From the Superintendent's Desk
I hope your summer is awesome and you are spending it exactly as you hoped! What an enjoyable break the summer has been from the challenging 2020-21 school year. We are looking forward to welcoming new teachers in a couple of weeks and seeing everyone later this month.
At this time, we are planning for a more typical school. The current law is for optional mask wearing and full-time in-person learning. That is subject to change only at the direction of the Governor. Local public health is no longer contact tracing and is directing schools to approach COVID-19 cases as we would influenza. This means students and staff who are symptomatic need to stay home until they are symptom free. We understand public officials’ directives can change in the future.
Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer and we look forward to seeing you! GO BOMBERS!
- Registration must be done online. You may access yoru student's registration via your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Online registration MUST be completed for your student to be assigned a bus route.
- Classroom supply lists can be found on the Ballard district website. Supply lists have also been distribued to Staples, Walmart and Target stores in both Ames and Ankeny.
- Student Fees can be paid online via our Online Payments. If you prefer to pay by cash or check, please complete the following form and return it to the District Administration Office.
Ballard Health Department
• All students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade and born after September 15, 2004, will need proof of one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY). All students entering, advancing, or transferring into 12th grade and born after September 15, 1999, will need proof of two doses of meningococcal (A, C W, Y) vaccine; or 1 dose if received when the student was 16 years of age or older.
• Meningitis vaccine protects against meningococcal serogroups A, C, W, and Y. Meningococcal disease caused by any serogroup is a very serious, life-threatening illness. It is caused by bacteria that can infect the blood, brain, and spinal cord. Meningococcal bacteria are spread through upper respiratory droplets, such as saliva (kissing, living in close quarters). About 10 to 15% of people with meningococcal disease die even with appropriate treatment. Twenty percent of people recovering from meningococcal disease suffer from serious effects including permanent hearing loss, limb loss, or brain damage. Meningococcal vaccines are very safe and effective at preventing meningococcal disease. The meningococcal vaccine is 85 - 100 percent effective at preventing infection from the subtypes of meningococcus found in the vaccine.
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