Return To Learn

Urbandale CSD Weekly Update: September 4, 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!

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. We shared this same information in a special edition of the Return To Learn newsletter this past Wednesday, September 2 and are including it here again in case you haven’t had a chance to review. Thank you for taking the time to review this information as we’re hopeful it will answer questions we’ve received regarding illness procedures.

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: Reminder No School Monday, 9/07 Labor Day

  • 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.

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 Classroom (all online) Students:

School lunch and breakfast is available for Remote Classroom students. Urbandale CSD is offering a weekly pick-up of meals for the same price as on-site students. Pick-up takes place once a week on Thursdays and includes 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches.

Meal Pricing is based on student Lunch Status:

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 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. Meal accounts will be charged for meals not picked up. Meals may be distributed to adults when children are not present.

If you have questions, or need alternate arrangements for pickup of meals, please reach out to Jessy Sadler, Director of Nutrition Services:

Meals2Go for Hybrid Students:

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 is based on student Lunch Status:


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.

Volleyball and Football Ticketing Information for Fall

**Ames High School has informed us that they will host tonight’s (9/04/20) Urbandale vs. Ames Football game with no fans. The lone exception is outlined in this statement from Ames: The only individuals that will be permitted to attend the game are key event staff and parents/guardians of senior cheer and football players to participate in the previously scheduled senior night recognition (masks required). You may read the release put out by the Ames Community School District here.

There are three options to watch tomorrow’s game at this time:
1. You may watch it on J-Hawks Live.
2. You may watch it locally in Central Iowa on Mediacom’s Connections Channel MC22.
3. You may watch it live on Ames Stream.
Special thanks to Lance Herbold and Mediacom for helping make our stream and the connection to live television a reality.**


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.

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.

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:

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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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