The following resources may be useful in helping your children process the recent loss of a student. These documents provide helpful hints and recommendations for having age appropriate conversations with children about death and grief.
ARP ESSER III Plan
Red Oak Community Schools
The American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER III) Fund provides school districts resources to reopen, sustain safe operations, and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students. To be an acceptable use of ESSER funds an expenditure must be necessary to “prevent, prepare for, or respond to coronavirus” and reasonable in terms of cost.
The Red Oak CSD proposes the following uses for ESSER III funds.
Address Unfinished Learning:
Intervention Based Curriculum
Maintaining Consistent Operations and Continuity of Services:
Providing Social, Emotional, Mental Health Services and Supports:
Purchasing Educational Technology (e.g., hardware, software, connectivity, assistive and adaptive technology)
Purchasing Supplies to Sanitize and Clean Facilities
Facilities and Equipment
Red Oak Community School District
August 1, 2021
Effective May 20, 2021, Iowa Code prohibits school districts from adopting or enforcing a policy that requires employees, students, or the public to wear a mask while on school property. Therefore, the use of face coverings will be optional for students, staff, and visitors.
The Iowa Department of Public Health is no longer conducting contact tracing or investigations for all positive reports of COVID-19. The IDPH is not issuing isolation or quarantine orders. In the absence of such support, the school district is extremely limited in its capacity to conduct contact tracing. In many instances, the district may not be informed of confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Parents will be updated on a weekly basis if confirmed cases of COVID-19 are reported to their child’s building. The district will also report to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) when more than 10% of students are absent from school. The local public health office will provide the school with recommendations and support tailored to the type(s) of illness(es) reported.
Anyone who is feeling ill should stay at home at least 24 hours after their symptoms resolve. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should stay at home for at least 10 days after their symptoms first appeared and go 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications).
Individuals who experience symptoms relating to COVID-19 or have a confirmed case are encouraged to report this to the school. The school nurse is available to answer specific questions.
Enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented throughout the day. High touch areas will be sanitized daily; buildings will be deep cleaned twice a week.
A growing body of research shows that most students prefer and achieve at higher levels when provided face-to-face instruction. Last year, Governor Reynolds stated that full-time, in-person instruction is the presumed teaching method and that “School districts...shall take all efforts to continue to safely provide in-person education throughout the school year.” Although we have the flexibility to shift to virtual or remote instruction should the need arise, we are not in the position to provide both virtual and physical instruction simultaneously. Staffing and scheduling constraints also make hybrid instruction problematic. Therefore, we will implement robust, full-time, in-person instruction while taking steps to ensure the safety of all students and staff.