August 19, 2020

RTL Update – Process for Positive Cases

Process for Positive COVID-19 Student/Staff

Ames Community School District has put in multiple strategies to substantially reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 within our buildings. Even with those mitigation strategies, due to the nature of community spread of COVID-19, a student or staff member may contract the virus. We have posted on our website the process for responding to a student/staff member testing positive for COVID-19.

Even with this document, we know that there are many more questions and we are working on an FAQ related to this to address many of them. A few examples of those questions include: Do all family members need to quarantine if their student is identified as a close contact at school? Will teachers be required to work if they test positive for Covid-19 but are asymptomatic (do not have any Covid-19 symptoms?

Online Request Numbers by Building:

This Friday, August 21 at 3:00 p.m. is the deadline to request 100% online learning for the start of school. As of today, 25.75% of Ames students have selected this option. Here is a breakdown by building with the percentage based on today’s enrollment: 

Northwood Preschool – 63 students (23.77%)

Edwards Elementary – 87 students (21.59%)

Fellows Elementary – 163 students (29.48%)

Meeker Elementary – 113 students (27.63%)

Mitchell Elementary – 78 students (23.85%)

Sawyer Elementary – 109 students (27.11%)

Ames Middle School – 325 students (28.11%)

Ames High School – 341 students (25.77%)

If you are ready to request 100% online for the start of school, click on the URL below.

Building Return to Learn Plans and Meeting Videos:

As the building meetings continue this week, we will be posting them on our YouTube channel. Additionally, we want to remind parents that each school has posted their building-specific plan on our website. Links below:

Building Plans –

Meeting Videos –

School Hours:

Please note the adjustment of school hours for the 2020-2021 school year:

Northwood Preschool: 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Elementary Schools: 8:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Ames Middle School: 8:00 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Ames High School: 7:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.