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Welcome Back 2021-22

Welcome back Spartans,

We are going to have a great 2021-22 school year! Classes will begin on Monday. August 23rd.  Open House will be held on Thursday, August 19th. Safety and security are high priorities, and we also know that direct instruction in the classroom is essential.  GC schools will be following the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines.We are looking forward to starting the new school year in the most traditional manner possible.  It will be great to have everyone back on campus!

Grundy Center Community Schools follows the guidance of the Iowa Department of Education (IADE) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). New legislation (HF847) was passed by the Iowa Legislature on May 20, 2021 that prohibits schools from requiring people to wear masks while on school property. Students and families are encouraged and empowered to make choices that are the safest possible. Our expectation is that students and individuals choosing to wear face coverings will be treated with respect and understanding. Furthermore, IDPH additionally released guidance on August 5, 2021 that clarifies that the CDC previously placed a Federal requirement that masks must be worn while on school buses.  Students should put on their masks before boarding the bus.  This requirement is for any individual riding the bus for a regular route or any extracurricular activity. Please offer our bus drivers, staff and passengers the understanding and respect in having to require masks on buses. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

Overview of IDPH Guidelines

VaccinationsNot required, yet most effective way to prevent COVID-19 for those who are eligible

TestingCan be sought through normal healthcare channels

Illness ReportingSchools must report when >10% are absent due to illness

MasksOptional for students, teachers, and visitors on-site

By Federal requirement, all individuals must wear face masks while on school buses

CALENDAR REMINDERS

Thursday, August 19thOpen House

**4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.**TK/K - 12th Grade


Monday, August 23thFIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Once again, welcome back!  We are going to have a great 2021-22 school year!!

Sincerely,

Robert Hughes

G C Superintendent

Employment Opportunities

8 days ago


Elementary Paraeducator

Grundy Center Schools has an elementary special education paraeducator position located at Grundy Center Elementary and at Eldora-New Providence Elementary beginning immediately.  The position is shared with another paraeducator who rotates assignment locations approximately every 6 weeks.  Both assignments involve working one on one with a student.

The hours are from 7:30am to 3:45pm.  Beginning pay is $10.30/hour with the opportunity to earn more with preferred experience.


Nutrition/Cook Staff

We are looking for a part-time cook/dishwasher in the Elementary School building.

Interested individuals should submit a resume, cover letter and application to the administration building at 1301 12th St Grundy Center IA 50638 by October 8, 2021. Applications are available at the administration building or at www.spartanpride.net. For more information about the position, call 319-825-5418. GCCSD is an EEO/AA employer.


Coaching Opportunities

  • Head Girls and Boys Bowling
  • Junior High Girls Track

Interested individuals should submit a resume, cover letter and application to the Activity Director Matt Lindeman at 1006 M Ave Grundy Center IA 50638 or email at mlindeman@spartanpride.net. Applications are available at the administration building or at www.spartanpride.net. For more information about the position, call 319-825-5418. GCCSD is an EEO/AA employer.


Substitute Teacher

Becoming a substitute teacher could be one of the most rewarding decisions of your life! It's a great way to make a positive difference for children and youth while supporting your community school.  

Substitute Authorization Requirements

substitute authorization may be issued by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners to an individual who:

  • Has successfully completed all of the requirements of the approved course "Substitute Authorization: Fostering Student Learning as a Substitute," including two hours of classroom observation after completion of the face-to-face class (form provided at the class)
  • Has at least one of the following: 1) a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution OR 2) completed an approved paraeducator certification program and holds a paraeducator certificate
  • Has attained a minimum age of 21 years
  • Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check
  • Has successfully completed a national criminal history background check

 

If you hold a bachelor's degree: Receiving a substitute authorization will allow an individual who holds a bachelor's degree to substitute in grades PK-12 for no more than five consecutive days and no more than 10 days in a 30-day period in one job assignment for a regularly assigned teacher who is absent, except in the driver’s education classroom. A school district administrator may file a written request with the board for an extension of the 10-day limit in one job assignment on the basis of documented need and benefit to the instructional program. The licensure committee will review the request and provide a written decision either approving or denying the request.

If you hold a paraeducator certificate: Receiving a substitute authorization will authorize an individual who holds a paraeducator certificate without a bachelor’s degree to substitute ONLY in the special education classroom in which the individual paraeducator is employed for no more than five consecutive days and no more than 10 days in a 30-day period.

 

Substitute Authorization: Fostering Student Learning as a Substitute

Course Information

This 20-hour course is designed to meet the requirements for the substitute authorization program. This course addresses the four components required by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

  • Classroom Management: Participants will develop an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior that will enable them to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self motivation.
  • Strategies for Learning: Participants will develop skills to use a variety of learning strategies that encourage student development of critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills.
  • Diversity: Participants will develop an understanding of how students differ in their approaches to learning, will be able to create learning opportunities that are equitable and are adaptable to diverse learners and will develop an understanding of diversity within the classroom.
  • Ethics: Participants will develop an understanding of how to foster relationships with parents, school colleagues and organizations in the larger community to support student learning and development and become aware of the Board's Rules of Professional Practice and Code of Ethics.

 

Many AEAs offer the Substitute Authorization courses.  Consider visiting the BOEE website for a list of AEAs offering the course. 









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Grundy Center Schools Follow IDPH Guidelines

Overview of IDPH Guidelines

Vaccinations: Not required, yet most effective way to prevent COVID-19 for those who are eligible

Testing: Can be sought through normal healthcare channels

Illness Reporting: Schools must report when >10% are absent due to illness

Masks: Optional for students, teachers, and visitors on-site

By Federal requirement, all individuals must wear face masks while on school buses