To: Southeast Webster-Grand CSD Students, Parents and Families
From: Mr. Stoffers, SWG CSD Supt.
Re: Children Safety / Safe Schools / Safe Community
Date: Sept. 29, 2014
SWG- Dayton Elementary / Southeast Valley Middle School Students and Families,
On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 28th, there were two attempted abductions of young children in our communities. One attempted abduction occurred Sunday afternoon at a park in Gowrie, while the other attempted abduction occurred in the city of Dayton. After hearing of the possible abductions on Sunday evening, I immediately contacted law enforcement personnel to receive whatever information I could about these very serious and very troubling incidents involving the safety of children in our school districts.
At times, our world around us (even in rural Iowa) can be very frightening, realizing there are “bad” people out there that at times try to hurt others. The good news is that both of these girls are safe and both are in school today. Our wonderful staff is doing all they can to work with our children/students and to try to have a positive, productive, safe and fun day!
These two incidents are a stark reminder to all of us that it is very important that as parents, guardians and grandparents, that we take some time to talk with our child(ren) about their safety and well-being, and the importance of being very aware of their surroundings each and every day.
I’m very proud of our faculty and staff on how they’ve handled this situation today, and all that our school staff has done in the past and this school year discussing safety issues, child safety guidelines, and sharing “Stranger-Danger” info. with our students at most all levels. In the incidents that took place on Sunday, it does seem that the two children knew what to do, responded very well to a crisis situation, and did the right thing; staying out of harm’s way. THANK GOODNESS for that!!! I’m sure, like all of us here at school, we truly do admire their courage and bravery.
In closing, there are some terrific child safety websites available that have wonderful resources for families to share with children. Some of those resources are attached to this district letter; such as Nat’l Center for Missing/Exploited Children website (Take25.org)
Thank you for working in partnership with the school and our communities, as we continue to be very thorough and proactive in our united efforts to keep each and every child, student and young adult, safe and well cared for while they are transitioning to and from school, and at school!
Mr. Rich Stoffers
You may have seen or heard about the settlement agreement between Martin Brothers, a food service vendor for many Iowa schools, and members of a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit against Martin Brothers alleged a violation of Iowa antitrust laws, and specifically, that Martin Brothers attempted to monopolize the market for retail sales of food in schools based in part on how it approached bidding for school food service distribution. The parties settled the case on July 31, 2014, with Martin Brothers agreeing to establish a settlement fund which may be used to pay out settlement to class members.
The District is not a party to the settlement and is not responsible for distributing funds to potential class members. Every individual class member is responsible for submitting the required paperwork to the fund manager for reimbursement.
Potential class members may include anyone who paid for school lunches between January 1, 2000 and August 1, 2014. As part of the settlement agreement, notification of the settlement will be published in some of Iowa’s largest newspapers, and the public will be referred to this website: http://iowaschoolfoodsettlement.com
Individuals (not the school) in the settlement class may complete and submit paperwork to receive reimbursement. Individuals in the class may receive $3.50 for each year they attended a participating school district up to a maximum of $50.00.
The website is designed to help potential class members navigate the details of the settlement, and enable them to complete necessary paperwork to submit a claim for reimbursement.
Southeast Webster-Grand CSD is now using the School Alerts Event Notification System to help notify parents, caregivers, district patrons, and the media of any unexpected closings or changes in the schedule.
School administrators will post notices about school closings, delays and early dismissals, and media outlets, parents and others can sign up to "watch" certain schools or school districts, and receive instant notifications when those school administrators post a notice.
How do parents, guardians, daycare providers, school staff and the media receive notifications:
- E-mail/Cell Phone Alerts - When a school notice is sent out, you can receive an e-mail at home, work, or on e-mail-enabled mobile devices like cell phones and PDAs. To find out if you can receive e-mails on your mobile device, contact your service provider. Please note that School Alerts is not responsible for any fees your service provider may charge for receiving alerts.
Once you create an account, you can add as many e-mail addresses for as many schools or school districts as you like.
Here's how you can take advantage of this free service & sign up for e-mail and text message alerts:
- Click on "Sign Up!" in the Main Menu at https://schoolalerts.iowa.gov. This will take you to the "Enterprise A&A" screen for the State of Iowa.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to enter your name, e-mail address, personalized security questions and password. This step involves obtaining a code from an e-mail sent to you to confirm your registration.
- Once you have created and confirmed your account registration, you will be taken back to the School Alerts site where you can click on "My Subscriptions" to add Southeast Webster-Grand School. Once you've selected Southeast Webster-Grand School, you are asked to enter the e-mail addresses or cell phone addresses where you would like notifications sent.