Today, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that all schools in Iowa will remain closed through the end of the school year to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
This announcement will continue to affect all West Burlington Independent School District programming and activities. Spring sports have been cancelled and a determination on summer sports will be made before June 1st.
I know this decision has caused a great deal of concern and disappointment for our students, staff, and families. The pandemic arrived quickly, and when we first were directed to close our school buildings in March, we did not realize it would be the last time we would see our students in person this school year. Please know that we share in your disappointment.
We appreciate the sense of loss and emotions that many of us are feeling especially those of our seniors and their families. We empathize with everyone and wish the circumstances were different. We are committed to doing our best to find a way to uphold these traditions. We don’t know when this will be possible and/or how it will be possible at this time. We will let you know information as we move through this process.
Per our district calendar, the last day of school for students is Monday, June 1. At this time we will continue with virtual learning until that date, just as we have over the past several weeks.
We will also be evaluating the consideration of moving from a voluntary plan to a required plan for certain grade levels, particularly at the high school. As I stated earlier, the distinction of the voluntary continuous learning plan from the required continuous learning plan is not a question of if the students need or will learn the materials but one of when they will learn and demonstrate learning. A required learning plan would afford us the ability to assess a student’s learning, consider grades if appropriate and potentially help in making planning decisions for the start of next year.
We very strongly encourage all families to keep their students engaged in these activities to ensure learning continues to take place through the end of the school year. Students engagement in this learning will help to ensure they are better ready for the return to school in the fall.
We need your’ support in engaging students in the learning resources we have provided. Doing nothing from March 15 to August 24 will not prepare children to be successful next school year. Our staff is here to help you bridge this gap. Our staff is ready to assist all families in these efforts. Please contact your child’s teachers and/or the building principal for answers to questions or to seek greater help.
We will continue school lunch services throughout this time of closure and as we move into the summer, will keep you informed of the Summer Lunch Program.
Once again, thank you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility during this unprecedented time. We will get through this together. Please continue to stay safe, practice social distancing, and remain at home as much as possible.
Lisa Beames, Superintendent
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.