 2020.
  • Relief from Required Instructional Hours or Days: During today’s press conference, Governor Reynolds shared that the Iowa Legislature will be considering, and Governor Reynolds will sign if passed, legislation to waive the instructional time requirement for any time missed while schools are temporarily closed until April 13, 2020 (school would resume on Monday, April 13). That legislation will also provide Governor Reynolds the authority to waive the instructional time requirement if schools would need to be closed for a longer period of time. We will share more information on this topic as it becomes available.
  • School Board Meeting: During the Monday, March 23 School Board meeting, we will request the Board approve the closure of school for four weeks with school resuming on Monday, April 13. To help limit the spread of the virus, we will only be livestreaming the meeting and will not be allowing individuals to attend the meeting in person. The School Board meeting will take place at the District Administration Office (not City Hall as previously scheduled) beginning at 6:30 p.m. To view the Board Meeting online, please visit our district YouTube Channel.
  • Athletics: All IHSAA and IGHSAU sports are now in a prohibited period for practice, competition, and sanctioned activity until the closure is lifted (schools are closed March 16 – April 10). This prohibition means no in-person contact between coaches / administrators and student-athletes for the duration of the period. Guidance on future IHSAA and IGHSAU activity schedule adjustments and their effects on season lengths, as well as postseason events, will be announced at a later date.
  • Music: The IHSMA has cancelled the Class 4A and 1A Solo/Ensemble Festival set for April 18, and the State Large Group Festival set for May 9 (that was to be hosted by Urbandale High School). There should be no-in person contact between teachers / administrators and participants for the duration of the prohibited period (schools are closed March 16 – April 10).
  • Speech: All IHSSA (speech) events will be prohibited until the closure is lifted. All contact between coaches, judges, and students for the duration of the period is prohibited (schools are closed March 16 – April 10). The All-State Festival scheduled for March 30 has been cancelled.
  • School Activities Beyond April 13: We know spring activities such as band concerts, choir concerts, prom, senior honors ceremony, graduation, and many more, are top of mind for many students and families. Given the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 situation, we will assess the ability to hold previously scheduled events closer to the time in which they are scheduled.
  • Deep Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sanitization of Buildings: We are following guidelines in our Polk County Pandemic Response Plan, as well as the CDC, which outline school cleaning recommendations during a pandemic outbreak. Our custodial team is currently deep cleaning all buildings by sanitizing and disinfecting common or shared surfaces, desktops, counters, railings and door/knobs/handle mechanisms. Deep cleaning all rooms including restrooms, health offices, cafeteria, classrooms, locker rooms, etc. We are using a solution that is on the CDC approved EPA list of products. As much as possible, we are also increasing ventilation throughout all buildings by opening windows or adjusting airflow through our HVAC systems.
  • Social Distancing: While a school closure limits one type of student contact, it’s important to limit other types of contact as well. During this period of school closure, we strongly recommend that students stay at home and not be in close contact with other children. Students should not spend time in friends’ homes and public areas where children gather such as sporting events, community recreation centers, shopping malls, and theaters.
  • Handwashing: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands (per the CDC). View this handwashing video and share with your children.
  • Student Assistance Program: Given the heightened state of concern and growing anxiety that many of us may be feeling, we’d like to remind you of an important resource. All Urbandale students and their families have access to the Student Assistance Program (SAP) through Employee & Family Resources (EFR). You do not need a referral. You can call the number directly, let them know you are an Urbandale School family, and request assistance. The assessment is at no cost; services include referral and short-term counseling for students and their family members. For telephone support and scheduling, please call: (515) 244-6090. District employees are also welcome to contact EFR for services and support.
  • Additional Important Updates: We will be providing more information regarding online learning, school lunches, and other important topics as soon as possible.

Trusted Resources
We encourage you to stay aware, updated, and informed from reliable and trusted experts such as Iowa Department of Public Health, CDC, and Polk County Health Department.

What You Can Do to Help
You can help prevent the spread of ALL contagious viruses, including COVID-19, by following these steps:

  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Cover your mouth with your upper arm or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Our District Administration Team is meeting this Wednesday, March 18, in order to discuss more details for how we will support students and staff during this four-week closure period. I’m aware that there are still many questions to be answered and we will continue to share information with families and staff as soon as updates are available and answers are confirmed.

I know these are trying times and there is a significant burden being placed on families given the impact that school closures have on our day-to-day lives. I also know that we, as Urbandale community members and citizens of our state, nation, and world, have an important responsibility to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please practice social distancing during these next four weeks and take good care of yourself and your loved ones.

For all district coronavirus updates, please visit this page on our district website.


Mi nastavljamo da pratimo situaciju ubrzanog širenja COVID-a19 širom svijeta, naše zemlje, države i zajednice. U tom smislu želio bih vas obavijestiti da smo danas saznali da je jedna od osoba zaposlenih u Urbandale CSD-u bila pozitivna na test COVID-19. Ova osoba, zaposlena u Osnovnoj školi Karen Acres, zatražila je medicinsku pomoć i trenutno je u karantinu. Ovo je prvi sličaj da je zaposleni u distriktu pozitivan na virus. U skladu sa zakonom/povjerljivim podacima, mi ne možemo pružiti više informacija o zdravstvenom stanju ove osobe.

Mi ćemo nastaviti da učestalo komuniciramo sa ovom osobom kako bi bili sigurni da ne bude zarazna prije nego što se vrati na posao. Molim vas da nastavite da vodite računa o svom zdravlju kao i da imate na umu da je zaraza virusom prisutna u zajednici i da se može pojaviti bilo gdje u našoj zajednici.  Stoga, ako razvijete simptome (symptoms) kao što su kašalj ili poteškoće pri disanju, molim vas da se držite dalje od drugih i da se javite svom ljekaru.

U produžetku možete naći više informacija o aktuelnim dešavanjima vezanih za rad našeg školskog distrikta:

  • Zatvaranje škola:Sve škole Urbandale CSD-u zatvaraju se počevši danas, 16. marta na preporuku Guvernerice Reynold za zatvaranje svih škola u Iowi u trajanju od četiri (4) sedmice. Svi školski programi, sportske i druge aktivnosti, Adventuretime i nastava u sklopu obrazovanja u zajednici se obustavljaju. Na osnovu trenutnih informacija, učenici bi se trebali vratiti u školu u ponedjeljak, 13. aprila 2020.
  • Oslobađanje od obaveznog broja sati ili dana nastavnih instrukcija: Tokom današnje konferencije za štampu Guvernerica Reynolds je saopštila da će Zakonodavstvo države Iowe razmatrati, a da će Guvernerica Raynolds potpisati ako se prihvati, zakon kojim se opoziva obavezan broj sati nastavnih instrukcija za bilo koje vrijeme koje je propušteno u periodu privremenog zatvaranja škola do 13. aprila 2020 (škole se otvaraju 13. aprila).

Ovaj zakon bi također dao ovlaštenje Guvernerici Reynold da oslobodi škole od obaveznog broja sati ukoliko bude potrebe da škole budu zatvorene na duži vremenski period. Više informacija o ovoj temi saopštićemo kada one budu dostupne.

  • Sastanak Školskog odbora:Na sljedećem sastanku Školskog odbora u ponedjeljak, 23. marta mi ćemo tražiti da Odbor odobri zatvaranje škola u trajanju od četiri sedmice sa ponovnim početkom nastave u ponedjeljak, 13. aprila. Kako bi ograničili širenje virusa, mi ćemo osigurati video prenos sastanka i nećemo dozvoliti prisustvovanje sastanku drugim osobama. Sastanak Školskog odbora održaće se u prostorijama Administracije distrikta (a ne kako je prothodno objavljeno u Gradskom vijeću) sa početkom u 18:30. Za pregled sastanka Školskog odbora posjetite: district YouTube Channel.
  • Sport:Svi treninzi i takmičenja IHSAA i IGHSAU sportova sada su u zabrani i podliježu kazni ako se prekrše sve dok se zabrana ne ukine (škole se zatvorene od 16. marta – 13. aprila).  Ova zabrana znači da nema međusobnog kontakta između trenera/administratora i učenika-sportista u trajanju ovog perioda. Smjernice za usklađivanje budućeg rasporeda aktivnosti IHSAA i IGHSAU i njihov učinak na dužinu sezone kao i na sportske događaje u postsezoni, biće objavljene kasnije.
  • Muzika: IHSMA je otkazala Solo/Ansambl festival za Klasu 4A i 1A zakazan za 18. april te Državni veliki grupni festival zakazan za 9. maj, koji je trebao biti održan u Urbandale High School. Ne bi trebalo biti međusobnih kontakata između nastavnika/administratora i učesnika za vrijeme trajanja perioda zabrane (škole su zatvorene od 16. marta – 10. aprila).
  • Takmičenja iz govora:Svi događaji vezani za IHSSA (govor) biće zabranjeni do ukidanja zabrane. Svi međusobni kontakti između trenera, sudija i učenika su zabranjeni za vrijeme trajanja zabrane (škole su zatvorene od 16. marta – 10. aprila). Opštedržavno takmičenje koje je po rasporedu trebalo biti 30. marta se otkazuje.
  • Školske aktivnosti nakon 13. aprila: Znamo da su proljetne aktivnosti poput koncerata školskog orkestra, hora, maturske zabave, svečane ceremonije za maturante, mature kao i mnoge druge u središtu pažnje za mnoge učenike i njihove porodice. S obrzirom na stalnu promjenljivost situacije u vezi sa COVID-19, mi ćemo procijeniti mogućnost prethodno zakazanih manifestacija kako se budemo približavali datumu njihovog održavanja.
  • Detaljno čišćenje, dezinfekcija i sanitarizacija zgrada:Slijedićemo upute Plana za odgovor na pandemiju Polk kantona kao i CDC-a, koji daju upute za čišćenje u toku pandemije. Naš tim za održavanje trenutno radi na temeljitom čišćenju objekata dezinficirajući i sanitazirajući sve zajedničke ili površine koje se koriste, klupe, radne površine, ograde i vrata/kvake/ručke. Čiste se sve prostorije uključujući sanitarije, školske ambulante, kafeterije, učionice, svlačionice itd. Koristimo rastvore koji su na listi CDC a koje je odobrila EPA. Što je više moguće, mi također pojačavamo ventilaciju u svim objektima otvarajući prozore ili povećavajući dotok zraka kroz naš postojeći HVAC sistem.
  • Održavanje distance: Dok se zatvaranjem škola ograničava jedan tip učeničkog kontakta, vrlo je važno limitirati i ostale vrste kontakata. Mi strogo preporučujemo da u toku perioda dok su škole zatvorene učenici ostanu kod kuće i da ne budu u bližem kontaktu s drugom djecom. Učenici ne bi trebali provoditi vrijeme u kućama svojih prijatelja ili na javnim površinama gdje se djeca inače okupljaju za sportske događaje, u društvenim centrima za rekreaciju, šoping molovima i kinima.
  • Pranje ruku:Perite ruke češće sapunom i vodom najmanje 20 sekundi, naročito nakon boravka na javnim mjestima ili ispuhivanja nosa, kašljanja ili kihanja. Ako voda i sapun nisu u blizini, koristite dezinfekcijsko sredstvo za ruke sa najmanje 60% alkohola.  Premažite svu površinu ruku i protrljajte sve dok ne osjećate da su ruke suhe. Izbjegavajte dirati oči, nos i usta neopranima rukama (po CDC-u). Pogledajte video: handwashing video i podijelite ga sa svojom djecom.
  • Program pomoći učenicima: Zbog povišenog stepena uznemirenosti i jačeg osjećanja tjeskobe koji mnogi od nas osjećaju, željeli bismo preporučiti jedan važan resurs. Svi učenici Urbandalea kao i njihove porodice imaju pristup Programu za pomoć učenicima (Student Assistance Program – SAP) koji obezbjeđuje Employee & Family Resources (EFR). Ne treba vam ljekarska uputa. Možete direktno nazvati broj, reći im da je vaša porodica u Urbandaleu i tražiti pomoć. Procjena je besplatna; usluge uključuju preporuku i jednokratno savjetovanje za učenike i njihove porodice. Za telefonsku podršku i zakazivanje slobodno nazovite: (515) 244-6090. Za pomoć i usluge zaposleni u distriktu također mogu nazvati EFR.
  • Dodatne važne aktuelnosti:Dodatna obavještenja o učenju online, školskim obrocima i drugim važnim temama mi ćemo vam poslati što je moguće prije. Povjerljivi izvori informacija:

Apelujemo da i dalje budete svjesni, obaviješteni i informisani od strane provjerenih i pouzdanih eksperata kao što su Iowa Department of Public Health, CDC i Polk County Health Department.

Šta mogu učiniti da pomognem
Vi možete pomoći širenje SVIH zaraznih oboljenja uključujući virus COVID-19, slijedeći sljedeće korake:

  • Ako ste bolesni, ostanite kod kuće.
  • Održavajte distancu od drugih ljudi.
  • Pokrijte usta mišicom iznad lakta ili maramicom kada kašljete ili kišete.
  • Perite ruke često sapunom i vodom najmanje 20 sekundi. Koristite dezinfekcijsko sredstvo za ruke na bazi alkohola sa najmanje 60% alkohola ako nemate u blizini vodu i sapun.
  • Izbjegavajte da neopranim rukama dirate oči, nos i usta.
  • Izbjegavajte kontakt s osobama koje su bolesne.
  • Čistite i dezinfikujte površine i predmete koji se učestalo dodiruju.

Naš rukovodstveni tim sastaje se ove srijede, 18. marta, kako bi više razmotrio načine na koje možemo pomoći našim učenicima i zaposlenim u toku ovog perioda od četiri sedmice dok su zatvorene škole.  Svjestan sam da je ostalo mnogo pitanja na koja treba odgovoriti pa ćemo mi nastaviti da sa porodicama učenika i osobljem dijelimo informacije čim budu nove na raspolaganju i čim budu potvrđeni odgovori.

Svjestan sam da je ovo vrijeme kušnje i da je veliki teret, kao posljedica zatvaranja škola, stavljen na naše porodice u svakodnevnom životu. Također znam da mi, kao članovi Urbandale zajednice i građani naše države, zemlje i svijeta, imamo važnu odgovornost u ublažavanju širenja zaraze virusom COVID-19. Molim vas da se u sljedećem periodu od četiri sedmice držite distancu od drugih ljudi i da vodite računa o sebi i svojim najbližim.


Continuamos monitoreando la rápida expansión del virus COVID-19 en todo el mundo, nación, estado y comunidad. Al hacerlo, queremos informarle que hoy nos enteramos de que un empleado del Distrito Escolar de la Comunidad de Urbandale ha dado positivo por COVID-19. Este empleado de la Escuela Karen Acres, ha recibido atención médica y actualmente se encuentra en cuarentena. Este es el primer empleado del distrito en dar positivo por el virus. En apoyo a los propósitos legales y de confidencialidad, por el momento, no podemos compartir más información sobre la condición médica de esta persona.

Nos mantendremos en comunicación frecuente con este individuo para asegurarnos de que, al regresar esta persona a trabajar, ya no tenga contagio.

Continúe usted supervisando su salud y comprenda que existe una propagación comunitaria del virus que puede ocurrir en cualquier parte de nuestra comunidad. Por lo tanto, si desarrolla síntomas, como tos o dificultad para respirar, mantenga el distanciamiento social y comuníquese con su médico.

A continuación, encontrará los hechos más recientes relacionados con las operaciones de nuestro distrito escolar:

  • Cierre de Escuelas: Todas las escuelas del Distrito Escolar de la Comunidad de Urbandale estarán cerradas a partir de hoy, 16 de marzo, siguiendo la recomendación del gobernador Reynolds de cerrar todas las escuelas de Iowa durante cuatro (4) semanas. Se cancelan todos los programas relacionados con la escuela, actividades, atletismo, Adventurtime, y Educación Comunitaria. Según la información actual, los estudiantes regresarán a la escuela el lunes 13 de abril de 2020.
  • Retribución de las horas o días de instrucción requeridos: durante la conferencia de prensa de hoy, la gobernadora Reynolds compartió que la Legislatura de Iowa lo considerará, y la gobernadora Reynolds firmará si se aprueba una legislación para renunciar al requisito de tiempo de instrucción por cualquier tiempo perdido mientras las escuelas permanecen temporalmente cerradas hasta abril 13 de 2020 (la escuela se reanudara el lunes 13 de abril). Esa legislación también otorgará a la Gobernadora Reynolds la autoridad para renunciar al requisito de tiempo de instrucción si las escuelas debieran cerrarse por un período de tiempo más largo. Compartiremos más información sobre este tema a medida que esté disponible.
  • Reunión del Consejo de la Junta Escolar: Durante la reunión de la Junta del Consejo Escolar que tendremos el lunes 23 de marzo, se solicitará a la Junta que apruebe el cierre de las escuelas durante cuatro semanas para reanudarse el lunes 13 de abril. Para ayudar a limitar la propagación del virus, solo transmitiremos en vivo la reunión y no se permitirá que las personas asistan en persona.
  • Atletismo: Todos los deportes de IHSAA e IGHSAU están ahora en un período de practica prohibido, no se puede practicar, competir y realizar actividades sancionadas hasta que se levante el cierre (las escuelas cerraran a partir del 16 de marzo hasta el 10 de abril). Esta prohibición significa que no habrá contacto en persona entre entrenadores / administradores y estudiantes-atletas durante el período. Más adelante se anunciarán las orientaciones sobre los futuros ajustes del cronograma de actividades de IHSAA e IGHSAU y sus efectos sobre la duración de la temporada, así como los eventos de postemporada.
  • Música: El IHSMA ha cancelado el Festival Solo / Ensamble Clase 4A y 1A, programado para el 18 de día abril, así como el Festival Estatal de Grupos Grandes programado para el 9 de mayo (que era organizado por el High School de Urbandale). No deberá haber contacto personal entre maestros / administradores y participantes durante el período prohibido (las escuelas están cerradas del 16 de marzo al 10 de abril).
  • Oratoria: Se prohibirán todos los eventos de IHSSA (oratoria) hasta que se levante el cierre. Se prohíbe todo contacto entre entrenadores, jueces y estudiantes durante el período (las escuelas están cerradas del 16 de marzo al 10 de abril). El Festival All-State programado para el 30 de marzo ha sido cancelado.
  • Actividades escolares programadas después del 13 de abril: Sabemos que las actividades de primavera, como los conciertos de la banda, los conciertos de coro, el baile de graduación, la ceremonia de honores, la graduación y muchos más, son muy importantes para muchos de los estudiantes y sus familias. Dada la naturaleza siempre cambiante de la situación del COVID-19, evaluaremos la capacidad de mantener los eventos programados previamente, más cercanos a las fechas en que habían sido programados.
  • Limpieza profunda, sanitación y desinfección de los edificios: estamos siguiendo las pautas del Plan de respuesta ante una pandemia del condado de Polk, así como los CDC, que describen las recomendaciones de limpieza escolar durante el brote de una pandemia. Actualmente, nuestro equipo de limpieza está limpiando en profundidad todos los edificios, desinfectando superficies comunes o compartidas, escritorios, mostradores, barandas y mecanismos de puertas / perillas / manijas. Se esta haciendo limpieza profunda de todas las habitaciones, incluidos baños, oficinas de salud, cafetería, aulas, vestidores, etc. Estamos utilizando una solución que se encuentra en la lista de productos de la EPA aprobada por los CDC. En la medida de lo posible, también estamos aumentando la ventilación en todos los edificios abriendo ventanas o ajustando el flujo de aire a través de nuestros sistemas HVAC.
  • Distancia social: si bien el cierre de una escuela limita el tipo de contacto estudiantil, también es importante limitar otros tipos de contactos. Durante este período de cierre de escuelas, les recomendamos encarecidamente que los estudiantes se queden en casa y no estén en contacto cercano con otros niños. Los estudiantes no deben pasar tiempo en las casas de los amigos y en las áreas públicas donde se reúnen niños, como eventos deportivos, centros de recreación comunitarios, centros comerciales y cines.
  • Lavado de manos: Lávese las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos, especialmente después de haber estado en un lugar público, o después de sonarse la nariz, toser o estornudar. Si no hay agua y jabón disponibles, use un desinfectante para manos que contenga por lo menos un 60% de alcohol. Cubra todas las superficies de sus manos y frótelas hasta que se sientan secas. Evite tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca con las manos sin lavar (según los CDC). Vea este video de lavado de manos y compártelo con sus hijos. handwashing video 
  • Programa de Apoyo Estudiantil: dado el gran estado de preocupación y la creciente ansiedad que muchos de nosotros podemos sentir, nos gustaría recordarle un recurso importante. Todos los estudiantes de Urbandale y sus familias tienen acceso al Programa de Apoyo al Estudiante (SAP) a través de Recursos para Empleados y Familias (EFR). No necesita una referencia. Puede llamar al número directamente, informarles que es una familia de la Escuela de Urbandale y solicita asistencia. La evaluación es sin costo; Los servicios incluyen referencias y asesoramiento a corto plazo para estudiantes y sus familiares. Para asistencia telefónica y programación, llame al: (515) 244-6090. Los empleados del distrito también pueden comunicarse con EFR para obtener servicios y apoyo.
  • Actualizaciones importantes adicionales: proporcionaremos más información sobre el aprendizaje en línea, almuerzos escolares y otros temas importantes tan pronto como sea posible.

Recursos confiables: Lo alentamos a mantenerse informado, actualizado e informado de expertos seguros y confiables como el Departamento de Salud Pública de Iowa, CDC y el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Polk.

Lo que puede hacer para ayudar: Puede ayudar a prevenir la propagación de TODOS los virus contagiosos, incluido COVID-19, siguiendo estos pasos:

  • Si está enfermo, quédese en casa.
  • Practique el distanciamiento social.
  • Cúbrase la boca con la parte superior del brazo o con un pañuelo desechable al toser o estornudar.
  • Lávese las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos. Use un desinfectante para manos a base de alcohol que contenga por lo menos 60% de alcohol si no hay agua y jabón disponibles.
  • Evite tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca con las manos sin lavar.
  • Evitar el contacto cercano con personas que están enfermas.
  • Limpie y desinfecte objetos y superficies que se tocan con frecuencia.

Nuestro equipo de administración del distrito se reunirá este miércoles 18 de marzo para discutir más detalles sobre cómo apoyaremos a los estudiantes y al personal durante este período de cierre de cuatro semanas. Estoy consciente de que aún quedan muchas preguntas por responder y continuaremos compartiendo información con las familias y el personal tan pronto como haya actualizaciones disponibles y se confirmen las respuestas.

Sé que estos son tiempos difíciles y que se impone una carga importante a las familias dado el impacto que el cierre de las escuelas tiene en nuestra vida cotidiana. También sé que nosotros, como miembros de la comunidad de Urbandale y ciudadanos de nuestro estado, nación y el mundo, tenemos una responsabilidad importante de ayudar a mitigar la propagación de COVID-19. Practique el distanciamiento social durante las próximas cuatro semanas y cuídese bien a sí mismo y a sus seres queridos.


School Closure Information - March 15

Earlier this evening, Governor Kim Reynolds recommended all schools in Iowa close for four weeks in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Governor Reynolds made the decision based on new information from the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding significant community spread of COVID-19 in Iowa. 

Based on this new recommendation, our school district will take the following actions effective Monday, March 16, 2020:

  • All Urbandale CSD schools are closed.
  • All school-related programs, athletics, and activities are cancelled.
  • Adventuretime Program is cancelled.
  • Community Education classes are cancelled.

The Governor is planning on holding a press conference tomorrow, Monday, March 16, with more detailed information in regard to this school closure recommendation. Based on information shared in tomorrow’s press conference, along with discussions with our School Board, administrators in our district, and superintendents throughout central Iowa, we will be providing more detailed information in the days to come.


Central Iowa School Districts Unify on COVID-19 Crisis - March 13

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 the Polk County Health Department (PCHD) 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.

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.

Thank you to our students, families, and staff for your patience and support as we partner together to keep our community healthy and safe. As a reminder, there is no school today, Friday, March 13, as today is the first day of Spring Break in the Urbandale Community School District. Spring Break is scheduled through Friday, March 20. We look forward to welcoming all students and staff back to school on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Footnote: The following school districts collaborated on this topic.

  • ADM Community School District
  • Ames Community School District
  • Ankeny Community School District
  • Ballard Community School District
  • Bondurant-Farrar Community School District
  • Carlisle Community School District
  • Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District
  • Indianola Community School District
  • Johnston Community School District
  • North Polk Community School District
  • Norwalk Community School District
  • Pleasantville Community School District
  • Prairie City Monroe Community School District
  • Saydel Community School District
  • Southeast Polk Community School District
  • Urbandale Community School District
  • Van Meter Community School District
  • Waukee Community School District
  • West Des Moines Community Schools
  • Woodward-Granger Community School District

Update on COVID-19 - March 12

Information has recently been published from Des Moines Public Schools regarding their plan to close schools and resume all classes on Monday, March 30. While their spring break was a part of this time off, it does include two additional days out of school for their students in response to COVID-19 (staff had Professional Development planned for March 23-25).

It is important to know that the Iowa Department of Public Health is not, at this time, recommending school closures. We are expecting an announcement and guidance from the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding schools and COVID-19 tomorrow (Friday, March 13). We will communicate information to our staff and families as it becomes available.

Reminder: There is no school tomorrow, Friday, March 13, as tomorrow is the first day of Spring Break in our school district. Spring Break is scheduled through Friday, March 20.


Iowa Department of Public Health Update - March 11 (PM)

At this time, only persons who have traveled to China or Iran will be placed into a 14-day quarantine by public health. If you traveled to Italy, Japan or South Korea, you will be asked to voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days. For additional information about self-isolation, please visit: Iowa Department of Public Health’s Website. This is a rapidly evolving health situation, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s website for the most up-to-date travel information.

Currently, the CDC does not have any guidance on restricting travel in the United States. Again, this is current information and may change when you return from your trip. If you have questions regarding travel, please call your local health department. If you live in Polk County, please call (515) 286-3890. As a parent and guardian of a child, you are welcome to make your own decisions on whether or not to cancel your trip.

If you think your child has been exposed to COVID-19 on your spring break trip, please call your school nurse first before sending your child to school. The school nurse can help assess the situation and provide guidance regarding travel and COVID-19.

For frequently asked questions and answers regarding travel including: should I cancel my trip, is it safe to go on a cruise, risk of COVID-19 on an airplane and returning from a recently affected country, please visit: CDC – Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Full Statement: Iowa Dept of Public Health COVID 19 and Spring Break Travel


Coronavirus Impact On Spring Break - March 11 (AM)

As our district continues to monitor the global outbreak of COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus, we’d like to provide information regarding the impact of travel and Spring Break. Spring Break in the Urbandale Community School District is scheduled from March 13-20 (school resumes March 23). We know that staff and families may have trips planned out of state or out of the country which could impact the spread of the virus. Please review the following information as it relates to COVID-19 and travel.

As of March 10, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) identified five countries as being a high risk for the spread of Coronavirus: China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends that anyone who visits those countries voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days upon their return. Families who plan to travel to any of those countries are asked to notify their school in order to make arrangements for their student’s re-entry to school. In addition, families who visit any destination the CDC has identified as high risk for Coronavirus should follow its public health recommendations.

Trusted Resources
As Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in nearly 100 countries and 35 states, including Iowa, we encourage you to stay aware, updated, and informed. Social media posts often report partial or inaccurate information, so continue to look for information from reliable and trusted experts such as IDPH, CDC, and Polk County Health Department.

What You Can Do to Help
Whether or not you plan to travel over Spring Break, families and community members can help prevent the spread of ALL contagious viruses, including COVID-19, by following these steps:

  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Cover your mouth with your upper arm or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Our school district continues to monitor the situation by working closely with the Polk County Health Department, Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. We will share new information as it becomes available.


Influenza & Novel Coronavirus: Maintaining A Healthy Learning Environment - February 27

We’d like to provide families a brief overview of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and influenza in order to share ways in which we can partner together to maintain a healthy learning environment.

As you may be aware, there is an expanding global outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease the virus causes has been named COVID-19. While most COVID-19 cases are associated with travel to or from China, person-to-person spread is now being reported in other places, including Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Iowa (as of 2/27/20). For the general public, who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is low; however, the potential of the public health threat is high.

Being uncertain and anxious about COVID-19 is normal, especially with reports of illness and death in other countries. However, it is important to understand the risk of influenza is much higher than the risk of COVID-19 in Iowa right now. While COVID-19 is not currently circulating in the U.S. or in Iowa, influenza is circulating at high levels. The prevention measures for influenza and COVID-19 are the same:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow. Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes with your hands.
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Contain germs by staying home when signs and symptoms of illness are present such as a fever (temperature above 100 degrees F orally), sore throat, rash, vomiting, or diarrhea. Additional signs include lethargy, lack of responsiveness, irritability, persistent crying, difficulty breathing, or quickly spreading rash.
  • Students may return to school once they are symptom free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication (acetaminophen and ibuprofen).
  • Our Custodial Team continues to thoroughly clean and disinfect surfaces and objects at school that are touched often including desks, tables, countertops, faucet handles, etc.
  • Please consider routinely disinfecting your phone, keyboard, and other objects you use on a frequent basis.

Stay informed and look for information on this virus and situation from reliable and trusted sources:

While the current threat for the virus in Iowa is low, please know that we continue to monitor the situation by working closely with the Polk County Health Department, Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. Thank you for your support and partnership as we work together to maintain a healthy learning environment.

(Information compiled utilizing resources provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health and Polk County Health Department.)


 

ACTIVITIES UPDATES

Please visit this link for all Activities updates.

 

Resources

We encourage you to stay aware, updated, and informed by continuing to look for information from reliable and trusted experts such as IDPH, CDC, and Polk County Health Department.

 

What You Can Do to Help

Families and community members can help prevent the spread of ALL contagious viruses, including COVID-19, by following these steps:

  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Cover your mouth with your upper arm or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.