Le Mars Community School To Continue With No Mask Mandate As Other Iowa Schools Go Back To Wearing Masks
(Le Mars) — Several changes have occurred within the last few days regarding the use of masks and face coverings for schools. It was last spring when the Iowa legislature passed a bill that stated masks would not be required for schools and other public places. Governor Kim Reynolds then signed that bill and it became law. Jump ahead to the last few days and weeks, where the number of COVID cases and its variants have been on the increase, especially with people who are not vaccinated against the virus. On Monday, a federal court judge handed down the ruling to stop the implementation of the mask law. Since that time, the Des Moines school district and Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids school districts have gone back to having a mask mandate for all students, faculty and staff. What about the Le Mars Community School District? During Monday evening’s monthly school board meeting, the topic of masks was not listed on the agenda, and the school board did not mention the issue, and there were no parents that attended the school board meeting asking about whether or not masks would again be required inside the Le Mars Community school system. Dr. Steven Webner, the school superintendent for Le Mars Community, says recent actions have placed school officials in a difficult position.
Webner says Le Mars Community has been fortunate not to see a big surge of new positive COVID cases.
Webner says, he and school board officials, have heard parents express opinions that reflect both strong sides of the mask mandate issue.
The Le Mars Community School Superintendent says there have been some parents who have decided to home-school their children, or request on-line remote education, as a result of the COVID virus outbreak.
Webner says the situation is constantly changing, and he asks that parents be cooperative with school officials as they are constantly wrangling with the issue.
Akron-Westfield Passes $8.9 Million School Bond
(Akron) — Akron-Westfield voters approved a special school bond on Tuesday. Proposition RD was passed on a nearly 65 percent to 35 percent margin. The measure needed 60 percent of approval to be passed. The vote tally was 606 in favor and 329 voting against the measure. The bond was valued at $8,990,000 and will cover science labs, including Career and Technical Education which involves an upgrade to the Vocational Agriculture and Industrial Tech classrooms and labs. School superintendent, Randy Collins says a portion of the bond will be to renovate the locker room facilities, and to improve the entrance for better security.
Dordt University Places First In Magazine Survey
(Sioux Center) — Dordt University ranks number one for “Best Undergraduate Teaching (Regional Colleges Midwest)” in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 rankings. This means that Dordt is a school where “faculty and administrators are committed to teaching undergraduate students in a high-quality manner,” as described in the rankings’ methodology statement.
“I am excited and proud that our talented and hard-working faculty are being recognized in this way,” says Dr. Teresa Ter Haar, who serves as dean of curriculum and instruction as well as a theatre professor. “Given the challenges that Covid-19 presented our campus community over the last year and a half, it is especially encouraging that our faculty are being recognized for teaching excellence. It reveals the commitment Dordt’s faculty make—and continue to make every day—to connect with students and provide robust learning experiences.”
Rankings come and go, says Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Leah Zuidema, but Dordt students know that faculty are here for them—and that they’re here to stay.
Floyd Valley Healthcare To Update Medical Records
(Le Mars, IA) Beginning October 1, Floyd Valley Healthcare will be implementing a new version of our electronic medical record. This may cause a slight delay in getting patients registered into the new system, so we ask that patients arrive early and be sure to bring a driver’s license and insurance card(s) to their next appointment. Patients can also log into their patient portal and upload their documents, streamlining the check-in during their first visit with our new Electronic Medical Record (EMR). If difficulties arise in accessing AveraChart or pre-registering, please contact our AveraChart support team at 855-667-9704.
This EMR update will enhance patient safety and quality outcomes. This also advances continuity of care regardless of which Avera location the patient is being seen in. Patients will also benefit from:
Ease of Accessibility– Patients have access to their medical history on a desktop computer, phone or any mobile device.
- Security– Avera Chart is password protected to offer a secure site for all your medical records.
- Shared Access– Patients have the ability to share access with family or trusted advisors.
- Messaging your provider– Patients have the ability to message the provider for ease of communication.
- Managing Appointments– Patients can schedule and manage appointments. You can also pre-register to save time the day of your appointments.
- Results– Patients can review their test results and reports.
- Health Summary– Patients can review the health summary.
- Medications– Patients can review and print a list of all current medications. You can also request a prescription refill.
- Billing– Patients have access to review and pay bills.
- Immunizations– Patients have access to their immunization history.
- Wellness Care– Patients have the ability to manage their wellness care.
- AveraNow– Patients have the ability to meet virtually with a provider through AveraNow.
“We look forward to the opportunities this upgrade will afford for our patients. We know that there will be a learning curve for our staff that may create wait times,” states Lorrie Mortensen, RN, MSN, MBA, Director of Patient Care. “We thank you in advance for your patience while we work to upgrade your medical records.”
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