21-22 Daily Attendance Tracking

April 14, 2022 Update

Our covid-related absences are looking great!  As you’ll see in the following chart, we have straight zeros for the past two weeks.  This is incredible news!  As we work through the spring, and those spring colds can come into play, please continue to keep kids home if they’re under the weather.

4-14-22 Attendance.pdf

April 1, 2022 Update

As you’ll see below, our numbers are remaining very good.  While I’d like to see nothing but zeros, we’re in a much better situation than we were just a few months ago.

21_22 Daily Attendance Tracking.pdf

March 25, 2022 Update

The following are our covid-related isolation numbers for the past two weeks.  As you’ll see, our numbers remain very good.  Thank you again for all of your help and assistance with keeping illnesses out of our schools as much as possible.  This will remain extremely important as we head into the spring.

3-25-22 Attendance.pdf

March 4, 2022 Update

Good afternoon, Saber Community!

I’d like to start today’s update with a bit of a celebration.  I don’t want to jinx anything, but I think it needs to be pointed out.  As you’ll see in our charts below, in the last four days, we haven’t had any of our students or members of our staff in covid-related isolation!  That is a great thing!  I went through our historical spreadsheets, and the last time we didn’t have anyone in isolation was April 29-30 and May 24-25, 2021, for two days each.  Those were the only times the past two school years we didn’t have someone among our staff or students in isolation.  So to have four consecutive days now…is a tremendous thing!

4Mar2022 Attendance.pdf

February  18, 2022 Update

This week’s covid isolation-related attendance is looking much better than recent weeks!  As you’ll see below, our number of students in isolation has gone from 26 to 5, and our number of staff in isolation has remained at zero.  This is great progress!  We need to keep those numbers coming down as we roll into spring!

18Feb2022 Attendance.pdf

February 14, 2022 Update

Good morning, Saber Community

I hope you all had a great weekend! You’ll find our covid isolation attendance data below and attached.  The great news is that we’re seeing a decline in the students and staff members that are testing positive.  I hope and pray this able to continue.  Please continue to do what you can to keep the cold and flu symptoms at home and not attending school.

11Feb2022 Attendance.pdf

February 4, 2022

Our covid-related absences continue to be elevated.  We saw a spike last week as you’ll see in the following data.  Again, these are the absences based on a positive covid test.  There are certainly additional staff and students that are absent for other reasons.  We’ve seen an increase in parents keeping their students home that have the cold/flu symptoms I’ve discussed before.  Please continue to do that.

4Feb2022 Attendance.pdf

January 21, 2022 Attendance Update

Good afternoon, Saber Community!

I wanted to take a minute and send out our covid isolation numbers from the past two weeks.  As you’ll see below, our numbers for staff and students continue to rise.  Again, staff and students need to please stay home if you are having any cold/flu symptoms.  We have many people arriving at school stating what they have is “just a cold”.  While that may be true, we need to keep these symptoms out of our schools.  This requires everyone’s attention and assistance.

As always, please contact me with any comments or questions you have.

Thank you,

Dr. Dan Peterson, Superintendent

21Jan2022 Attendance.pdf ​​​​​​​

January 14, 2022 Update

Good afternoon, Saber Community!

I promise…this will be the last email from me today! (unless it isn’t for some reason, and given that situation, I hereby reserve the right to retract this promise)

I have a few updates today.  The first is attendance.  As you’ll see in the following (and attached) information, our covid positive tests and isolations have increased in all areas.  Student and staff numbers in every building have increased.  This isn’t surprising, given the positive tests in our community, but it’s certainly something we want to get turned around.  So I will ask and encourage again, please…keep your students home if they have any cold or flu symptoms.  That’s the best thing we can do right now.

14Jan2022 Attendance.pdf


Second, I would again like to invite you to our School Improvement Advisory Committee Public Forum on January 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School Media Center.

The SIAC topic for this month will focus on the Central DeWitt Course Guidebook, and will be geared toward parents of high school students, but all are welcome!  We’d like your feedback on our current guidebook and how we can make it more user-friendly.  We’d also like to find out what information you would like regarding courses, or things you wish you’d known sooner in your child’s high school career.  This is a timely discussion as our high school students will soon be registering for their 2022-2023 classes.

Please plan to attending this important forum!  We look forward to receiving constructive feedback so we can continue to make sure our students have an optimal educational experience here at Central DeWitt!


I would also like to let you know that like most employers, we’re struggling to fill positions at Central DeWitt.  The following is a quick list of positions that we currently have open:

  • General Food Service Worker at Ekstrand Elementary
  • Family Consumer Science Teacher at Middle School
  • Special Education Associate at High School
  • Physical Educataion Teacher at Middle School (2022-2023 school year)
  • Intermediate School Counselor (2022-2023 school year)
  • Reading Interventionist at Intermediate School
  • Bus Driver – Afternoon Route
  • High School Spanish Teacher
  • K-12 Media Specialist
  • Special Education Associate at Intermediate School
  • Substitute Bus Drivers for all routes
  • Head High School Girls Softball Coach
  • High School Assistant Volleyball Coach
  • Assistant High School Boys Soccer Coach
  • Assistant High School Baseball Coach

We are honestly short every single day with substitute employees in every positions (teachers, drivers, associates, cooks, custodians, etc.).  If you have any interest in helping us with these positions, even if on a temporary basis, please visit our website at https://www.cd-csd.org/district/employment/ for more information.


That’s it for this week!  I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend!  Just as a reminder, we do not have school on Monday, January 17.

Thank you, and GO SABERS!

Dr. Dan Peterson, Superintendent

 

January 7, 2021 Update+

Good afternoon, Saber Community!

It feels great that I’m sending you a message that has nothing to do with two-hour late starts or canceling school!

I have just a few things that I’d like to bring to your attention today.

First is our attendance.  We weren’t sure how many positive covid tests we’d be coming back to after Christmas break.  As you’ll see below, the numbers are actually pretty good. There are certainly more positive tests than we’d like.  However, any more than zero, and there are more than we’d like.  As we proceed, we will continue to monitor these numbers and communicate them to the public.


Along with that, I need to let you know that our isolation procedures are changing.  You may have heard that the CDC revised their isolation guidance.  And just this week we were advised that the Iowa Department of Public Health is following the CDC in this guidance.  It basically states that when someone has a positive test, the 10 day isolation can be reduced down to 5 days as long as the person is asymtomatic.  We’ve done some work on our procedures, and if we have someone returning without symptoms before their 10-day isolation is complete, we will first have them evaluated by our school nursing staff.  Masks during days 6-10 will also be recommended.  Please see the following document for more information in our updated guidelines.

1-7-22 COVID-19 Guidelines


Lastly, I wanted to let you know that you’re invited to our School Improvement Advisory Committee forum on January 26 at 6:30 p.m. in our Middle School Media Center.  The SIAC topic for this month will focus on the Central DeWitt Course Guidebook, and will be geared toward parents of high school students, but all are welcome!  We’d like your feedback on our current guidebook and how we can make it more user-friendly.  We’d also like to find out what information you would like regarding courses, or things you wish you’d known sooner in your child’s high school career.  This is a timely discussion as our high school students will soon be registering for their 2022-2023 classes.

Please plan to attending this important forum!  We look forward to receiving constructive feedback so we can continue to make sure our students have an optimal educational experience here at Central DeWitt!


That’s it for this week!  As always, please contact me with any comments or question you have.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  Go Sabers!

Sincerely,

Dr. Dan Peterson, Superintendent

December 20, 2021 – Attendance Update

Good morning, Saber Community!

I’ve attached our school district’s covid-related isolation numbers.  You should also see them below.

We had some good news last week in that we only had one new positive test among our students.  As you’ll see below, we ended the week with three students in isolation.  I’ve been told that two of those students are back with us today.  So this is good news for our students and staff!

I also wanted to let you know that the stomach flu is continuing to circulate.  Please continue to keep your kids home if they have symptoms of illness.

Thank you for your continued support of our students and staff.

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel J. Peterson, Superintendent

December 3, 2021 Update

Good afternoon, Saber Community!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving break!

I wanted to take a minute and get our isolation-related attendance numbers out to you before the day passes by. You’ll see in the following that our overall student numbers have gone down slightly since the week prior to Thanksgiving. My encouragement to everyone remains the same though. If you’re showing symptoms of illness, as a staff or student, please stay home. We will get through this, and we need everyone to do their part.

I would also like to remind everyone that if you’re a community member (not a parent that’s tied to one of our students in Infinite Campus) receiving these updates, and would like to continue, you will need to sign up through our messenger system prior to the end of the calendar year so you don’t miss anything. That would be especially true when it comes time for any weather-related announcements we have. Also if you know of anyone else that should be signed up, please share the following website with them where they can find all of the needed information for getting registered. https://www.cd-csd.org/register-for-news-and-updates/

As always, thank you for your continued support of our staff and students! Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Dr. Daniel J. Peterson, Superintendent

 

November 19, 2021 Update

Good afternoon, Central DeWitt Community!

It’s hard to believe we’re already nearing the holiday season!  This will likely be my last update until the week after Thanksgiving.

I have just a few things to report on today, and most of them are student and staff health-related.


First, I’ll give you our isolation numbers from the last two weeks below.

As you see, our numbers continue to be up from just a few weeks ago.  This past week we’ve seen an increase in the elementary students and a decrease in the high school students from last week.  Our intermediate and middle schools have stayed level.  Our staff numbers have also increased from last week.


This brings me to my next related point.  If I had a megaphone emoji, I would use it here.  If you are a member of our school staff, or a student in our school, and you have cold/flu symptoms…PLEASE STAY HOME!  I cannot stress enough how important this is!  We have many parents that are sending their children to school with these symptoms.  We’ve even had students walk into school and go straight to one of the nurse’s offices because they feel ill, and their parents brought them to school anyway.  Folks, we are asking for your help here!  If you have cold/flu symptoms, you should not be in school.  PLEASE HELP US with this!

Just in case you’re not sure what we’re meaning, please refer to page 3 of the Return To Learn Plan I’ve attached.  It lists out the symptoms that should not be in our schools.  We continue to do everything we can to clean and sanitize throughout our buildings, but we need your help!


In recent years, Genesis VNA has provided flu shots for students in grades K-6, whose parents wanted them for their children.  I want to let you know that our school district is not partnering with Genesis VNA for flu shots this year.  So if you’d like for your child to have a flu shot, you will need to get those scheduled if you haven’t already.  Flu shots are available at many locations.  Scott Drug, Hy-Vee, Walgreens, Walmart, and CVS are just a few examples of where you can book an appointment online if you’d like to schedule a flu shot.  Genesis VNA also has a few upcoming Public Health Immunization Clinics coming up in Wheatland, Clinton, and DeWitt.  I’ve attached the schedule of those clinics, and you will need to call the phone number on the attachment to make an appointment.


Lastly, for those of you that receive school updates, and do not have children in our school, you are likely signed up through our community list to receive updates.  We are in the process of changing how our community list is populated into our School Messenger system, and we’re going to be using a School Messenger add-on that allows people to subscribe and unsubscribe to our updates as they wish.  If you do not have children in our schools, and you would like to continue receiving our updates, please follow the instructions attached in the “SM registration info” document to get signed up with the new system.  Also, if you know of others that would like to be signed up, please share this information with them as well.

We are planning to phase out the old community list on January 1, 2022.  So in order to not miss out on any school updates, please be sure to get signed up.  We will share this information a few times before the old list gets shut off.


There is a lot of information provided today.  As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

And if you don’t hear from me next week, I would like to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you’re all able to enjoy some time relaxing with friends and family!

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel J. Peterson, Superintendent

Return to Learn Plan 21-22

Clinton County Immunization Clinics 2021

SM registration info

 

Nov. 8, 2021 Update

Good afternoon!

I wanted to send out a quick update today to let everyone know that our number of students in isolation due to positive covid tests increased today. You can see the information below, but had an increase of six students over the weekend.

I’ve been asked a few times recently about mandating masks. While we’re able to put a mask mandate in place currently, that is not the guidance of the organizations we’re following, including the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Education, and the Iowa Governor’s Office. I would reiterrate, however, that students and staff members are always welcome to wear masks during the school day. We’ve had both students and staff members that have worn masks since the beginning of the school year. So if that is something you’d like to do, by all means do.

We are continuing to do regular cleaning and sanitizing within our buildings. The best thing that can happen now is for parents to keep their children home if they have any covid-related symptoms. This is extremely important, and we need everyone’s help with this.

Lastly, we’re making a change in our Veteran’s Day plans for this week. We were intending to gather our students from all grade levels in the high school gym for a district-wide assembly on Veteran’s Day. With the slight uptick in positive covid tests among our students, we’re only going to have high school students in the gym. All other students and staff members will be able to watch the assembly on Zoom. I realize this isn’t the same experience by any means, but I believe this is the best decision I can make at this time.

As always, please contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns you have.

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel J. Peterson, Superintendent

Nov. 5, 2021

Good afternoon, Saber Community!

I have one update today, and that is regarding our covid isolation numbers. They increased this week. In speaking amongst our staff, we’ve seen the overall number of students with positive covid tests and gastroenteritis (stomach flu) increase this week. With this, our message to parents and students remains the same. PLEASE…help us reduce the spread of viruses by monitoring your child for signs of illness. This could include many things…headache, runny nose, temperature of 100.3 or greater, cough, vomiting, diarrhea and undiagnosed rash. Please consult your doctor if you suspect your child has covid or flu related symptoms. Please keep your child home for 24 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medications, or for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting and/or diarrhea. And please encourage handwashing, good nutrition and sleep as they are all healthy habits that can help reduce illness.

That’s my message of the day. We all need to do our part to keep not only ourselves, but those around us, healthy and well as we enter into this colder part of the year.

Below you’ll see our covid-related isolations for the past two weeks. We continue to do everything we can to keep things clean within the school. We just need those with symptoms to stay home.

Lastly, don’t forget to “fall back” on Sunday morning as daylight savings time ends, and standard time begins.

It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful fall weekend! I hope you all enjoy it!

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel J. Peterson, Superintendent

Nov. 2, 2021

October 24, 2021

October 15, 2021
Our numbers are looking better this week with only one student in isolation in the school district. Please review the information below and attached for more information.

October 8, 2021

This week’s covid-related isolation numbers look better than last week’s information.  We’re currently down to three students and one staff member in isolation.

October 1, 2021 Attendance Update

Good morning, Saber Community!

We had an incredible Homecoming 2021 last week!  Thank you to everyone (students, staff, families, and community members) that participated and attended our events!

I didn’t get this information out on Friday, so I wanted to get it out right away this morning.  As you’ll see below in our weekly covid-related attendance information, our overall number of students in isolation over the past two weeks has declined.  Once you’re able to review the information provided, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel J. Peterson, Superintendent

September 24, 2021 Attendance3 Update

Good afternoon, Saber Community!

I just received our attendance information for this week, so I wanted to get it sent out to you right away.  You’ll see our data from the past two weeks below in jpg and pdf form.  Overall, our numbers are stable, but they’re not great until we see all zeros.  Please let me encourage everyone, staff and students, to be vigilant about staying home when you don’t feel well.  That is our first line of defense against any illness spreading in our schools.  We are continuing with our sanitizing and hygiene efforts within the schools, and it would be much appreciated if parents will continue to keep their children home if they’re not feeling well.

Thank you, and as always, please contact me with any questions on this topic or any other.

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel J. Peterson, Superintendent

September 17, 2021 Update

Good afternoon, Saber Community!

The following are our covid-related absence numbers for the past two weeks.  As you’ll see, our district numbers are relatively flat, but the number of students in isolation is shifting between school buildings.  In the past two weeks, the Elementary has gone from 5 to 2 students in isolation.  Intermediate has gone from 5 to 3.  Middle School has gone from 0 to 3.  High School has gone from 1 to 4.

You may have also heard in recent news that there was a Federal judge that made a change for Iowa, and made it allowable for Iowa school district to mandate masks again.  We discussed this with our school board on Wednesday night, and at this point, we are waiting to see what happens between the State and Federal governments on this issue, and how it is settled.  As I’ve mentioned prior, the direction I have been given from our school board is to follow the guidance of the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Education, and the Iowa Governor’s Office.  At this point, their guidance regarding schools and masks has not changed, so we staying with masks being optional for our students and staff.  We will continue to monitor this situation, and keep our constituents informed.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel J. Peterson, Superintendent

September 10, 2021 – Attendance Update

Good afternoon, Saber Community!

This update is going to be much shorter than that of last week.  You’ll see below that I have attached our chart with the positive covid tests throughout the district for the past two weeks.

We have the same number at the Elementary that we did two weeks ago.  Our Intermediate numbers have increased.  The Middle School remains without any positive tests.  And our High School now has three.  While the numbers are still low, they’re not low enough until we’re at zero in all categories.

With that in mind, we’ve developed a document we’d like to bring to everyone’s attention.  You’ll find it below our attendance chart and also attached as a pdf document.  This document lists various reasons when we absolutely need our students and staff to stay home from school.    You’ll see those symptoms and situations listed right at the top of the document.  Also included are guidelines on when it’s ok to return to school.  Please review these, and keep them for the future.  We’ll also get it posted to our website.

As always, thank you for all you do to help us provide an exceptional education for our students, and for supporting our Saber Staff in all we do!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Go Sabers!

​​​​​​​Dr. Daniel J. Peterson, Superintendent