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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates--Lo-Ma Schools are Closed the Remainder of School Year. Kid Care is also closed.

Updated April 17, 2020 at 3 pm

April 17, 2020

Governor Kim Reynolds announced today that schools in the state of Iowa will be closed for the reminder of the year. She also announced that all spring activities are canceled. Even though it is unfortunate that school will be closed, it is also understandable. 

During the next few weeks our administrative team will be meeting daily to determine what is the best path for our students. I know there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. For example, how will we get our children’s possessions? Are there any plans for summer education resources? What are we doing for graduation? Etc.

We will be working on these questions plus many more over the next few weeks. Please be patient as we work to find the answers that will work best for you and your children. Remember that we are in this together and we will be stronger for the experience. 

Don’t hesitate to contact your children’s building principal or me with any questions you may have.

 

April 2, 2020

The Governor of Iowa has extended the school shutdown until April 30, 2020.  More details will follow.

March 24, 2020

Logan-Magnolia families, 

We find ourselves in uncertain times and uncharted territory for school districts.  As we work together to move forward, we will be reaching out to you to make navigating the coming weeks with your children a little easier.  

We would like to update you with the following developments:

  • The district has no expectation that families provide instruction at home while school is closed.  Our teachers will contact or have been contacting  parents with resources that the parents can use when working with their children. When our students return to us, our teachers will meet with their students to determine where they are academically, and the teachers and students will move forward together.

  • Our school principals will be reaching out to you periodically to update you on the latest developments in their building.

  • Keep in mind that the stress and uncertainty that we are feeling as adults likely feels even bigger to our students.  Learning is important, but so is emotional safety and personal space to navigate the feelings that come from having limited social contact and disruption of routine.   

  • Our breakfast and lunch program will start drop-offs tomorrow.  Please refer to our website to get information, and sign up instructions. Please be patient as we work out the kinks with this program. All students are eligible for these meals. Please understand that we are not able to do home deliveries according to the guidelines from the state.

As a district, we are following closely the guidance given to us from the Iowa Department of Education about how to navigate this unprecedented time in public schools.  This guidance does define what schools should and should not provide while we are closed in accordance with the provisions of Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) as well as compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).  All teachers and schools in Iowa are using this guidance as a roadmap for how to navigate the coming weeks.

Lastly, we know you and your children have many questions about grades, credit, graduation, making-up lost instruction, etc.  Please know that we are working hard to plan for the unknown and provide answers to the many questions we all have in a way that honors both the expectations of the Iowa DE as well as what we believe is best for our LoMa students.  

Thank you and please take care of your children,


 

March 16, 2020

As you prepare for the school stoppage I would like to bring you up to date on a few announcements. 

  1. The governor recommended that we close school for the next 4 weeks. We do plan to follow this recommendation. However, if our school is safe to resume classes we will do so as soon as possible. In addition, if the recommendation is to stay closed longer we will obviously do so. 

  2. As of today, we plan to make up the days missed due to the coronavirus in May and June. However, this could change, depending upon the requirements of the Iowa Department of Education and the length of our closure.

  3. Parent/Teacher conferences are cancelled. If you need to contact your children’s teachers please do so via email.

  4. Since we are not a high Free and Reduced Count school, we have applied for a waiver to allow our school to provide meals for families in need. I will let you know as soon as possible if we are granted the waiver.

  5. Community members and community teams are not allowed to use the school facilities for the next 4 weeks. This includes the weight room, gyms, and athletic fields. 

  6. It is important that your children stay home. Friends getting together sounds like a great idea until you realize that this virus we are dealing with is extremely contagious. This is an excellent time to get in some quality family time. 

 

I will send out messages as deemed appropriate. The steps we are taking are considered necessary if we are to beat this virus. Most experts agree that we, as a country, must make some huge short term life changes if we are to succeed. I realize the inconveniences this school break is causing your family. The Logan and Magnolia communities have a great tradition of supporting our schools in a time of need. We will get through this together.

 

March 15, 2020

Following the recommendation of the governor, Kim Reynolds, Logan-Magnolia will be closed effective immediately for 4 weeks due to concerns regarding the coronavirus. Please be advised that we will give you more details as they become available. Kid Care is also closed.

 

March 14, 2020

We have been informed that there is a confirmed case of the COVID 19 virus in Harrison County. We have been advised that the person involved has been quarantined at home and had recently returned from England. We have also been advised by the local and state health officials to continue with our regular school schedule. Our administrative team will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed of any changes.

Remember to check your email from yesterday concerning our Parent/Teacher conferences.

 

March 13, 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been on everyone’s mind over the past month. Over the past 2 days it has been shocking how it has affected our lives both on a local and on a state level. We, the administration of Logan-Magnolia Schools, have been in constant contact with our Public Health organizations, including the Harrison County Home and Public Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Education, and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and rely on them to help direct our decisions and actions. We will lean heavily on these organizations when we make decisions. They provide us with the most accurate information. We will NOT make any decisions about canceling school without their recommendation.

As of this afternoon,the strong recommendation from these groups is to continue with the school day as normal. However they do recommend reducing the amount of outside traffic into the school building as much as possible. We will keep you informed of changes as soon as the decisions are made. Until then, we will continue to operate as normal to provide learning opportunities for our students.

A change that will occur is our Parent/teacher conference procedure. As I mentioned earlier it is recommended that we keep outside traffic to a minimum. To do this we are going to have phone conferences spread over the entire week. The elementary teachers will call their students’ parents either from school or from their personal phone. They will attempt to keep on the schedule that was originally set up as much as possible. Since it would be impractical for the high school teachers to reach all of their students, some have up to 100 students, they will be reaching out to those parents whose children are not passing with a C or higher. If you wish to have a phone conference with a secondary teacher, regardless of your student's performance, please send them an email and the teacher will be sure to call you. As always, you can reach out to any teacher during school hours even if your children are doing well.

As a community, we will get through this. Please remember to remain calm and access information from credible sources. If anything major is happening at school concerning the coronavirus we will communicate as soon as possible through JMC and the school website. Please don’t rely on FaceBook or other forms of social media for school announcements.

 

 

 

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