Principal's Welcome to Douma Elementary

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of the staff at Douma Elementary School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2020-21 school year. This year is going to be unlike any we have encountered before!  We are working hard to update procedures and make changes in order to ensure student health and safety. Part of this “new normal” will include the requirement of all students and adults in Douma School to wear a face covering. A face covering includes either a face mask, a gaiter mask, or a face shield. We will also be providing three reusable cloth face masks for each student and will have child and adult disposable masks available.

We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential.  We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and the school.  We know a strong partnership with you will make a meaningful difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

  • Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
  • Completes all assignments given by teachers
  • Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
  • Shares what he/she learned at school each day
  • Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school

The beginning of a new school year can be a little stressful for your child due to all the excitement of meeting new friends and being in a new environment and maybe even more so this year due to the unique reality that a global pandemic presents to us all. We know that this year still holds some unknowns for all of us however, please talk to your child about what he or she can expect and help soothe their anxiety by reassuring them that school is a fun and safe place to learn. The more they see you excited, confident and happy the quicker their anxiety will subside.

As part of our health and safety protocols, no adults (parents, grandparents, community partners, etc.) will be allowed in the building at this time. We will still receive agency support from Southern Iowa Mental Health and Great Prairie AEA. In addition, if there is a reason for a parent/guardian to be in the school (such as an IEP meeting) they will be asked to make an appointment. There are times that a parent or guardian may have to take their child out of the school early. In such cases please call the office from your car when you arrive. We will then phone the classroom and have your child exit the building to your car. Please stay in your vehicle to wait for your child.  

Our main concern during arrival and dismissal time is safety. Procedures have been developed and it is the expectation that parents will follow and model them for all our children. Children learn more through positive modeling than from being talked to. Remember, safety is not always convenient.  Please understand that peak arrival and dismissal times can be chaotic. The better we as adults do at following the procedures, the safer it will be for our children. With the closure of Milner St. for construction, we have worked with the city to develop traffic flow solutions. While these will not be perfect and will, almost certainly, cause delays we ask for your patience and compliance to ensure everyone’s safety.

Frequent, open lines of communication are important throughout the school year.  Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher with comments, questions or concerns.  The Douma staff and I feel privileged to be a part of this school family. We thank you for your support and look forward to meeting you!
Ms. Amy Taylor

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