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    North Tama Announcement: 50% Capacity Hybrid Model Resumes Wednesday, 11/18

    North Tama Parents/Guardians,

     

    The North Tama Board of Education has voted to resume in-person instruction using the 50% capacity hybrid model.  Hybrid learning will resume starting with the WHITE TEAM returning to the building on Wednesday, November 18, followed by the RED team on Thursday, November 19.  It is the school board’s intent to continue at 50% capacity through the end of the first semester (currently set to end on Thursday, January 14).  

     

    100% remote learning will continue on Monday, November 16 and Tuesday, November 17 as families and staff prepare for this transition. 

     

    We are continually working to balance the health and safety of our students and staff with the priority of having our students attend school in person as much as possible.  While the school board understands that it is impossible to select an option that meets the needs and preferences of each and every family during the current pandemic, the board has selected this model of learning because they believe it is the best available option available to the district at the present time given the unique circumstances.  

     

    BUS FAMILIES are reminded that the schedule of morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off times will change starting on Wednesday, November 18.  Families can expect the bus schedule to be similar to the schedule used during the district’s earlier period of hybrid learning, with a few minor changes. A revised bus schedule will be sent to bus families soon.

     

    GRAB-AND-GO MEALS are being offered for students to take home to be consumed on their at-home learning days.  Visit THIS LINK to sign up for at-home meals.  The signup deadline is Sunday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.  

     

    A calendar of red/white days is attached to this email; it can also be found on our website. North Tama’s hybrid schedule is an EVERY OTHER DAY schedule (not a weekly rotation). Students attend school in person EVERY OTHER DAY that school is in session.  For example, since the day before Thanksgiving is a RED TEAM day, the day following Thanksgiving break will be a WHITE TEAM day.  The only exception to this would be if there is a weather-related cancellation.  If school is canceled due to inclement weather, that day will become a REMOTE LEARNING DAY for all students, with the RED/WHITE schedule resuming as originally planned when the weather cancellation is over. If we do have weather cancellations, announcements will clearly announce which students will be attending in person.

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher and/or principal with any questions, concerns, or unique circumstances. North Tama wants to collaborate with families to find solutions for each student’s learning.  

     

     

    Weather Related Announcements

    Dear Parent:

     

            The recent cold temperatures and changing weather serve as a good reminder that Iowa’s school schedules are often affected by hazardous weather/road conditions such as ice, fog, snow, and extreme cold temperatures. We’ve been blessed with relatively good weather since the beginning of the school year; but, of course, this can change at any time. The purpose of this letter is to remind parents about our district’s procedures for notifying parents of weather-related delays, cancellations, and early dismissals AND to inform you of a few minor changes regarding the use of social media for weather announcements as well as a new procedure that may affect the school schedule on Wednesdays. 

     

    Text Message & Email Notifications

    • All parents are signed up to receive a text message and/or email message notifying them of any weather-related delays, cancellations, and early dismissals.  Parents were able to provide contact numbers and notification preferences during the back-to-school registration process in August.  Parents who would like to make a change in preferences can do so by contacting the school, at (319) 478-2265.
    • Today, October 23, 2020, at approximately 1:00PM, we sent a text message alerting parents to this information. If you did not receive this text, please call or email, so we can check your preferences.
    • Community members who are NOT parents wishing to be added to the text message notification system can sign up on our website under “Text Alert Sign-Up” which can be found in the “District” pull-down menu. Community members who have previously requested to be included in this system do not need to ask again. 
    • School employees will also automatically receive a text notification.

     

    Broadcast Media & Social Media

    • We often post weather-related announcements on KWWL and other broadcast media; however, we encourage you to not rely on these systems and to consider our text/email notification system to be your official notification from the school. There are several issues with the radio/TV notifications that make them unreliable. This includes significant delays in
    • getting announcements on the air, “dropped” announcements, and the TV stations’ occasional choice to only post announcements on their website rather than on the air. 
    • North Tama will NOT post delay/cancellation/early dismissal announcements on our social media outlets this year.  We feel it is more reliable to use direct-to-parent text messages and emails rather than trust the social media algorithms to get this information to the people who need it most. 

           

    Reminder: Remote Learning on “Snow Days”

    • Just a reminder that if school is canceled for a weather-related reason, that day will become a remote learning day for all students. Teachers will send instructions home so that students know how to engage in that day’s learning. 
    • It is rare for school to be canceled for a reason that is not weather related, but this does occasionally happen.  Examples may include a disruption in water service, a power outage that isn’t weather-related, or other facility problems/issues. If school is canceled for a non-weather related reason, remote learning will NOT take place that day. The governor’s proclamation allowing remote learning on cancelled days ONLY applies to weather-related cancellations.   
    • Our school calendar (adopted in March, prior to the governor’s declaration) includes three “built-in makeup days” on January 18, February 15, and May 7.  Because this year’s “snow days” will become remote learning days, it is very unlikely that these three days need to be used as makeup days. However, in the unlikely event of one or more cancellations for non-weather related reasons, these days may still be used as makeup days.  We will send reminders as these dates approach.
    • We know this is new and may be confusing. To help make things clear, any text/email notifications will clearly state whether or not that day will be a remote learning day.  Watch for text messages such as these: “No school today due to inclement weather. REMOTE LEARNING DAY,” or, “No school today.  NO REMOTE LEARNING TODAY.” 

     

    Wednesday Early Dismissals

    • You are aware that North Tama’s 2020-2021 school calendar includes a 1-hour early dismissal each Wednesday to allow time for teacher professional development (PD).  This replaces five of the full days of PD included in previous school years’ calendars and allows us to offer five five additional days of instruction over the course of the year. 
    • As you know, dangerous road conditions, extreme cold, or foggy mornings sometimes warrant a delayed start to the school day.  As a general rule of thumb, if a 2-hour delay occurs on a Wednesday, the early dismissal for PD will be canceled that day.  School will be dismissed at the “normal” (Monday-Tuesday; Thursday-Friday) dismissal time of 3:20 (elementary) or 3:25 (secondary). 
    • There may be rare exceptions to this rule; for example, if that afternoon’s PD is being facilitated by an out-of-state presenter who can’t be rescheduled to another date. Again, the general rule of thumb that will be used in virtually all circumstances will be NO early dismissal on a Wednesday if there is a 2-hour delay that morning. 
    • For clarity, the school will be sure to include this information in any notifications.  Watch for text messages such as these: “2-hour delay due to fog.  NO EARLY DISMISSAL.”

     

    We thank you for understanding that while we don’t like disrupting the schedule and taking away scheduled learning time due to severe weather, there are times that safety simply must come first.  Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have about these procedures. 

     

    Sincerely,

     

    North Tama Administration

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    Attendance Reporting

    PK-6: please call 319-478-2265 ext. 155 or email ElemAttendance@n-tama.k12.ia.us

    7-12: please call 319-478-2265 ext. 210 or email SecAttendance@n-tama.k12.ia.us

    If we don't answer, please leave a voicemail.

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    2020-2021 School Year Calendar

    North Tama's School Board approved the 2020-2021 school year calendar at a school board meeting on March 16, 2020.

     

    2020-2021 School Year Calendar (PDF)

    athletic calendar

    For all athletic events, please visit North Tama's page on the Iowa Star Conference website.

    You can also follow North Tama on Varsity Bound. They have apps available for smartphones.

    We are no longer displaying athletic events here on the home page because the connection to the Iowa Star calendar was not displaying events correctly and causing confusion.

    Activities are subject to change without notice, so please view the online calendars to verify dates, times, and locations.

    District Calendar

    November 2020 Activity Calendar (PDF)

    Activities subject to change without notice.

    Lunch Menu

    December Printable Menu (PDF)

    Menus are subject to change without notice.

    Lunch = $2.60/student

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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    About Us

    North Tama is a PK-12 school district located in Traer, Iowa. Our district strives to empower every student to become a life-long learner who is a productive, responsible, and engaged citizen of our society.  We envision a school where all students achieve a degree of academic success which will equip them to adapt to our rapidly changing society.