Stage of Instruction 4/12/21 - 4/23/21

With guidance from our Health & Safety Community Partners, Hampton-Dumont’s Stage of Instruction beginning Monday, April 12th, 2021 through Friday, April 23rd, 2021 will remain full on-site learning with Wednesday’s as an early dismissal day.

Stage of Instruction 3/1/21 - 3/12/21

With guidance from our Health & Safety Community Partners, Hampton-Dumont’s Stage of Instruction beginning Monday, March 1st, 2021 through Friday, March 12th, 2021 will remain full on-site learning with Wednesday’s as an early out day.


According to Right Sidebarthe H-D Return to Learn Plan, in this model our goal is to remain on-site as much as possible, and address specific areas in our district where suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 may exist. In those situations, we will work closely with public health for guidance. Depending on guidance, the district may determine a particular area (classroom, grade, building) may need to move into Required Distance Learning for a period of time to contain infection rates. The rest of the district would remain in the on-site learning mode with safety precautions. We will continue to monitor data daily and be ready to move back into Hybrid or Distance-learning modes, if needed.

Stage of Instruction 2/15/21 - 2/26/21

With guidance from our Health & Safety Community Partners, Hampton-Dumont’s Stage of Instruction beginning Monday, February 15th through Friday, February 26th, 2021 will remain full on-site learning with Wednesday’s as an early out day. 7th through 12th grades will return to on-site learning on Wednesdays beginning February, 17th, 2021.

According to the H-D Return to Learn Plan, in this model our goal is to remain on-site as much as possible, and address specific areas in our district where suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 may exist. In those situations, we will work closely with public health for guidance. Depending on guidance, the district may determine a particular area (classroom, grade, building) may need to move into Required Distance Learning for a period of time to contain infection rates. The rest of the district would remain in the on-site learning mode with safety precautions. We will continue to monitor data daily and be ready to move back into Hybrid or Distance-learning modes, if needed.

Wednesday’s Beginning 1-27-2021

The HD board of education approved that beginning on January, 27th 2021 students in Preschool-6th grade will return to on-site learning on Wednesday’s with an early out. Students in grades 7-12th will continue distance learning on Wednesdays. More information about the time of the early out will be released once the decision is made.

STAGE of Instruction- Following Winter Break - 1/4/2021 - 1/15/2021

With guidance from our Health & Safety Community Partners, Hampton-Dumont’s Stage of Instruction beginning Monday January, 4th through Friday, January 15, 2021 will remain in full on-site learning while addressing specific exposure areas where needed, accommodating some students in a distance learning model with Wednesdays will remain distance learning days.

According to the H-D Return to Learn Plan, in this model our goal is to remain on-site as much as possible, and address specific areas in our district where suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 may exist. In those situations, we will work closely with public health for guidance. Depending on guidance, the district may determine a particular area (classroom, grade, building) may need to move into Required Distance Learning for a period of time to contain infection rates. The rest of the district would remain in the on-site learning mode with safety precautions. We will continue to monitor data daily and be ready to move back into Hybrid or Distance-learning modes, if needed.

URGENT - Effective Thursday - 12/10/20 - Full On-Site

With guidance from our Health & Safety Community Partners, Hampton-Dumont’s Stage of Instruction beginning Thursday, December 10th through December 23rd, 2020 will return to Stage 3- full on-site learning while addressing specific exposure areas where needed, accommodating some students in a distance learning model with Wednesdays will remain distance learning days.

According to the H-D Return to Learn Plan, in this model our goal is to remain on-site as much as possible, and address specific areas in our district where suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 may exist. In those situations, we will work closely with public health for guidance. Depending on guidance, the district may determine a particular area (classroom, grade, building) may need to move into Required Distance Learning for a period of time to contain infection rates. The rest of the district would remain in the on-site learning mode with safety precautions. We will continue to monitor data daily and be ready to move back into Hybrid or Distance-learning modes, if needed.

If the need arises to move to the 50% hybrid model, this model is used to limit the capacity in school buildings. Students have been divided into two groups and attend on alternating schedules. Students would remain in the same hybrid groups as before, attending on their scheduled days. When not attending school in-person, students are participating in the required distance learning from home.

STAGE of Instruction- Continuing in Hybrid - 11/30/2020 - 12/11/2020

With guidance from our Health & Safety Community Partners, Hampton-Dumont has determined that the Stage of Instruction to be implemented for the period of November 30th through December 11th, 2020 will CONTINUE with Stage 4 - Hybrid Model, according to H-D’s Return to Learn plan.

H-D and CAL have chosen to remain in this hybrid model, as we continue to monitor rising cases in portions of our counties and across the state. In an effort to maintain continuity of learning, we feel it is important to remain in hybrid as we monitor the uptick in the spread of COVID-19 cases. It is vital at this time that students and staff do their part to decrease the spread. Please stay home as much as possible, socially distance, wash your hands and wear masks.

The 50% hybrid model is used to limit the capacity in school buildings. Students have been divided into two groups and attend on alternating schedules. When not attending school in-person, students are participating in required distance learning from home.

This schedule will be in place for the period of Monday, November 30th through Friday, December 11th, 2020.

Monday: BULLDOG Group in person learning (STRONG group distance learning)

Tuesday: BULLDOG Group in person learning (STRONG group distance learning)

Wednesday: PK-12 distance learning day (teacher learning & planning on-site) (some students "invited" to attend for additional support)

Thursday: STRONG Group in person learning (BULLDOG Group distance learning)

Friday: STRONG Group in person learning (BULLDOG Group distance learning)

Stage of Instruction- Going to Hybrid - 11-12-2020

With guidance from our Health & Safety Community Partners, Hampton-Dumont has determined that the Stage of Instruction to be implemented for the period of November 16th through November 24th, 2020 will transition to Stage 4 - Hybrid Model, according to H-D’s Return to Learn plan.

H-D and CAL have chosen to move to this hybrid model, as we continue to monitor rising cases in portions of our counties and across the state. In an effort to maintain continuity of learning, we feel it is important to remain in hybrid as we monitor the uptick in the spread of COVID-19 cases. It is vital at this time that students and staff do their part to decrease the spread. Please stay home as much as possible, socially distance, wash your hands and wear masks.

The 50% hybrid model is used to limit the capacity in school buildings. Students have been divided into two groups and attend on alternating schedules. When not attending school in-person, students are participating in required distance learning from home.

This schedule will be in place for the period of Monday, November 16th through Friday, November 20, 2020.

Monday: BULLDOG Group in person learning (STRONG group distance learning)

Tuesday: BULLDOG Group in person learning (STRONG group distance learning)

Wednesday: PK-12 distance learning day (teacher learning & planning on-site) (some students "invited" to attend for additional support)

Thursday: STRONG Group in person learning (BULLDOG Group distance learning)

Friday: STRONG Group in person learning (BULLDOG Group distance learning)

For the week of Thanksgiving, for equity of the students the schedule will be:

Monday, November 23rd: BULLDOG Group in person learning (STRONG Group distance learning)

Tuesday, November 24th: STRONG Group in person learning (BULLDOG Group distance learning)

Urgent Message- Monitoring COVID-19 Statistics

With guidance from our Health & Safety Community Partners, Hampton-Dumont continues to closely monitor the rising cases in portions of our counties and across the state.

According to the H-D Return to Learn Plan, in this model our goal is to remain on-site as much as possible, and address specific areas in our district where cases of Covid-19 may exist. In those situations, we will work closely with public health for guidance. At this point in time we will continue in full capacity on-site learning, for these reasons:

  • The rising cases in the region are due to community spread outside of our school district

  • Because of the consistent safety measures and mask-wearing we have in place, at this time we have had no internal exposure. Any positive cases have come from external exposure.

  • To date, none of our schools have experienced a student absentee rate of 10% or more.

  • IDPH consideration for school closure for a district is a county positivity rate of 15-20% over a 14 day period and at least 10% student absenteeism rate.

It is very important that the community understands the importance of wearing masks, remaining six-feet apart and staying home when ill. This is a very real and serious matter and we want you to know that the school and our community partners are taking this information day-to day, making the best possible decisions for students and staff. Our goal is to be able to get this information to you as fast as possible. We will continue to monitor data daily and be ready to move into Hybrid or Distance-learning modes, if needed.

If the need arises to move to the 50% hybrid model, this model is used to limit the capacity in school buildings, and it is the model we used for the first month of school. Students have been divided into two groups and attend on alternating schedules. Students would remain in the same hybrid groups as before, attending on their scheduled days. When not attending school in-person, students are participating in the required distance learning from home.

Stage of Instruction Clarification 11/2/2020-11/13/2020

We would like to clarify that while we remain in full capacity on-site learning while addressing specific exposure areas where needed, accommodating some students in a distance learning model. This stage of instruction is for the period of Monday, November 2nd through Friday, November 13, 2020. Wednesdays are still full distance learning days for all grades Preschool through Grade 12. This will support our learners by staying in practice with distance learning and by allowing teachers more time to prepare high-quality instruction for all learners.

This means all students will engage in learning OFF SITE on Wednesdays. Their teachers will provide instructional materials for them to access.

This schedule will be in place for the period of Monday, November 2nd through Friday, November 13, 2020.

Monday: PK-12 full-capacity on-site learning (minus distance learners)

Tuesday: PK-12 full-capacity on-site learning (minus distance learners)

Wednesday: PK-12 distance learning day (teacher learning & planning on-site) (some students "invited" to attend for additional support)

Thursday: PK-12 full-capacity on-site learning (minus distance learners)

Friday: PK-12 full-capacity on-site learning (minus distance learners)

New Guidance on Gaiter Face Coverings

This is a link to CDC guidelines on caution when using gaiters due to inconclusive data on effectiveness.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

This guidance prompted the Iowa Department of Public Health to guide school nurses that if someone is wearing a gaiter and is in close contact with someone who tests positive for Covid, they will be required to quarantine.

Because of this, for student and staff safety, we will no longer accept gaiters as approved face coverings on school property.

We know this change may be challenging for some students and staff who prefer gaiters as their face covering of choice. However, due to the challenges of monitoring appropriate face coverings, until clarified guidance and data on gaiters is released, we will no longer allow gaiters.

We appreciate your cooperation on this change in expectations as we try to stay in line with current and changing data and guidance. If guidance changes in regards to gaiters, our Health and Safety Committee will review this decision.

This is the Iowa Department of Public Health guidance regarding coronavirus exposure and whether or not those in close contact need to quarantine.

Stage of Instruction

Our goal is to keep students and families informed as we return to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Below you will find information regarding the Stage of Instruction currently being implemented by Hampton-Dumont Community School District. Decisions regarding the Stage of Instruction are made as per guidance from our Health & Safety Community Partners. When possible, decisions regarding what Stage of Instruction students are in will be decided upon every other Tuesday for the following two-weeks.

STAGE OF INSTRUCTION FOR 11/2/2020 - 11/13/2020

Full on-site learning while addressing specific exposure areas where needed, accommodating some students in a distance learning model.

For Franklin County 14 day average Coronavirus positivity rates, click here.

From our Return to Learn Plan

  • With the goal of remaining in the on-site mode as much as possible, we will address specific areas in our district where suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 may exist. In those situations, we will work closely with public health for guidance.

  • Depending on guidance, the district may determine a particular area (classroom, grade, building) may need to move into Required Distance Learning for a period of time to contain infection rates.

  • The rest of the district would remain in the on-site learning mode with safety precautions.

  • In rare circumstances, it may be necessary for a family to choose for their student(s) to use a distance learning model.

    • Those who are medically-fragile, have underlying health conditions, or live with someone who is susceptible.

STAGE OF INSTRUCTION FOR 10/19/2020 - 10/30/2020

Stage 3: On-site learning while addressing specific exposure areas where needed, accommodating some students in a distance learning model.

For Franklin County 14 day average Coronavirus positivity rates, click here.

From our Return to Learn Plan

  • With the goal of remaining in the on-site mode as much as possible, we will address specific areas in our district where suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 may exist. In those situations, we will work closely with public health for guidance.

  • Depending on guidance, the district may determine a particular area (classroom, grade, building) may need to move into Required Distance Learning for a period of time to contain infection rates.

  • The rest of the district would remain in the on-site learning mode with safety precautions.

  • In rare circumstances, it may be necessary for a family to choose for their student(s) to use a distance learning model.

    • Those who are medically-fragile, have underlying health conditions, or live with someone who is susceptible.

STAGE OF INSTRUCTION FOR 10/5/2020 - 10/16/2020

Stage 3: On-site learning while addressing specific exposure areas where needed, accommodating some students in a distance learning model.

For Franklin County 14 day average Coronavirus positivity rates, click here.

From our Return to Learn Plan

  • With the goal of remaining in the on-site mode as much as possible, we will address specific areas in our district where suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 may exist. In those situations, we will work closely with public health for guidance.

  • Depending on guidance, the district may determine a particular area (classroom, grade, building) may need to move into Required Distance Learning for a period of time to contain infection rates.

  • The rest of the district would remain in the on-site learning mode with safety precautions.

  • In rare circumstances, it may be necessary for a family to choose for their student(s) to use a distance learning model.

    • Those who are medically-fragile, have underlying health conditions, or live with someone who is susceptible.

STAGE OF INSTRUCTION FOR 9/21/2020 - 10/2/2020

Stage 3: On-site learning while addressing specific exposure areas where needed, accommodating some students in a distance learning model.

For Franklin County 14 day average Coronavirus positivity rates, click here.

From our Return to Learn Plan

  • With the goal of remaining in the on-site mode as much as possible, we will address specific areas in our district where suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 may exist. In those situations, we will work closely with public health for guidance.

  • Depending on guidance, the district may determine a particular area (classroom, grade, building) may need to move into Required Distance Learning for a period of time to contain infection rates.

  • The rest of the district would remain in the on-site learning mode with safety precautions.

  • In rare circumstances, it may be necessary for a family to choose for their student(s) to use a distance learning model.

    • Those who are medically-fragile, have underlying health conditions, or live with someone who is susceptible.

STAGE OF INSTRUCTION FOR 9/8/2020 - 9/18/2020

STAGE 4: HYBRID MODEL - Limited Capacity of students in classes and/or buses

For Franklin County 14 day average Coronavirus positivity rates, click here.

From our Return to Learn Plan

  • This hybrid model will be used if data indicates.

  • If required due to data, this hybrid model would be used to limit the capacity in school buildings (e.g. less than 10 people per room). We would move to an alternate schedule to reduce building capacity to 50%.

  • Students would be divided into two groups and attend on alternate schedules. When not attending school in-person, students would be in distance learning mode from home. (groups described below are approximate and may change)

    • Group 1 would be students with last names beginning with A - K, and they will attend school in-person Monday and Tuesday and be in distance learning (from home) Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

    • Group 2 would be students with last names beginning with L - Z, and they will attend school in-person Thursday and Friday and be in distance learning (from home) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

    • Our districts will be very flexible with families to ensure siblings (and/or close relatives) attend on the same schedule to allow for ease of daycare and transportation.

For additional details, please see the Hampton-Dumont Return to Learn Plan.

Wednesday Distance Learning and Calendar Update for PD Days

The Hampton-Dumont School Board approved at last night's meeting to make Wednesdays full distance learning days for all grades Preschool through Grade 12. This schedule change will support our learners by staying in practice with distance learning and by allowing teachers more time to prepare high-quality instruction for all learners. It will begin next week, the week of September 21st, 2020.

This means all students will engage in learning OFF SITE on Wednesdays. Their teachers will provide instructional materials for them to access.

Cycle Days - Wednesdays will not count in the “cycle days” (Day 1, Day 2, etc). However, Wednesdays will count as a day of school.

This new schedule will begin next week, the week of September 21st:

Monday: PK-12 full-capacity on-site learning (minus distance learners)

Tuesday: PK-12 full-capacity on-site learning (minus distance learners)

Wednesday: PK-12 distance learning day (teacher learning & planning on-site) (some students "invited" to attend for additional support)

Thursday: PK-12 full-capacity on-site learning (minus distance learners)

Friday: PK-12 full-capacity on-site learning (minus distance learners)

Also, three professional days were changed on the calendar from Mondays to Wednesdays to match the Distance Learning Days. The new PD days will be:

  • September 30th,

  • October 28th, and

  • January 20th.

COVID-19 Case Information

Please click on the link to view a message from the Superintendent, Todd Lettow:

COVID-19 Letter 8-26-2020

COVID-19 Letter 8-26-2020 (Spanish)

  • The chart below indicates newly reported positive COVID-19 case information. Only positive reported cases will be charted below.

  • Our goal is to ensure communication and transparency while protecting the privacy of individuals.

  • The following guidance provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Education will be followed when evaluating students and staff: Evaluating Sick Students and Staff

Once we learn of a confirmed positive diagnosis of COVID-19:

  • A designated school employee will talk with staff along with parent/student to begin a contact tracing process. This will allow for the identification of other students and staff members at school who may be considered exposed. Exposure is defined by the CDC as being within six-feet of the person with the virus and for 15 consecutive minutes or more.

  • District Nursing staff will contact Franklin County Public Health to begin collaborating on identifying close contacts.

  • Individuals who are considered to be a close contact will be contacted directly by phone.

We are using the CDC guidance in our contact tracing process to determine if someone should be considered exposed to the virus.

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