North Cedar News
One of the benefits of a small school district is that we can immerse ourselves in our community of learners. Get to know the movers and shakers in the North Cedar Community School District! Our News page is chock full of student and staff praise, helpful tips, and information about what’s new in the district.
Each month the North Cedar School Board shares a highlight or two of our monthly board meetings. These takeaways are messages that the board collectively feels are important for the public to know.
Here are the highlights from the September 21, 2020, meeting:
Welcome, New Knights. The board sends a warm welcome to all of the new staff at North Cedar. We welcome the following teachers and administrative personnel: Ian Heetland, jr./sr. high choir; Kerry Jackson, third Grade Mechanicsville; Tori King, high school Spanish; Mackenzie Reuscher, kindergarten at Lowden; Brandon Sipe, elementary music and band; Kelly Stillwagon, human resources manager; and Alex Tenley, high school science. We also have a number of new faces in other support positions. Welcome to North Cedar!
High Fives to the North Cedar Community. Kudos to our parents, students, and staff for embracing the challenge of beginning the school year during a pandemic. The board recognizes the added stresses of schedule changes, e-learning, and enhanced safety and illness protocols. We applaud everyone for their willingness to adapt and navigate all that is unconventional about the new school year. It is our hope that everyone will continue to rally around all North Cedar students and families as we work to maximize student learning and growth.
To view the full agenda and attachments of North Cedar School Board meetings, click the Online Board App button on our board of education page. Meeting minutes are also posted online following each meeting.
As North Cedar Community School District adapts to the challenges presented by COVID-19, we want to inform you of what to expect if we identify a COVID-19 case within our school district. Please be aware that in an effort to be compliant with privacy laws, we will not be sending district-wide notifications regarding positive cases or potential exposures. Rather, we will contact families and staff who will individually obtain instructions. Mass notifications will only occur if we determine that there is an outbreak of several cases and we are unable to specifically determine close contacts.
For more information, please read our alternative diagnosis letter and notification:
Join us for the Clarence community blood drive on Friday, September 25, 2020, from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ! Sign up today on the Blood Center site contact Tina Wallace at (319) 538-3362, or contact Diane Betts at (319) 521-8155. Appointments are required. Walk-ins will not be accepted to allow for proper social distancing. all donors will earn a gift card or retro inspired t-shirt. Giving blood is classic!
Beginning on Monday, September 14, North Cedar Community School District will be providing breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost to them regardless of meal benefit status until further notice. No sign up is necessary for students who are in-person learning. All children participating in online learning and those not enrolled in school must sign up in order to receive meals. Meals will be available for pick up at Mechanicsville Elementary, Lowden Elementary, or Clarence Junior/Senior High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Please see below for our free meal update and meal sign up.
Parents, please review the elementary early dismissal from school letter. The letters are located on the Elementary Schools page. Thank you for your time and attention.
Do you have a student attending the Little Knights Learning Center? We encourage you to go to our Little Knights page and see letters from our teachers, current rates, and COVID-19 information.
Each month the North Cedar School Board shares two or three key highlights of our monthly board meetings. These takeaways are messages that the board collectively feels are important for the public to know. In addition to the regular board meeting, this month a special meeting was on August 25, 2020.
Face Covering Requirement. The board approved a modification to the Return-to-School Plan (COVID-19 Response Handbook) that requires the use of face coverings when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings (masks or shields) are required by students on all school transportation. In addition, they are also required while students are passing in halls, when one-on-one work is needed or in certain classrooms where class sizes or activities prevent appropriate spacing and the installation of barriers are not practical. Students and staff may remove their face coverings in certain situations when social distancing measures have been achieved. River Valley Conference guidelines also require face coverings by spectators at all school-sponsored extracurricular events.
The North Cedar School Board realizes there are a variety of emotions associated with beginning the school year during the Coronavirus pandemic. Know that the district administration, teachers, and staff have been hard at work to ensure a safe learning environment for all students. We join together in wishing all North Cedar Knights a successful school year!
To view the full agenda and attachments of North Cedar School Board meetings, click the Online Board App button on our Board of Education page. Meeting minutes are also posted online following each meeting.
Each month the North Cedar School Board shares two or three key highlights of our monthly board meetings. These takeaways are messages that the board collectively feels are important for the public to know. Here are the highlights from the Aug 17, 2020, meeting:
Storm Damage and Delay of School. The unprecedented wind storm that ripped through our communities August 10 left a mark on our homes, businesses, and farms that will not soon be forgotten. While we received damage at all four sites, the most significant damage was in Clarence on the upper level of the northwest wing that houses some of our high school classes. As a result of our facility damage and power outages, the board has made the decision to delay the start of school until August 31.
Calendar Change. In addition to delaying the start of school, another major change to teacher professional development days was approved. Nearly every Wednesday there will be a 1:05 p.m. student dismissal. This time will allow teachers to prepare lessons for those families who have opted for virtual learning and provide planning time if we must implement our hybrid or all-virtual learning plans. Please review the revised district calendar. With the new calendar approved, look for additional communication soon from our principals regarding efforts to ensure a safe on-site learning environment for students.
Face Covering Survey. The district has several mitigation strategies in place to protect students and staff from COVID-19. Some of the current social distancing efforts include spacing of desks in classrooms, the installation of shields or barriers in offices and classrooms, holding classes outdoors whenever possible, and staggered shifts for lunch and other common activities. There are times throughout the school day when students and staff may be unable to effectively maintain social distancing. In order to gain feedback from staff and parents on the use of face coverings when social distancing is difficult to maintain, a short survey was distributed following the meeting. Parents and guardians should check their email for the survey link.
To view the full agenda and attachments of North Cedar School Board meetings, click the Online Board App button. Meeting minutes are also posted online following each meeting.