2020-21 School Year (COVID-19)

This web page will be updated regularly as ADM receives new information.



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(Please note: The ADM COVID-19 Data Dashboard and Positive COVID Case Notices can be viewed on the "COVID-19 Cases At ADM" portion of this website)


March 9: Parent and Family Update

Families,

Please take a moment to read the March ADM Parent and Family Update.

Updates Include:

  • Approved 2021-22 Academic Calendar

  • COVID-19 Daily Updates

  • COVID-19 Numbers At ADM

Sincerely,

Greg

January 12: Parent and Family Update

Families,

Please take a moment to read January's Parent and Family Update.

Sincerely,

Greg

December 16 : Free Meals For Enrolled ADM Students Extended

ADM Families,

What: Due to an extension of the current federal free meal plan all currently enrolled Adel DeSoto Minburn School District students will continue to be able to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost to them through the end of the 2020-21 school year. This will apply to all ADM students, whether learning fully onsite or fully remote.

  • Please note: At this time remote learning students do not have the option to receive breakfast and will continue to order lunch using the same process that has been in place since the start of the year.

Why: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will now extend several flexibilities through the end of June 2021. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children for the rest of the year.

Details: All families are encouraged to take advantage of and participate in breakfast and lunch this year. Meals will be provided at no cost to the family. Families do not need to enroll or take any action, as meals will simply be free through the end of the school year. This opportunity gives every family the chance to feel a sense of financial relief while also having the security of their student(s) being fed.

Please Note: All extra purchases like; Snack Milk, A La Carte, & Extras will still be available to students but must be purchased through the Student’s meal account. Current lunch status benefits will not apply to any extras and students must have a positive balance to purchase them. This will also apply to those who have elected to do virtual learning.

  • Please be sure to communicate with your student(s) your restrictions and expectations with A La Carte, Snack Milk, & Extras, as those items will still be charged to the student meal account and if not monitored, can deplete the account quickly.

  • Parents can monitor student lunch account balances through Infinite Campus and can contact me at 515-993-3431 or jbrand@admschools.org if they would like to restrict extra purchases on a student’s account.

Meal Account Notices: Meal account notices, regardless of the newly extended benefits, will continue to be sent home weekly depending on the student account balance. Please contact me at 515-993-3431 or jbrand@admschools.org if you have any questions or concerns with your student(s) meal account.

Sincerely,

Jason Brand

School Nutrition Director

December 15: Parent and Family Update

Families,

Please take a moment to read December's Parent and Family Update.

Sincerely,

Greg

November 13: ADM Launches COVID-19 Data Dashboard

ADM Families and Staff,

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ADM has been committed to providing families and staff with access to relevant data and information being used to help make decisions about Return To Learn planning and determinations of the learning format being implemented at ADM.

As ADM Superintendent Greg Dufoe shared in November’s parent and family update “We meticulously developed a return to learn plan prior to the start of school, and execution of that plan has been outstanding.” ADM’s Return To Learn plan includes detailed and specific mitigation strategies, options for families who choose not to send their students to learn on-site, and significant processes to collect, track, and monitor ADM specific data related to COVID-19. We continue to track and monitor ADM specific data and will make decisions based on the local data we are collecting at ADM.

To help provide families and staff with access to real time ADM specific data, we are launching the ADM COVID-19 Data Dashboard. The dashboard has been carefully designed to provide accurate data along with context for each data point. With the exception of attendance data, all data in the dashboard is live and updated as data is received and processed by the district. At this time, the five-day daily attendance rate for each building will be updated weekly.

You can view the ADM COVID-19 Data Dashboard by visiting the “COVID-19 Cases At ADM” page of ADM’s COVID-19 website. Furthermore, we will continue to email daily positive case summaries to all families in the district and will continue to post copies of all daily case summaries in the space below the dashboard on the COVID-19 website.



We hope the ADM COVID-19 Data Dashboard will serve as another resource to support families and staff in understanding the current reality of COVID-19 at ADM. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate the challenges of the current school year.


Sincerely,

Travis Wilkins

Director of Innovative Learning and Communication

November 10: Parent and Family Update

Families,

Please take a moment to November’s Family Update. In this update you will find information about:


  • COVID-19 Numbers At ADM

  • ADM Daily Wellness Screener

  • Adel Elementary Face Coverings

  • Understanding Isolation, Quarantine, and Self-Monitoring

  • ADM’s Approach To Snow Days

  • Physical Plant and Equipment Levy

  • District Enrollment

  • Meadow View Construction Update

Sincerely,

Greg

October 1: Parent and Family Update

ADM Families,

Please take a moment to read the following October Parent and Family Update for important information and updates about:


  • COVID Numbers At ADM

  • New IDPH Guidance: Face Coverings and Quarantines

  • Changes In ADM Face Mask Policy 3-12

  • Understanding Isolation, Quarantine, and Self-Monitoring

  • On-Site and Remote Learners Participation Numbers

  • Meadow View Elementary and Construction Progress


Have a great day!

Greg






September 14 : Free Meals For Enrolled ADM Students

ADM Families,

What: Starting September 15th, 2020 all currently enrolled Adel DeSoto Minburn School District students will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost to them. This will apply to all ADM students, whether learning fully onsite or fully remote through December 31, 2020 or until the current federal funding runs out, at which time ADM will shift back to the paid meal program. Please note: At this time remote learning students do not have the option to receive breakfast and will continue to order lunch using the same process that has been in place since the start of the year.

Why: Last week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several flexibilities through December 31, 2020. The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall/winter months.

Details: All families are encouraged to take advantage and participate in breakfast and lunch this fall. Meals will be provided at no cost to the family. Families do not need to enroll or take any action, as meals will simply be free through December 31, 2020 or until federal funding runs out. This opportunity gives every family the chance to feel a sense of financial relief while also having the security of their student(s) being fed.

Please Note: All extra purchases like; Snack Milk, A La Carte, & Extras will still be available to students, but must be purchased through the Student’s meal account. Current lunch status benefits will not apply to any extras and students must have a positive balance to purchase them. This will also apply to those who have elected to do virtual learning.

      1. Please be sure to communicate with your student(s) your restrictions and expectations with A La Carte, Snack Milk, & Extras, as those items will still be charged to the student meal account and if not monitored, can deplete the account quickly.

      2. Parents can monitor student lunch account balances through Infinite Campus, and can contact me at 515-993-3431 or jbrand@admschools.org if they would like to restrict extra purchases on a student’s account.

Meal Account Notices: Meal account notices, regardless of the newly extended benefits, will continue to be sent home weekly depending on the student account balance.

Please contact me at 515-993-3431 or jbrand@admschools.org if you have any questions or concerns with your student(s) meal account.

Sincerely,

Jason Brand

ADM Nutrition Services Director

August 25 : Fall Spectator Guidance, Ticket Purchasing, and Seating Information

ADM Families and Staff,

ADM has been working closely with the Raccoon River Valley Conference and reviewing guidance from the DCHD, IHSSA, and IGHSAU to develop procedures and processes related to spectator attendance, ticket purchasing, and seating at ADM fall sporting events. Please use the link below to review important information related to:


  • Ticket Purchasing

    • No Tickets will be sold at the gate. All tickets must be pre-purchased online.

    • The number of tickets sold will be limited to reduce capacity and ensure physical distancing

  • Live Streaming Of ADM Events

  • Spectator Face Coverings

  • Physical Distancing and Use of Bleachers

  • Student Section Guidelines

  • Concessions

  • Restrooms

Questions: Please contact Rod Wiebers at 515-993-4819 or rwiebers@admschools.org.


August 19 : ADM Daily Wellness Screener

ADM Families and Staff,

Families and staff are asked to use the following linked ADM COVID-19 Daily Wellness Screener each day to determine if a student or staff member is ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and if they should attend school or a school function.

While the screener initially looks like a long process, we are confident that you will find it easy to use and follow after reviewing the process in full. The screening process has been created in consultation with the Dallas County Health Department and should be used by all ADM families and staff during the 2020-21 school year.

Please reach out to your building nurse with any questions.

August 11 : Building On-Site Learning Plan Summaries and Start Of School Information

Please use the following links to access documents and information sent out from each building about their on-site learning plans and important information about the start of the school year.


August 4: Superintendent Update: Starting The 2020-21 School Year

ADM Families,

On August 3, the ADM Board of Education voted to start the 2020-21 school year using ADM’s On-Site Learning Plan. School will begin with face-to-face instruction on August 24, 2020. Please read the following August 4 Parent Update for important information about starting the upcoming 2020-21 school year. The update includes information on the following topics:


  • On-Site Learning Start Plan

  • Updated 2020-21 Academic Calendar

  • Remote Learning For Students Unable To Attend On-Site: Enrollment Deadline 8/10 @ 6:00PM

  • Back to School

  • Students Attending On-Site

  • Building Specific Plans and Mitigation

  • Transportation Change Request Form

  • ADM Walk Zones & Busing Changes


Thanks,

Greg





July 29: Superintendent Update & Parent/Staff Survey Results

ADM Families,

Please read the July 29 Parent Update for important information about the upcoming 2020-21 school year. The update includes information on the following topics:


  • July 27th Board Meeting Overview:

      1. Return To Learn Planning

      2. District Finances

      3. Nursing

      4. Transportation

      5. Full Time Substitute Teachers


  • Parent / Staff Comprehensive Survey Summary

Thanks,

Greg





July 22: Superintendent Update & Comprehensive Survey

ADM Families and Staff,

Please read this email and the attached document for important information about the upcoming 2020-21 school year.


  • Return To Learn Update: Please read this document for important information about accessing ADM’s Return to Learn Overview documents, ADM’s Draft Learning Plans, and ADM’s COVID-19 website with frequently asked questions.


  • Parent / Staff Comprehensive Survey: A survey is linked in the Return To Learn Updated document above. After reviewing the information provided about ADM’s Return Planning, please complete and submit the survey by 6:00 PM this Saturday, July 25.

Thanks,

Greg



July 14: School Supply Lists Now Available


School supply lists are now available for the 2020-21 school year. Please use the following link to access the school supply list for your student(s).

Please Note: Additional items may be added to the school supply list due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the pandemic’s impact on the start of the school year. Building principals will communicate information about additional supplies needed if/when they are identified.





June 28: Superintendent Update & Parent Survey


Please read the following update from ADM Superintendent Greg Dufoe. In this message families will learn about ADM's planning for on-site, hybrid, and remote learning, Return To Learn planning, health and safety updates, starting the 2020-21 school year, a parent survey, and a tentative timeline for when families can expect more information.






We are committed to engaging ALL students in a challenging and supportive environment that ensures ALL students learn at high levels