COVID Letter from Superintendent Erickson

 

March 12, 2021 

To all North Iowa Stakeholders, 

It has been nearly a year since the first effects of COVID began changing how we operate as a school district. The past 12 months have challenged and changed us in ways that will affect the rest of our lives. Even with the advantage of hindsight, we can be proud of how the district, its employees, students, and parents have partnered to make this as successful of a school year as has been possible. 

Email updates have been sent to give updates of the number of positive cases of school employees or students. In addition to this, we have tracked the number of students required to isolate or quarantine with the recommendations of the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and prevention. In October and November, there were weeks when roughly 20% of students were not able to attend school. Guidance was updated so that the wearing of masks significantly reduced who would be identified as a close contact. In December, January, and February, the absences at school were far lower. 

In the last few weeks, there has been an uptick in the number of positive cases affecting students. Also the number of close contacts has increased greatly. With this in mind, we are asking staff, students and parents to help remain diligent with recommendations. 

  1. If someone has symptoms, they need to stay home from school. 
  2. Continue to wear masks correctly. 
  3. Reducing close contacts is only possible if both parties are wearing masks correctly. 3. Wash hands regularly. 
  4. Do your best to observe social distancing whenever possible. 

Looking back to a year ago, everything we do is different from instruction to learning, and even how we celebrate graduation. With your help, we’ll be able to minimize the adjustments needed to be made, so we can have as many typical experiences as possible. 

As always, reach out to school with any concerns or questions, 

Joe Erickson 

Superintendent 

North Iowa Schools