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Updates from Superintendent Mike McGrory

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

July 14, 2020

Parents and Guardians,

My name is Mike McGrory and I am Ottumwa’s new superintendent. I’m excited to return to Ottumwa, where I spent three years early in my administrative career as the principal at Evans Middle School. Since my first day, I have spent time meeting with district staff and community leaders, as well as becoming familiar with the Ottumwa district. I plan to continue getting to know the staff and community over the coming months. 

For those of you who might not know my background, I have spent the last seven years in Muscatine, first as principal at Muscatine High School from 2013-2016, then as associate superintendent from 2016-present. Prior to Muscatine, I also served as principal at Central High School in Hinsdale, IL, Ames High School, Evans Middle School, and Lone Tree. 

RETURN TO LEARN - I know many of you are thinking about fall and wondering what school will look like. Ottumwa Schools recently submitted their Return to Learn Plan to the Iowa Department of Education. The district will share recommendations with the Board on Monday, July 27. There is also a link to our Return-to-Learn plan on the website. Click on the Coronavirus Update link, then Return-to-Learn under Important Links:  https://www.ottumwaschools.com/updates.  

VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION OPTION - The district is in the process of creating a virtual option for parents who do not want to send their children to school this fall due to COVID-19. This will be available for students in grades K-12. More information will be available on this in the next few weeks. 

INTERNET ACCESS - The Board of Education approved a contract with Mediacom to assist our families who don’t have internet access. This will be important when/if instruction needs to take place at home from time to time. Watch for details on how to sign up for this option. This option is only for families who don’t currently have internet. 

LAPTOP COMPUTERS - The district will provide a device to every student in grades K-12. Watch for details on device distribution coming in August. 

I look forward to meeting you and your student(s) as we strive to engage, educate, and empower every student every day.