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COVID-19 Information

CARLISLE CSD SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE
July 10, 2020
 
Return to School Planning Update: The district’s leadership team is currently working on the plan for returning students to school for the start of the 2020-21 school year. I will be giving the school board an update and reviewing the survey data at the July 13th school board meeting and then presenting our final recommendation at a special school board meeting on July 20th. We are currently reviewing the feedback data from the both the staff and parent/guardian surveys and the most recent national/state/local guidance. Below are the guiding principles for the district’s return to school decision making process:
1. Ensure safe learning and working environments for students and staff.
2. Maximize family choice in student learning format, by offering two options for instruction:
           a. Full-time online/remote instruction;
                      Or
          b. In-person instruction with social distancing and mitigation strategies in school buildings.
3. Ensure all students receive instruction that meets state and federal standards and have the necessary supports for success, including:
         a. Access to technology and connectivity;
         b. Social-emotional wellness and health supports; and
         c. Additional supports to meet needs of special populations.
4. Provide training, time, support, and flexibility necessary for staff to prepare for successful reopening.
 
District will communicate to the school community the final return to school plans no later than July 24th.
 
Social Justice: I want to provide an update on the district’s next steps from our “Letter to our Community” from June 12th. As a district, we play a big role in educating and building our students' multicultural literacy and awareness. The district is currently developing a framework that will provide opportunities for professional learning for our staff and a review of our curriculum resources to ensure that all district actions provide support and grow our students' awareness.
 
The district framework will include focus groups to give our school community members opportunities to share their concerns, experiences, and feedback. The district will be sending out more information later this summer on how our stakeholders can participate in the focus groups. We want to ensure that all voices are heard as we grow as a district to take actions that will better serve our students.
 
Please know that as school district, we are committed to providing our students with an education that prepares them to lead us to a future that not only acknowledges our differences with empathy and dignity but embraces our diversity as the strength or our school community.

Thank you for your continued support for our district as we move forward together in this journey. As always, Go Cats and We Can Do This.
DISTRICT RETURN TO SCHOOL PLANS
JUNE 19, 2020
We know that there is one question on the minds of our district’s parents, students, staff, and community members: What will education at Carlisle CSD schools look like in the fall?
 
We have been working collaboratively for the last several weeks to answer that exact question and our goal is to share our three Return to School models. Today, I want to share the process used to develop the models and our next steps as a district.  As we started, we had guiding principles we are committed to:
              • The health and safety our students and staff.
              • Academic success for all students.
              • Ensuring that students are at the center of all decision making.
              • Engaging with our school communities.
              • Utilizing data.
At the start of June we conducted Focus Group meetings to get input from our district stakeholders. Input from those meetings were used by the District Return to Learn Leadership team to develop three models:
 
REQUIRED CONTINUOUS LEARNING (RCL)
All Carlisle CSD buildings closed and all students will participate required online learning from home.
 
HYBRID LEARNING PLAN (HLP)
A combination of on-site and at home online learning.
 
ON-SITE LEARNING PLAN (OLP)
All students in grades Pre-K through 12 will attend school in person.
 
An overview of the three district models is available by clicking on link.
 
The models provide the district with a “blueprint” on how to reopen our schools in the fall based on guidance from Iowa Department of Public Health, Department of Education, and district stakeholder input. The state will release reopening schools guidance by July 1st.
 
Mark your calendars. We will be sending out a survey on June 23rd to parents, staff and district stakeholders on the three district models. We want to hear your concerns, questions, comments, and ideas as we finalize our plans to reopen our school. Our commitment to you is to be open to ideas, to involve all stakeholders in our planning, and to remain adaptable, with a focus on ensuring our students continue to get the education they deserve in a manner that keeps them, their families, and our staff safe.
 
We know that the 2020–2021 school year will be unlike any we've experienced before. This is an opportunity to be innovative in what we do as school district. I am confident that we will come out the other side of this experience smarter and stronger, and our district will be better for it.
 
Thank you for your continued support for our district as we move forward together in this journey. As always, Go Cats and We Can Do This.
CARLISLE CSD SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE
June 12, 2020
A Letter to Our School Community
 
The Carlisle Community School District would like to communicate our commitment to all of our more than 2,200 students, their families, and our staff. There are no perfect words as a response to the events of our country over the past weeks, but we also recognize that silence is unacceptable. We understand that our greatest and most effective method of changing the world is through the students we educate and the families we serve. Our classrooms serve as a gathering place for much more than education - they help us to understand and appreciate our differences.
 
Carlisle is a school district that prides itself in having high expectations for all students, while providing them with the support they need to reach their goals. The current events in our country have led us to reflect on our actions to ensure that our district is inclusive and equitable for ALL in ALL we do. It is our commitment to continue to examine ourselves, our policies, and our practices with a willingness to make changes for improvement.
 
In order for Carlisle to continue to grow, it is important to start by listening. We need to listen, reflect and engage in important and sometimes uncomfortable dialogue. It is our responsibility to help everyone in our district, students and adults alike, to understand bias, privilege, and the impacts of racism.
 
Our students are looking to us in this time of crisis. As we move forward together, we must remember that diversity is not a goal, it is a reality. Our diversity makes us stronger. Thank you for your continued support and we invite you to join us on this important endeavor.
 
Bryce Amos
Superintendent of Schools
 
 
 
CARLISLE CSD SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE
June 5, 2020

Iowa Department of Education Family Technology Survey

The State of Iowa would like to ask families about technology access for their household.  The responses from this survey will help the state prioritize $26.2 million in federal relief through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER), which focuses on providing and expanding broadband access and improving access to technology in other ways. This information will help in planning for next school year, should learning from home need to occur because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our district encourages you to complete this survey so your technology barriers are known to the State.

  •      The survey should take less than five minutes to complete.
  •      The survey only needs to be taken one time for your entire household.
  •      In your responses, only include students who will be in grades PK-12, or participating in post-secondary education, during the 2020-21 school year.
  •       There is a drop-down in the upper left corner of the survey to change the survey language from English to Spanish  

Please click on the link below to take the short survey about the learners in your household. The survey will be available

through June 24th.

http://bit.ly/iowatechsurvey

If you have any difficulties while completing the survey, please email support_iowa@panoramaed.com

 

Summer Sports Game and Transportation Guidelines

With the new guidance Governor Reynolds, baseball and softball practice will start on June 1st with games starting on June 15th.  The following link has the district’s guidelines for games and team transportation.

Carlisle CSD 2020 Summer Sport Guidelines

 

2020 – 2021 School Year Return-to-Learn Planning
Our district focus groups met this week and provided feedback and insights to support the development of our RTL plans for next school year.  Next step will to take that information and develop our plans that include three different contingencies: Required Virtual Learning, Hybrid Learning (a combination of on-site and virtual learning), and On-Site Learning. The district will be presenting our final plans for School Board Review later this month.

 

As always, Go Cats and We Can Do This. 

 

Bryce Amos

Superintendent of Schools

 
CARLISLE CSD SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE
May 29, 2020
 

As we start the summer, the district will continue to send out weekly community updates on our planning for next school year and our summer activities.  We are excited that our student-athletes can have their summer baseball and softball season and that we can provide our summer academic programs.  Both of these opportunities gives our school community and the district staff an opportunity to work in collaboration to understand how we can start back up with school academic and activities during this time.  I ask that as we move into our summer sports season and academic programs that we continue to be positive and support one another in our summer activities.  

 

Here are some quick updates for this week:

Hoekstra Selected as New Carlisle High School Principal

The Carlisle School Board approved Andrea Hoekstra as the new principal at Carlisle High School.  Hoekstra has been in education for 21 years, with the last five years serving as the Building Learning Coordinator for Carlisle High School.  Hoekstra has been an educator in the district for sixteen years.  Ms. Hoekstra has a strong background in instruction and in building relationships with students, staff, families, and community members.

 

2020 – 2021 School Year Return-to-Learn Planning
We know that there are a lot of questions about what next year is going to look like. We are starting the process of developing our Return-to-Learn (RTL) plans.  Our district focus groups will meet the week of June 1st to provide feedback and insight to the district leadership team to support our development of our RTL plans.  The district will be developing plans for different contingencies that include Required Virtual Learning, Hybrid Learning (a combination of on-site and virtual learning), and On-Site Learning.   One note for our school community is that the 2020-21 school calendar that was approved by the board in February will not change. Visit our district website to view the 2020-21 school calendar.

 

Summer Sports 

With the new guidance Governor Reynolds, baseball and softball practice will start on June 1st with games starting on June 15th.  Coaches will be communicating to players and families the protocols and guidelines for practices starting on June 1st. The district is developing protocols for our home games to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, and families when attending games.  We will be sharing our district plan and event management expectations later next week.

 

Summer School Programs

With Governor Reynold’s new proclamations allowing school summer activities to start June 1st, the district is planning to provide our two summer school programs.  The High School Summer School program will be from July 6-30th and the Grades 3-5 Kickstart Program will be July 20-August 6.  Both programs will be offered via on-site instruction.  The district is currently developing protocols that are aligned to CDC/IDPH guidelines to ensure the health and safety of students and staff. 

 

Carlisle High School Prom/After Prom Cancelled

Due to the current CDC/IDPH guidelines the high school and district administrators agree that the necessary course of action is to cancel the 2020 CHS Prom events that were scheduled for June 19th. We understand the disappointment this will cause for our students and all those who have worked tirelessly to plan this special event. However, we must remember that this is in the best interest of protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, families, and our community at large. We sincerely appreciate the efforts of all who have dedicated their time, talent to planning for Prom and After Prom events.

 

As always, Go Cats and We Can Do This. 

 

Bryce Amos

Superintendent of Schools

CARLISLE CSD SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE
May 22, 2020

As we reach the end of the school year that has been unprecedented in the history of public education, I look back in true amazement at what our students, staff, and school community have accomplished.  Students and parents, thank you for your flexibility and commitment to education.  I know the moves we had to make to protect the health and safety of our school community created significant challenges, and you stepped up to those challenges and showed why Carlisle is such a special place. 

 

Thank you to our Carlisle staff. I am grateful and inspired by the hard work and commitment in supporting and providing the quality educational experiences for our students even in these trying times.  Everyone at Carlisle CSD is excited to see our students back at school this fall.  We are working on Return-to-Learn plans and we are committed to providing our students and staff a safe and healthy learning environment.  We will be in touch later this summer to share details regarding our Return-to-Learn plans as we transition into next school year. 

 

As we look to the future, I know that Carlisle CSD’s best days are yet to come. We will be stronger as we get to the other side of this pandemic.    I hope everyone has a safe and healthy summer, and let’s all continue to be positive and support one another as we move forward together.   As always, Go Cats and We Can Do This. 

 

Here are some quick updates for this week:

 

Class of 2020 Graduation

The 2020 Graduation Video will be premiered via the district’s website and social media outlets on Sunday, May 24th at 2:00. 

 

Summer Lunch/Breakfast Program

The district will continue our Grab-n-Go lunches this summer with some changes. Starting on Tuesday, May 26th Summer Lunch and Breakfast will be available.  During the summer period, the district will only be serving out of the CHS Commons location.  When students pick up a lunch, they will also receive a breakfast for the next day.  The district will continue to send out a weekly sign-up on Friday.  This week’s sign-up will go out on Sunday, May 24th.

 

Return to Learn (RTL) Planning for 2020-21 School Year

The district will be using Focus Groups to support the development of the district’s Return-to-Learn plans. Focus groups will include school stakeholder based on the topic for each group. Members will review current national/state/local guidance on re-opening schools. Group topics include the following:

Focus Groups

Focus groups will start the week of June 1st, the district will use the feedback and recommendations from the focus groups to develop our state plans that are due to Iowa Department of Education on July 1st

 

Summer Sport Season

With the new guidance from the state allowing summer sport seasons, the district is reviewing the new guidance and will be communicating guidelines/information for High School Baseball and Softball next week.    

 

Continuous Learning Guides

Learning Guides will continue to be available for students and families through the summer at our Carlisle CSD Continuous Learning Guides Website

 

Bryce Amos

Superintendent of Schools

CARLISLE CSD SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE
May 15, 2020
 

Class of 2020 Letter

Dear Graduating Seniors,

 

The Carlisle Community School District continues to be extremely proud of all your accomplishments as you enter into the final stretch of your senior year to become our Graduating Class of 2020. As we communicated to you earlier this month, the District will be celebrating your graduation with two ceremonies, a Virtual Graduation on May 17th and an in-person Graduation later this summer, should CDC/IDPH guidelines permit. We are excited to announce the date for the summer ceremony.

 

The virtual ceremony will be modeled after a traditional ceremony with speeches that include District Leadership, School Principal, Faculty and Students. Every student on May 17th will have the opportunity to cross the graduation stage receiving their diploma from family members.  Students, extended family members, and friends will have the opportunity to remotely view the May 17th ceremony via the district’s livestream on CCSD.live. We like to invite the school community to watch along as our graduates and families celebrate this great accomplishment.

 

The full ceremony video will contain a slide showing all honors/awards/scholarships for the student and the video of the student receiving their diploma and all the graduation speeches.  The video will be released by the district via our website/social media outlets on May 24th.

 

The District has scheduled our summer Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2020. The ceremony will be modeled after our traditional ceremony to include speeches and recognition of the graduates.  Safety will be paramount, and if CDC/IDPH guidelines permit, the ceremony will be on Sunday, June 28th at Doane Hakes Stadium starting at 11:00am.

 

While we know this is not how you imagined you would be ending your senior year, please know that we are doing everything in our power to make your graduation celebration special and memorable for you and your families.

 

We are so proud of your perseverance, dedication, and accomplishments. We know that you will succeed in your chosen path and look forward to hearing all about your achievements. Congratulations from all of the Carlisle CSD staff and school community!!

 

Class of 2020 Graphic

SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE 
May 8, 2020

This week we celebrated and honored our teachers as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. I truly believe that the relationship between our teachers and students is at the heart of the work we do in our district. As a parent of two Carlisle CSD students, I sincerely appreciate the dedication of our staff in meeting the needs of our students and families. As superintendent, I am proud of their caring and flexibility as we have closed down our schools and shifted to a learning model that none of us would have imagined a little over two months ago. I hope you will join me in thanking our teachers for their hard work and commitment.

 

While our teachers are at the heart of our work, for those of us not in the classroom, which includes me and roughly 140 staff members, our job is to support the teacher-student relationship. Although the work might not be as public, the job is no less important. In fact, this week we celebrated School Nurse Appreciation Day and in the last week there have been days celebrating our Administrative Professionals, Nutrition Services staff, and Principals/Assistant Principals. May is also School Board Appreciation month.  It is an honor to work alongside them and I am appreciative of their service, leadership and great work in supporting our school community. They, too, are well deserving of our school community’s appreciation.

 

Here are some quick updates for this week:

 

Class of 2020 Graduation

As we communicated earlier this month, the District will be celebrating the Class of 2020 Graduates with two ceremonies. A Virtual Graduation on May 17th and an in-person Graduation later this summer, should CDC/IDPH guidelines permit. We will be announcing the date for the summer ceremony next week.

 

Students, extended family members, and friends will have the opportunity to remotely view the May 17th ceremony of our graduates receiving their diplomas via the district’s livestream on CCSD.live.

 

Return to Learn Planning for 2020-21 School Year

District staff have started the process of developing plans for the 2020-21 School Year.  Teacher teams will be working on making the curriculum adjustments for each grade level and content areas. The district will be developing several contingency plans for the re-opening of schools for the start of school year.  Contingency plans will be based on CDC/IDPH guidelines. 

 

Continuous Learning Guides

Learning Guides will continue to be available for students and families through the end of the school year, May 22ndCarlisle CSD Continuous Learning Guides Website

 

Summer Sport Season

The state athletic associations will be making a decision on high school summer athletics by June 1st.  

 

Please continue to take care of yourself and family, and let’s all continue to be positive and support one another as we move forward together.  We as a school community will come out of this time stronger together, Carlisle School Community, We Got This!

      SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE – SCHOOL CLOSURE
                                                                                               MAY 1, 2020

I wanted to send out an update on a few items, and also to take a moment to celebrate!  

 

High School Graduation Ceremony May 17th

Information about the Carlisle HS Graduation Ceremony for the class of 2020 went out earlier this week. The goal of the plan guarantees the opportunity for each graduate to walk across the stage to receive their diploma with their family members present. As a senior parent myself, I would love to have a full graduation ceremony with all graduates and the WAC full of families and friends, but our current reality and the unknowns of the pandemic does not allow us to have that opportunity.  I understand that our students what to be together to celebrate 13 years of hard work.  As part of this plan the district will hold a graduation event for the Class of 2020 students and families to celebrate together later in the summer if restrictions are lifted.  

 

The graduation ceremony we are planning will provide our seniors and their parents with some new special moments.  Parents will be giving their student the high school diploma. The video will contain both the full ceremony and a tribute to our seniors.  The seniors will have a keepsake that no other Carlisle graduate has received before.   If restrictions are lifted in the summer the class of 2020 will have two graduation celebrations.  

 

Continuous Learning Guides

Learning Guides will continue to be available for students and families through the end of the school year, May 22ndCarlisle CSD Continuous Learning  Guides Website

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I want to acknowledge how proud I am of the work of our teachers during this time in supporting our students and families.   For Teacher Appreciation Week, the Carlisle CSD is participating in the National Education Association’s social media celebration asking our Wildcat community one question per day to help showcase all that teachers do for our students. Join us and #ThankATeacher during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, 2020!

 

I am so proud of our community and the stories I am hearing about how we are supporting and caring for each other.  As I have stated before we as a school community will be stronger on the side of this pandemic, Carlisle School Community – We Got This! As always, thank you for your continued partnership and support of the school community.

 

 

Thanks,

 

Bryce Amos

Superintendent of Schools

             SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE – SCHOOL CLOSURE
                                                                                               APRIL 24, 2020

As we close out the month of April and we head into our final four weeks of our school year. I wanted to send out an update on a few items, and also to take a moment to celebrate!  

 

High School Graduation Ceremony

The goal was to have plans out early this past week for the ceremony. The district has delayed the communication of plans to ensure we are in compliance with all State guidelines.  We have met with local officials and we will be announcing our graduation ceremony plans following Monday night’s school board meeting. Plans do include giving our graduating seniors the opportunity to walk across the stage and accept their diplomas on their originally scheduled graduation date, with a few modifications.

 

Student Material Pick Up

I have received many questions about when can student pick up their material from their desk and lockers.  Schools will be communicating to their parents the week of April 27th on when and how students and parents can pick up those materials.  

 

Continuous Learning Plans

I want to make clear that I am extremely proud of our students and families.  I am equally proud of our entire faculty, staff and administrative team for all their combined efforts to keep teaching and learning alive for our entire school district.  I have personally participated in many Zoom meetings every week.  And while this in no way takes the place of what teaching and learning used to be prior to March 12th, 2020 and the closure of our school district, all members of the Carlisle School Community are showing why this a very special district. 

 

US News & World Report

Carlisle High School is a 2020 Best High School, based on rankings that U.S. News & World Report.  CHS ranked #10 in the Des Moines Metro Area High Schools and #30 in the state.  Visit the U.S. News & World Report website for more information.

 

I am proud to be the Superintendent Carlisle CSD and a member of the Carlisle CSD school community for many reasons.  One of the main reasons I am so proud rest with our students, staff and community members in the fact that together – We Got This! As always, thank you for your continued partnership and support of the school community.

 

Thanks,

 

Bryce Amos

Superintendent of Schools
SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE – SCHOOL CLOSURE
APRIL 17, 2020
As the proud superintendent of this incredible school district, I understand how heartbreaking the Governor’s announcement that our schools will not reopen and our students will not return to their classrooms before the end of this school year due to the COVID-19 crisis. As a parent of two students, including a high school senior, I can relate to the impact these school closures have on all of us. Please know, our district is committed to providing ongoing education, resources and support to students, parents and staff.
 
The safety of our students, staff, and families is our first priority. Our public health authorities and state officials have made it clear that adhering to physical distancing measures is crucial to staying healthy. Please be assured that while our schools may be closed, the school year is not finished. Our District will continue to provide Grab-n-Go meals and keep essential campus operations going while ensuring compliance with physical distancing orders. Most importantly, school for our students remains in session through our Continual Learning Program until the last day of this academic year on May 22, 2020.
 
The District’s goals for the Continual Learning Guides during this time are to provide learning activities that build appropriate grade-level skills and content knowledge, maintain a connection between students and teachers, and account for the variety of demands this unique time places on students, families and staff. Our teachers and administrators are working extremely hard to adjust lessons and utilize new delivery methods so your student(s) may continue to be engaged and excited about learning. Our teacher teams continue to be flexible, creative and understanding as they become more proficient in digital platforms and engaging students remotely.
 
The district will be adjusting the Continual Learning Plan for students in high school credit courses due to the extended school closure. Information on the adjusted plan will be sent out on Monday night following school board approval. We will be sending out a new date for High School Graduation Ceremony early next week.
 
I want to thank our school community for the remarkable way you have taken on the challenges of this moment and pulled together to support our students during this time. While we may need to remain physically apart, let’s all continue to be positive and support one another as we move forward together.
 
We as a school community will come out of this time stronger together, Carlisle School Community,
We Got This!
                      ALL DISTRICT PLAYGROUNDS & ATHLETIC FIELDS CLOSED
                                                                                    March 31, 2020
Carlisle CSD is committed to the health and safety of our school community. Playground equipment surfaces are not sanitized and we do not have the ability to ensure sanitation of these surfaces on a daily basis. The track located at Doane Hakes Stadium will remain open for walking and running with restrictions at this time. Stadium users are advised to follow district guidelines:
 
  • Organized group activities are not allowed on athletic fields. Team sports such as (soccer, football, baseball,                      softball, etc.) are not permitted on the fields
  • NO congregating groups on district athletic fields and stadium complex
  • Individuals using the track must practice social distancing by maintaining SIX FEET of personal space
  • Do NOT use track if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19
 
We understand the importance of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle, we ask that EVEVERYONE do it responsibly. While the school district is posting signage at appropriate locations, we will not install caution tape or additional fencing.
 
Public visitors must adhere to all closure notices and current social distancing recommendations. We ask our families to do their part to help keep our school community safe and healthy.
 
                 CARLISLE CSD SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE
                                                                                APRIL 3, 2020
With the Governor’s extension of school closure to April 30th, the district will be developing Continuous Learning Guides for parents that will be available on April 10th. The Learning Guides will provide a framework of learning for PK-12 in all content areas for students to have voluntary educational enrichment opportunities during the closure period. Parents will be encouraged to have their child participate in these learning opportunities. Since the district is providing learning opportunities for students we will not have to make up the days during the closure period.
 
The district will be sending out more information for parents on the Continuous Learning Guides on Thursday, April 9th. Information will include specific directions on how to access guides, the different learning platform options to allow for equity of access and how students with Individual Education Plans and 504 Plans will be supported. Our teacher collaborative teams will be working with administrators early next week in the development and implementation of these guides.
 
The district will be sending out a survey to get information from families on the continuous learning readiness. I encourage all parents to complete the survey, the data from the survey will help the district develop our learning supports during the closure period.
 
As we prepare to move into our second week of school closure, I would like to share my thoughts as a parent and educator on what is going on:
 
To our Carlisle parents – I want to reassure you that our students will not “lose” any learning during this closure time. Carlisle teachers will ensure that all students when they come back to the classrooms will get the learning they need to move to the next grade level. As educators we know how to adjust our planning and teaching to meet students where they are in their learning.  When our school year starts back up, our teachers will adjust and meet the learning needs of our students that is what our great Carlisle teachers do every day.
 
To our Carlisle Teachers – As a parent and superintendent I want to thank you for your dedication to our school community. We are all learning new ways to communicate and support our students and parents. The best part is we are all learning together.
 
We as a school community will come out of this time stronger together, Carlisle School Community, we got this!
CARLISLE CSD SCHOOL COMMUNITY UPDATE
March 27, 2020
 
As our community copes with COVID-19, Carlisle CSD is committed to providing students with educational opportunities and resources to continue learning at home. Resources include a combination of online texts, digital libraries, handouts, virtual field trips, parent-guided lessons, and independent work.During this time we recommend parents take the following steps:
    • Create a schedule for the day. Providing students with a structured environment will help establish a sense of normalcy and set clear expectations for the day.
    • Diversify activities throughout the day.
    • Include free time in their schedule.
    • Limit long periods of unnecessary screen time.
 
Individual Education Plan meetings will be conducted virtually when possible. School principals or special education teachers will contact parents to arrange for IEP meetings and provide support as needed. For questions concerning IEP meetings, contact your child’s special education teacher or the school principal. 504 annual meetings will be held virtually when possible. Principals will contact parents to provide support as needed.
 
As we prepare to move into our second week of school closure, I would like to share my thoughts as a parent and educator on what is going on:
 
To our Carlisle Teachers - we have entered a time of uncertainty and are facing new challenges, but you got this. We are professionals and can do it! I’ve learned how to use Google Hangouts and Zoom all in the past week. I have attended more virtual meetings this past week that I am sure that I have logged more screen time than my two teenagers...and why? Because I love what I do...and I know you do too! We are not perfect, but I know as educators we will do our best to do what is right by our students. Be patient. Be flexible. Be you! Wildcat teachers, we got this!
 
To our Carlisle parents - you got this! Carlisle parents and teachers have worked as partners in education for years, this is what makes Carlisle a great district. We will continue to be partners during this new challenge. Please be patient with your teachers. They are doing their best to learn new technology and change from a face to face model to a distance learning model. We are not perfect. We will make mistakes. And things will change. The best part is we are all learning together. We as a school community will come out of this time stronger together.  Wildcat parents, we got this!

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Bryce Amos, Superintendent of Schools

                                               
                               DISTRICT CLOSURE MARCH 23-APRIL 13
The Governor recommends that all Iowa schools be closed for four weeks until April 13, 2020.  Carlisle CSD will be closed for four weeks until April 13, 2020.  All athletic practices, & activities are canceled effective immediately.  In the short term that means our schools and facilities are inaccessible except for designated staff.  All athletic practices, and activities are canceled effective immediately. Please know we are working through all options for our staff, students, and families and will have more information soon.
 
As this situation changes rapidly, please know we will communicate information with you as soon as we can that more clearly defines school closure expectations.