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November 8, 2021

Virtual PTO Meeting on Tuesday, November 9th

Please join us for our monthly PTO check-in on Tuesday, November 9 at 7 pm. With the weather growing cooler, we're moving back to Zoom format.

This month, teacher-librarian Amanda Carey will be our special presenter at the beginning of the meeting.

The second half of our meeting will be PTO business, including a principal's report from Mrs. Robinson, and you are welcome to stay or leave if you need to!

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Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences

Please sign up for a parent teacher conference using this link.

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Conferences will be held on Zoom and you child's teacher will send you the zoom link!

If you have any questions - please let your child's teacher or the office know!

Access your child's Conference Report

Beginning November 10th, you can access your child's conference report on Infinite Campus. This is the same system you used to register your child for school. Kindergarten and ELL families will also receive a printed copy of the conference reports.


If you have trouble accessing the report or need a printed copy, please let the office or your child's teacher know.

PTO Election Day Bake Sale!

Thanks to everyone who helped make the bake sale possible! The Mann PTO raised $1300 thanks to the generosity ofour families and communities!

No School Dates

There is no school on the following dates:

Wed, Nov. 17 - Conference Day

Nov. 24, 25, 26 - Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 20 - Jan. 2 - Winter Break

Mon, Jan 17th - Martin Luther King Jr Day

Covid Vaccines for ages 5-11 are available at these school locations:

Dear Families,

Beginning today, children ages 5-11 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine following the FDA and CDC authorizations of the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in this younger age group. This is the only COVID-19 vaccine available to children at this time. We are providing information to families on how eligible children ages 5 to 11 can receive the vaccine.

We are pleased to partner with the Visiting Nurses Association to hold walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics for students ages 5-11 at ten of our elementary schools. A parent/guardian must be present for a child to receive the vaccine. The schedule for those clinic locations is as follows:

  • Grant Elementary (1000 Centro Way, North Liberty)
    November 8, 2021, 3:15-6:00 pm
  • Weber Elementary (3850 Rohret Rd., Iowa City)
    November 8, 2021, 3:15-6:00 pm
  • Kirkwood Elementary (1401 9th St., Coralville)
    November 9, 2021, 3:15-6:00 pm
  • Alexander Elementary (3571 Sycamore St., Iowa City)
    November 10, 2021, 3:15-6:00 pm
  • Hoover Elementary (1355 Barrington Rd., Iowa City)
    November 11, 2021, 2:15-6:00 pm
  • Garner Elementary (80 Birch St., North Liberty)
    November 15, 2021, 3:15-6:00 pm
  • Shimek Elementary (1400 Grissel Pl., Iowa City)
    November 15, 2021, 3:15-6:00 pm
  • Lemme Elementary (3100 E. Washington St., Iowa City)
    November 16, 2021, 3:15-6:00 pm
  • Horn Elementary (600 Koser Ave., Iowa City)
    November 17, 2021, 3:15-6:00 pm
  • Twain Elementary (1355 DeForest Ave., Iowa City)
    November 18, 2021, 2:15-6:00 pm

Please note, vaccine availability may be limited depending on the doses allocated to each site from Johnson County Public Health. Each of these clinics will be providing vaccines to children ages 5 to 11 only due to the fact that the vaccine dose for this age group is different from the dosage for individuals 12 and over. We appreciate the collaboration of the VNA as resources remain limited. With only one nurse administering the vaccinations at each site, please be patient and courteous as visits could take longer than expected.

Below are additional local resources for scheduling an appointment if you or your eligible family members would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • UI Health Care will hold evening and weekend COVID-19 vaccine clinics at their Iowa River Landing location for children ages 5 to 11 beginning this week. Appointments can be scheduled at https://uihc.org/schedule-your-covid-19-vaccination.
  • Mercy Iowa City Family Practice: Call (319) 339-3520
  • Towncrest Pharmacy: Visit https://www.towncrest.com, or call (319) 337-3526
  • Appointments may also be available through local CVS, Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart, or Walgreens locations.
  • Your primary care provider may also have vaccination appointments available.

COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost; however, vaccine providers may charge an administration fee, which is covered by most insurance. For uninsured patients, this fee is covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

For individuals seeking information about the COVID-19 vaccine, you may visit the JCPH, Mercy, or UI Health Care vaccine information websites. Specific information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and children can also be found here: COVID-19 vaccines for your child | University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

Final Open Enrollment Period for this Year

Dear Families and Staff,

The Iowa City Community School District is offering one more (and the final) open enrollment period for the 2021-22 school year. This is due to the COVID-19 vaccine now being available for children ages 5-11. This enrollment change would begin on January 3, 2022.

The enrollment period will be open from November 4-12, 2021. For current ICCSD Online students who wish to switch to in-person learning, please contact the ICCSD Online secretary, Katherine Njordson, at (319) 688-1370. For current on-site students who wish to enroll in the ICCSD Online program, please contact the building secretary at your student’s school. Important note: Enrollment changes may result in teacher shifts at the elementary level depending on the number of students making an enrollment transition. This may impact students even in situations where they are not changing their enrollment status.

If you do not wish to change your child's current enrollment, you do not need to take any further action.

As stated above, this will be the final open enrollment period for families. Students will remain on-site or online through the remainder of this school year after this enrollment period closes. There will be no open enrollment period offered at the beginning of the third trimester.

ICCSD Online is fully accredited and serves students in grades PK-12 in a virtual learning environment. To learn more about the program, visit ICCSD Online. Specific questions about the program can be emailed to iccsdonline@iowacityschools.org or you may call (319) 688-1000.

Message from our School Nurse

Hello, Mann families!


This time of year, we see a lot of viruses spreading in the community and at school. It is difficult to determine which virus may be affecting kids at any given time. Many illnesses have several symptoms that overlap and even though COVID-19 has been the topic on our minds, it is important to remember that influenza ("the flu") circulates as well. Read on for some information on influenza and flu vaccines.


Information from www.cdc.gov:


Q: When will flu activity begin and when will it peak?


A: The timing of flu is difficult to predict and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Reduced population immunity due to lack of flu virus activity since March 2020 could result in an early and possibly severe flu season.


Q: Flu activity is low in my community right now; should I wait to get a flu vaccine?


A: No. You should not wait for flu activity to be rising or high in your community to get a flu vaccine. September and October are generally good times to be vaccinated and ideally, everyone should be vaccinated before the end of October. While flu activity may be low in your community now, it could begin increasing at any time. Remember, after you are vaccinated, your body takes about two weeks to develop antibodies that protect against flu. Ideally, you should get vaccinated against flu by the end of October.


COVID-19 vs. Influenza:


Flu Symptoms

Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • fever* or feeling feverish/chills

  • cough

  • sore throat

  • runny or stuffy nose

  • muscle or body aches

  • headaches

  • fatigue (tiredness)

  • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.


COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Being tested for the viruses is the only way to truly determine what may be making you ill.


**For more information visit Flu and COVID-19 Symptoms **



--

Kelly Joseph, BSN, RN-BC

(she/her/hers)

ICCSD School Nurse

Coralville Central (319.688.1100) + Mann (319.688.1145)

Google Voice: 319.535.2261 - You may call or text me at this number.

joseph.kelly@iowacityschools.org



To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa City Community School District requires universal indoor mask use for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to our schools, regardless of vaccination status. This is based on guidance from the CDC. In addition, the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation requires students and staff to wear a face-covering while on a school bus or while utilizing other District-provided transportation.


In addition, the District strongly encourages eligible individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals 12 years of age and older who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, this vaccine locator may be used to find a provider near you.

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