Winter Clothing Drive
Each of Ankeny’s schools will accept clean, gently-used winter clothing to donate to Ankeny students in need. If you have coats, hats, thick gloves and mittens you would like to donate, please drop them off at your child’s school. All sizes are accepted in order to serve both elementary and secondary students. Items will be accepted during school hours until November 5th. The donation drive is supported by the volunteer organization Project Fresh Start through Ankeny Schools and sponsored by a program called FEWD (Faith and Education Winter Donations).
If you are in need of winter outerwear for your Ankeny student(s), the FEWD program will distribute clothing at a new location at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church, 510 E First St on:
- Saturday, November 14th 12:00-3:00 PM
- Sunday, November 15th 1:00-4:00 PM
This giveaway is open to Ankeny Community School District Students only. (Including Ankeny Christian Academy and St. Luke’s)
Helpful info for elementary parents as students come back full-time
All of Ankeny Community School District’s PK-5th grade students returned to learn in person, full time on October 19th. In order to keep our Ankeny students, staff and families safe and healthy, we will be continuing to redefine what a “normal” school day looks like.
We realize families may need to make difficult decisions between sending students to school vs. keeping them home/parent missing work. In order to keep our students and staff as healthy as possible, we ask that you consider these things before sending your child to school.
- If your child complains of any 1 of the following symptoms, please keep them home and contact your health care provider: new cough, shortness of breath, fever of 100.4 or higher, new loss of taste or smell.
- If your child complains of 2 or more of the following symptoms, please keep them home from school: fever, headache, muscle/body aches, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Due to the wide range of signs and symptoms of Covid-19, and for the safety of all, students will need to be sent home if they display these symptoms.
- If your child exhibits these symptoms at school, your child will be taken to a room that has been established for students/staff that are exhibiting Covid-19 related symptoms. This is to ensure safety from other students who would use the nurse’s office for non-Covid related reasons.
- If you are notified by health office staff that your student is ill at school, please plan to pick up your student as soon as possible. We would ask that you also have a back-up plan so that ill students can be picked up as quickly as possible if you are not available.
- We ask that you contact your Primary Health Care provider for more guidance on how to proceed with your student’s health needs prior to returning if your student is sent home. We will provide instructions per Polk County Health Department for proper home isolation and quarantine, if warranted. Students sent home ill will need to be out of school the following day (does not apply if sent home on a Friday) to be monitored. Students may return to school once the presenting symptoms have subsided for 24 hours, if they have an alternate diagnosis from a doctor, or a negative Covid test.
As said many times, this is a fluid and flexible situation that can change at any point. We will continue to work closely with the Polk County Health Department.
If you have questions, please contact your building’s nurse to discuss.
Stay safe and be well!
Monster Mash Week
Join the PTO online for a Daily Monster Mash Post October 26-30!
Make sure you “like” the Prairie Trail PTO on Facebook. Each day the PTO will post a question. Make sure you comment on each post with your entry and you’ll be entered to win a prize! Prizes will be drawn on Monday, November 2nd.
Late Start Wednesdays
School is in session 10:10am-3:00pm every Wednesday. The doors are open for students to come in the building starting at 9:55am. Students will enter their designated doors same as the other days. Due to the late start time, no breakfast will be served on Wednesdays.
We are not taking Pay to Ride applications at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to maximize social distancing on the school buses. We hope to open Pay-to-Ride on a limited basis once we have established routing for students who qualify for school transportation.