Return To Learn

Urbandale CSD Weekly Update: August 28, 2020

We invite you to read the Urbandale CSD Return To Learn weekly newsletter. The newsletter will be sent every Friday focusing on a handful of brief but informative topics related to our 2020-21 school year. Newsletters will be archived on the Return To Learn section of the district website. Please make note of the "View it in your browser" link at the top of this page which can be used to enlarge the text of this email and/or translate this email. Thank you for helping us create a safe, healthy, and welcoming learning environment!

Who to Contact for Help: For Students and Families

If you’re needing help and are unsure of who to contact, please review this quick contact guide posted within the Return To Learn section of our website.

Reminder: K-8 Late Start Mondays (Team U attends in-person 8/31)

Thank you to our students, families, teachers, staff, and administrators who made the start of our school year absolutely FANTASTIC! All schools began operating within the Hybrid model on August 25. Here is a description of the model and calendar information you may find helpful:

  • Two groups of students for in-person instruction

  • Designated days for instruction:

    • Track “A” attends in person on Tue/Thurs (Team J-Hawk) (first day was 8/25)

    • Track “B” attends in person on Wed/Fri (Team U) (first day was 8/26)

    • Mondays alternate (K-8 late start) - Track “A” one week; Track “B” the next week. Here is a link that shows the schedule for each Monday.

    • Team U will attend in-person class this Monday, August 31.

    • Late starts for grades K-8 move to Mondays:

      • Monday Late Start for Jensen, Karen Acres, Valerius & Webster: School begins at 10:00 a.m.

      • Monday Late Start Rolling Green: School begins at 10:05 a.m.

      • Monday Late Start UMS: School begins at 9:30 a.m.

    • UHS students will not have late starts on Mondays, instead they will have early dismissals on Wednesday and Thursdays. This follows the same early dismissal process that UHS has had in previous years.

    • Hybrid 2020-21 Calendar (traditional school year)

    • All full-day preschool students will attend school five days per week (half-day preschool students will attend school four days per week Tuesday - Friday) when the District is following the Hybrid instructional model and the On-Site instructional model. If the District is in the Required Continuous Learning model (all online), then preschool would be online as well.

    • When UCSD is in a Hybrid instructional model, Adventuretime will provide childcare programming for students during before/after school hours on the days they attend school. Monthly fees will be adjusted at the end of the month based on the number of days that before/after school programming was offered. Information will be communicated to families regarding refund/credit options.

Monitoring, Reporting Illness, Exposure, Notification

Monitor Your Child’s Health At Home

It is very important for parents and guardians to monitor your child’s health including their temperature. If your child has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, we ask that you keep your child home, observe for symptoms, and follow up with your healthcare provider. If your child is ill and not attending school that day, we request you contact your school nurse, or your school’s attendance line, to keep us informed of the symptoms your child is experiencing. Even if your child is not attending school in-person on any given day, it is important to let your school nurse/attendance line know if your child will be absent. This will help us to monitor the health of our student body in order to respond accordingly. (Note: symptoms often associated with COVID-19 include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, headache, body aches, generalized aching, nasal congestion, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite.)

If Your Child Becomes Ill At School

Students feeling ill at school must be seen by the school nurse for assessment before leaving the building. The student should let the teacher know they are not feeling well. The teacher will contact the nurse and appropriate safety measures will be taken before the student is assessed by the nurse. The school nurse will follow up with the parent if the student needs to go home and contact their healthcare provider for further recommendations. Students should not call a parent directly or leave the building without first seeing the school nurse. This could delay their release to return to the building.

We are working with public health to make our school and community as safe as possible. The symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to other illnesses. Students with possible Covid-19 symptoms may require a note from their healthcare provider before returning to school.

Exposure To Positive Case of COVID-19

Please contact your school nurse and report any exposure your student may have to a presumed positive or positive case of COVID-19. Please contact your school nurse and report if your student is diagnosed with COVID-19. Again, this information is needed, no matter what instructional model your student is in (either learning at school or virtual).

Notification of Positive Case of COVID-19
If/when we have a positive case of COVID-19 in a school building we will notify all families and staff in that building. We will work with public health to complete contact tracings to determine those that would be a close contact (within 6 feet for 15 consecutive minutes or longer) and require quarantine measures. If your student was considered to be in close contact with the individual who tested positive, you will be notified directly and provided information on mitigation strategies.

Nutrition Services: Providing Meals In Remote & Hybrid Models

School meals are offered for purchase for all enrolled Urbandale students in all learning scenarios under the National School Lunch Program. The USDA eligibility rules will apply and all students will be charged for meals according to their eligibility. More information can be found here.

Meals2Go for Remote-Only Learners:

We are offering five days worth of meals for pick up and distributed once a week. They will include 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches. The meals include some ready to eat, some thaw and serve and some heat and serve options. Lunch accounts will be charged the same as when students are on-site.

Meal Pricing

Elementary: Paid = $22.50/week; Reduced = $3.50/week; Free = $0

UMS: Paid = $26.25/week; Reduced = $3.50/week; Free = $0

UHS: Paid = $28.25/week; Reduced = $3.50/week; Free = $0

Requests can be made with this form and can be cancelled 48 hours before Thursday pickup. Meal accounts will be charged for meals not picked up. Meals may be distributed to adults when children are not present.

Meals2Go for Hybrid-Learners:

For students who are enrolled in the Hybrid Learning Model, we are offering for purchase a 2 or 3 days meal pickup option for the off-site learning days. Accounts will be charged the same as when students are on-site. Requests for Hybrid Students can be made with this form and can be cancelled 48 hours before Thursday pickup. Meal accounts will be charged for meals not picked up.

Meal Pricing

Paid (2 days) $9.00
Paid (3 days) $13.50
Reduced (2 days) $1.40
Reduced (3 days) $2.10
Free (2 or 3 days) $0

Paid (2 days) $10.50
Paid (3 days) $15.75
Reduced (2 days) $1.40
Reduced (3 days) $2.10
Free (2 or 3 days) $0

Paid (2 days) $11.30
Paid (3 days) $16.95
Reduced (2 days) $1.40
Reduced (3 days) $2.10
Free (2 or 3 days) $0

To apply for the free and reduced meals program, please fill out an application here. To fill out a Fee Waiver form, please click here.

Bus Transportation

If your student(s) qualifies for bus transportation and you have not signed up yet, please complete the Bus Request Form. Once your student is on a bus route you will receive a phone call from Durham School Services and then your student can begin riding the bus. For questions, please contact Sandy Walters at Reminder, face masks are required for all kindergarten - 12th grade students while riding the school bus.

Mandatory Face Masks: On Bus & In School

All Urbandale CSD staff, K-12 students, vendors, visitors, and spectators are required to wear a cloth face mask (2-ply) while in district buildings and when riding a school bus. Cloth face masks are recommended for preschool students, but not required. Please review this Face Mask Guidance for Families & Staff that shares information about how to properly wear, wash, and dry a face mask as well as answers to several questions. Also, please review this information from UnityPoint Health about 8 Ways to Help Kids Adjust to Face Masks. Exceptions will be made for medical conditions or special circumstances. If your student has a medical condition or a special circumstance, please complete this form.

Volleyball and Football Ticketing Information for Fall

The Central Iowa Metropolitan League, based upon guidance received from Governor’s Office of the State of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, and the Iowa High School Athletic Association, has released its procedures for spectator admission to the CIML member school fall sports seasons.

Volleyball and Football Ticketing

  • Entrance is limited to those with a ticket voucher issued by the host that allows a spectator to purchase admission or use a school issued pass.

  • Ticket vouchers will be issued to students on the roster based upon stadium capacity and roster sizes. On the road, only two tickets are issued per student. There are no additional ticket vouchers available to the community at this time.

  • Your patience and cooperation with site administration, gate workers, officials, coaches, players and other spectators is both expected and appreciated.

  • Masks are required at both Volleyball and Football contests at home and on the road.

  • Once you arrive at your designated area, we ask that you do not wander to other areas of the venue to visit with others. Please stay in your selected area for the entire game.

  • Any younger fans admitted to the game will not be allowed to roam the venue, play catch, or run freely – they will need to remain inside your seating area.

  • Limited concessions will be available at home games.

  • To limit on waste and distribution, printed rosters will not be available. Rosters may be available by downloading the Varsity Bound app.

  • Social distancing guidelines are in place and will be enforced while in the facility.

  • Your patience and cooperation with site administration, gate workers, officials, coaches, players and other spectators is both expected and appreciated.

  • All spectators are asked to stay home if they show signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or if they have been in contact with an individual with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

  • All varsity events will be streamed online at

Unfortunately these plans have placed limits on attendance at our events for students, families, and the community. We all hope for the day when we can remove spectator limits on events, but until then, we appreciate your patience and cooperation.

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We Support U—Scholarships & Classroom Grants

With your generous support, the Urbandale Education Foundation and Urbandale Alumni Association have raised $17,500 in support of classroom grants & student scholarships. Their goal is to raise $30,000 by October 2. Please consider making a donation. Your support makes all the difference! #wesupportU

District Administration Office: Open By Appointment Only

In continuation of our health and safety protocols, the District Administration Office remains closed to the public. If you would like assistance, please schedule an appointment in advance. Several areas that may be of assistance to you include:

Join Our Team

The employees in any school organization represent the most important resource for providing a quality educational program to the students it serves. It is the goal of the Urbandale Human Resources Department to recruit, select, and support the very best available candidates; promote employee/employer relations; and develop a culture in which optimum staff performance and satisfaction are encouraged and created.

  • Are you interested in making a positive difference in the lives of Urbandale students?

  • Do you enjoy building relationships and helping others reach their potential?

  • Are you looking for a meaningful position within an organization who values equity, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to these questions, we’d love to hear from you! Click here for available job openings.

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