CAM CSD plans on returning to school Aug. 24th


July 16th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

CAM High School Principal Dominic J. Giegerich said Wednesday, the CAM Community School District (CSD) is planning on returning to school August 24th, with students attending five days a week in their designated school buildings. Mitigation protocol for cleaning and sanitizing, along with schedule adjustments to allow for those procedures, will be put into place. Students and staff will have the option to wear face masks, they will not be required.

Giegerich says the week of August 10th the CAM CSD will send out, and post, information regarding district procedures and protocols to return to school. A Parent only meetings will be held on Thursday, August 20th, in Massena and in Anita, at 7 p.m. to discuss further the start of school on August 24th. The meeting will be videotaped for those who can not attend. CAM Administration, working with the district leadership team, have been consulting Iowa Department of Education (IDE), Green Hills AEA, Iowa Department of Health, Cass County Health Systems guidance in developing a plan to start the school year face to face with students. The CAM CSD will be prepared to move to a 100% required online delivery of education should it be deemed necessary by one of these entities.

Principal Giegerich says District Staff will have additional training on mitigation protocols, systems, procedures and student accountability. The CAM CSD will be prepared to work with Cass County Health Systems on suspected, or confirmed, cases of COVID-19, processes for contact tracing and if necessary school closure. Social Distancing will be promoted where possible, understanding (guidance from the IDE) that six feet may not be possible in most classrooms. In common spaces protocol will be in place to ensure six feet social distancing and when possible in classrooms.

Details for registration for school will be released soon and this year we will be registering 100% online. Resources and instructions will accompany the release and be sent to all prospective students in the CAM CSD via email and regular mail. This will be in place of in person registration. “Back to School Night”, and Freshmen orientation traditionally held in the elementary school buildings will not take place this school year. Orientation for 6th graders at CAM Middle School will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, August 20th at CAM Middle School (before parent meeting).