District Newsletter

Lynnville-Sully Schools - October 28, 2020

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Message from Shane Ehresman, Superintendent

Lynnville-Sully Families,

Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 30 - No School for Students for Teacher Professional Development/Work Day

Monday, November 9 - 1 PM Student Early Dismissal for Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Conferences times (4:00 - 8:00 pm)

Thursday, November 12 - 1 PM Student Early Dismissal for Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Conferences times (4:00 - 8:00 pm)
Friday, November 13 - No School for Students & Staff - Teacher Conference Compensation Day

Snow Days - Will School Be Online?

At this time, snow days will NOT consist of virtual or remote online learning for school district students. Why? K-8 students do not take computers home each night. Computer/internet access as well as adult supervision for younger students would be major challenges for many L-S families if the school district required K-12 learning during a snow day.

Special School Board Meeting on Thursday, November 5 at 5:30 pm in MS Gym

The school board set a special meeting for Thursday, November 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the elementary/middle school gym to vote on whether the superintendent position will be advertised as full-time or part-time and if the school district should hire a search firm to assist in the hiring process. Community members are encouraged to attend the November 5 meeting to hear the data gathered and voice their opinion on the two topics.

Contact Tracing News

Contact Tracing - Current Practice in Iowa:

  • Exposure is defined as 6 feet for 15 consecutive minutes.
Contact Tracing - New CDC Recommendation:
  • Exposure is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).

The school district will continue with current contact tracing practice in Iowa until reviewed and adopted by the Iowa Department of Public Health.


The information below reflects the total positive cases, and quarantine or isolation numbers in the school district for the week of October 17 - October 23, 2020. 27 students were exposed to a positive case, but did not need to quarantine because of the school district mask requirement. Parents were informed if their child was exposed and did not need to quarantine.

Total Positive Cases of COVID-19 - Week of October 17 - October 23, 2020

Elementary (K-5)

  • Student Total: *less than 6
  • Staff Total: *less than 6

Middle Middle School (6-8)

  • Student Total: *less than 6
  • Staff Total: *less than 6

High School (9-12)

  • Student Total: *less than 6
  • Staff Total: *less than 6

Total in Quarantine or Isolation' - Week of October 17 - October 23, 2020

Elementary (K-5)

  • Student Total: 6
  • Staff Total: *less than 6

Middle Middle School (6-8)

  • Student Total: 8
  • Staff Total: *less than 6

High School (9-12)

  • Student Total: 17
  • Staff Total: *less than 6

* Due to confidentiality guidance outlined by the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Department of Public Health, any level with less than six cases can not be identified to protect the identity of individual students or staff. Zeros may be shared with the public.

Positivity Rate in Jasper County

The positivity rate for each county located at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/percent-school-district-positive-analysis As of Wednesday, October 28, 2020, the positivity rate for Jasper County is 11.0%.

School Safety Reminders for Morning Drop-Off & Afternoon Pick-Up

Due to several student safety concerns brought to our attention, parents should not drop off or pick up students in the area highlighted in green on the map below. Vehicles parked in this area after school cause visibility issues for students using the driveway crosswalk (near portable stop sign). Additionally, the school district discourages parents from dropping students off on a school driveway in the morning. A drop off in this area creates a hazard for students exiting a vehicle as well as creates blind spots for students using the driveway crosswalk.

Parents are encouraged to use the drop-off and pick-up lane in front of the K-8/high school school or park in a designated parking area and walk your student to and from a school sidewalk.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Free Meal Pick-Up Available for Absent L-S Students

All Lynnville-Sully enrolled students who are absent from school may pick-up a free meal between 11:30 am - 11:40 am at the front entrance of the elementary/middle school. Meals will be brought out to your vehicle. Meals must be ordered by 8:00 am the day of meal pick-up. If your child is absent due to sickness, COVID-19 quarantine, COVID-19 isolation, or any other reason, you may email or call Shelley Vander Molen before the 8:00 am the day of meal pick-up. Email Shelley: vandermolen@lshawks.com or call and leave a message: 641-594-4445 extension 133. The free meal pick-up will be offered through December 31, 2020, or until federal funding is no longer available.

Free Breakfast and Lunch Extended

The USDA has issued nationwide waivers which allow school districts and community organizations to extend the operation of the Summer Food Service Program into the current school year through the end of the 20-21 school year.

Lynnville-Sully Community School District is participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program during this time, which will allow for a safe and streamlined service of nutritious meals. Meals will be provided to ALL Enrolled Children without charge. FREE meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows: Meals are provided at Lynnville-Sully School from September 16, 2020 - May 27, 2021. Breakfast is served from 8:00 am - 8:15 am and lunches are served from 10:50 am - 1:00 pm.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:

https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Iowa Non-Discrimination Statement:

“It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: https://icrc.iowa.gov/.”

L-S Return to Learn Website:

Link: https://sites.google.com/lshawks.com/lsreturntolearn/home

If you have any questions or suggestions, please give me a call 641-594-4445 extension 103 or send an email: ehresman@lshawks.com

Shane Ehresman, Ed.S.