August 5, 2020
Good Afternoon, I hope this finds everyone doing well! Below you will find three documents. Two of which we have received this week from the Iowa Department of Health. The first is to help with evaluating sick students and staff and identifying close contacts for COVID-19. The second talks about community transmission and how with guidance we will move from one plan to another if necessary. The third document is our current version of our return to learn plan here at East Union.
The East Union School District intends to provide on-site learning for all students to begin the 2020-21 school year. There are a number of structure and routine changes that have been made to provide an engaging in-person learning experience for students, while also keeping health and safety at the forefront. The plan is based on the information that we have available now. It is likely that information will change over time. As conditions change, we will adapt our plan accordingly. With a little less than four weeks to go before the start of the school year, we need to make a decision. The challenge is making our final decision close enough to the start of the school year so we have the most current, up to date data available to us (and hopefully metrics that can guide our thinking). At the same time we need to be mindful of all of you, not too late in our decision making and thus catching everyone off guard.
The safety practices listed in this document were created utilizing the guidance provided by the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The main focus of this plan is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff of the East Union School District. The safety of our students, staff, and community is extremely important to the district.
We appreciate the grace and understanding you have shown as we try and work through this process.
East Union Community School District
Afton - Arispe - Lorimor - Shannon City - Thayer
1916 High School Drive
Afton, Iowa 50830
Phone (641) 347-5215
Fax (641) 347 - 5514