Attention Parents: Henry County Public Health is providing free dental and vision screenings on August 6th from 1:30PM-6:00PM and August 20th from 3:00PM-6:00PM for students entering into Kindergarten and 9th grade.
If your child is entering Kindergarten or 9th grade, proof of a dental screening is required for students. A screening for kindergarten is valid from age three years to four months after enrollment date. A screening for ninth grade is valid from one year prior to enrollment to four months after enrollment date.,
Children entering into Kindergarten are also required to provide proof of a vision screen. A screening will be valid if it was done up to 1 year prior to enrollment and no later than 6 months after enrollment.
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Attention Parents: Henry County Public Health is hosting an all day immunization clinic on August 6th from 9:00AM-6:00PM. If your child is entering Kindergarten, 7th grade or 12th grade they may be needing vaccinations.
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NL Parents: We still need quite a few of you to complete online registration for your student(s). Only 33% of 6-12 and 45% of K-5 students are currently registered. ALL students need to be registered by the first day of school on August 18th. If you need assistance, please contact us. ... See MoreSee Less
Questions, answers, and more information about returning to school.
Since publicly sharing our Return to Learn Plan, we have received a few emails asking for more information about the plan. We will share each question and our response just in case you may have the same questions. Our first evaluation period will be from the start of school until October 2. At that time, we will reevaluate this plan unless it becomes apparent that we need to reevaluate earlier.
I have already purchased some disinfecting wipes, since I work at a retail store. Could these still be donated or should I save them for home use? Thank you for all you are doing to keep our kids safe!
I feel the glass between the two students that sit together should be implemented.
It’s confusing. If the home has good internet can students choose to do online only or is that just for high risk?
As you may know, the New London Board of Education voted last night to approve our Return to Learn plan. This post contains a powerpoint presentation with what we think are the most important highlights from the plan. There is also a Facebook live recording of the school board meeting on the school's Facebook page where many of the major points were discussed. The New London Community School District is committed to putting student and staff safety at the forefront of planning. This information conveys the educational models that the district has selected for returning to school. It also includes information about the mitigation procedures that the district will use to limit the spread of COVID-19. All procedures described in these slides were developed in conjunction with CDC recommendations, Henry County Public Health and guidance provided by the Iowa Department of Education. Please remember that this plan is fluid and will continue to evolve as guidance from these sources changes. In addition to this document, our more formal Return to Learn plan (as required by the Iowa Department of Education) will be shared in the next couple of days. As always, we welcome questions at either firstname.lastname@example.org, or as a phone call to the district at 319.367.0500.
I’m so grateful for the face to face and want to thank all the teachers and staff ahead of time. As a parent with a student who struggles with learning he really needs the in person learning as he struggles to focus with other methods. And I’m no teacher and struggle myself to bring what he needs to learn to level he can understand it. We are happy to wear the masks so he can get that hands on learning. Can the students wear face shields in place of the mask if they have one?
This is a very solid return to learn plan!
I have seen a lot of rumors circulating about the school supplies list and that it may have changed, is any of this true or should I buy what’s on the lists provided at the stores?
So are the hours the same?????
What type of masks are being provided for the kids?
Going to agree w Mr. Wahls etc, volleyball girls wanted warm up jackets and wanted their names and to keep them, so us parents paid for them so the girls didn’t have to turn them back in. So not fair one team gets theirs paid for and gets to keep them, and another team pays for them so can keep them.
Wow, I guess after listening to all this regarding the Activities Office, that I'm glad to be done as the AD. I would think that since the current job description used for the position of AD only requires a High School diploma, and lists only a very few, and very general duties in comparison to what is actually being absorbed by this position, that a new job description might be beneficial in clarifying the role, responsibilities, and expectations the District/Board really is looking for from that person. I would think that every position would have a job description that is relevant and somewhat up to date.
FYI. There is a buzzing noise tat makes it hard to hear.
Just tuned in. Thanks for helping clean up after storm. Good bunch right here.
The smartest people on the planet have yet to answer the question of how best fight COVID 19 safely. Glad to see and hear New London HS’s plan. They figured it out!Go figure. 👍👨🎓👩🏻🎓🤔
When will the return to learn plan be out on social??
Nicole Smith I’m wondering the same thing
Why are there no social distancing or masks at this meeting?
For elementary students, is a face shield only ok? My son will be in kindergarten and the few times he has had to wear a mask, it has been everywhere but on his face correctly. I have ordered one for both kids as I feel they will be more comfortable for an all day wear rather than a mask.
A trip to state is on the line tonight! New London @ Lynville Sully in a class 1A region 6 championship softball game on thetigercast.com. Fill in announcer Gaige Gill will be live at 6:30 for a special pregame show with comments from the players and coaches on their deep post season run. Only on thetigercast.com
Tonight's board meeting has been moved to tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 7:00p.m. in order to accommodate those who wish to go to the girls softball game as well as come to this important board meeting about next years schedule. We will also be streaming the board meeting on Facebook live. ... See MoreSee Less
Tonight's Regional Semi-Final game location has been moved to North Mahaska at 7 PM.
There were several factors that went into the location of this game. Here is a note from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union detailing how the decision was made.
"North Mahaska will host New London in the 1A Region 6 Regional Semi on July 17 at 7 p.m. There was no head to head, both teams were 1-1 against common opponents so it came down to overall winning percentage. North Mahaska 10-7 (.588) vs. New London 8-6 (.571)."
Let's get out tonight and support our team at North Mahaska.
Fans should bring their own chairs or be prepared to stand as some of the seating areas are blocked off to assist with Social Distancing.
I know many have been waiting to see our District's Return to Learn Plan. We will be reviewing our plans with the Board of Education on Monday night and then share it with everyone on Tuesday of next week. Along with our plan we will address how we will return to school come August 18th.
NLCSD - Registration and equipment fitting for incoming 5/6th grade students interested in playing tackle football this fall is TONIGHT from 6:00 - 7:30 or Sunday from 4:00 - 5:30 in the Art building. ... See MoreSee Less
Tonight's high school softball game versus Danville has been canceled and will not be made up. Following Union rules and regulations, this game will be deemed a forfeit by the visiting team, as the game could have been played. We understand that schools will have concerns surrounding Covid-19 and the mitigation process that each school takes. Again, we have no softball player to date that has tested positive for Covid-19 and have no concern with any of our players. Below are our procedures that we developed with the Henry County Public Health team for testing and quarantining individuals due to COVID-19.
1. Untested. Persons who have not received a test proving or disproving the presence of COVID-19 but experience symptoms may return if the following four conditions are met: a. They have not had a fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers); and b. Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and c. At least ten (10) calendar days have passed since your symptoms first appeared. d. A student/athlete will be excluded from practice and competition according to the guidelines stated above unless proof of a negative COVID-19 test is provided to the school.
2. Tested positive with symptoms. Persons who experience symptoms and have tested positive for COVID-19 may return to practice/competition if the following three conditions are met: a. They no longer have a fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers); and b. Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and c. At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared.
3. Tested positive with no symptoms. Persons who test positive for COVID-19 but do not experience symptoms should self-isolate until: a. At least ten (10) calendar days have passed since the date of the first positive test; and b. They continue to have no symptoms (for example, no cough or shortness of breath) since the test.
4. Tested negative. Persons with symptoms of COVID-19 who are tested and test negative can go back to daily activities 24 hours after their fever and other symptoms have subsided.
5. Tested Negative. Persons with symptoms of COVID-19 who are tested and test negative, but were in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 case must quarantine 14 days from the latest date in which you came in direct contact with the person with the positive case. ... See MoreSee Less
This morning we received news from the family of our student athlete that their daughter’s test results came back negative. This is great news for our athlete, family and community. We know that this year will be very trying at different times and we must lean on the professionals and data that will help guide us in our decision-making process. What we found from several hours of conversations yesterday with both the Girls Union and the Henry County Health Department is that we need to act on each case individually. The Girls Union reported that 20 schools have dealt with a Covid-19 case thus far this season. Out of those 20 school 15 have continued to play their season without quarantine because they have practiced social distancing at all times, sanitized properly, and adhered to all other protocols. The Girls Union also shared that out of all 20 schools there has not yet been a case of player to player transmission. Our district’s leaders, coaches, players, families, and community need to be recognized for working together to keep every person safe.
There is no “one size fits all” policy or practice that a School District can adopt and put into place to stop this virus. However, we as a district and community need to take preventative measures to control it the best we can. It is important to make sure we continue to practice the guidelines that have been set for us all. With this in mind we will continue to monitor our expectations during practices and games, so we are ensuring the safest environment for everyone. We have been in contact with our opposing team for tonight’s game and we have agreed to play ball.
From West Burlington Activities Director - Jeff Housel regarding tonight's (7/2) Baseball Game:
In addition to the state's COVID-19 guidelines we will have separate entries for West Burlington and New London. West Burlington spectators will sit in the along the 3rd base and left field side and use the bathrooms attached to the pressbox. New London spectators will sit along the 1st base and right field side and use the bathrooms in the admin building beyond the right field fence.
Only designated players from the defensive team will retrieve foul balls and return to the defensive dugout. West Burlington varsity players will stretch and throw on the practice football field at 6:30 PM and New London players will be allowed to stretch and throw at 6:45 PM.
After the JV game we will take infield followed by New London then we will do a brief senior night presentation, starting lineups and national anthem.
In light of the recent news regarding a positive case of Covid-19 in a teenager here in New London, we are making the following decisions. These decisions have been made in correspondence with the Henry County Health Department, Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, and parents.
We have had one softball player come into close contact with a summer non-athlete/student that has recently tested positive. This player has been recently tested and is waiting on their results. To take extra precautions we have postponed our softball game with West Burlington until next Thursday, July 9, 2020. Upon receipt of the results being negative or positive the school will work with the Henry County Health Department to determine the future of the season.
We have interviewed the two students and their parents to help make further decisions as well. These families have taken it upon themselves to self-quarantine their other siblings from participating in youth baseball/softball until their 14 days are complete or a negative test is provided.
Through our review we found no information that would support needing to make any changes or regulations to our baseball program. Tonight they will travel to West Burlington to play.
Please understand that providing information is important, but upholding students and families privacy and confidentiality is even more important. We will continue to provide the most accurate information when dealing with Covid-19 situations throughout the year. We thank you in advance for your respect and patience in these matters.
On Thursday of last week, the Iowa Department of Education provided all Iowa schools with reopening guidance. The document was created in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and highlighted ten health and safety recommendations.
Many who have read through these recommendations feel that the guidance didn’t provide enough safety measures for everyone attending school, from students to employees, especially in comparison to what some other states are requiring. Since March 16, when school was first closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen each state take a different approach to how they would mitigate and control the spread of the virus. We know that we continue to see positive cases across Iowa. To date, we have seen 81 positive cases in Henry County (this information can be found at coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/case-counts). Scroll down and click on Henry County and then data will be provided.
In conjunction with the Department of Education, the New London School District has developed our own individualized Return to Learn Plan with three distinct parts: a plan for face-to-face learning, a plan for hybrid or 50% capacity learning, and a plan for virtual learning. These plans not only identify several specific points of need, but also highlight the academic and health/safety of our students and employees. Our plan is due to the Department of Education on July 1, 2020, and after we review it with our entire staff, we will then share it with our families and community members.
We are including the guidance from the Iowa Department of Education in this document, so that you can see the state’s recommendations. Please understand that each local school district has the opportunity to provide additional measures to their individual plan; we have done so. Our intentions of sharing the information below is to not upset anyone, but to provide a clearer understanding of the guidance that was provided to all Iowa schools. If you’d like to comment on this post, please do so, but we’d like to see constructive comments, not complaints. We welcome feedback as we work through this process.
Iowa Department of Education Guidance June 25, 2020 Reopening Guidance for Schools
Purpose This guidance was created in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) as a resource for administrators to safely open districts and nonpublic schools. It must be used in conjunction with all proclamations issued by the governor and guidance provided by the IDPH.
Planning Districts and nonpublic schools may plan for reopening using the Return-to-Learn Support Document as a resource. The Health and Safety section, in particular, is relevant to reopening facilities. There are Health and Safety modules for district leadership teams and for school personnel that support health and safety in school that align with the Return-to-Learn Support Document.
Schools must put plans in place to protect staff and students at higher risk of developing illness. Whenever children are together in school or in the community, there is a risk of spreading communicable disease. Additional changes in health practices and measures by schools can create a culture of safety in the prevention of entry or spread of communicable disease, while minimizing disruption of access to educational programs, protecting the confidentiality of students and staff, and preventing discrimination.
July 1 Beginning July 1, school districts and accredited nonpublic schools may begin offering all school activities. The following health and safety requirements should be implemented:
HEALTH AND SAFETY 1. Consistent with IDPH guidance and school policies, staff or students who are ill should stay home. 2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that schools screen students and staff upon entering the building. One symptom is not necessarily indicative of communicable disease. Some individuals may be ill and have no symptoms. 3. Teach and reinforce washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds following CDC guidance on when and how to wash your hands. If soap and water are not readily available, teach and reinforce use of a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol (if applicable or age appropriate) using CDC guidance. 4. Requiring face coverings for all staff and students is not recommended. Allow the personal use of cloth face coverings by staff and students. Teach and reinforce the prevention of stigma associated with the use or non-use of facial coverings to support a respectful, inclusive, and supportive school environment (CDC). 5. Schools should protect the confidentiality of employees and students/families in their personal health who may or may not wear a face covering. Local decisions or policies related to facial coverings are made in collaboration with the school's local public health, current proclamations issued by the governor, and legal counsel. 6. Provide the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and training for employees who have a medium- to high-risk of exposure or as determined by their job-related tasks (OSHA Workplace Guidance, CDC). Teach and reinforce the prevention of stigma associated with the school personnel use of PPE to support a respectful, inclusive, and supportive work environment (CDC). IOWA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GUIDANCE Iowa Department of Education guidance should be viewed as advisory unless it's specifically authorized by state statute, according to Iowa Code section 256.9A. This does not apply to administrative rules, declaratory orders, or materials required by federal law or courts. Page | 2 7. The words schools use when communicating matter. If a district is going to require more than what Department guidance outlines, they should only do so in consultation with public health and legal counsel. Schools are reminded that when not using the Department’s guidance word for word, they should indicate this was a locally-determined distinction. 8. Schools may not be able to guarantee that physical distancing can be met in all school settings throughout the entire school day, during school activities, or with transportation. This is similar to when children congregate in their community. It is important for schools to implement preventative health changes that can be sustainable and done with fidelity (examples: have a plan if a student or staff member becomes sick; educate and encourage students and staff on a range of preventative health practices to reduce risks associated with communicable disease spread; and use your emergency operations plan for communicable disease outbreaks). 9. Post signs on how to stop the spread of illness, properly wash hands, and promote everyday protective measures. Signs are available on the CDC and IDPH websites. Communicate with your school community on preventative health and safety measures while maintaining confidentiality of students and staff. 10. Have a general framework for routine cleaning practices of facilities, high touch surface areas, cafeterias, concession stands, health offices, and buses following CDC guidance and any state or federal sanitation regulations. Schools must also adhere to the Department of Inspection and Appeals (DIA) School Concession Stand Guidance.
ILLNESS REPORTING Schools should communicate with student families that if there is a health concern, the family should speak with a health care provider. Maintain confidentiality in received reports of any staff member or student having a communicable disease or illness. Contact your local public health agency directly related to reports of communicable disease and draft communications prior to sending them out to the school community.
1. Contact tracing and self-isolation may be required upon recommendation by public health. Ensure you have a plan in place to support the needs of staff and students who may be impacted. This includes knowing how to contact your local department of public health and maintaining information about attendance and class schedules with contact information if needed for exposed or affected students and staff.
SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSURE SF 2310 authorizes school boards, if the governor proclaims a public health disaster, to close a school district due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the school district or any school district attendance center. Decisions to close are made at the local-level in collaboration with public health.
RETURN-TO-LEARN Beginning July 1, all school districts and accredited nonpublic schools may begin implementation of their submitted and approved Return-to-Learn plans. ... See MoreSee Less
We are certain that you are doing everything you can to keep our children and our educators & team at New London schools safe. We are positive you'll choose the best decision, and we support you 100%. These are challenging times and we are blessed to have such intelligent, compassionate leaders!
When do you believe the Return to Learn plan will be available to the public? I know I am very interested in how we get our kids safely back to school.
What about kids with special needs? (asthma, allergies, autoimmune disorders like thyroid conditions that already lower immunity)?
Joey has really missed his class and teachers. Stay safe.
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The mission of the New London Community School District, through the combined resources of school, home, and community, is to guide, challenge, and motivate life-long learning in an environment that fosters individual success, mutual respect, pride, and personal accountability.