In his update on the Creston Community School District’s plan to “Return to Learn” this fall, superintendent Deron Stender updated board members Monday on what school administrators have been working on since its previous board meeting.
“One of the responsibilities we have in developing our plan for ‘Return to Learn’ is being prepared to provide education whether we are in school, or we’re doing distant learning, or we have a hybrid. So there are basically three combination of plans we are working on,” he said.
Currently, Stender is writing a report for the state’s Department of Education mapping out the findings of a parent survey about the needs of the districts and families as they work through interruptions due to the COVID-19 virus.
Whichever plan the board selects, whether it is an in-person learning model, distant learning model, or a hybrid, Stender said funds are available from FEMA and he Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act for use of supplies, such as sanitizer, cleaning products and dispensers, and other items to help support the needs of staff so they are comfortable delivering their instruction.
Stender said he wanted the board to know that additional expenses incurred by the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic will be offset by FEMA and CARE funds.
“We have the CARE funds ... already, but FEMA funds are projects we generate lists on and will submit to state and federal government for reimbursements ... ,” Stender said.
Stender will submit a report based on the parent survey to the state July 1, which will be made available on the district website.
Stender said all projects are on, or ahead of, schedule, including a safety protection system, new duct work, security of closets, backup power to temperature controls and resurfacing of the track.
“If you look at the track, it looks different because that D-zone we talked about ... it adds a lot of color and comfort ... to the track complex,” he said.
Stender recommended prioritizing tuck-pointing the district’s high school building, where the pillars and building have some missing bricks and holes.
Stender said the principals “have done a good job of getting out there and hiring the most qualified candidates for our positions.”
A profile of new teachers will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Creston News Advertiser.
Stender said the district has asked the state and AEA to provide benchmarks to measure what is considered as proficiency in a staff member’s ability to deliver distance instruction.
“We do have a course and a plan in place so we can design the coursework,” said Stender.
An update on Stender’s state report will be featured in the CNA July 10.