Meals During COVID-19 Closure

The Nevada Community School District will be offering free meals to students 18 and under during the COVID-19 closure. The sign-up period each week will be 8:00 a.m. Friday to 12:00 p.m. Saturday for the following week. Meals can then be picked up curbside at the High School circle drive 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the following Monday and Thursday. Individual picking up meals will remain in their vehicle for curbside delivery. The Monday pick-up will include breakfast for 5 days and lunch for 3 days. The Thursday pick-up will include lunch for 2 days. Meals will not be billed to students’ lunch accounts as they are covered under the Summer Feeding Program. Use the following link to sign up for meals. For any questions or assistance regarding sign-up, contact Jodi Heeren ( or Elizabeth Gindt (  A new link will be sent each week the closure continues.
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Story County Schools COVID-19

With many universities in the state canceling in-person classes and moving toward online courses for two-weeks following spring break, the Story County school districts want to assure our families and communities, that as a group, we will continue normal operations for the foreseeable future. All districts are receiving regular updates and working closely with Story County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and will follow their guidelines and recommendations. As this is an evolving issue, their recommendations may change over time. In the event that Story County Public Health or the Iowa Department of Public Health determines that there is a need for closure, or other action, we will communicate additional information at that time. As districts, we are working to be proactive and preventative, while operating in a state of preparedness. In a prior communication, we indicated that we are following a number of recommendations from the Center for Disease Control that include increased disinfection processes of the school and procedures when students show signs of illness. We are increasing our efforts of disinfection at all of our buildings. This includes routinely cleaning desks, door handles and wiping down tables after school. As districts, we are also promoting proper handwashing and will be providing opportunities for handwashing for students and staff. Iowa Department of Public Health recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, including:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth with your upper arm or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The Center for Disease Control does not currently recommend face masks for the general public. The most up-to-date information about the coronavirus can be found on the Iowa Department of Public Health Coronavirus webpage and on the Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus webpage. Jenny Risner, Superintendent of Ames Community School District Ottie Maxey, Superintendent of Ballard Community School District Dr. Corey Lunn, Superintendent of Collins-Maxwell Community School District Jim Walker, Superintendent of Colo-NESCO Community School District Lindsey Beecher, Superintendent of Gilbert Community School District Dr. Steve Gray, Superintendent of Nevada Community School District Matt Patton, Superintendent of Roland-Story Community School District
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March Trivia Night

The Nevada School Foundation is again proud to present TRIVIA NIGHT with this month’s theme of Spring Break on the Beach on Saturday, March 7th.  Doors open at 6pm; trivia starting at 7pm at Gates Hall. Image result for spring break beachWe will also be collecting cans and bottles to help fund the Central Elementary EK-4th grade Tree Planting Project for Earth Day. The best decorated table/costumes wins a free night of future trivia for each team member. Admission is $12.50/person (8 players max per team); $75.00 minimum/table for fewer than 6 players. Fee is tax-deductible. No spectators. Reserve a table for your team through Signup Genius:
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COVID-19 aka Coronavirus Information

We understand that the Novel Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is causing much anxiety in our community, state and the world. Nevada Community School District is working closely with Story County Public Health and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

What Is Known

  • The virus causing COVID-1Statement Graphic 250009 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified, and causes a respiratory illness ranging from a mild cold-like illness to severe respiratory disease.
  • Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications from COVID-19 are believe to be the very old, very young and those with other chronic or underlying medical conditions.
  • There is no vaccine or treatment currently available for COVID-19, so prevention is very important.
  • Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa according to the IDPH (March 5, 2020).

How the Virus Spreads

  • COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads—through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
  • People who are most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within about 6 feet) with someone who has the disease.
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

What You Can Do Now

  • Keep children home when they are sick.
    • Students (and parents/guardians) who are ill, especially with acute respiratory symptoms (not allergies or chronic conditions), should stay home.
  • Teach your children to always cover their cough and sneezes with a tissue or elbow.
  • Remind them to wash their hands with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer) after they touch their face, use the restroom and before they eat.
  • Tell children to avoid touching their mouth and nose since that is how germs get into the body.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (everyday household disinfectants are fine).
    • Enhance cleaning of high touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles and sink handles.
As is typical with the cold/flu season, the Nevada Community School District will continue to be diligent with routine cleaning of desks, door handles, tables, etc. and encourage students to:
  • Wash their hands frequently and to keep their hands away from their nose, mouth, and eyes
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or upper arm/elbow
  • Contain germs by staying home when ill The District continues
Find up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Iowa at this link and follow IDPH on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentofPublicHealth and Twitter at @IAPublicHealth. Please contact Central Elementary Nurse Lesa Davis (, 515-382-2383) or MS/HS Nurse Eileen Patterson (, 515-382-3521) should you have further questions.
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Bye Bye Birdie this Weekend!

Nevada High School Drama presents their Spring Musical, Bye Bye Birdie!  Rock star Conrad Birdie is the biggest thing to top the charts. Women love him, men want to be him and teenage girls around the country scream with glee at the mere mention of his name. But when the United States Army drafts Birdie, manager Albert Peterson sees his meal ticket preparing to fly the coop (much to the delight of longtime love Rose Alvarez, who can’t wait for Albert to ditch the music biz and become something respectable, like an English teacher).  Join us this weekend to find out what happens to Conrad Birdie!


PictureFriday, March 6, 2020 at 7PM Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7PM ​Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 1:30PM Josephine Tope Community Performing Arts Center ​1001 15th Street, Nevada, Iowa, 50201 Tickets are $10 for Reserved Admission $7.00 for General Admission Tickets available at the door, or online here.   Synopsys excerpt from  
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