Return to Learn

ELK HORN — Superintendent Trevor Miller and administration at the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton Community School District have released an online video, “Return to Learn Parent Q & A” after holding three parent meetings on plans for back to school this fall.

With guidance from the state and the Iowa Department of Education changing on an almost weekly basis, school districts have been scrambling to make — and possibly adjust — plans for back to school this fall.

Miller said, “When we get guidance, we update as soon as we get it.”

One of those recent bits of state guidance says that all students would get a waiver and would be eligible to be involved in activities regardless of what their grades were in spring, Miller said, “So everyone gets a fresh start for this fall, which is good.”

Miller said the district was making plans and updating them, and the first day of school is coming up quickly. Students are going to report to school for the first day of 2020-21 on Aug. 14, and a 1:15 p.m. dismissal is planned. The partial day will give teachers and staff a chance to see how procedures set in place work with students in the school. Students will have in-school classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will be set aside for distance learning and possible small group sessions, as needed.

An Open House is planned for Aug. 12 and more details will be released on that as they become available.

“It’s going to be a year where we are all going to have to work as a team,” Miller said, noting that district officials are working closely with Shelby and Audubon county public health officials so that decisions made for the district reflect coronavirus issues in local communities.

The video and the district calendar for the 2020-21 school year can be viewed at the Exira-EHK Facebook page.