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October 22, 2020

Helpful info for elementary parents as students come back full-time

All of Ankeny Community School District’s PK-5th grade students returned to learn in person, full time on October 19th. In order to keep our Ankeny students, staff and families safe and healthy, we will be continuing to redefine what a “normal” school day looks like.

We realize families may need to make difficult decisions between sending students to school vs. keeping them home/parent missing work. In order to keep our students and staff as healthy as possible, we ask that you consider these things before sending your child to school.

  • If your child complains of any 1 of the following symptoms, please keep them home and contact your health care provider: new cough, shortness of breath, fever of 100.4 or higher, new loss of taste or smell.
  • If your child complains of 2 or more of the following symptoms, please keep them home from school: fever, headache, muscle/body aches, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Due to the wide range of signs and symptoms of Covid-19, and for the safety of all, students will need to be sent home if they display these symptoms.
  • If your child exhibits these symptoms at school, your child will be taken to a room that has been established for students/staff that are exhibiting Covid-19 related symptoms. This is to ensure safety from other students who would use the nurse’s office for non-Covid related reasons.
  • If you are notified by health office staff that your student is ill at school, please plan to pick up your student as soon as possible. We would ask that you also have a back-up plan so that ill students can be picked up as quickly as possible if you are not available.
  • We ask that you contact your Primary Health Care provider for more guidance on how to proceed with your student’s health needs prior to returning if your student is sent home. We will provide instructions per Polk County Health Department for proper home isolation and quarantine, if warranted. Students sent home ill will need to be out of school the following day (does not apply if sent home on a Friday) to be monitored. Students may return to school once the presenting symptoms have subsided for 24 hours, if they have an alternate diagnosis from a doctor, or a negative Covid test.

As said many times, this is a fluid and flexible situation that can change at any point. We will continue to work closely with the Polk County Health Department.

If you have questions, please contact your building’s nurse to discuss.

Stay safe and be well!

September 16, 2020

Welcome Interim Superintendent Dr. Azinger

Dr. Al Azinger

The Ankeny Board of Education is pleased to announce Dr. Al Azinger was unanimously appointed as the Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Ankeny Community School District. Dr. Azinger has significant experience as a secondary and university administrator. He will step in as Interim Superintendent on September 16, 2020 when current Interim Superintendent, Dr. Jen Lindaman will assume her permanent role as Chief Officer of Academic Services for Ankeny Community School District.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Azinger has agreed to serve as the Ankeny Interim Superintendent, his expertise in growing leaders, and his dedication to public education make him the perfect leader for our school district,” stated Dr. Lindaman. “The Ankeny Community Schools values of community, challenge, leadership, excellence and inspiration were exemplified in Dr. Azinger’s responses to our interview teams giving us the utmost confidence in his ability to support our mission: Ankeny Community Schools is unified in its commitment, passion, and vision so every learner is prepared to achieve a lifetime of personal success.”

“The Ankeny School Board is pleased to welcome Dr. Al Azinger for the 2020-2021 school year. We appreciate the experience and depth of knowledge he brings to that role and we look forward to working with him. We are also grateful to Dr. Jen Lindaman for her leadership as she stepped in to temporarily fill that role,” said Lori Lovstad, President, Ankeny Board of Education.

Prior to joining the Ankeny Administrative Team, he served as Dean of the College of Education for Illinois State University. Throughout his years as an educator, he has served as Superintendent of Schools in Lawrence, Kansas and Associate Superintendent in Iowa City, IA.

Dr. Azinger received his Bachelor of Arts from Northeast Missouri State. He also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Western Illinois University; and a Doctorate of Education from University of Iowa.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” stated Dr. Azinger. “I’m looking forward to working to maintain the high quality of education represented in Ankeny Schools during this transition.”

Dr. Azinger has strong ties to Ankeny and the school district. His daughter’s family calls Ankeny home and his three grandchildren are currently attending Ankeny schools.

August 28, 2020

Welcome to Crocker Information!

Hello from Crocker Elementary!  To those of you who we have previously served; we are so glad to have you back.  To those of you who are new to our school; we look forward to serving as your partner in education.  Each of us have had to work through so much uncertainty and difficult challenges to our daily lives these last five months.  We are committed to supporting and serving each and every one of you.

I can assure you that our staff are excited for a great start to the school year.  We will do everything within our power to make this “new normal” a positive experience for our entire Crocker learning community.  This is a task that none of us take lightly.

As we have prepared for this school year our focus has been on relationships, safety, routines, optimism, and hope.  My promise to all of you is that we will continue to do so.  We will not be perfect.  Challenges will arise.  Please give us grace and patience.  We will do the same for all of you.

As we prepare our students to begin a school year in these unprecedented times, below you will find several items of importance.

Hybrid Schedule and Calendar for August/September

The first day of school is August 27. Here is the hybrid calendar to begin the school year. The on site group schedule is as follows:

Group 1 – Monday, Thursday, and alternating Wednesdays

Group 2 – Tuesday, Friday, and alternating Wednesdays

Students will report directly to class when they arrive on their assigned day. Doors open at 7:40 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and 9:55 a.m. on Wednesday.

When students are not at school, their teacher will provide required asynchronous (learning that occurs at home away from the teacher) activities for students to complete independently.  The approximate amount of time your student will be expected to engage in asynchronous learning is below:

Kdg-2nd grade:

20-25 Reading

15-20 Writing

20-25 math

15-20 Science/SS or integrated

3rd-5th grade:

25-30 Reading

25-30 Writing

25-30 math

15-20 Science/SS or integrate

Your child’s teacher will communicate additional details this week.

Schedule for students participating in online remote learning

A daily routine for students in the required online remote learning environment is critical. For this reason, daily schedules for synchronous and asynchronous learning have been developed.  More details and information will be provided by your child’s assigned teacher.

Example of Elementary Daily Online Schedule

Safety Procedures

It will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to take the students temperature prior to coming to school.
Students will be required to wear masks while on the bus and in the building except when eating.
Students will also use hand sanitizer upon arrival and throughout the day.
Breakfast/lunch will be eaten in the cafeteria or in the classroom while maintaining 6 ft distance. Students will need to bring a water bottle.
Parents and visitors will not be allowed into the building except for necessary visits to the office.

Chromebook Distribution/Pick-Up 

For those families who have elected the remote learning option, a plan for families to pick-up student Chromebooks is being developed. This plan will be communicated to families in the upcoming days. Students engaged in our Hybrid learning model will be issued their Chromebook within the first several weeks of school during the school day.

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

In order to promote social distancing, we will have separate entrance/exit doors for each of our grade levels.  You can see the entrance/exit points here Crocker Enter/Exit Map.

Arrival: School doors will open at 7:40 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  School doors will open at 9:55 a.m. on Wednesday.  Students will enter their designated entrance door and go directly to their classroom.  Teachers will be outside the first week of school to greet all of our students at a designated spot near their entrance.  Teachers will have signs to let you know who they are.  We will also have additional staff at both the front and back entrance points to support our students.

We have a designated morning student drop off zone.  This drop off zone will be in effect from 7:40-7:55 a.m. and will be clearly identified by a yellow line on the sidewalk.  We ask that everyone drive as far as you can in the drop off zone, and once you are stopped, have your children exit on the curbside of your vehicle.  Waiting to drop your child off directly at the front entrance door will simply not work in order to get everyone in the building in a timely and safe manner.

Please do not drive ahead of others that are waiting in line.  Drivers will not be permitted to cut through the parking lot to get to the front of the line.  This will cause a safety and traffic flow problem for everyone involved. If you are parking to walk your child to their entrance point, please make sure that you utilize a designated spot.  You are encouraged to walk/bike to school whenever possible.

Dismissal: If parents are meeting students after school this needs to occur at the designated grade level pickup spots.  Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 5th Grade on the playground blacktop.  1st Grade at the front of the building.  3rd and 4th Grade near the gym entrance doors.  Parents will not be allowed to “congregate” in the vehicle pick-up zone in front of the building.  If students are walking/biking they should leave school grounds immediately after dismissal.  If walking with a sibling students will need to meet on the playground blacktop and leave from there.


Each grade level will have individual recess times throughout the course of the day.  We will utilize recess zones on the playground to keep individual classrooms separated during recess.

We will utilize social distancing for students during lunch. This will include when they are eating in the cafeteria, a classroom, the gymnasium, or outside.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon.


Dr. Tom Muhlenbruck

Crocker Elementary Principal

June 9, 2020

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