Garfield Daily Announcments
Dear Cardinal Family,
In today’s press conference, Governor Reynolds announced students in Iowa will not be returning to school this academic year. At least, not “school as we have always known it.”
Please know our administrators, teachers, and other staff will continue to facilitate continuous learning through the plan currently in place and will be creating “Return to Learn” plans which will be submitted to the Iowa Department of Education by July 1, 2020. As the district creatively implements solutions to support our learners and families at this time, we will keep stakeholders apprised in a timely manner.
I express my sincere appreciation to our community for providing the entire school district and board members with trust, grace, and support. We are working around the clock to take in ever-changing data in order to respond appropriately to student and family need. At the same time, we are considering preparation for the summer and next year, creating infrastructures for enhanced use of online learning platforms, providing professional learning for our teachers, hiring new staff, and many other endeavors to grow one another and ourselves during this time.
Feeding the Birds continues to provide supports for families in need, and our community donations have been critical to the health of many adults in Clarinda. Thank you for all who have contributed or plan to contribute. We have added additional preventative measures to our food delivery system, including wearing masks, taking temperatures prior to involvement, social distancing, and increasing sanitization protocols. The safety of all has been in the forefront of our thinking while we continue to serve our families.
In unprecedented times, stress and anxiety due to financial, health, food insecurity, and other concerns, often arises. Each of us has the ability to choose our attitude, our verbal responses, and our actions. Clarinda community, thank you for your role in assuming positive intent, celebrating the bright spots, reflecting on lessons learned from the challenges, and considering gratitude for the important things in life. We are blessed.