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Urbandale CSD Weekly Update: September 11, 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. To translate or enlarge text, select the "View it in your browser" link. Thank you for helping us create a safe, healthy, and welcoming learning environment!

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Urbandale CSD Current COVID-19 Status

On a weekly basis we’ll be updating the current COVID-19 status page within the Return To Learn section of the site to keep our students, families, staff, and community informed about the status of the virus within our District.

School Board Meeting: September 14

During the August 20 School Board meeting, the Board approved Guidance For Transitioning Between Instructional Models and directed the District to begin consultation with an epidemiologist. During the upcoming September 14 School Board meeting, Loren DeKruyf, Director of Human Resources and Operations, will give an update on student and staff absences since the start of the school year in relation to COVID-19. Dr. Meghan Schaeffer will provide applicable information on COVID-19 and present metrics and forecasts.

Illness Prevention, Monitoring Health/Reporting Illness, & Isolation/ Quarantine

As part of our efforts to mitigate virus transmission and keep our schools healthy, please review the following information related to illness prevention, monitoring health/reporting illness,** and isolation/quarantine. **Note: We have updated the information within the “Monitoring Health/Reporting Illness” section of the document based on the most recent guidance from local public health officials. Please review the information; we’re hopeful the document will continue to answer questions we’ve received regarding illness procedures.

Exciting News! Approved To Provide Free Meals Through 12/31/20

Due to a recent USDA Summer Food Service Program Waiver Extension, Urbandale CSD has been approved by the Iowa Department of Education to provide free breakfast and lunches starting Monday, September 14 through December 31, 2020, or until the congressionally appropriated funding runs out. This extension allows all students to receive free breakfast and lunch regardless of their meal status during this time. This applies to meals served to students when they are attending school in person or when they are attending school remotely (Note: this also applies for children 18 years and younger who are not enrolled in our District). You’re welcome to review the USDA announcement. (Note: A la carte items will still be available for purchase at the Middle School and High School.)


Procedure For Receiving Free Breakfast and/or Lunch


  • Hybrid In-Person Instruction

    • On days when students are attending school for in-person instruction, they will receive free breakfast and/or lunch while at school.

    • In addition, Urbandale Nutrition Services will be partnering with UCAN to provide free meals to children 18 years and younger at two locations on Fridays only. Two days worth of breakfasts and lunches will be provided. More information to come regarding the locations and timeframes for Friday pick-up of two days worth of meals.


  • Hybrid Virtual Instruction (off-site days)

    • On days when students are attending school virtually (off-site), they may pick up free meals for 2 or 3 days (depending on how many days they are off-site).

    • “Meals2Go” Pick Up will continue on Thursdays from 8:30am until 10:30am at Webster Elementary, Urbandale Middle School and Urbandale High School.

    • Meals may be distributed to adults when children are not present.

    • Meal requests can be made with this form and can be cancelled 48 hours before Thursday pickup.

    • In addition to the Thursday meal pick up, Urbandale Nutrition Services will be partnering with UCAN to provide free meals to children 18 years and younger at two locations on Fridays only. Two days worth of breakfasts and lunches will be provided. More information to come regarding the locations and timeframes for Friday pick-up of two days worth of meals.


  • Remote Classroom (all online)

    • Free breakfast and/or lunch is available for Remote Classroom students and includes 5 free breakfasts and 5 free lunches.

    • “Meals2Go” Pick Up will continue on Thursdays from 8:30am until 10:30am at Webster Elementary, Urbandale Middle School and Urbandale High School.

    • Meal requests MUST BE SUBMITTED by 9:00 a.m. the Tuesday BEFORE Thursday pick-up. Requests can be made with the forms below and can be cancelled 48 hours before Thursday pickup. Meals may be distributed to adults when children are not present.

    • In addition to the Thursday meal pick up, Urbandale Nutrition Services will be partnering with UCAN to provide free meals to children 18 years and younger at two locations on Fridays only. Two days worth of breakfasts and lunches will be provided. More information to come regarding the locations and timeframes for Friday pick-up of two days worth of meals.


If you have questions, or need alternate arrangements for pick up of meals, please reach out to Jessy Sadler, Director of Nutrition Services: sadlerj@urbandaleschools.com

Free and Reduced Meal Program

Even though breakfast and lunch are offered for free of charge at all Urbandale Schools, we encourage families to continue to apply for the free and reduced meals program. The meal application assists in so much more than just meals. Students may qualify for full or partial book fees, bus fees, Drivers ed fees and much more. Please fill out an application here. To fill out a Fee Waiver form, please click here.

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How To Attend School Board Meetings

All School Board meetings are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. To join the virtual meetings being held via Zoom Webinar, please visit the Simbli site, select “Meetings” and select the “Meeting Title” of the meeting you would like to attend. The Zoom Webinar invite information is included for each virtual meeting.

Procedure For Public Comment During School Board Meeting

Citizens wishing to address the Board on a certain agenda item must notify the Board Secretary, Mary Beth Fast, prior to the board meeting (fastm@urbandaleschools.com). The following procedures will be followed for individuals to address the Board of Directors at meetings:

  • Any person wishing to address the Board must inform the Board Secretary prior to the meeting (by 3:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting) giving their name, address, and subject to be discussed and comments they wish to share. If the subject is already listed as an agenda item, the Board may allow the person to speak at the time the item comes up at the meeting; otherwise the person may address the Board during Open Forum.

  • The presiding officer will allocate an amount of time to each speaker, with five minutes being the usual allotment. (Policy No. 217)

  • The total period of time allotted for the Open Forum shall generally be thirty minutes.

  • The Board of Directors will generally take a subject raised during Open Forum under advisement, unless it is deemed that action is necessary immediately. The Board will attempt to have a response to Open Forum presentations as soon as practicable.

Click here for School Board Meeting information (Note: This can also be found by visiting the district site and selecting “Board Meetings” within the QuickLinks menu.)

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.

Hybrid Calendars


  • UCSD Hybrid Calendar 2020-21 for the traditional school year.

  • Rolling Green Hybrid Calendar 2020-21

  • Team J-Hawk attends in person on Tuesday/Thursday.

  • Team U attends in person on Wednesday/Friday.

  • Mondays alternate for in-person instruction: Team J-Hawk one week; Team U the next week. Schedule for each Monday.

  • Late starts for grades K-8 will take place on 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.

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 www.j-hawks.com/live.


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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