Starting Monday, March 23rd, free meals will be provided to children under 18 years of age. Pickup Sites include West Burlington Elementary (North Parking Lot), North Hill Elementary in Burlington and Burlington Community High School.
WBISD is closed March 16, 2020 for the next four weeks. Further updates will be posted on our School Facebook Page as well as this site.
Dear West Burlington Parents and Guardians
I would like to take this opportunity to take a moment to update you with more information regarding the four-week school closure recommended by Governor Kim Reynolds.I will be addressing general district level information. Each of you have or will be receiving building-specific information from the building principals.
I also want to take this opportunity to ask you to please contact us should you have additional concerns or needs so that, if possible, we may help you in finding possible solutions.
Faculty Use and Access:
All buildings are closed except to non-essential staff. Should a need arise for entry please contact the building administrator or district office. Building administrators will be coordinating device and other materials pick-up over the next few days. Please follow their directives.
Offices will not be covered at all times. E-mail is the preferred method of initial communication. Contact information is found below:
District Phone Number: 319-754-6567
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Should you have papers to be delivered, a dropbox has been made available outside the district office located at 607 Ramsey St.
West Burlington Schools will be working with Burlington Schools to provide meal access during the closure. It is intended that this service will begin on March 24th or March 25th. More information will be provided in the near future.
Again, should your family have pressing needs for assistance, please reach out to us and we will work to help you in this need.
No school activities or practices of any kind will be allowed while closed. Coaches and Staff have been directed to have no contact with students related to school activities. All-State activity organizations have suspended activities for 4 weeks. As previously stated, all access to the building except for essential staff is being shut off. The following activities will be postponed or canceled for the year.
Prom: (postponed) A tentative date is being determined.
All field trips for the remainder of the year (Canceled)
Trip to Italy (Canceled)
Senior Graduation: Currently scheduled as planned. Subject to change
If there are any activities that I have missed but are scheduled during this time of closure they are all postponed with a date TBD.
Last evening the House and Senate proposed and approved that the four-weeks of school will not be expected to be made up by school districts. The Governor has signed the bill.
The purpose of this closure is to provide social distancing. Social distancing increases the space between people and reduces the chance of contagion and spread. It is only effective if we all do our part. We STRONGLY recommend all of our students, staff, and families to follow guidelines shared by the Centers for Disease Control. Do not gather in groups, stay home as much as possible, and reduce your direct interactions with others. For further guidance please see the CDC recommendations on helping our community stay safe and healthy.
Please know that I understand this will greatly impact our community and my hearts and thoughts are with you.
I know this article is long, but I ask that you please indulge me.
I have the opportunity to visit with students when they get their school permit. It is one of my favorite parts of the job. Should a student make poor choices in the conditions of that permit, sometimes the school has to render a decision to remove it. Thus one of the primary purposes for me in the conversation is so I can sleep better at night. I often lie awake pondering, “Were you fair? Were you equitable? What could you have done to have had a better outcome?” I open that conversation with, “This conversation is so I know…. you know…. I know…. you know the rules of the school permit.”
My conversation today is not unlike that conversation. I’m struggling to sleep at night as I seek to lead our board through establishing next year’s budget. My loss of sleep is not about the budget or the process used or even the solutions presented, but rather that of the public reaction. Many people tell me it will be fine...I most want it to be fine for the board. They, the past and the current board, were/are in such a tough spot. They have and continue to serve you well. There is no “happy” path out.
I appreciate the potential frustration and emotion tied to this message. Know that if we had a better solution we would do it. So like the conversations with students this, in part, is to know that I have done my best to let everyone know what’s going on…one more time.
The work leading up to next year’s budget feels like it has been going on for a very long, long time. Over recent months, we have worked to be very transparent about the financial position of the district. As you know, the district initiated what’s called anticipatory warrants or loans to cash flow through January. We borrowed $300,000 with a term to end on June 30, 2020. We have already begun to pay that warrant back.
Additionally, we have been doing what is called inter-fund loaning. This means we are using monies from one fund such as PPEL to cash flow the general fund. These funds must be returned to the appropriate fund with interest. It obviously limits our ability to use those funds at the level with which we would like to in order to accomplish our mission.
Neither of these actions are long-term solutions. Read more
Notice of Nondiscrimination: It is the policy of the West Burlington Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Equity Coordinator, 607 Ramsey St., (319) 752-8747, Equity.Coordinator@wbschools.us.