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