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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 21 for parent teacher conferences that will take place from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. There will be no school on Friday, October 22. Please be sure to talk to your child's homeroom teacher, mentor, or building principal for more information.

VMEPC School Board Candidate Forum- change in date

VMEPC will be hosting a school board candidate public forum on Tuesday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m.


There will questions similar to the ones asked above, but if you have any questions you would like each candidate to respond to, you can email them to me at deron.durflinger@vmbulldogs.com and we will try to get it asked during the forum.

Home Games- Please Read

At this time, we don't be having any restrictions on attending home events. Students in grades PK-6th need to be with their parents at the games. They should not be running around unattended. This makes the game experience less enjoyable for those around them. Be sure to keep an eye on your children. Thanks for your help in making it a great experience for all who attend!


Game tickets need to be purchased through this link. This link is for any game at any level and can be found at vmbulldogs.com. All spectators will need a ticket for the game unless they have a pass. Cost is $5 per person for varsity events and $3 per person for all lower-level games. If you have questions, email Shonna at shonna.trudo@vmbulldogs.com.


If you'd rather not purchase tickets for each game, be sure to buy an activity pass for yourself or your family. Activity passes are good for all home events except state-sponsored tournament games hosted by Van Meter. We will have hundreds of games at home this year, so activity passes are really a good deal.


Family Pass (good for school-aged children and parents)- $300


Single Adult Pass- $150

Student Pass- $75

Senior Citizen Pass (65 years old and up)- $25



Contact the office if you have any questions.

COVID Attendance Report

As you may recall, we reported out the total number of positive COVID-19 cases and the total numbers of students/staff gone due to quarantine or isolation every Friday of the 20-21 school year. The IDPH will no longer be contact tracing nor will the Dallas County Health Department be regularly notifying the district of positive cases. Because we have less authority to have students quarantine due to exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, that report doesn't seem to work as well this year.


So, for the 21-22 school year, our plan is to just do a comparison to the known number of students/staff gone due to COVID-19 positive tests, or known quarantines. We will report out the total number of students/staff gone for all non-COVID-19 related illnesses as well. We will also report the known total number of active COVID-19 positives. Students/staff must isolate for 10 days when testing positive for COVID-19. As of Friday, October 8, we have 8 known positive student/staff case of COVID-19. At the end of week seven in 2020-21, we had 1 known COVID-19 case. Though we have no true authority to require someone to quarantine as that responsibility is with the families, we do feel this will give people some information to make decisions that are best for their families in each of their respective situations.


If you aren't sure when to quarantine or isolate, please review the flowchart below for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.


The data for the first few weeks of school will be skewed a bit because quarantine rules changed to when both individuals were wearing a mask, students did not need to quarantine whereas early in the year if students were exposed, they had to quarantine for 14 days whether they had masks on or not. Though the information is all dependent on what families decide to do in regard to quarantine for this year, it is a true comparison of known absences each day of the year for both the 20-21 school year and the 21-22 school year.


As a reminder, if a student/staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they should remain home for 10 days. If a student/staff member has a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 and they haven't been vaccinated, they should quarantine for 14 days, or a minimum of 10 days with no symptoms unless they have a negative test result and quarantine can be shortened to 7 days. More information on when to quarantine or isolate can be found here. If at any point an individual is sick, please stay home until symptoms have subsided.


Please let us know if the data is helpful or if other information would be more useful. Also, there is a PDF with an FAQ from the IDPH and IDOE below the COVID data and flowchart on when to isolate or quarantine.

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COVID-19 Mitigation

On August 5, the DE and IDPH released this guidance for schools in relation to COVID-19.


In May, the IDPH released this guidance for Iowa schools in regards to COVID-19.


We will continue to use the guidance of the Dallas County Health Department, IDPH, and CDC. Masks should be worn on buses according to federal guidelines, but we are waiting to see what happens in the appeal from the state in regards to requiring masks on buses. With that said, we are not expecting students or staff to wear masks while at school, unless they choose to wear one. However, we do expect students to stay home when sick, if they have tested positive for COVID-19, or if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.If cases increase dramatically, or if we have over 10% of our students/staff absent for consecutive days, we may require masks for a period of time when social distancing isn't possible.


Please continue to do your part to keep others safe. More information can be found in the attached IDPH document below.

Return to Learn Plan

Linked is our Return to Learn Plan for the 21-22 school year as of Friday, September 17. Of course, things could change, but as of today, these are our plans. If you have any questions contact Mr. Tibbetts, Mr. Lamoureux, or Mr. Durflinger.

cody.tibbetts@vmbulldogs.com

adam.lamoureux@vmbulldogs.com

deron.durflinger@vmbulldogs.com

Get Involved

We have four organizations that do a great job of supporting Van Meter Schools. They are always looking for members. Be sure to reach out to them if you are interested in helping out.


Van Meter Education Foundation- Contact Lawrence Yazzie at law.yaz@icloud.com

Van Meter Elementary Parent Committee Contact Amy Giesking at amy.giesking@gmail.com

Van Meter Performing Arts Boosters Contact Kris Koster at kris.koster@vmbulldogs.com

Van Meter Athletic Boosters Contact Wendy Kelly at vmathleticboosters@gmail.com

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