Superintendent's District Update

The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly board meeting on April 12, 2021. Here are the highlights of the meeting.

The Falls City Public Schools Board opens the meeting with a COVID-19 update from school nurse, Jenny Helmick, who expressed appreciation for allowing school staff the two vaccination work days. Nurse Jenny Helmick reported approximately 85% of the staff have or will be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine. School staff  will be considered fully vaccinated on the 23rd of April, after a 2-week inoculation period to build antibodies therefore. FCPS currently has 2 students in quarantine and none in isolation as of 4/12/2021. The current DHM runs through April 30th with restrictions in place for quarantining and isolating individuals. This typically gets updated monthly with the occasional mid-month update based on COVID-19 positivity.  The DHM is written by Dr. Gary Anthone, M.D. and can be enforced by law. FCPS has had 352 individuals quarantined and 92 isolated since nurse Helmick began tracking cases in school last fall.  The number of quarantined individuals would be much higher without mask usage. Having a mask mandate allows students to come to school when they would otherwise have to quarantine. Being in school learning promotes a healthier learning environment and decreases the instances of neglect and abuse. We often look at areas of the day that are not affected by contact tracing and loosen restrictions based on that information. That is why we have loosened restrictions in PE and recess. Falls City has not had to go to a restricted schedule or temporarily close due to an increase of COVID-19 transfer in schools this school year, like most schools that surround us.  It is our goal to finish in person as well.

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA - ESSERII) was signed into law on December 27, 2020. ESSER II funds allocated to School District 56 are based on the proportion of Title I, Part A funds each the school district receives during the current year. The allocation for District 56 is $621,626. ESSER II funds are available for obligation through September 30, 2023 and may be used for pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020. The school district is encouraged to expend ESSER funds to ensure safe conditions for in-person learning, to restore and maintain high-quality learning environments, and to take comprehensive action to address unfinished teaching and learning.

The Jug Brown Stadium The football stadium scoreboard fundraiser currently sits at $38,867.  The approval process with Daktronics and Roderick Signs is nearing completion at a total project cost of $41,038, which includes the football/track scoreboard, framing, signage letters, a sign panel, and scoreboard installation. The project is slated for completion in July 2021.

The District 56 Board of Education acted on several items before concluding the regular meeting.

1. Approved the Final Reading on Policy Reviews and Revisions: 1) 4240 Textbook Loan Program; 2) 6318 Employee Conduct and Appearance; 3) 7110 Admission; 4) 7112 Work Permits.
2. Approved the 2021 Student Handbooks
3. Approved the ESU4 Core Services Resolution
4. Accepted the resignation of Michelle Furrow, 4-years with FCPS.
5. Approved Teacher Employment Contracts 1) Lauren Huber, 2nd Grade Teacher; 2) Tayten O’Brien, Middle School Science Teacher.

The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for May 10, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. in the Central Office in Falls City Middle School. Regular and special meeting agendas are kept in the Office of the Superintendent, Tim Heckenlively.

Falls City Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status or economic status in its programs, activities and employment.