EB Return to Learn UPDATES
Keep up-to-date on all the changes happening at East Buchanan Schools with the Return to Learn Plan due to COVID-19.
Click the dates below to stay updated on emails sent out by Dan Fox, Superintendent of Schools
Click on the building above to find general information for Elementary and HS/MS families.
Updated Quarantine Guidance
As a district we are working through the guidance and understanding of Quarantine from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
14 Days is the Safest and Best way to prevent the spread of Covid-19
Option 1: 10 Day Isolation - Return on day 11. Days 11-14 masks required at all times.
Option 2: 7 Day isolation - have a Covid-19 test on day 5 (or after), negative test result, and you may resume on day 8. Days 8-14 masks required at all times.
In these cases we need to separate at lunch and after talking through this today the elementary students would need to wear a mask out for recess. Athletes will need to wear a mask during practice and competition. Again, these are only the students who are under quarantine. So for example, not all athletes are to wear a mask - only the athlete under quarantine.
Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Buchanan County, the East Buchanan CSD deems it necessary to increase our protective actions. Effective immediately, Thursday, November 12th, 2020, students and staff will be REQUIRED to wear a face mask when they are not able to maintain six feet of social distancing between one another. This expectation is in effect for school property, school buildings, buses and school events.
This policy will be reviewed again by the Board of Directors during the January 13, 2021, school board meeting.
Winter Youth and School Sports New Restrictions
There are new restrictions for winter youth and school sports starting Wednesday, November 11th. All spectators must wear masks AND maintain 6 feet distance from other spectators. Only two spectators will be permitted for each student athlete. Click here to view the official guidelines.
Return to Learn Plan and Parent Meeting
Wednesday, May 6th- Student Supplies Drop-off
Wednesday, April 29th- Senior Recognition Parade
Senior Recognition Parade- May 16th from 6:00-7:00 PM at East Buchanan Football Field
Our graduating seniors will be set up around the track to be recognized. Friends, family, everyone-- you are invited to drive around the track and "wave" our seniors to a bright future.
Wednesday, April 29th- Student Belongings Drop-Off
The East Buchanan CSD is putting a plan in place to deliver all student personal supplies/belongings. We are working with rotating staff into the building and bagging all of the students belongings.
Our plan is to deliver all items by dropping them off at your designated bus stop. Winthrop students, we will do the same for you with drop off delivery. More detail is yet to come, but the plan would be for next Thursday, May 7th (so look for your favorite bus driver on that day)
I would also like to mention during this time, if you have anything to return to the school (books for example) can be returned during this time of the drop offs. Or, the elementary doors are always open during the day with a box in the entryway for books.
Tuesday, April 28th- 3rd Trimester credit for 6th-12th
6th-12th students. My hope is everyone is taking advantage of your voluntary learning opportunities and staying safe during this 3rd trimester. We miss having you all in the building... pretty quiet around here.
Grades for this 3rd trimester will be on a Pass/Fail format - there will be no letter grades given. You will either Pass or Fail based on the first 10 days of the 3rd trimester that we were in session (March 2nd - March 16th). If you have a failing grade or missing assignments during this time, teachers will be reaching out to you, if they have not already. Teachers will try to help you improve to a passing grade.
*Pass/Fail grades will not affect your GPA.
*Pass grade will give you credit for that class.
*Fail grade will not give you credit for that class.
Monday, April 20th at 8:00 pm- Updates on Senior Events
Funds for the Future – Wednesday, May 6th at 7:00 PM on Buccaneer Network.
Senior Awards Night – Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 PM on Buccaneer Network.
Senior Skip Day – Class of 2020 will go down in history for having the longest/most skip days.
Virtual Graduation Ceremony – Sunday, May 17th. Parents and Graduates will report to the Events gym for pictures and diploma. Times will be set up for each graduate for social distancing. Pictures will then be made into a virtual graduation ceremony video.
Official Graduation Ceremony – Friday, June 26th. If Covid-19 is under control we do it traditionally in the Events Gym. If social distancing is needed the ceremony will be “Under the Lights” on the football field. Record on Buccaneer Network.
Senior Parade – Date and time yet to be determined. The Senior Class would like to celebrate by having a parade. The students will set up around the football field and our community can drive around the track to “wave” on our graduates!
Sunday, April 19 at 5:54 pm- Sack Lunches
Sack Lunches/Breakfast will be provided through the remaining of the school year - May 22nd. Please take advantage of this program, it is open to all East Buchanan students. Meals are made on Monday and Wednesday - breakfast and lunch is provided in each sack. Two sacks are given each time Monday (meals for Monday and Tuesday) Wednesday (meals for Wednesday and Thursday). This is a funded program, so please feel free to take advantage of these meals.
Monday and Wednesday 11:30 - Noon
Pick up spots - East Buchanan CSD, Winthrop, Aurora Fire Station, Quasqueton Town Hall.
Friday, APRIL 17 at 12:52 pm- Spring Sports canceled
Iowa High School Spring Sports Canceled--
Following Friday’s recommendations to keep Iowa schools closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all spring activities of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association are canceled.
The cancellation of all four boys’ and girls’ sports – golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field – was made by the IGHSAU and IHSAA in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Education and state officials. The decision was also approved by the IGHSAU and IHSAA boards.
Guidance from Governor Kim Reynolds, the Iowa Department of Education, and the Iowa Department of Public Health had previously suspended spring activities through April 12, then through April 30. Governor Reynolds announced the extended closure of in-person schooling and school activities with Department of Education executive director Dr. Ann Lebo at a news conference Friday.
This cancellation is effective for all spring practices, competitions, and postseason events.
“While we are disappointed that student-athletes will not have the opportunity to compete this spring, we remain committed to our primary goal of keeping students, coaches, officials and communities safe,” IHSAA executive director Tom Keating said. “This cancellation comes out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of all. Conducting our spring season would involve moving groups of people in and out of various communities for competition. At this time we believe that is a risk we should not take.”
The spread of COVID-19 has caused an unsatisfying and unfortunate end to the 2019-20 school year as students across Iowa and the United States have faced cancellations and suspensions of school and athletic competition.
The IGHSAU and IHSAA would like to thank all spring sports participants, coaches, administrators, officials, and spectators for their passion, patience, and effort during this unprecedented time.
“We understand the important role that athletics and activities play in the lives of our students, schools and communities,” IGHSAU executive director Jean Berger said.
“But during this time of uncertainty, we must support the health and safety recommendations of our state and national leaders. This decision is especially heartbreaking for our senior competitors, and we thank them for all they have done to represent their schools throughout their careers.”
Summer sports (boys’ baseball, girls’ softball) are suspended pending an assessment made in collaboration with state officials before June. Practice, competition, and postseason dates will be announced when they become available.
Both organizations will continue to follow guidelines from health and government officials in determining when it is safe to resume school activities and mass gatherings.
In the 2018-19 school year, the four spring sports accounted for over 45,000 participants among Iowa high school boys and girls. Track and field was the second most popular sport by participation for both the IHSAA (12,012 boys) and the IGHSAU (9,908 girls).
The IGHSAU and IHSAA continue to encourage member schools and communities to follow the guidance of Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Public Health via https://idph.iowa.gov/ and https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/.
Updates will continue to be made online and shared with member schools on summer and 2020-21 activities.
Friday, April 17 at 12:38 pm- Gov. Reynolds cancels rest of 2019-2020 school year
Today Governor Reynolds announced that Iowa schools will NOT return to finish out the year. All schools will continue with the continuous learning models to complete the 2019-2020 school year.
For East Buchanan, we will continue with the voluntary continuous learning. Our teachers will be reaching out to our students on a daily/weekly basis - the same process we have been using during this week.
More information will follow as we work with our District Leadership Team to put a plan in place as we finish up this school year and work on a "Return to Learn Plan" for the fall.
I would like to thank our students, parents and community for all the support as we work through this process.
Stay Safe my Friends.
Thursday, April 9 at 2:10 pm- Playground closed
Due to the Covid-19 Virus the East Buchanan CSD is closing the districts playground and outdoor basketball courts to the public during this time to help ensure social distancing. Sorry for the inconvenience, hopefully if everyone follows the rules that are being put in place we will all be back together soon.
Stay Safe, Stay Strong, #BucPride
Monday, April 6 at 5:27 pm- Educational Opportunities
Good Evening East Buchanan Parents and Guardians,
As we are all venturing into uncharted waters, we want to assure everyone that our staff is working hard to provide an avenue for your child’s education. Continued communication and connecting is important to all of us. With that said, we also do not want to place any extra stress on our families that have circumstances at home of higher importance than hearing from us at this time. We will continue to reach out, but most importantly we want you to take care of yourself and keep your family’s safety first. That is what is truly important.
The Iowa Department of Education has created two options for districts to provide continuous learning: 1) voluntary educational enrichment opportunities or 2) required educational services.
During this Wednesday’s Board Meeting (being held electronically as per Iowa Code 21.8 due to Covid-19 pandemic.), the East Buchanan administration will be presenting the district’s plan in offering a voluntary model of continuous learning during these times of social distancing. As a district, as most districts, we feel the voluntary model is most conducive to our public. Living in a rural community with limited internet access for all students is a concern.
It becomes voluntary when considering what is available in the home as far as resources and what circumstances are taking place in the home during this time of hardship. Our goal for students during this time, is take leadership of your own learning through the help of your teachers. Students – step up and seize the day. This may look very different from household to household.
Starting today, and throughout this week, our staff are involved in virtual meetings to work through a plan on how we will provide educational services for our students. Teachers will be reaching out to their students and parents to check in and develop a system of continued communication as needed.
Also, please understand our teachers are at home caring for themselves and their families during this time as well. They, just like all of you have different loads to bear. We, as a district, are standing by our values of taking care of our Family first. Our staff and your students' well-being is our number one concern.
Stay safe my friends, we will be in touch.
Daniel Fox, Superintendent/Elementary Principal