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Mike Peterson, Superintendent Brett Nagle, PK-5 Principal
Eric Small, Business Manager Steve Bohlen 6-12 Principal
Michelle Wade, Activities DirectorKenna Greiner, HR Director


Image result for coronavirus information5/8/20

3:00 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson


May 8, 2020 Update:

Happy Friday, everyone! Remember to pick up your missing clothes, notebooks, clothes, pencils, clothes, etc...from the school buildings. It's a shame your closets are sitting half empty when your clothes are on a lost and found table.

There have been many rumors floating around about summer activities. Some say baseball and softball will start up. Some say the seasons are a lost cause. Governor Reynolds has said that she will issue guidance on summer activities by June 1. I'm confident we'll hear something before June 1. But, until the governor makes an announcement, everything is just a rumor.

With certain parts of Iowa's economy opening up, the guidance from public health remains largely the same.

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

If you are in a high risk group, stay home.

Wash your hands.

If you are out and about, practice social distancing of at least 6 feet.

Wash your hands.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone. I think it's going to get chilly.

#wearewapello


5/7/20

3:45 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

May 7, 2020 Update:

***Remember to contact the school to pick up your personal belongings. The piles are getting smaller, but we still have lots and lots of things that really belong in your own house, rather than the school. Check for missing clothes. Chances are good that they are sitting at one of the schools!

***Seniors, please contact either Michelle Dickey or Jolene Standford regarding senior T-shirts. They want to make sure every senior has a shirt.

***Kids, I hope all of you washed your feet after reading yesterday's update. If not, wash them especially well tonight!

***Today, the guidelines are presented to you in Esperanto. This language was created in the late 1800s and was supposed to become the universal language that replaced all of the other languages on the planet. Yeah, well, that was a big failure. But, the language lives on. Enjoy.

Lavu viajn manojn.

Kovru vian tuson.

Lavu viajn manojn.

Restu hejme.

Lavu viajn manojn.

Praktiku socian distancadon.

Lavu viajn manojn.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


5/6/20

3:45 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

March 6, 2020 Update:

If you haven't picked up your personal belonging from the school, please call the school and make arrangements to get them. Schools fulfill many functions, but serving as a thrift store for lost articles of clothing is a role we will gladly give up!

Today, I decided to share a gross fact with everyone. Did you know that, on average, your feet have over 250,000 sweat glands and give off almost 1 cup of sweat EACH DAY? Something to ponder...

And while you're pondering...

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home. Resist the temptation. Stay home.

Wash your hands.

If you leave home, practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


5/5/20

7:30 pm - Supt Mike Peterson


May 5, 2020 Update:

You guys thought you were going to be able to avoid my update for a day, didn't you? Well, the jokes on you, because here we go...

And after all of that lead-in, there isn't much new to report.

If you weren't able to get to the buildings to pick up your child's belongings, you can still call the school and arrange a time. Also, remember to ask about the lost and found items. It is absolutely amazing how many clothes go missing from kids' closets over the course of a year. And what's up with single socks? How does someone lose one sock? It is truly a mystery.

And no update would be complete without...

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home. 'Nuf said.

Wash your hands.

Practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.

#wearewapello


5/4/20

3:25 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

May 4, 2020 update:

If you did not have a chance to pick up your child's belongings from the elementary school today, please call the school and make arrangements to pick them up.

The secondary building is open for pickup tomorrow. High school students in the morning. Middle school parents in the afternoon. Now, we aren't going to make you come to the building twice to pick up things. If you have a high schooler and a middle schooler, you can pick up everything at once.

When I was an English teacher, I would sometimes challenge my students to complete a piece of writing without using a certain letter of the alphabet. Some letters were easier than others. I asked Matthew to pick a letter of the alphabet at random. Of course, he picked the letter "E." So, here is my attempt to give today's guidelines without using the letter "E."

Wash your hands.

Cloak your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay in your accommodations. Stay in your lodgings. Stay in your pad.

Wash your hands.

If you must go from your lodgings, apply social distancing.

Wash your hands.

Isolation does strange things to one's brain.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


5/1/20

3:30 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

May 1, 2020 Update

Happy 1st day of May. At least, I think it's the first day of May. Anyone else having trouble with days blurring together?

We have plans for Graduation and Prom. Graduation is scheduled for June 28 with a 7:00 pm start at the football field. If we are not allowed to gather on June 28, the alternate date will be July 11 at 10:00 am on the football field. Rain locations for both days will be the high school. If we are still locked down in July, we will figure out some type of virtual event to honor our seniors.

Prom is scheduled for June 20. If we aren't able to gather by then, we will work to put together some type of dance event later in the summer, potentially after graduation.
Our hope is that this information will allow families to at least start to plan.
Be sure to check previous updates for schedules to come and pick up your child's personal belongings. We are not collecting textbooks or computers. This is just a time for you to pick up your things.
Remember that Louisa County is not one of those counties that are "opening up" today. Therefore...
Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home. Stay home. Stay home.

Wash your hands.

If you must leave home, practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.


4/30/20

3:45 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 30, 2020 Update: Nathan Belzer has sidewalk chalk. Lots of sidewalk chalk. Feel free to decorate the school parking lots and sidewalks. Socially distance. Be safe. Have fun! I will be sending out the secondary building's plan for students picking up their belongings. It will be in a separate message due to length. And now, today's health guidelines shall be presented to you in the form of poetry. Specifically, that very popular poetic form...the limerick. Feel free to read out loud to get the full effect. When you're washing your hands on this day...Please remember at home your should stay...Because when the sun glows...And the cool breezes blow...It's so hard to keep COVID at bay.

Schedule for Picking Up Student Belongings at the high school: Students can start picking up their belongings starting on Monday, May 4th. All materials from student lockers and gym lockers have been placed in individual bags. The bags have been placed in the new practice gym for pickup. High school students please come to the south door of the practice gym when retrieving your materials and middle school students please come to the north door of the practice gym. You can pull up curbside, tell us what bags you are picking up, and we will have volunteers retrieve your bags for you. Parents if you are coming to the elementary to pick up materials and the time does not coincide with times at the high school please feel free to stop by the high school and pick up your child’s belongings. We want to make this process as convenient as possible. 

Unfortunately we had a number of items left on the locker room floors that we cannot connect to an owner. We have created a “lost & found” table for these items. When you get home and notice that you may be missing a pair of shoes, gym shorts, t-shirt, etc.. please call the school and you can come in and look through the “lost and found” tables. 

One last item, track athletes who have Subway fundraiser cards/money please bring your cards/money with you when you pick up your belongings. If you have any questions about pick up times please call the high school office at 523-3241. Monday, May 4th Middle School Students (Grades 6-8) Pick Up Time - 8:00 - 12:00 High School Students (Grades 9-12) Pick Up Time - 1:00 - 5:00 Tuesday, May 5th High School Students (Grades 9 - 12) Pick Up Time - 8:00 - 12:00 Middle School Students (Grades 6-8) Pick Up Time - 1:00 - 5:00

#WapelloTribePride

#WeAreWapello


4/29/20 

4:00 pm - Supt Mike Peterson

April 29, 2020: No new school information was released today, which is OK. These days, no news is good news. The school food pantries will be open again this week. The Elementary pantry is open from 2:30-4:30. The HS pantry is open from 3:30-5:30. High school students, Zoom is a wonderful thing. You should really take advantage of it, and your teachers are giving you amazing opportunities to do so. You should really check it out! Hint...Hint... No goofy language today, folks. Just follow the guidelines: Wash your hands. Cover your cough. Wash your hands. Stay home. You like your home. Stay home. Wash your hands. If you must leave your home, practice social distancing. Wash your hands. #wearewapello #wapellotribepride

4/28/20 

3:10 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 28, 2020 Update:

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

No new school announcements from the governor today. She did confirm that she is lifting the ban on in-person worship services throughout the entire state. Yesterday, there was some confusion about this question, so I was glad she clarified things today.

Yesterday, we sent out information for parents about picking up their student's supplies and belongings. Be sure to contact the elementary if you have questions or concerns.

And now, we are going to have today's guidance provided in Ubbi Dubbi. Yes, that is an actual language, according to Google.

Wubash yubour hubands

Cubover yubour cubough

Wubash yubour hubands

Stubay hubome. Thubis mubeans yubou

Wubash yubour hubands

Ubif yubou mubust trubavubel prubactubice subocubiubal dubistubancubing

Wubash yubour hubands

Yes, social distancing is getting to all of us!

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


4/27/20

4:20 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 27, 2020 Update:

***Governor Reynolds has taken steps to start "opening up" portions of the state. However, Louisa County is not one of those areas. As of now, the restrictions for Louisa County and other areas with high case numbers remain in place. She did say that May 15 would, hopefully, see another round of openings. An exception to this is worship services. Churches are now able to have worship services, regardless of county, provided social distancing guidelines are still followed.

***Remember that breakfast and lunch pickups are Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 each day. This is available for anyone aged 0-19, even if you don't go to school in Wapello.

***Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home. Stay home. Stay home.

Wash your hands.

If you absolutely must go somewhere, practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.

Principal Nagle has put together a plan for elementary students to get their belongings. Classroom teachers will be bagging up individual student's belongings. Families will then be assigned a time span to come pick up the belongings. Pickup will be Monday, May 4th. Parents will pull in to the bus lane, entering from the west. Someone will go get the pre-packed items and bring them to you. There is no completely smooth way to get this done, so thank you, in advance, for your patience with this. If your last names starts with A-D, your time is 8:00-8:45. E-K will be 8:45-9:30. L-P will be 9:30-10:15. Q-S will be 10:15-10:45. T-Z will be 11:45-12:30. If these times do not work for you, please contact the elementary school to make alternate arrangements.

***A pickup schedule for the secondary building will be coming in the next couple days.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


4/24/20

4:10 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 24, 2020 Update:

A reminder to everyone that we will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for any child age 0-18, regardless of whether they go to school in Wapello or not. Meals are available at 10:00 on Mondays (for Monday and Tuesday) and Wednesdays (for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday).

Kids, keep attending your Zoom sessions. Schools buildings are closed, but school is not. Neither is your brain.

Even though Governor Reynolds game some indication that some parts of the state will be "opened up" on Monday, the recommendations from public health and the CDC remain the same.

Wash your hands. STAY HOME

Cover your cough. STAY HOME

Wash your hands.STAY HOME

STAY HOME.

Wash your hands. STAY HOME

If you must leave for an essential trip, practice social distancing. STAY HOME

Wash your hands. STAY HOME.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


4/23/20 

3:55 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 23, 2020 Update:

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Teachers are going to be calling students and their families in the near future. In fact, some of these calls probably started today. The goal is to keep in contact with students and find out how we can better meet educational needs. If your family hasn't been contacted, you will be in the near future.

We've noticed an increase in Zoom meeting attendance today. This is a great thing to see and this trend needs to continue. Governor Reynolds closed school buildings. She did not close school.

Today's reminder will be presented to you today in Pig Latin. Enjoy.

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overcay ouryay oughcay .

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if ouyay ustmay eavelay omehay , enthay acticepray ocialsay istancingday .

ashway ouryay andshay .

#wearewapello


4/22/20

4:00 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 22, 2020 Update: No new school announcements today. As the weather gets nicer, don't forget that school buildings may be closed, but school isn't. Students, attend your Zoom sessions and make your teachers happy! 

And remember... 1.Wash your hands. 2.Cover your cough. 3.Stay home. Stay home. Yep, that's right. Stay home. 4.Wash your hands. 5.If you need to leave the house, refer to #3. If you still need to leave the house, then practice social distancing. 6. Wash your hands. #wearewapello #wapellotribepride


4/21/20

4:30 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 21, 2020 Update:

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Just a reminder to all of the students out there. Governor Reynolds has closed school buildings. She has not closed down school. Have you participated in Zoom sessions with your teachers? If not, why not? Learning needs to look different right now, but the opportunities are still there. Your teachers would love to see your bright, shiny faces showing up on the computer screen. Make your teachers happy!

Tomorrow night's special board meeting will be held in the auditorium and will be livestreamed. Start time is 7:00.

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home. Stay home. Stay home. Stay home. Get the message?

Wash your hands.

If you absolutely must go out, practice social distancing

Wash your hands.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


4/20/20

5:00 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 20, 2020 Update:

I told you I'd send out an update, even if there were no new developments. Well, there were no new developments today. LOL.

We are working on plans for kids to be able to come and get their things our of the school buildings. More information will be coming as it is finalized.

And the more things change, the more they stay the same:

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home. Yes. You. Yep. That's right. You. Stay home.

Wash your hands.

If you must leave the house, practice social distancing, but you should really stay home.

Wash your hands.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


4/16/20

3:15 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 16, 2020 Update:

*****Governor Reynolds surprised us all today when she did not make any announcements regarding school closings. She has assured everyone that schools would have at least two weeks notice before any new announcements take effect. That means tomorrow is the deadline. Stay tuned...

*****To add just a little bit of humor to life, I've included one of my favorite "Dad jokes." My children love it when I share these, so here you go.

Here are the 3 unwritten rules of life...

1.

2.

3.

Okay, at least I found it funny...

*****Students, remember to attend the various Zoom sessions your teachers have set up for you. Yes, they are optional, but it's important to maintain contact with your school life, even if you can't do it in person.

*****We won't even talk about the snow coming into the area tonight.

*****And lest you forget:

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay at home. Yes, this means you. Even if you aren't sick. Stay at home.

Wash your hands.

Practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride

4/15/20

3:30 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 15, 2020 Update:

Snow. On April 15th. That is wrong on so many levels.

Governor Reynolds, in today's press conference, talked quite a bit about how different people have stepped up to provide help and services for people in need right now. As I was listening, all I could think was, "I sure hope no one is surprised by this." When there is a need, the people in Louisa county have always stepped up and done what needed to be done.

As this pandemic drags on, I'm sure nerves are starting to fray and people are finding themselves on edge. I'm not a mental health expert, but the articles I have read tell me this is a normal response to prolonged trauma. Everyone is dealing with this in their own way, and there is no right way. May we all remember to be patient and understanding with each other.

We're all sick of hearing about mitigation strategies. But, they're still important. So...

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay at home. Even if you are not sick. Stay at home.

Wash your hands.

Practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


4/14/20

3:30 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson


April 14, 2020 Update:

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

The sun is shining and the temperature is perfect. Okay, most people would probably say it's a little chilly, but I like it!

Governor Reynolds had no new school information in her press conference today. We anticipate an announcement regarding schools at some point this week.

Governor Reynolds did spend quite a bit of time talking about the surge in positive COVID-19 cases in Louisa county. I encourage everyone to keep all of the employees of Tyson Foods in your thoughts and prayers.

In the immortal words of Troy, Gabriella, and the rest of the cast of High School Musical, "We're All In This Together." For those of you who have no clue what I'm talking about, search for the song on YouTube. Bonus points if you then post a video recreating the group dance.

In all seriousness, please follow the guidelines that have been put forth:

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home. Not just if you're sick. Stay home.

Wash your hands.

Practice social distancing if you have to go out.

Wash your hands.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


4/13/20

3:00 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 13, 2020 Update:

Happy day after Easter, everyone! I hope you were able to have a good weekend, in spite of the rain and the inability to travel to see family.

We expect Governor Reynolds to make an announcement about schools later this week. No, I don't know what that announcement will be.

Remember that Wapello food pickup is from 10:00-11:00 on Monday and Wednesday. This is open to anyone age 0-18, whether you go to school in Wapello or not.

As we enter day 4,398 of COVID-19, please remember to follow the guidelines:

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough or sneeze.

Wash your hands.

Stay home if you are sick.

Wash your hands.

Stay home even if you are well, unless it is an "essential" trip.

Wash your hands.

Practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride

4/9/20

4:00 pm - Supt Mike Peterson

April 9, 2020 Update:

Nothing new from the Governor today regarding school closure.

I want to thank all of the teachers for taking on the challenge of connecting with kids online. This is a new world for most of us, and I truly appreciate all of you for taking a risk and jumping into something new. I have heard many, many positive comments from parents. Thank you for helping take care of the kids.

"I'll take 'Phrases I'm Tired of Hearing' for $500, Alex."

What is...

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home if you are sick.

Wash your hands.

Practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.

I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend!

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


4/8/20 

4:30 pm - Supt Mike Peterson


April 8, 2020 Update

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

In her press conference today, Governor Reynolds had no new information regarding school closure. She has told school leaders that any school announcements will come with at least two weeks' advanced notice.

Please remember that tonight's board meeting will be at 6:00 in the auditorium. The meeting will be livestreamed, so please, please, please watch the movie from the comfort of your own home. We will publish a number that patrons can use if they would like to call in any comments during the public hearings.

You know what's coming next...

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home if you are sick.

Wash your hands.

Practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


4/7/20

4:00 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 7, 2020 Update

In her press conference today, Governor Reynolds paid tribute to our National Guard members and highlighted the work they are doing to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are one of the many, many groups who are doing everything they can to help us through this crisis.

Today was Day 2 of digital office hours. We realized that many of the high school office hours overlap. Mr. Bohlen is working to fix that problem.

Wapello's board meeting will be tomorrow at 6:00 in the Auditorium. It will be livestreamed. PLEASE...I strongly encourage people to watch the board meeting from home, rather than attend in person. We will post a phone number people can use to call in for questions or comments. It won't be a perfect system, but we will make it work in order to maximize safety. Thank you in advance!

Remember the rules.

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home if you are sick.

Wash your hands.

Practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


4/6/20 

5:00 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 6, 2020 Update:

Governor Reynolds held a press conference this morning, during which she announced an extended list of businesses that will be closed until the end of the month. She also indicated that law enforcement officials will have the ability to ticket people who continue to gather in large groups.

Today was the first day of digital office hours for some of the staff. Whenever you try something new, there will be successes and there will be failures. That's all a part of learning. Zoom meeting information for students in grades 6-12 will be sent to individual student school email accounts. For elementary students, Zoom meeting information will be sent to parents directly. Our goal is to avoid putting Zoom links and passwords out for everyone in the world to see. As I said earlier, we are learning...

As always, the Governor stressed the importance of following the guidelines put out by the CDC and public health:

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Stay home if you are sick.

Wash your hands.

Practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I may not know the answer right now, but I will find it out and send it out in a future update.


4/3/2020

3:10 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 3, 2020 Update: After yesterday's announcement by Governor Reynolds, today hasn't had much in the way of new school-related developments. Please take a look at the previous post explaining the differences between "Required" and "Voluntary" continuous learning options. On behalf of the district, I would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to the community for all of the support that has been expressed. We are trying to reconfigure operations on the fly. We will have some successes. We will have some failures. It's all a part of learning something new. Everybody say it with me now... Wash your hands. Cover your cough. Wash your hands. Stay home if you are sick. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. Wash your hands. I hope everyone is able to enjoy the weekend. Take care. #wearewapello #wapellotribepride


4/3/2020

2:45 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson


Good afternoon!

I wanted to try to provide some clarification on “Required” vs. “Voluntary” continuous learning

Yesterday, Governor Reynolds announced that schools would remain closed through the month of April. She also announced that if districts do not want to have to make up the additional missed days, they must adopt either the “Required” or the “Voluntary” model for continuous learning.

Wapello will be adopting the “Voluntary” model.

So, what is the difference between “Required” and “Voluntary” distance learning?

If a school is going to go the “Required” route, that means that school is considered to be open for business. Attendance is taken, assignments are given, grades are taken, and credit is assigned. However, in order for a school to use that route, there are equity considerations that have to be taken into consideration. For example, all special education modifications and accommodations must be in place. Students who need English Language Learner support must be given those supports. In the era of social distancing, I don’t see how that is even possible. In addition, we cannot guarantee that all students have a reliable source of internet. If a district cannot ensure that all students have an equitable opportunity, “Required” is not the way to go.

For those reasons, Wapello is choosing to use the “Voluntary” route provided by the state. Under this model, the district provides resources for kids that are optional activities. Kids are encouraged to engage, but they are not required to engage. No assignments are given. No grades are taken. Under the “Voluntary” model, no student is put at a disadvantage for learning. Our teachers are in the process of establishing digital office hours, where they will be available to answer questions from kids or parents. The intention is to maintain connections with kids and still provide learning opportunities.

One of the biggest questions people have had is concerning credits and graduation. School districts have been given the flexibility to assign credit based on work that students already completed before the shutdown. Districts have also been given the flexibility to determine if seniors qualify for a diploma. Districts have been directed to be generous when making these decisions. The goal is to not punish students for circumstances that are completely beyond their control. Students will still advance to the next grade. If you were passing your classes before the shutdown, you will not need to retake them. If you were on track for graduation before the shutdown, you will graduate. Life will be good.

I am sure there are more questions that people have, so please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Mike

4/2/2020

3:35 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 2, 2020 Update

****At her press conference today, Governor Reynolds announced that schools will remain closed until April 30th. This news should come as no surprise to anyone. She also made reference to schools not needing to make up the additional missed time, provided they participate in either the "voluntary" or "required" plan for continued distance learning. Wapello is participating in the "voluntary" plan, which means we will not need to make up additional missed days.

****Governor Reynolds continued to stress that people continue to follow the recommendations from Public Health:

Wash your hands

Cover your cough

Wash your hands

Stay home if you are sick

Wash your hands

Practice social distancing

Wash your hands

****If you have any questions, please let me know. If I don't know the answer, I will find out and send the information out in a future update.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


4/1/2020

3:20 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

April 1, 2020 Update:

****In her press conference today, Governor Reynolds gave no new guidance for public schools. BUT, she did say that she will probably have an announcement regarding schools that will be released tomorrow.

****We are making an adjustment to our lunch program. We will have two pickup days. Monday (with breakfasts and lunches for both Monday and Tuesday) and Wednesday (with breakfasts and lunches for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday).

****Our Virtual Spirit Week continues tomorrow with a focus on history. Look up some interesting info....what happened on this day in the past? Fun facts about Presidents? Life changing events? Challenge everyone on social media to look up the answers! And make sure to post results and reactions!

****We know this is a stressful time for many people, so we'd like to draw everyone's attention to a resource offered through ISU Extension. This is taken directly from their website and used with permission. "Sometimes life gives you a lot to handle, but you don’t have to handle everything on your own. Iowa Concern is a free service connecting Iowans with information to help them navigate through a variety of life circumstances.

With a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities and a website, Iowa Concern services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week at no charge. Iowa Concern provides access to stress counselors and an attorney for legal education, as well as information and referral services for a wide variety of topics. The service is provided through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

To reach Iowa Concern, call 800-447-1985; language interpretation services are available. Or, visit the website, https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/, to live chat with a stress counselor one-on-one in a secure environment. Or email an expert regarding legal, finance, stress, or crisis and disaster issues.

All personal information given to Iowa Concern, whether on the hotline or through e-mail or live chat, is kept confidential."

****You know the drill, but you're going to hear it again:

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home if you are sick.

Wash your hands.

Practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


3/31/20

4:00 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

March 31, 2020 update:

****At her press conference today, Governor Reynolds issued no new guidance on school closure. I know that is at the front of everyone's minds right now. As always, we will follow the guidance of the Governor and IDPH.

****Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to everyone who took part in the Wave Parade this afternoon. Whether you were a driver or a spectator, it was a great way to spread a little bit of cheer. We may not be able to be in school, but our school family is still going strong.

****Our virtual "Spirit Week" continues tomorrow with a reading challenge. Tomorrow, the challenge is to stay in your PJs all day and read as much as you can. Who can find the most creative location in which to read? Please share pictures of you in your PJs reading the day away.

****And just in case you forgot, although I don't know how you could:

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home if you are sick.

Wash your hands.

Practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.


3/30/2020

3:20 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

March 30, 2020 update:

I just finished watching Governor Reynolds' press conference, and she has issued no new guidance on school closure. She did say she is anticipating more formal guidance from Washington, D.C. in the days to come.

***Many thanks to Tyson Foods for their donation of frozen chicken products. This will be a huge help to our meal distribution program.

***Remember our school parade starts at 1:30 tomorrow. See the following link for specific times and routes.

https://www.wapello.k12.ia.us/wapello-csd-wave-parade-route. And remember to practice SOCIAL DISTANCING.

***Our virtual Spirit Week continues tomorrow with Explore Science. Create your own science experiment. Find an experiment online. Learn. Explore. Discover. And be sure to share whatever you do. Let's flood the net with pictures of science in action!

***It wouldn't be an update if we didn't include the Governor's recommendations:

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home if you are sick.

Wash your hands.

Practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


3/27/20 

4:00 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

March 27, 2020 update: And week two of school closure comes to an end... 

1. Tyson Foods is donating 40,000 pounds of food to county schools to help during this time. This will be put toward our school lunch distribution. Many thanks to Tyson! 

2. A reminder that Governor Reynolds has not given any indication that school will be closed for a longer period of time than what she has originally set. If you are hearing differently, it is only a rumor. 

3. A clarification from yesterday. April 13 is the first day schools can reopen. April 13th is currently a vacation day (Easter Monday). Therefore, barring board action, the first day back for staff and students would be April 14th. 

4. Continued thanks to those staff members who are working to distribute food, both through our food pantry and through our breakfast/lunch program. The need for this continues to grow. 

5. On top of everything else, there is bad weather moving into the area this week. Stay alert and stay safe.

6. Finally, be watching for a post later this evening detailing plans for a virtual School Spirit Week starting on Monday, March 30th. 

As always... Wash your hands. Cover your cough. Wash your hands. Stay home if you are sick. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. Wash your hands. Let me know if you have any questions. If I don't know the answer, I will find out and send out the information in a future update. #wearewapello #wapellotribepride


3/26/20

5:30 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson


March 26, 2020 update: Governor Reynolds put some more restrictions in place for businesses today, but no change in the guidance given to schools. There are all sorts of rumors floating around right now. Currently, we are all planning on coming back to school on April 13. As always, we will follow the guidance given to us by Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Public Health. And the best way to keep us coming back to school on the 13th is to follow the guidance we have all been given: Wash your hands. Cover your cough. Wash your hands. Stay home if you are sick. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. Wash your hands. Parents want the kids back in schools. Educators want the kids back in the school. Even the kids want to be back in school, even if they might not admit it out loud! #wearewapello #wapellotribepride


3/25/20

3:25 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson


March 25, 2020 update:

Good afternoon, everyone!

The school and the city are working in conjunction to close down our playground equipment. Signs will be posted. Caution tape may be used.

We do not like the fact that we need to do this, but in order to follow the social distancing recommendations and guidelines, both the school and city felt this was something that needed to happen.

We ask that you do not use city or school playground equipment until further notice.

On a more positive note, I want to draw some attention to folks who I think deserve some special recognition. Those folks are the ones who are making sure our young people continue to get fed. To: Kathy Begey, Melissa Dodd, Amanda Harris, Michelle Hemphill, Lisa Patrick, Darren Wilson, and Susan Yakle, thank you for all of the work you are doing on behalf of our young people. You are amazing folks, and please know that all of your efforts are greatly appreciated!

If I left anyone off of the list, I sincerely apologize.

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home if you are sick.

Wash your hands.

Practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride

3/24/20

4:15 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

March 24, 2020 update:

Remember that tomorrow is one of our food distribution days. Pickup starts at 10:00 at the elementary school, the Oakville community center, and Woodland trailer court. This is just like the summer lunch program. Any kid ages 0-18 can take part. Totally free. No paperwork. No qualifications. You don't even need to be a Wapello student. Show up and get food. Can't beat it.

A reminder to students taking classes through SCC: Even though we are closed, the college is still in session. Therefore, college classes are still in session. If you are enrolled in a class through SCC, you still need to be doing the work and keeping up.

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home if you are sick.

Wash your hands.

Practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.

Let me know if you have any questions. If I don't have the answer right now, I will find out for you and send it out in a future update.


3/23/20

4:10 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

March 23, 2020 update

We are continuing to fine-tune our food delivery plans. A reminder that we have 3 delivery locations: The elementary school, the Oakville community center, and the Woodland trailer court. Pickup begins at 10 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The past couple of times, we've had several meals that have not been picked up. We base our preparations on the number of people who have expressed interest. If you are in need of meals, please come and pick them up. We have absolutely no problem preparing and distributing the food, but we want to make sure that we are being as efficient as possible, while still meeting people's needs.

It's been awesome to see everyone searching for the various bears and other creatures around town. Just another example of how Wapello can take a bad situation and still find something good in it.

Wash your hands.

Cover your cough.

Wash your hands.

Stay home if you are sick.

Wash your hands.

Practice social distancing.

Wash your hands.

Let me know if you have any questions. If I don't know the answer right now, I will find it out and send it out in a future update.


3/20/20

3:15 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

March 20, 2020 update:

There hasn't been very much new information for schools released today, which is probably a blessing. It's been a torrent of information the past few days. We did hear that states can now apply for a waiver to cancel state testing for the year. Iowa would need to apply to the federal Department of Education for this waiver. I fully expect Iowa to apply, so I think it is safe to say that state testing will not happen this year. (Try not to be too sad about this, kids!).

Try to have a peaceful weekend, everyone. We've all been asked to make major changes in a very short time.

#wearewapello

#wapellotribepride


3/19/20

4:30 pm - Supt. Mike Peterson

1. Many, many thanks to all of the staff who have been working to take care of things as we navigate this period of closure. From cleaning the buildings, to preparing food, to gathering learning resources, to everything else that is happening, I am beyond proud of what I have seen happening. If you don’t think the employees of the school love your kids, then you are simply not paying attention.

2. Also, I am humbled beyond belief at the outpouring of community support that has been expressed toward the school district. I have lost track of the number of people who have contacted me and offered to help in any way they can. These are challenging times, but we will get through them because of the strong community of which we are a part.

3. Remember that food pickup resumes on Monday of next week. Pickups are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00. Sites are the elementary school, Oakville community center, and Woodland trailer court.

4. The blood drive at the Briggs center is probably the busiest blood drive I have seen in a long time. Wapello sees a need, and Wapello works to fill that need. #wearewapello #wapellotribepride

5. Governor Kim Reynolds held a press conference today and stressed that all Iowans have a role to play in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. The guidance remains the same. Wash your hands. Cover your cough. Wash your hands again. Stay home if you are sick. Wash your hands. Respect “social distancing” standards. Wash your hands yet again.

Please let me know of any questions you have. If I don’t have the answers right now, I will work to get them for you and send them out in a future update.


3/18/20

4:05 pm


Update for March 18, 2020 - Supt. Mike Peterson

1. Just a reminder of our food delivery locations and times. This is the same information that was posted yesterday. “Meal Delivery is ready to start tomorrow, March 18. We will have three pickup locations. Wapello Elementary School, Oakville Community Center, and Woodland Mobile Home Park. Deliveries and pickup will be from 10:00-11:00. Tomorrow’s delivery will be 3 days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches. Please keep in mind that food variety may be limited at times. After this week, food deliveries will be on Mondays (2 days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches), Wednesdays (2 days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches), and Fridays (1 day’s worth of lunches and breakfasts) at the same locations and the same times. This is available to all children age 0-18. No paperwork and no qualifications. You don’t even need to go to Wapello school.”

2. Teachers are compiling possible activities for kids to do while they are at home. Remember that none of these activities are required or graded. The goal is to provide kids (and parents) with options if they are looking for some things to do during the time away.

3. Lifetouch spring pictures: The return deadline was today, I believe. We’ve contacted the company and everything is on hold until school is back in session. Don’t worry about payment or returning picture packets until we are back in school.

4. PK and K roundups at the elementary will be rescheduled for a later date.

5. We received word today that ISASP (used to be ITBS) testing will be suspended until further notice.

6. Tonight’s board meeting will be at 6:00 in the HS auditorium. The meeting will be livestreamed so that the public can be informed without having to attend the meeting.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask. If I don’t know the answers, I will find them out and get the information pushed out.
#wearewapello
#wapellotribepride


3/17/20

4:00 p.m.

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Here is the latest batch of updates for you.

1. Mrs. Moulton has graciously opened her classroom library up to any students who are in need of reading material. Contact the HS office if you would like to pick up something to read.

2. Prom: Here we go…we are trying our best to make sure that our students get to experience Prom this year. The first weekend that falls outside of the “no gatherings larger than 50” window is May 16. That is very late in the year. Graduation is the next weekend. The timing is not good, but this is the best we can do to get kids a Prom. Sorry in advance to all of the parents of seniors who will now have two big events back-to-back.

3. Tomorrow night’s board meeting will be held in the auditorium. We are not expecting a big crowd, but we do want to provide any audience members the opportunity to practice “social distancing.” We will also be livestreaming the meeting so that people can be informed without having to be physically present.

4. Online learning: We received guidance today from the DE. K-12 schools may not require online learning because there is no way to guarantee that all students have access to reliable internet. But, teachers have been encouraged to provide parents with resources that kids could use so that they are not just sitting around for four weeks wondering what to do. Some teachers, especially those of younger grades, will be sending home paper copies. We will be creating a dedicated space on our webpage so that all online resources will be in one location.

5. Classes offered online through SCC are still happening. They fall under SCC’s guidance. I’m sure they will be in contact if something changes.

6. Meal Delivery is ready to start tomorrow, March 18. We will have three pickup locations. Wapello Elementary School, Oakville Community Center, and Woodland Mobile Home Park. Deliveries and pickup will be from 10:00-11:00. Tomorrow’s delivery will be 3 days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches. Please keep in mind that food variety may be limited at times. After this week, food deliveries will be on Mondays (2 days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches), Wednesdays (2 days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches), and Fridays (1 day’s worth of lunches and breakfasts) at the same locations and the same times. This is available to all children age 0-18. No paperwork and no qualifications. You don’t even need to go to Wapello school.

7. Wapello will not be administering the ACT on March 24.


3/17/20 

3:10 p.m.

Here is our first read aloud video from our 6th grade Reading Teacher, Mrs. Shannon Salazar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jZrCNPmzsI&authuser=0

#wearewapello. #wapellotribepride


3/17/20

1:10 p.m.

Hello WCSD! While we are on this unexpected break from school, we are going to have a daily read aloud from a variety of staff members and high school students for our elementary students to enjoy! Our first video will be posted sometime today! #wearewapello#wapellotribepride


3/17/20

9:05 a.m. 

Please be advised: the Student Council Blood Drive that was planned for Thurs. March 19th will now be held at the Briggs Center and will be a community blood drive. The Mississippi Valley Blood center will be the host (not the school). Times remain the same 7-12. Questions can be directed to MVBC at Phone (319) 208-0158, or at their website: www.bloodcenter.org


3/17/2020

8:45 a.m.

We are attempting to gather rough numbers of families needing breakfast and lunches while school is closed. If you are interested and would like to partake, please complete the survey attached below. Or got to one of our media outlets.

https://forms.gle/6fkeTFvaDVJnWBtw5


3/16/2020

12:30 p.m. 


All Wapello Junior High and High School Spring activities have of the IHSAA (IAHSAA, IGHSAU, IHSMA, IHSSA) will be suspended through the recommended 4 week closure.

https://www.ighsau.org/…/school-closures-suspend-iowa-high…/

3/16/2020

12:30 p.m. 

Please be advised: the Wapello High School weight room will also be closed during this period of time. We ask that no staff, students or faculty use the facility until further notice.

3/16/20

11:00 a.m.

Washington, DC Update:

Obviously we are in uncharted waters. Our trip has been moved to March 18-20, 2021. None of us could have foreseen the current circumstances, and we will continue to do the best that we can. I hoped to make this announcement in person and to have the opportunity to answer all questions; however, without that possibility, feel free to reach out to me.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mr. Brown... Brandon.brown@wapellocsd.org

3/15/20 

10:44 p.m. 

Supt. Mike Peterson - 

Let me attempt to do some clarifying...

The Governor has recommended that all Iowa schools close for four weeks. Our plan has always been that we will follow the recommendations of public health and the governor. We ask that we have no staff or students in the buildings tomorrow so that we have a chance to develop a plan for moving forward. This will also give us a chance to receive some more guidance from the Iowa legislature, which is supposed to be meeting at some time tomorrow.

I fully expect the legislature to support the governor's recommendation, so people should plan on a 4 week closure. Of course, we will always evaluate things in light of new guidance as we receive it.

We all have more questions than answers at this point. That will, hopefully, begin to change tomorrow.

Hope this clears up any confusion.

3/15/2020

9:15 p.m. 

The Washington, DC meeting set for tomorrow evening has been cancelled. An update on the trip will come tomorrow afternoon. Thank you for your patience.

3/15/2020

8:57 p.m.

Supt. Mike Peterson - Governor Reynolds has closed all Iowa schools for 4 weeks. No students or staff in the buildings tomorrow. We will be developing a plan and will be communicating details as they are finalized. Stay tuned. Thanks for your patience as we enter uncharted territory.

3-4-2020

Dear everyone,

I write today to provide an update on how WCSD is preparing for the potential of a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Iowa. At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa.

While we are currently in the prevention stage, we are working closely on this matter with Louisa County Public Health, the Iowa Department of Health and the Iowa Department of Education.

At this point, public health officials recommend that schools focus on the basics of disease prevention, which include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough into your elbow.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Keep children at home when they are sick.
  • Please be assured that WCSD will follow any recommendations provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Education concerning the coronavirus.

    It is also important to note that the disinfectant cleaners the school uses are effective against the family of viruses that include the coronavirus.

    We will provide updates and guidance to students, parents, staff and community members as the situation evolves.

    Sincerely,

    Mike Peterson, Superintendent