Coronavirus (COVID-19)

ADM Community School District will be closed through April 30, 2020.

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



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April 7: Data, Internet, and Video Conferencing Update

Parents and Families,

Please take a moment to read the following information about data, wifi, internet connected devices, and video conferencing related to the Voluntary Educational Review and New Learning Opportunities taking place at ADM during the current school closure.



Sincerely,

Travis Wilkins

Director of Innovative Learning and Communications

April 2: School Closure Through April 30

ADM Staff and Parents -

Today Governor Kim Reynolds determined that it is in the public health interest of the state for Iowa schools to remain closed through April 30, 2020. ADM Schools will follow this recommendation. I recognize the significant impact that a school closure of this extent has on students, parents, staff and our ADM community.

ADM began providing “voluntary educational opportunities” on Monday, March 23 through the ADM Learning Resources Website. As communicated earlier this week, ADM will provide parents and students with more structured voluntary educational review and new learning opportunities starting Monday, April 6th.

In light of the extended closure announced today, ADM will continue to explore and evaluate guidance related to implementing “required educational services”. There are a variety of challenges that make it difficult for ADM to pursue “required” services at this time but it is something that will be evaluated using guidance from the Iowa Department of Education.

Finally, I recognize that this extended closure produces continued uncertainty and questions on a variety of topics. Please refer to the ADM COVID-19 FAQ for the most up-to-date information and answers to common questions. We will continue with direct communication to parents and staff as questions are answered and decisions are made. Thank you for your grace, patience, and strength during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Greg

April 1: Free Sack Lunch Pack Program Changes - Starting Monday April 6th

Parents and Families,

Over the past two weeks, ADM has seen great interest and response to the free sack lunch program implemented at the start of the current school closure.

Starting April 6th, ADM will implement several changes to the sack lunch program. Please read the updated information below and visit the ADM Free Sack Lunch Pack Program website for all updated information. We encourage families to continue utilizing the ADM’s sack lunch pack program and ask for your help in sharing this updated information with others in our community.


Who: Free sack lunch packs are available for all ADM residents 18 years old or younger.

What: Starting April 6th, free sack lunch packs will only be available for pick-up on Monday and Thursday of each week. Sack lunch packs will include lunches for multiple days along with other food items.


Monday’s Sack Lunch Pack Will Include:

    • Monday Lunch

    • Tuesday Breakfast Item

    • Tuesday Lunch

    • Wednesday Breakfast Item

    • Wednesday Lunch

    • Thursday Breakfast Item


Thursday’s Sack Lunch Pack Will Include:

    • Thursday Lunch

    • Friday Breakfast Item

    • Friday Lunch

    • Friday Afternoon Snack Item


Where & When: Come to one of four locations in Adel, DeSoto, and Minburn. Visit the ADM Free Sack Lunch Pack Program Website for all details, as there have been changes to some locations and times.


How is ADM Providing The Free Sack Lunch Program?

Due to the COVID-19 school closures, ADM applied for waivers to provide free meals to children 18 years and younger in the communities of Adel, DeSoto, and Minburn. Initially, ADM was only approved to provide meals at Adel Elementary and the ADM Middle/High School Campus. After continuing to work with state agencies, ADM has now been approved to provide meals at locations in Minburn and DeSoto.

The ADM Community School District thanks the Good Samaritan Food Pantry for their partnership in providing free sack lunches in DeSoto and Minburn while additional waivers were being obtained from the state. ADM encourages community members to consider supporting the Good Samaritan Food pantry during this time. More information can be found at their website: http://adelfoodpantry.com/

April 1: ADM Learning Resources Website Updated: Science, Art, & School Counseling

The ADM Learning Resources Website has been updated and now includes additional teacher curated guidance and resources PS-12th grade in the areas of science, art, and school counseling. Please utilize this resource, as ADM teachers have worked hard to provide parents, students, and the community with guidance and resources during these unprecedented times.


Make sure to visit the main landing page for Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate to view read aloud videos from Teacher Librarian Mrs. Banks and other videos from each building.

The ADM Learning Resource Website will remain in place as an additional optional resource that parents and students can utilize even after the shift in teacher-directed educational learning opportunities that start on Monday, April 6th.

March 30: Superintendent Update - Teaching and Learning

Parents and Families,

On Friday, March 27th, the Iowa Department of Education released updated guidance and two specific options for continuing learning during a school closure.

Please take a moment to review the following Teaching and Learning Update from ADM Superintendent Greg Dufoe for important information about next steps regarding student learning at ADM.


March 27: Superintendent Letter

Dear Parents and Families,

All of us at ADM hope you are doing well today. This past week has been challenging and confusing at times, but I have been so touched by the efforts of our staff, parents, and community members to meet this situation head on. I am proud of us!

I continue to encourage you to take a moment to visit ADM’s COVID-19 website where you can view all updates and information that have been communicated to parents and families. We continue to update the FAQ to ensure parents and families have the most up-to-date information possible. Below are a few key points of information we would like to make sure you to know:


Sack Lunch Program:

The ADM Free Sack Lunch Program has continued to grow throughout the week. Today we served nearly 250 meals to ADM residents 18 and under. Please utilize the daily sack lunch program and help by sharing this information with others in our community. We continue to thank the Good Samaritan Food Pantry for their partnership and help with this program. ADM encourages community members to consider supporting the Good Samaritan Food pantry during this time. More information can be found at their website: http://adelfoodpantry.com/


Student Makeup Days:

Governor Kim Reynolds has waived the requirement for missed instructional hours due to the COVID-19 closure. ADM anticipates following the governor's waiver of not making up missed student attendance days resulting from this closure.


Teaching and Learning:

On Monday we launched the ADM Learning Resources Website, a site that provides parents and students with focused optional guidance and resources curated by ADM teachers in the areas of Reading, Writing, Math, and Physical Education. To further support families, we anticipate adding guidance statements and resources in the areas of science, art, and resources from our guidance counselors sometime next week. We hope this resource is helpful to parents and families as they navigate this difficult time.


Finally, we recognize that family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. I encourage parents to review the linked guidance provided by the CDC to help support talking with children about COVID-19.


Sincerely,

Greg Dufoe

ADM Superintendent

March 24: Returning From Travel & Updated FAQ

Returning From Travel

Given that many families have returned or are returning home from travels over spring break, we wanted to pass along a few key points from the Iowa Department of Public Health. (View Full IDPH Guidance)

IDPH is currently recommending that Iowans should stay at home and isolate themselves from other people and animals in the home in the following situations listed below. Isolation should be in place for 14 days after the last exposure.


  • Traveled outside of Iowa for business or vacation in the last 14 days.

  • Taken a cruise anywhere in the world in the last 14 days.

  • Traveled internationally to a country with a level 3 travel warning in the last 14 days.

  • Live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19.


ADM COVID-19 Website

We would also like to remind parents that all ADM updates associated with the COVID-19 closure can be located at www.admschools.org/covid19. Please use this resource to ensure you are receiving accurate and up-to-date information.


ADM COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions portion of the ADM COVID-19 website has been reorganized and new questions have been added. Parents and staff are encouraged to review the FAQ for the latest information and answers to common questions.

March 24: ADM Learning Resources Website

Parents and Families,

During the current COVID-19 closure, ADM strongly encourages parents to look for ways to keep their students reading, writing, thinking like mathematicians, and being physically active. To help parents in this effort, we have created the ADM Learning Resources website, an optional resource with guidance curated by ADM teachers in the areas of Reading, Writing, Math, and Physical Education.

Over the past weeks thousands of resources and websites have been shared on Facebook and other social media sites to help parents navigate teaching and learning during the closure. While many of these resources are valuable, we recognize that information overload can be overwhelming. It is our hope that parents and students will find the ADM Learning Resource website helpful, as it provides focused guidance to help students stay academically active during this time of closure.

The website currently provides resources and guidance related to reading, writing, math and physical education. ADM anticipates adding additional content in the near future.

We also recognize there are many questions about the role of the school during this time of closure. To try and help provide clarity, I have provided answers to some common questions below.


  • Why is ADM not currently providing required instructional packets or digital lessons during this closure?


  • ADM is following guidelines from the Iowa Department of education that states, “Public districts may not require any students to participate in online educational programming or any other services while school is closed.” - View Iowa Department of Education Guidance

  • As a result of this guidance, all PK-12 learning, including special education services, has been suspended at ADM while schools are closed.


  • Why has the district asked that parents not contact their child(ren)’s teacher(s) to request lesson plans, resources, etc.?


  • ADM is following guidelines from the Iowa Department of education that states, “Teachers cannot provide any educational resources or services without representing the district. The district should be coordinating any effort to provide resources or services during a school closure.” - View Iowa Department of Education Guidance


We thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate this unprecedented closure.

Sincerely,

Travis Wilkins

Director of Innovative Learning & Communications

March 20: Superintendent Letter

Parents and Families,

I hope you all are doing well. I know this spring break has certainly been different due to the COVID-19 crisis, and there continues to be much uncertainty at this time. As you know, our schools are closed through April 12th. We will continue to provide updates during this time. If you have been traveling or out of communication over the past week, I would encourage you to take a moment to visit ADM’s COVID-19 website where you can view all updates and information that have been communicated to parents and families. Below are a few key points of information we would like to make sure you to know:


Frequently Asked Questions

Please continue to utilize ADM’s COVID-19 FAQ for continued updated information to common questions. We will continue to update the FAQ as new information is gathered and decisions are made. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through the impact of this closure on our school system and community.


Retrieval of Essential Items Left At School

Students that have essential items currently in the school building (ie laptops, medications, personal items, etc.) may use the following Google Form to request arrangement to retrieve essential items. We thank you in advance for your patience, as coordination of arrangements to retrieve essential items will take place as time and personnel allows.



Teaching and Learning

PK-12 learning, including special education services, have been suspended while schools are closed. ADM will not be providing distance learning and instruction during this time. We do anticipate launching an ADM Learning Resources website which will provide parents and students with optional resources that could be used during the current school closure due to COVID-19. Students will not be required to use the resources and information found on the site. Please look for information about this website early next week. Please use the following link for more information about why ADM is not providing distance learning and instruction: ADM COVID-19 FAQ

Finally, I encourage everyone to follow the CDC recommended health precautions to help protect your family’s health and to slow the spread of COVID-19.


Sincerely,

Greg Dufoe

ADM Superintendent

March 20: Free Sack Lunch Program

ADM will be starting a free sack lunch program for ADM residents 18 years old or younger on Monday, March 23rd. If you are in need or will be in need of food, please utilize the daily sack lunch program. If you do not need this support at this time, please help by sharing this information with others in our community. The link below provides all information about locations and times that meals will be provided.


  • What: Daily Free Sack Lunch (Monday-Friday)

  • Who: All ADM residents 18 years old or younger

  • Where: One of four locations in Adel, DeSoto, and Minburn (use the link below for details)



How is ADM Providing The Free Sack Lunch Program?

Due to the COVID-19 school closures, ADM applied for waivers to provide free meals to children 18 years and younger in the communities of Adel, DeSoto, and Minburn. At this time ADM has been approved to provide meals at Adel Elementary and the ADM Middle/High School Campus, however, waivers to provide food at locations in Minburn and DeSoto were denied.

Due to the waivers being denied for the communities of DeSoto and Minburn, ADM has partnered with the Good Samaritan Food Pantry to help provide free sack lunches to children 18 years or under in these communities. ADM encourages community members to consider supporting the Good Samaritan Food pantry during this time. More information can be found at their website: http://adelfoodpantry.com/

March 19: Meals For Kids

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through a variety of issues related to the current school closure. We recognize that a school closure has a significant impact on the daily lives of so many in our community. The purpose of the communication is to provide an update about access to food for children in our community. If you are in need or will be in need of food, please utilize the following resources. If you do not need these resources at this time, please help by sharing this information with others in our community.

Free Sack Lunches (Monday - Friday)

  • ADM will be providing free sack lunches to any resident child age 18 or younger starting on March 23rd. Children do not have to attend ADM schools to receive a free lunch. Details and additional information will be emailed to all ADM parents and shared on district social media before Monday.

Restaurant Meals For Kids

  • Through a community effort, free meals for kids are available for carryout at Patrick’s, Big Al’s BBQ, and Ambro’s restaurants.

  • How To Order: Simply call and say that you saw they had free meals for kids.

  • How To Pick Up: All three locations are willing to do curbside pick up to limit exposure.

Good Samaritan Food Pantry

  • The Good Samaritan Food Pantry plans to remain open. Please take advantage of this resource. Help by reminding others of this resource and consider donating to the food pantry as a way to help our community. Use the following website to learn more: Good Samaritan Food Pantry

March 16: Superintendent Letter

As communicated by Superintendent Dufoe, ADM will be closed until April 13th due to the COVID-19 health situation. Please view the letter below for more information about the current closure.



Additionally, a FAQ page has been added to ADM’s COVID-19 website. The FAQ will address common questions and will be updated as new information is gathered and decisions are made.

March 15: ADM Closed through April 12th

Tonight Governor Reynolds recommended all Iowa schools close until April 13, 2020 due to COVID-19. We will be following that recommendation at ADM. In the short term that means our schools are inaccessible except for designated staff. All athletic practices, school activities and outside group use of district facilities are canceled immediately.

The Governor plans to provide more information tomorrow and we will communicate with you once we know next steps. We are working through all options for our staff, students, and families and will have more information as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience.

Please follow all recommended practices to keep yourselves and others healthy. No doubt these are difficult times. However, I am confident we will work together to meet this challenge.

Sincerely,

Greg Dufoe

ADM Superintendent

March 13: Update and Central Iowa Schools - Joint Message

In light of recent university and public school closures, central Iowa school district leaders met Friday, March 13, to collaborate and discuss our response to the current COVID-19 health situation. Representatives from the Governor’s Office and other educational agencies were also present.

Following current guidance, ADM will resume school as planned after spring break on March 23, 2020. Please see the attached document for the full joint statement from area metro schools about COVID-19 and school closures.



We will continue to be in close contact with Dallas County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and will follow the guidelines and recommendations from those entities.

Additionally, to help organize ADM's communications, we have launched this website that will house all past and future ADM updates. ADM will continue to communicate directly to staff and parents via email but hope this site can be a helpful reference to view all ADM produced COVID-19 information in one location.

March 12: Spring Break Travel - Cruise Ships

At this time the U.S. Department of State is recommending against cruise ship travel. Those traveling by cruise ship may be impacted by travel restrictions affecting their itineraries or ability to disembark or may be subject to quarantine procedures implemented by the local authorities.

The CDC is recommending that individuals that travel by cruise ship over spring break monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States. ADM is waiting for further clarification on the guidance of limiting interaction and the impact of student or staff attendance at school.

Furthermore, If a case of COVID-19 is reported on the ship during the cruise, ADM will encourage staff and students to follow the public health recommendation of staying home during the 14 days after returning and practicing social distancing.

If families travel by cruise ship, or plan to, they should notify their school nurse to make arrangements prior to reentry to school.

March 10: Spring Break Travel - High Risk Countries

At this time there are five countries around the world that have been identified by the CDC as being "high-risk" for the spread of the coronavirus: China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea. The Iowa Department of Public Health recommends that anyone who visits those countries voluntarily self-isolates for 14 days upon their return.

ADM encourages any family or student who visits somewhere the CDC has identified as a high risk for Coronavirus to follow the public health recommendations of voluntary self-isolation upon their return. If families travel to these areas, or plan to, they should notify their school nurse to make arrangements for the student’s reentry to school.

There are no other travel advisories or restrictions pertaining to coronavirus, internationally or in the US; however, before traveling it is a good idea to stay informed. Visit the CDC or IDPH web sites for the latest information.

March 4: Coronavirus COVID-19

March 4th Update: Coronavirus COVID-19

At this time, there are no reported cases in Iowa and the vast majority of Americans have a low risk of exposure.

However, given recent announcements by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that Coronavirus may spread – and that cases of influenza are regularly reported – we wanted to share some additional information about steps that ADM is taking as well as steps you can take to help prevent the spread of viruses. Thank you for your support and partnership as we work together to maintain a healthy learning environment.

WHAT IS ADM DOING?

ADM is in regular contact with the Dallas County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and following guidelines and best practices from those entities.

In recent weeks ADM has reviewed our cleaning and disinfecting practices at schools to help prevent the spread of viruses and have recently increased our cleaning and safety supplies.

ADM will continue to monitor the situation with county and state health officials. Should Iowa’s status change, the district will turn to the IDPH and the CDC and follow any updated guidelines.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Review good hygiene with your family to help keep them safe. Examples of some everyday preventive actions to lessen the spread of viruses include:


  • If a student or staff member is sick, do not come to school.

  • Cover your mouth with your upper arm or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.



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