SHELDON—When the Sheldon School District Board of Education meets at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, it will discuss items related to the 2020-21 academic year.

The district submitted its Return-to-Learn Plan to the Iowa Department of Education earlier this month, which answered several questions related to its ability to reopen for classes.

The three schools aim to offer in-person classes but implement extra health and safety precautions to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus.

Should the need arise for schools to close as they did in March, the district would switch to online distance-learning classes for K-12 using internet-equipped devices.

If the schools were forced to close to half capacity, the district would go to a hybrid model where 50 percent of students would learn from home while the other 50 percent would be at school.

East Elementary and the Sheldon Middle School will hold open houses for families noon-6 p.m. Monday Aug. 10. 

Sheldon High School freshmen orientation meanwhile is set for 2 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 3-5, to pick up schedules and find classrooms and lockers.

An open house for parents of high school students is set fo 6 p.m. Aug. 10.

In other business, the board will consider the following items:

  • Designating Sheldon Middle School principal Cindy Barwick as the district's equity coordinator for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Discussing back-to-school staff professional development, which will take place in August before the start of the academic year.
  • Appointing Tracy Meyer as the board secretary-treasurer for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Approving a schedule for the 2020-21 school board meetings.
  • Approving the District Leadership Team for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Approving partnership agreements between the district and Northwest Iowa Community College.