Return to Learn Plan

The Iowa Department of Education has given schools guidance on reopening schools in the fall. The guidance is broad in nature and allows school districts to make local decisions on most aspects of reopening our buildings. We are still working through the details of our plans and many questions won't be answered until we get closer to the start of the school year. With all of our close to 1000 students being in one building, it presents different challenges that other districts might not face. A few things to note as of today:

  • We are planning on starting back in an on-site learning environment on Monday, August 17
  • Efforts will be made to limit large gatherings by varied groups of students and we will do all we can to keep kids physically distanced.
  • We will have staggered arrival and dismissal times.
  • We are encouraging parents to bring their children to school so we can limit the number of students riding the buses.
  • We are not planning on having town bus routes for students who live less than two miles from the school building.
  • Students will be expected to wear a mask (except for certain situations) while riding on school buses to protect each other as well as our bus drivers.
  • At this time, we will not require students to wear masks in the building. There may be times during the day that we expect students to wear masks, but as of today, those times would be few.
  • We will more than likely require staff to wear masks when around others.
  • We are planning on lunch being sacked individually and eaten in classrooms. Students should not share lunch items.
  • To limit potential exposure, visitors will not be allowed into the building in most cases unless special arrangements have been made.

The linked document is the rough draft of our three plans. There will be more details available as we get closer to August, but this document should give parents and students a good idea of what we expect school to look like at the start of the year with each potential plan. We have worked with our teachers, student leadership team, and the School Improvement Advisory Committee comprised of parents, teachers, staff, and students to put these plans together. The school board will approve our plans at our July School Board Meeting.

Again, these plans are fluid and could change rather quickly. We will do our best to follow the guidelines of the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Dallas County Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please email me at deron.durflinger@vmbulldogs.com if you have any questions.

Kindergarten Roundup

Kindergarten Roundup is currently scheduled for Monday, July 27, and Tuesday, July 28. Details are still being worked out and more information will come out later this summer. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Tibbetts at cody.tibbetts@vmbulldogs.com

Summer Office Hours

The District Office is open from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for essential business in the summer. If you need to conduct business in the office, it is easiest to do it by appointment by emailing Shonna at shonna.trudo@vmbulldogs.com

20-21 School Year Registration

We have attached the online registration procedures. If you have not registered your child(ren) for school, we ask that parents complete student registration ASAP. Registrations are very important in helping us prepare for the upcoming school year. Please take the time to complete it. If you have any questions, email Sandy at sandy.coffin@vmbulldogs.com. She will be able to help you out or to get you connected with the appropriate person.

Thanks for getting your children registered for the next school year and have a great summer.

Continuous Learning Reminders

There are summer learning opportunities available to our students. If interested, review the linked websites to learn more.

6-12 Summer Learning and Reading Site

K-8 Summer Learning and Reading Site

Mental Health Support

We know and understand that these are challenging times. Everyone's lives have been altered and it is challenging for all of us. If what is being asked of students is requiring too much time, let us know and we will find ways to provide more support or make adjustments to what we are asking kids to do. We just really want to put them in the best position to be successful academically, but we ultimately want to make sure our students are healthy.

Please reach out if your kids are struggling mentally. We have a great team of counselors and they would be glad to provide support if needed.

Jayci Kuhns- Social Worker, jayci.kuhns@vmbulldogs.com

Sara Cook- Elem. Counselor, sara.cook@vmbulldogs.com

Melanie Hopkins- Sec. Counselor, melanie.hopkins@vmbulldogs.com

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