Siouxland Public Media’s focusing on the experiences of parents, teachers and children as they return to school. Will cases of COVID-19 spike with children back in the classroom? How will parents be able to navigate changes that might emerge with the need to protect the community? Learn with us as we follow four families navigating the uncharted, educational landscape.
GOING VIRAL: Siouxland School District Mourns Death of Beloved Teacher
The community of Moville, Iowa and the Woodbury Central School District is grieving the loss of a beloved middle school social studies teacher and volleyball coach. Siouxland Public Media reached out to Woodbury Central School Board Member Donny Reblitz who shares more information about the life of 53-year-old Cherie Dandurand. Reblitz is a contributor to the Siouxland Public Media Special Project “Going Viral: Lesson’s Learned During the Pandemic.
SCCSD Moves to Hybrid Learning After Winter Break and Addresses COVID-19 Reporting Concerns
The Sioux City Community School Board took action to try and slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep students and staff safe. Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer with a wrap-up of last night’s meeting. The Sioux City Community School Board unanimously voted Monday night to return to hybrid learning after Winter Break on January 4, 2020. The district started the first two-weeks with students either attending class on Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday. After lengthy and sometimes contentious
GOING VIRAL: High School Counselor Battles COVID-19 and Shares Concerns About School Safety
West High School Counselor Bernie Scolaro talked to SPM's Sheila Brummer about her personal battle with COVID-19 and thoughts on school safety. Scolaro has worked at West High School for more than 20 years and also spent time at Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools and at Catholic Charities as a counselor. She is the current Vice President of the Siouxland Uniserv Unit for teachers and is the Past President of the Sioux City Education Association.
INTERVIEW: Sioux City School Board Members Call for More COVID-19 Transparency
Two members of the Sioux City Community School Board say the district needs to be more transparent when it comes to releasing information about COVID-19 so they can make informed decisions during the pandemic. A weekly report is expected tomorrow. One of the two members, Dan Greenwell, talked to SPM’s Sheila Brummer about concerns he shares with board member Taylor Goodvin. Full statement from the Sioux City Community School District: The Sioux City Community School District is working
GOING VIRAL: Debate Surrounding Safety in Sioux City Community Schools
The debate continues on K-12 education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa’s Governor wants to keep students in class. A recent survey teachers in the Sioux City Community School district showed only 10% wanted to continue with in-person learning. Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer explores the issue with a couple of long-time educator, union leader and school administrator. Bernie Scolaro, a school counselor at West High School in Sioux City, caught COVID-19 in early November. She spent
INTERVIEW: Sioux City Mayor Says "It's About Time" Iowa Increases C-19 Restrictions
New restrictions imposed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds kicked in Tuesday to try and reduce infection numbers and hospitalizations due to COVID-19. They include requiring masks in all public and state buildings in certain circumstances. Siouxland Public Media reached out to Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott and he shared his thoughts on enforcement, the local hospital surge and pandemic fatigue as he faces an autoimmune disease putting him at higher risk for complications if he contracts the virus.