I am writing this newsletter on the Friday before Thanksgiving week. There is a winter weather advisory for most of Eastern Iowa for Friday night into Saturday morning. I remind you if you aren’t signed up to receive the school closure text messages from West Burlington’s Technology Director David Roed, to sign up now. This is an efficient and timely way to receive notice of a cancellation or delay. As you have probably noticed, we continue to increase our use of this service. It is no longer an emergency only message. Anyone is invited to sign up and receive these messages either as a text or email, or both. Contact David Roed, [email protected] with questions or to sign up. We try to make a decision by 6:00AM on days when the snow is falling or a winter storm is lurking. West Burlington has many considerations when making this decision. All considerations focus squarely on the safety of our students, staff, and parents.
The district technology committee continues working on the decision as to which device(s) we will implement for the Fall of 2016. We are exploring various options and hope to have a recommendation ready for the board by the January regular meeting. We all agree that we want to get this decision right. If you have ideas, input, or opinions about which device is best, please contact David Roed or your student’s building principal. We welcome your input. On a side note, a court date has been set for the civil suit that was filed on our behalf in Federal court. The KUNO’s case will be heard in January 2017. Yes, 2017 is correct. We sometimes think schools move slowly, but our judicial system obviously moves even slower. We can’t reveal too much information since this case is now in the discovery phase of the litigation process.
The school district does not discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status (for programs), creed or disability. Students are educated in programs which foster knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups including those of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, and socio-economic background, as well as men and women, to society. The programs include contributions and perspectives of Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and European Americans. Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school district Affirmative Action Coordinator.
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