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RTL Update – Hybrid Model Begins Monday

Hybrid Instructional Model to Begin Monday

Last night, the Ames School Board approved to move to the 50% face-to-face hybrid instructional model beginning on Monday, September 21. This also includes the restart of extracurricular activities. 

Cohort Group – Prior to the start of school when we anticipated starting in a “Phased-In” Hybrid model, students were assigned to a cohort group 1-4. Those same groups will be used for the 50% hybrid model with groups 1/2 and 3/4 being combined. 

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RTL Update – Court Decision on Temporary Stay

Here is the latest information around Return to Learn for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Court Decision on Temporary Stay for Extracurriculars

Today, a judge in Story County denied the Ames Community School District’s motion for a temporary stay of enforcement that relates directly to students’ non-participation in extracurricular activities. As a District, we are currently in a two-week window of 100% online continuous learning due to COVID-19 metrics in Story County and per Department of Education guidance, we are not permitted to engage students in extracurricular activities. Our goal in asking for the temporary stay was to allow students to participate in extracurricular activities while in the online model. As the motion was denied, extracurricular activities will continue to be suspended through next week. The school board will hold a meeting on Thursday, September 17 to determine the next delivery model. 

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John Sletten (1931-2020) – Ames High Track Coach

John Sletten Ames High Track Coach

Former Ames High track & field head coach John Sletten is a legend. For 43 years, he built a championship tradition for the Little Cyclones that is unrivaled, and today, the track at Ames High Stadium is named in his honor. Mr. Sletten passed away the morning of  September 8 after battling a brain tumor. He was 88 years old. 

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Fall Meals Free for All Children at Ames Schools

Grab and Go Meals

The Ames Community School District is excited to share we will offer a free breakfast and lunch each school day to every child in our community. Beginning September 8, any child aged 1-18 is eligible to receive a school breakfast and lunch at Ames Middle School, Edwards Elementary, Fellows Elementary, Meeker Elementary, Mitchell Elementary, and Sawyer Elementary. Grab and Go meals will be available for students that are in virtual learning at the above sites. Free meals will be available to students when they return to on-site learning at each of these sites. Meals will be available for free at Ames High School and Northwood Preschool for students when they return to on-site learning.

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Ames High will Compete Against Urbandale with No Crowd on Friday, September 4

Football No Crowds

Given the current COVID-19 positivity rate across Story County, we have made the decision as a District to host Friday night’s football game against Urbandale with no crowd. This means no band, student section, or walk-up tickets. Leading into this decision, we planned for this night with a wide-range of mitigation steps that included vastly limiting crowd numbers. As we have progressed throughout this week, we know that those steps are not enough for our community and county. The only individuals that will be permitted to attend the game are key event staff and parents/guardians of senior cheer and football players to participate in the previously scheduled senior night recognition (masks required). 

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RTL Update – Required Continuous Learning

School Board Approves the Recommendation to Start the School Year in Required Continuous Learning

Last evening, the school board voted unanimously to begin the 2020-21 school year in a 100% off-site Required Continuous Learning delivery model due to the rapidly increasing COVID-19 positivity rates in our community.

This decision was based on the COVID-19 positivity rates in our community. On Monday, the 14-day positivity rate was 21.1%, which exceeds not only our local metrics but those outlined by the Department of Education.

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Revised 2020-2021 School Year Calendar Approved (August 28, 2020)

2020-2021 Calendar Approved

As a result of the ongoing pandemic due to the coronavirus, and in order to return to school safely, we have made slight changes to next year’s calendar. 

The easiest way to understand these changes is to know that outside of the federal holidays indicated below, every other day in our calendar will be a student contact day, giving teachers and students increased opportunities for instruction. A special thank you to the Ames Teacher’s Union for working collaboratively on these changes. 

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RTL Update – Cohort Group Emails Sent / Tech Device Distribution


School Board Meeting (August 28, 2020)

The school board will hold a special board meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. The meeting can be found at the Zoom URL below or streamed on our YouTube Channel.


Cohort Groups / Student’s Teacher

Today, emails were sent out indicating student cohort groups and teachers. Student schedules were also available for Ames High and Ames Middle School. Please check your Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

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RTL Update – Cohort Groups / Device Pickup

When will I know what day of the week my kid goes to school?

As the online request form closed last week Friday, we are working to roster students within our student information system, Infinite Campus. We are finalizing that process this week and will communicate which cohort group your student will attend to start the school year along with their teacher (elementary) on Friday, August 28. Ames Middle School and Ames High School will release student schedules on Friday as well. 

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