21-22 Daily Attendance Tracking

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