The North Butler Community School District continues to add programs and services that deliver increased opportunities for students and meet the demands of a changing job market. At the same time, space and capacity have become pressing issues in our schools.
To evaluate these needs, the district formed a Facilities Committee and conducted a community-wide survey. The committee has taken information gathered through the survey to determine recommendations and prioritize solutions to North Butler’s facility needs.
On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, district residents will vote on a pair of bond issue questions. If approved, the district would move forward with $19 million in projects centered on facility improvements across the district’s schools, including at our campuses in both Allison and Greene. Please visit www.northbutlerbond.org for more information on the district's facility needs and the solution that will appear on the ballot.
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
The Iowa Department of Public Health released new guidance for schools ahead of the 2021-22 school year. https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/61/covid19/resources/School%20Update%20Fall%202021.pdf
Masks will be optional in our buildings, per state law. However, we will respect personal choice and honor, encourage and show respect and empathy for individual choice. Anyone riding in a school vehicle or bus will need to wear a mask due to federal guidelines.
All students and staff will be asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If they are feeling sick, they should stay home from school. If they experience symptoms of the virus, consult a healthcare professional right away and notify the school.
We will also encourage frequent hand-washing, social distancing whenever possible, and regular cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch surfaces.
We look forward to seeing our students for the start of the school year! As always, thank you for your support and flexibility as we tackle the many challenges of this pandemic.
IT’S GREAT TO BE A BEARCAT
Building Specific Information
Aug. 23: Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences/Jr-Sr High
Aug. 24: First day of class for K-12 students
NB is now participating in Skip the Trip. This allows students to test that is required to obtain a driver’s instruction permit right here at NB instead of making the trip to an Iowa DOT or local county treasurer’s office to complete the test. This allows students to take the test in a familiar and comfortable environment and saves parents and students time away from school by potentially reducing the number of trips to the DOT or courthouse. Students can see Mrs. Lamborn to schedule a time to take the test.
To be eligible, a student must be enrolled with a participating school or agency, be 14 years old or older and cannot currently hold an Iowa instruction permit.
Students who pass the knowledge test at their school will be sent an email verifying their passing results which can be taken to any county or state location in Iowa that issues driver’s licenses along with other required documentation to prove their identity.
See more information at: https://iowadot.gov/mvd/driverslicense/skip-the-trip.
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
A substitute authorization may be issued by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners to an individual who:
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
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.
Many AEAs offer the Substitute Authorization courses. Consider visiting the BOEE website for a list of AEAs offering the course.