UPDATE: School has been canceled in the Sheldon School District on Monday, March 16, per the recommendation of Gov. Kim Reynolds.

SHELDON—The Sheldon School District is making changes in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The district suspending all non-essential activities until Monday, March 30, according to a letter sent by superintendent Cory Myer on Sunday, March 15.

This will include:

  • Visitor access to Sheldon school facilities will be limited.
  • Parents/guardians will have restricted building access except for pickup/drop-off routines.
  • Lunch with students will be suspended until further notice.
  • Volunteers, school-based mentors, and non-district personnel will halt service and/or use of Sheldon school facilities.
  • Field trips will be postponed.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences and other meetings will be conducted by phone or electronically. Additional information about this will be forthcoming.
  • Athletic competitions and fine arts performances/concerts in Sheldon school facilities will be postponed. The Parade of Bands event scheduled for March 16 has postponed.
  • School-sponsored athletic, fine arts and co-curricular practices and/or student meetings will continue as regularly scheduled.
  • Community events to be held in Sheldon school facilities will be postponed.
  • Club-sports, community-based recreation practices, and/or fine arts rehearsals and performances will be postponed until further notice.

Other N’West Iowa school districts that have announced similar preventive measures including Central LyonMOC-Floyd Valley, Okoboji, Sibley-Ocheyedan and Sioux Center.

The Boyden-Hull School District announced Saturday, March 14, it would delay the celebration for the high school by basketball team’s Class 2A state championship until a later date.

N’West Iowa’s higher-education institutions also have taken precautions in light of the coronavirus.

As of Sunday, there were 18 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Iowa; however, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux counties remain officially clear of it.

Myer concludes his letter by acknowledging the unique circumstances this situation has caused.

"Decisions are being made as a result of the guidance shared with us by the Iowa Department of Public Health in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control," he wrote.

"We thank you for your understanding and assistance as we move through this difficult and ever-changing situation."

Stay tuned to nwestiowa.com for further updates.