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School Board Candidates
We have 6 other candidates besides our incumbents who are seeking a seat on the school board. The candidates have until Tuesday, September 21 to remove their name from candidacy. Nominees for the school board are:
- Jess Drake (incumbent)
- John Gilliland (incumbent)
- Jennifer Bruins
- Joe Day
- Jesse Lindsey
- Sarah Moore
- Joshua Swalla
- Nick Williams
The election for the four-year term is Tuesday, November 2. The VMEPC has agreed to hold a public forum later this fall. We will also get information from each candidate about their background, how they have been involved in the district, and why they are running for the school board in future Bulldog Briefs. We are encouraged that so many people are interested in being a part of our team. Be looking for more information soon.
Home Games- Please Read
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 email@example.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
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, September 17, we have 3 known positive student/staff case of COVID-19. At the end of week four in 2020-21, we had 0 known COVID-19 cases. 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.
We will continue to follow the guidance of the Dallas County Health Department, IDPH, and CDC. With that said, we are not expecting students or staff to wear masks while at school to start the school year 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. Please continue to do your part to keep others safe. More information can be found in the attached IDPH document below.