On July 7, the Red Oak school board approved revisions to the 2020-2021 district calendar that will enable us to provide both face-to-face and remote instruction to all students according to their unique needs. It also gives us the flexibility to quickly transition to a more or less restrictive delivery model as circumstances change or additional guidance is provided by the Department of Education or Iowa Department of Public Health. The calendar includes a number of non-instructional days to allow teachers opportunities to engage in professional development and create blended virtual lessons prior to the beginning of school.
Although many of the details surrounding our “return-to-learn” plan have yet to be determined, we intend to resume on-site classes on August 24. Students who are physically able to attend school will participate in traditional classes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Students who are unable to attend due to COVID-19 concerns will participate via Google Meet, teacher created videos or other technology. No face-to-face classes will be held on Wednesdays, but all students will be expected to engage in asynchronous or independent learning activities for approximately half the day. Students who are not attending regular classes throughout the week will receive direct support from teachers on Wednesday mornings. This includes individualized instruction, instructional support, progress monitoring and communication with caregivers. Wednesday afternoons will be reserved for professional development, teaming, lesson development, assessment design and deep cleaning.
These changes will not impact the preschool. We know that children in PreK programs learn best in traditional classroom settings, so we will continue to provide face-to-face instruction Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Accommodations or adaptations will be made according to enrollment numbers and the individual needs of students.
Although we cannot guarantee physical distancing, plans are being developed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. Students will be encouraged to wear face masks. All district personnel will be required to do so. The district will continue to provide students and staff training and reinforcement regarding approved preventative measures. The district is also redoubling its efforts to clean and sanitize its facilities, particularly high touch areas.
Online registration for the Red Oak Community Schools will open on July 13, 2020. If a parent does not currently have a portal account or has forgotten the username and/or password, he or she will need to contact the school to get the account set up. Parents of students who are new to the district will be able to register online in the Jr.-Sr. High School Office between July 13 and July 31, Monday through Friday during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Those parents who need assistance or don't have access to a computer will be able to complete the registration online at Red Oak Jr.-Sr. High School as well during the same hours. The registration will start on July 13, 2020 and will be open through July 31, 2020. If you need assistance please contact Kim Pratt at the Jr./Sr. High at 712-623-6610.
The system will allow all transactions to be made directly in the Infinite Campus Portal. Users will need to set up the online payments on the Infinite Campus Portal. Once set up, users will be able to pay registration fees, make food service deposits, purchase activity passes and pay fines.
Online Registration Information:
Most forms are available to be picked up at the Red Oak Jr.-Sr. High School.
For more information, contact Red Oak Community Schools at 712-623-6610.
RED OAK COMMUNITY SCHOOL REGISTRATION 2020-2021
WHEN: Online Starting July 13, 2020 through July 31, 2020
Red Oak Jr./Sr. High 8:15-3:20
Inman Elementary 8:00-3:15
Classes start on September 2nd, 2020
Red Oak Early Childhood Center PK-8:00-1:15
Adult per day $2.10
4-12 student per day $2.90
Adult per day $3.85
PreK-12 extra milk $ .50
A friendly reminder: Free and Reduced Lunch Applications must be filled out every School Year, and the application can be filled out at any time during the School Year. If the household income decreases at any time, an adult from the household can come and fill out an application at that time. Please click on the links below to print off the application and Fee Waiver Forms. The completed forms will need turned in to the Central Office located at 1901 N Broadway, Suite A in Red Oak.
Free and reduced lunch applications from the previous School Year are good for 30 operating days after School starts; however, after this 30 day period, regular meal prices will be charged if a new application has not been completed.
Attention families who will have a four year old for the upcoming 20-21 preschool year. We are currently in the process of taking registration for children that will be 4 years old on or before September 15, 2020. Please fill out the google form attached. If you received a “Welcome to Preschool” letter at the end of May, you do not need to resubmit an intent form. If you have any questions, please call Lisa Joint at the Inman office at 712-623-6635.
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The Red Oak Community School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Jane Hall Chaillie to serve as the new principal at Inman Elementary School. Chaillie will replace Gayle Allensworth who accepted a leadership position in a neighboring school district. In accepting the position, Chaillie stated, “I am super excited to return to Southwest Iowa and continue my quest to make sure our children receive a world class education. The district is doing amazing work in responding to student needs and developing teacher leadership and I am both honored and humbled to be entrusted with this position of leadership. I can’t wait to get started working collaboratively with the staff to meet the needs of all students.”
Chaillie is a graduate of Cumberland-Massena High School. She holds a Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Elementary Education from Graceland University and a Master’s degree (M.Ed) in Literacy Education from the University of Missouri. She earned her Doctorate (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership at Creighton University.
Chaillie has nearly twenty years of experience in education. She served as an elementary classroom teacher, literacy coach, reading teacher and cross country and track and field coach in the Griswold CSD. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Education, with a focus on literacy and early childhood education, at Graceland University, in Lamoni, IA. Chaillie also served as the Educational Director of Funshine Learning Center, which earned a five-star rating under her leadership. The center provides hands on experience to Graceland education students. Chaillie serves on various committees and boards, including the SWI STEM Advisory Board and Central Decatur Board of Education.
Ron Lorenz, the new Superintendent of the Red Oak CSD, stated, “We are excited to bring someone with Dr. Chaillie’s background and expertise to our district. Her instructional prowess, collaborative style, personal demeanor and passion for education are going to add tremendous value to our team. Dr. Chaillie has distinguished herself in the classroom and as an instructional leader. I have no doubt she will be an outstanding principal.”
Chaillie’s keys to leadership include, “listening and observing, thinking critically and moving ideas into action.” When asked what community members, teachers and students could expect of her, Chaillie explained, “I believe in the power of high expectations. I have always had high expectations for myself and expect the same for staff and students. At the same time, I see it as my job as a school leader to make sure all the resources are in place so that each student can achieve.”
Chaillie went on to say, “Education is my passion and is the way I can contribute to the community and world. As educators we have the unique opportunity to work with students daily and to help inspire them to discover the world around them and become problem solvers. We are preparing children for an ever-changing world, so it is imperative that we equip them with the skills and drive to be life-long learners.”
Dr. Chaillie was selected from five finalists who participated in a comprehensive interview process. This process included remote screening interviews, pre-observation questionnaires for a hypothetical classroom observation, simulated staff meetings, instructional evaluations, formal interviews and in-depth reference checks. Feedback was collected from Inman Elementary teachers, instructional coaches, the School Administrative Manager and district administrators. A team of five facilitators reviewed the comments from each stakeholder group and weighed the strengths of each candidate relative to the others. Dr. Chaillie distinguished herself in each phase of the interview process. She was offered the position pending formal Board approval on Friday, May 15, 2020.
Dr. Chaillie, her husband John and their three children are eager to join the Inman Elementary and Red Oak communities. Please join the Board of Education and district in welcoming Dr. Chaillie and her family to Red Oak.
1. May child care centers obtain meals from an open Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) site?
Answer: Centers may obtain meals from a SFSP sponsor if they enter into a vending agreement and pay the SFSP sponsor for the meals. If the center is on the CACFP, the center must pay for the meals under the agreement terms and claim them for reimbursement through the CACFP. The SFSP sponsor is not allowed to claim the meals for reimbursement. CACFP form CNP120a must be used by CACFP organizations when entering into a vending agreement with an SFSP sponsor. The form is available in IowaCNP Download Forms - Form ID CACFP003a
2. Is the guidance the same if the center is not on CACFP?
Answer: Yes. The intent of the SFSP is to serve meals to individual children on site, or as grab and go, or home-delivered meals as permitted now under COVID-19 non-congregate waivers (not as bulk meals to organizations). SFSP sites are not allowed to provide Program meals to centers that do or do not participate in CACFP without a vending agreement. A SFSP sponsor (not a feeding site) could act as a vendor or a contractor to provide meals for another organization or business entity.
3. Can SFSP sponsors claim the meals if the center agrees not to claim them?
Answer: No. SFSP sites serve meals to individual children or parents of individual children. SFSP sponsors may not serve or deliver bulk food or multiple meals to a center organization without a vending agreement. SFSP sponsors are only allowed to provide vended meals to centers through a written agreement so that accountability and liability issues are controlled, and managed by the State agency and participating SFSP sponsors.
4. Can CACFP Family Day Care Homes (FDCH) obtain delivery of meals from a SFSP sponsor?
Answer: Yes, SFSP sponsors may deliver meals to FDCHs if the homes are located in the eligible area serviced by the SFSP. These Program meals can only be claimed by the SFSP sponsor. FDCHs must not claim the same meals under CACFP. Claiming Program meals twice (by both entities) or double dipping is not allowed.