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School Closure
School Closure
Cory Myer
Monday, March 16, 2020

School Closure: The Sheldon Community School District remains committed to the safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff.  Based on the Governor’s recommendation to close Iowa schools, we will be closed until further notice.  We will continue to follow recommendations and guidelines from the CDC, the Iowa Department of Health, the Iowa Department of Education, and the Governor’s office.  While April 13 is the recommended re-open date, the exact re-open date will be communicated as we gain clarity on this fluid situation. 

We are a school family and want to be there for each other during this challenging and unprecedented time.  One need we see is feeding the youth in our community.  We are currently working on plans to provide grab-n-go lunch from various locations in Sheldon, as well as a location in Archer, Ashton, and Matlock.  Each child present will be able to pick up one bag each day that includes both a lunch and following day’s breakfast.  Due to concerns with social distancing, meals cannot be consumed on-site.  These are grab and go meal bags.  We hope to implement sometime later this week, with additional information being sent out tomorrow.

We also realize students may have concerns or anxiety around this pandemic and we want to help where we can.  Teachers will be occasionally communicating or “checking-in” with students and families, in most cases reaching out with an electronic communication.  If health or counseling services are desired, teachers can put you in contact with school nurses and/or school counselors.  Once again, we want to be a resource for our school family.

While we are closed, all events are canceled or postponed.  We will communicate the reschedule dates of any events or activities that will be held once school is back in session. 

Currently, the state of Iowa does not allow credit for online learning, and we also realize potential inequities in that format.  However, due to the potential length of this school closure, we are exploring additional learning and enrichment opportunities.  At a minimum, we plan to offer additional learning and enrichment.  We will be consulting with the Department of Education and additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

The school was open today for students to pick up personal and/or school items from their lockers.  If you have additional items at school that are needed, you may contact the school to discuss pick-up options.  Students with school issued computers are encouraged to use that device at home during the school closure. 

Materials that would have been shared at Parent-Teacher Conferences will be mailed to the student’s home address. 

Once again, this is a very fluid situation and additional information will be ongoing.  This is truly a very unique and unprecedented situation, but we are strong and we will see this through together.

Sincerely,

Cory Myer

Superintendent

Sheldon Community School District