Posted Date: 09/18/2020
Happy homecoming! I can hardly believe today we will close out on four full weeks of school! I just read in the New York Times this morning that schools in New York City still haven't opened; and of course you are aware that schools in Des Moines remain closed at this point. My analysis of the first four weeks is that it has gone relatively well. This brief window into the school year seems to suggest our mitigation strategies are working and case counts remain low. However, I am under no illusion that things could turn on us quickly. Here is this week's COVID update.
Late last week I announced that our application to serve breakfast and lunch for free to all students was approved by the USDA. This program is slated to expire on December 31st or when the funding runs out, whichever comes first. I have fielded a few phone calls and inquiries from families wondering if their children could eat too since they don't qualify for free or reduced lunches. The answer is YES! Our numbers are starting to come back up, but if anyone asks you please let them know we are serving all our students!
This week of course has been homecoming, and it has looked quite different than it has in the past. Certainly some of the events and activities to which we have normally been accustomed to weren't held this year, or at the very least held in a different format. I want to give a shout out to the high school staff and administration for their work in trying to make the best of the situation and giving our students a safe way to celebrate a great high school tradition. Tonight of course is the big game!
Monday evening is our regular board meeting beginning at 6:00. We'll have an opportunity to discuss changing our meeting day and time during our organizational meeting, which is now held in November. If memory serves me correctly, there is a desire by the board to move the meeting to the third Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. As you review the agenda for our meeting you'll no doubt notice that the agenda is returning to more of a normalized feel with a lot of routine business. While I'll need to get your advice and input on a couple of outstanding issues, I do not anticipate this being a very long meeting, which hopefully is a breath of fresh air considering all the heavy lifting we have had to do in the last six months!
Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday evening.
Dr. Tony Voss, Superintendent