Helpful info for elementary parents as students come back full-time
All of Ankeny Community School District’s PK-5th grade students returned to learn in person, full time on October 19th. In order to keep our Ankeny students, staff and families safe and healthy, we will be continuing to redefine what a “normal” school day looks like.
We realize families may need to make difficult decisions between sending students to school vs. keeping them home/parent missing work. In order to keep our students and staff as healthy as possible, we ask that you consider these things before sending your child to school.
- If your child complains of any 1 of the following symptoms, please keep them home and contact your health care provider: new cough, shortness of breath, fever of 100.4 or higher, new loss of taste or smell.
- If your child complains of 2 or more of the following symptoms, please keep them home from school: fever, headache, muscle/body aches, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Due to the wide range of signs and symptoms of Covid-19, and for the safety of all, students will need to be sent home if they display these symptoms.
- If your child exhibits these symptoms at school, your child will be taken to a room that has been established for students/staff that are exhibiting Covid-19 related symptoms. This is to ensure safety from other students who would use the nurse’s office for non-Covid related reasons.
- If you are notified by health office staff that your student is ill at school, please plan to pick up your student as soon as possible. We would ask that you also have a back-up plan so that ill students can be picked up as quickly as possible if you are not available.
- We ask that you contact your Primary Health Care provider for more guidance on how to proceed with your student’s health needs prior to returning if your student is sent home. We will provide instructions per Polk County Health Department for proper home isolation and quarantine, if warranted. Students sent home ill will need to be out of school the following day (does not apply if sent home on a Friday) to be monitored. Students may return to school once the presenting symptoms have subsided for 24 hours, if they have an alternate diagnosis from a doctor, or a negative Covid test.
As said many times, this is a fluid and flexible situation that can change at any point. We will continue to work closely with the Polk County Health Department.
If you have questions, please contact your building’s nurse to discuss.
Stay safe and be well!
Fall pictures at Ashland Ridge will be taken on:
Group 1 – Monday, October 5th
Group 2 – Friday, October 9th
Picture packets will be sent home with students prior to picture day. Payment is to be received the day of pictures. Picture retake day will be Thursday, November 12th.
Welcome Interim Superintendent Dr. Azinger
The Ankeny Board of Education is pleased to announce Dr. Al Azinger was unanimously appointed as the Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Ankeny Community School District. Dr. Azinger has significant experience as a secondary and university administrator. He will step in as Interim Superintendent on September 16, 2020 when current Interim Superintendent, Dr. Jen Lindaman will assume her permanent role as Chief Officer of Academic Services for Ankeny Community School District.
“I am thrilled that Dr. Azinger has agreed to serve as the Ankeny Interim Superintendent, his expertise in growing leaders, and his dedication to public education make him the perfect leader for our school district,” stated Dr. Lindaman. “The Ankeny Community Schools values of community, challenge, leadership, excellence and inspiration were exemplified in Dr. Azinger’s responses to our interview teams giving us the utmost confidence in his ability to support our mission: Ankeny Community Schools is unified in its commitment, passion, and vision so every learner is prepared to achieve a lifetime of personal success.”
“The Ankeny School Board is pleased to welcome Dr. Al Azinger for the 2020-2021 school year. We appreciate the experience and depth of knowledge he brings to that role and we look forward to working with him. We are also grateful to Dr. Jen Lindaman for her leadership as she stepped in to temporarily fill that role,” said Lori Lovstad, President, Ankeny Board of Education.
Prior to joining the Ankeny Administrative Team, he served as Dean of the College of Education for Illinois State University. Throughout his years as an educator, he has served as Superintendent of Schools in Lawrence, Kansas and Associate Superintendent in Iowa City, IA.
Dr. Azinger received his Bachelor of Arts from Northeast Missouri State. He also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Western Illinois University; and a Doctorate of Education from University of Iowa.
“It’s an exciting opportunity,” stated Dr. Azinger. “I’m looking forward to working to maintain the high quality of education represented in Ankeny Schools during this transition.”
Dr. Azinger has strong ties to Ankeny and the school district. His daughter’s family calls Ankeny home and his three grandchildren are currently attending Ankeny schools.
Reminders for the Start of the School Year
Here are some reminders and important information for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
Please click link for instructions on how to take attendance for your child on their days of virtual learning.
A Note From Your Elementary Library
Hybrid students will be able to check out library books during media class at school. When students return their library books, the library staff will quarantine the books for 4 days. Students will use hand sanitizer prior to library checkout and will practice social distancing. Students will return their library books during their next Media class prior to checking out again.
General information related to arrival and dismissal:
- Parents are encouraged to utilize the drop-off and pick-up lane and not exit their cars.
- Parents will not be allowed to wait out in front of the building to meet their student/s after school. There will be a “meeting spot” on the blacktop playground area. Parents are encouraged to follow all social distancing guidelines.
- Students will be utilizing different doors to enter and exit the building throughout the day. Safety measures will remain in place with all doors locked during the school day.
- We acknowledge that there may be an increase in wait times during dismissal. Please use patience during this time and allow yourself plenty of time to pick-up your student/s. Remember that there will only be ½ the number of students or less each day so wait times may not increase.
- Students may enter the building at 7:40 and should NOT arrive at school prior to this time. We will no longer be providing supervision for students in the gym before school.
- After students are trained (1-2 weeks) on which door to enter and exit they will not meet at the spot that was utilized during the first 1-2 weeks of the start of the school year. They will walk and enter the building through their designated door. A hand sanitization station will be located at each of these entrance points and will be supervised by a staff member so that we can ensure that each student uses hand sanitizer and is wearing a mask as they enter the building. These supervision points will remain in place throughout the year.
Enter and exit through the kindergarten doors (N29).
For the first two weeks of school all kindergarten teachers will meet their students in a designated spot on the blacktop and escort their students to the classroom. Additional staff will be at the drop-off area directing students to their meeting spot. After the first two weeks we will have students trained on which door to enter/exit the building.
Enter and exit through the front entrance (E1)
For the first two weeks of school all first grade teachers will meet their students in a designated spot at the front of the building and escort them to the classroom. After the first two weeks we will have students trained on which door to enter/exit the building.
Enter and exit through the “2nd grade recess” doors (N23).
For the first two weeks of school all second grade teachers will meet their students in a designated spot on the blacktop and escort them to the classroom. After the first two weeks we will have students trained on which door to enter the building.
Enter and exit through the outside doors (S14).
For the first week of school all third grade teachers and Mrs. Halstead will meet their students in a designated spot at the back of the building but away from bus drop off zones and escort them to the classroom. After the first week we will have students trained on which door to enter the building.
Enter and exit through the outside doors by the front gym doors (E3).
For the first week of school all fourth grade teachers will meet their students in a designated spot along the south side of the student drop off area. After the first week we will have students trained on which door to enter the building.
Enter and exit through the outside doors by the 5th grade area (S16).
For the first week of school all fifth grade teachers will meet their students in a designated spot at the back of the building but away from bus drop off zones and escort them to the classroom. After the first week we will have students trained on which door to enter the building.
Grades 3-5 will join their grade level meeting spot in the back of the building. K-2 students will meet at a designated area in back of the building and be escorted by a staff member to the black top area to join their class.
Students dropped off in front or walkers/bike riders will enter through (E2) bus riders eating breakfast enter through (S9).
Students will report to the cafeteria to receive their grab and go breakfast and will be eating breakfast at their desks in the classroom.
This process will not change from past practice. Students will ring the bell, enter the building and report to the office and receive a “pass” to class. Parents will not be signing the students in as we are not allowing parents to enter the building unless absolutely necessary.
Kindergarten students will be escorted to bus pick-up areas by additional staff members.
1st-5th students will be escorted to bus pick-up areas by one of the grade level teachers..
Students will exit the building through the same days as arrival.
|PARENT PICK-UP (FRONT OF THE BUILDING):
Students will be given a windshield sign on the first day of school for parents to complete and place in the front windshield of their car. We will utilize much more of the “u-parking lot” to ensure students are socially distanced. Each grade level will have an area where they will wait by grade level and individual classroom assignment. We will not have younger siblings waiting with older siblings so parents will need to stay in line and make multiple stops along the “pick-up” zone until all siblings have been picked up. Please see attached map for these locations.
If parents are meeting students after school this needs to occur on the blacktop. Parents will not be allowed to “congregate” in the pick-up zone in front of the building. If students are walking they should leave school grounds immediately after dismissal. If walking with a sibling they should meet on the blacktop after dismissal and NOT at the classroom, locker, etc.
Hybrid Learning Model
The final Hybrid Learning model schedule for the 2020-2021 school year has been selected. See the attached schedule, which is the Set 2-Day Schedule with Alternating Wednesdays.
The survey results were:
Model 1 (Alternating Days): 35.15%
Model 2 (Set 2-Day Schedule with Alternating Wednesdays): 64.85%
The final results of the survey were:
- Model 1 (Alternating Days): 35.15%
- Model 2 (Set 2-Day Schedule with Alternating Wednesdays): 64.85%
We are not taking Pay to Ride applications at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to maximize social distancing on the school buses. We hope to open Pay-to-Ride on a limited basis once we have established routing for students who qualify for school transportation.