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October 7, 2020

Return to Learn Update 10.7.20

Prek 5R2L

On Monday, the Ankeny Board of Education voted to transition Preschool through Fifth Grade students into a traditional on-site model beginning Monday, October 19 in response to current public health data.

Traditional On-site Instruction Details

  • Schedules
  • Safety Expectations
    • Students and staff should screen for symptoms prior to leaving home.
    • Cloth face coverings are required to be worn while on the school bus and campus. (Reminder: The CDC updated their guidance and gaiters are no longer an approved face covering)
    • All efforts will be made to provide for social distancing, however, a traditional on-site model will not always allow for the recommended social distancing.
    • Students should bring personal water bottles; drinking fountains are turned off. Hydration filling stations will remain on and are being added throughout the district.
    • Additional mitigation guidelines during the school day are outlined in our Return to Learn Plan. 
  • Remote Learning Implications
    • Current Remote Learners: There will be no changes to the remote learners’ schedules. They will remain in remote learning through first semester.
    • Current Hybrid Learners: Unless a student’s circumstances have changed in a meaningful way (e.g. personal health condition, caregiver health condition, household member condition), the district will not be able to honor requests to change to the “remote only” option since the deadline for submitting this form has passed.
  • Pay-to-Ride
    • We have not opened the pay to ride process because seating is limited in order to make every effort to allow for social distancing on a bus. We hope to offer a pay to ride option once we are able to determine space available on buses.
  • Secondary Students (Grades 6-12)
    • At this time, secondary students will remain the hybrid learning model. (hybrid group calendar and school hours can be found here.) As the district continues to review absentee rates and the data from the Polk County Health Department, if the data remains steady or continues the current downward trend, Ankeny Schools will recommend a transition to a traditional on-site instruction model for secondary students as well.

Your school buildings will continue to work closely with staff, students, and families to support these transitions to learning models.