October 21, 2020

Dear Friends of Oskaloosa Community School District,

Hasn’t this been a year to remember?  Every day seems to bring new challenges and opportunities!  We are fortunate here at Oskaloosa Community School District to have such amazing students, staff, parents, families, community partners, and friends to help us through these strange times.  

The Oskaloosa School District recently completed our certified enrollment report for the State of Iowa.  State and local funds are determined for school districts through the certified enrollment report, which is completed annually.  The Oskaloosa District saw a decrease in overall enrollment from 2272 to 2247.  This is a decrease of 25 students from October of 2019.  We have seen a reduction in the number of students enrolling at the lower grades and an increase in the number of families choosing the homeschooling option.  This may, in part, be due to COVID concerns in our community, state, country, and world.  We will continue to provide a quality education to all our students and continue to grow and improve.

I have received several questions regarding COVID and the metrics used for making decisions regarding our learning options (face-to-face, hybrid, or online).  Our first and foremost priority is to do what is best for our students.  We know having our schools open is what is best for our students.  The school provides many opportunities and supports for students beyond education and we feel it is important to provide those services to the fullest extent possible.

Making decisions regarding the best learning plan for our students is never an easy task.  Data regarding our county and school is monitored daily.  Our current county positivity rate is at 15%.  I have included a chart from the Department of Education regarding the options school districts have when it comes to the county positivity rate.  We monitor and take into account student/staff quarantine rates, student/staff positivity rates, and our absenteeism rate.  The following data shows our rates for today (10/21/20) by building and district.

OHS:

2.3% Quarantine Rate

.04% Positive Rate

6.3% Absentee Rate

OMS:

2.8% Quarantine Rate

.02% Positive Rate

4.5% Absentee Rate

OES:

1.7% Quarantine Rate

0% Positive Rate

3.8% Absentee Rate

District Wide:

2.1% Quarantine Rate

.02% Positivity Rate

4.8% Absentee Rate

At this point in time, we are continuing with a face-to-face learning model.  We are monitoring the data daily and will communicate model changes as necessary.  Stay safe & healthy, wash your hands, wear your mask, and practice social distancing!  Together we will conquer these unpredictable times!  Thank you for your continued support of the Oskaloosa Community School District.

With Osky Pride:

Paula J. Wright

Superintendent

Oskaloosa Community School District

 

Community Transmission Suggested Strategies Return-to-Learn Model
 

0%-5% None to Minimal

 

Stay home if you are sick

Practice frequent hand-washing

Stay 6 feet from others as much as possible

Use face coverings

Maintain frequent cleaning

Monitor absenteeism among teachers, staff, and students

Face-to-Face Learning

 

Or

 

Hybrid Learning as necessary based on Student data.

6%-14%  Minimal to Moderate

Continue above strategies.

Reduce group gatherings

Ensure student and staff group gatherings are as static as possible.

Face-to-Face Learning

 

Or

 

Hybrid Learning as necessary based on Student data

15%-20% Substantial Controlled

And

District Absenteeism rate of >10%

Continue above strategies.

Consider regular health checks for any on-site students/staff if feasible

Cancel school events

Close communal spaces (cafeterias, media centers, etc.)

Face-to-Face Learning

Or

Hybrid Learning as necessary based on Student data.

Or

Temporary virtual learning for an entire school building or district for up to 14 days - only with approval from the State DE

>20% Substantial Uncontrolled

And 

District Absenteeism rate of >10%

State and local will work together to make decisions on school operations.

Hybrid Learning as necessary based on student data

Or

Temporary virtual learning for an entire school building or district for up to 14 days - only with approval from the state DE