Update 4/7/20

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Return to School:
On Thursday afternoon Governor Reynolds announced that Iowa schools are recommended to be closed through April 30th. 

These days were not forgiven as were the prior missed days. Schools will need to select from three options for continued learning.  These models or options are cited below:

  1. Provide “Voluntary Continuous Learning”  which means that students are engaged in learning provided by their teachers and it is voluntary.  Grades are not given and credit is not granted.
  2. Provide “Required Continuous Learning” which means that students are engaged in learning provided by their teachers and it is required that students participate.  Attendance and grades are given and credit is granted.
  3. Provide no instruction and make the instructional days up when it is considered safe for students, staff and others to participate in this learning.

A school district may use different models for different grade levels as well as start under one model and move to another.

At this time the district will be operating under the “Voluntary Continuous Learning” model. It may choose to move to the “Required Continuous Learning” model as we move through this situation.

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

Location Emails Phone Option
District Office lisa.beames@wbschools.us or

shawna.brown@wbschools.us 

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WB Jr./Sr. High School bruce.snodgrass@wbschools.us  1
WB Elementary theresa.kirkman@wbschools.us  2

Should you have papers to be delivered, a dropbox has been made available outside the district office located at 607 Ramsey St.

Lunch:
Remember that school lunches are served from 11:00 to 1:00 daily. They are free to any child 18 and under regardless of district of enrollment or residence.

Internet Access:
Please contact your student’s building principle if your household or you know of a student’s household that does not have internet access.

Kindergarten Registration:
Kindergarten Round Up for the 2020-2021 school year is underway for West Burlington Elementary School.

If your child will be 5 by September 15, 2020, please call 754-5726 to leave a message or email martha.nelson@wbschools.us to pre-register your child.

If you know of a child that is a West Burlington resident, please make sure you pass this information along to them.

We need names of our resident students asap!

If you have already picked up paperwork and/or turned paperwork in, you do not need to call or email. Completed paperwork can be mailed to the elementary office at 545 Ramsey Street, West Burlington, IA, 52655. If you have paperwork, we would really appreciate you mailing it into the district at your earliest convenience.

The parent meeting for Kindergarten is postponed until further notice. Please know, we will ensure that all information discussed during that meeting will be passed along at a rescheduled date (TBD) or through paper/electronic means.

Open enrollment requests for kindergarten will be addressed once we are more confident about resident student enrollments and before the June deadline per Iowa Code.
Communications about requests for other open enrollment requests are in the process of being sent.
Thanks for you patience and understanding.
Activities:
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.

 

Following CDC:
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.

 

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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.