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Top 10 Achievements for 1st Semester 2023-2024

Niche 2024 Rankings for Maharishi School

As the #1 ranked school in Iowa five years in a row, your continued support has given students access to the benefits of Consciousness-Based Education. Their achievements never cease to make us so proud. Whether it’s innovations in robotics, advancements in our boarding program, or noteworthy achievements in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, this blog provides an overview of the most significant accomplishments that have left a lasting impact in 2023-2024.

#1 Best High School for STEM in Iowa—Top 5% Best High School for STEM Nationallyachievement
#1 Best Private K-12 School in Iowa—Top 2% Private K-12 Schools Nationally
#1 Best Private High School in Iowa—Top 2% Private High Schools Nationally
#1 Best Boarding School in Iowa—Top 16% Best Boarding School Nationally

Top 10 Achievements

1. Educational Savings Account (Voucher)

The finances of our families and our school both got a boost with the passage of ESA’s (vouchers) in Iowa. Qualified families receive $7,600 per child for private school tuition. This is vital to the sustainability of the school’s goal to become self-sufficient.

2. International Recruitinginternational boarding achievements

Our multicultural school is continually enriched by the presence of our international boarding students from China, India, Russia, Korea, and Vietnam. We will need to expand our dormitory facilities next year to meet the demand. We are eager to fill our dorm to capacity for 2024-2025!

3. Student Support

In an age when stories abound about students struggling with mental health, stress and anxiety, Maharishi School community enfolds students in an embrace of love and care, alongside teaching strategies that nurture social emotional learning alongside academics, and in-house professional counseling services for students who need them. Most importantly, twice a day students of all ages unplug from stress, through their Transcendental Meditation program.

4. Preschool

New this year to Maharishi Preschool is Eniko Reeder, founder and former director of Singing Cedars School. In her own words, which embraces ourpreschool achievements preschool’s philosophy: There is plenty of time to be an adult, but we only get one childhood. We must preserve and protect childhood and bring self-directed play back to center. Through play, the young child is building the foundation of their human experience. It’s where they learn about themselves and their relationship with the world. If children feel respected, they will grow to be respectful, and for that we need to provide a place where they feel free to be themselves and experience that the world is safe and good.

5. Lower School

This year, we renewed our emphasis on reading and writing with great results. Katherine Walmsley, Writing Teacher Extraordinaire, says students in first grade are mastering literacy at a rate that is months ahead of the norm. Reading specialist Diane Aitchison and Lynn Shirai round out the support team, working individually with almost 20 students to facilitate and enrich reading levels across all grades.

6. Middle School

The grade 6 students read the book Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. It is the story of a neighborhood that comes together through community gardening. Their teacher Melissa Jones, heads our seed-to-table program—and the next step will be the students creating a community garden of their own!

7. Upper School Robotics Teamrobotics team achievement

Students began the process of competition by creating a 15-page Engineering Portfolio which illustrates the building, programming, fundraising, and outreach aspects of developing their robot.
At Regionals, Coaches Jeremy Jones and Pradeep Aikar advised students to stay calm, composed, and enjoy the process! During the match, the robot picks up 3-inch pixels that are hexagonal prisms and places them on the board. The robot can score points in many ways, and our robot was built to score in every possible way, going over 100 points in every game. We started at 17 on the ranking scale and moved up 5 in the tournament, becoming the highest performing team of the day, and advancing to the State level!
Click here to read a blog with more details about this huge success for our Pioneer Robotics Team!

8. Rocketry

Our rocketry team is one of the top in the USA!
Finishing 17th at the American Rocketry Challenge Nationals, qualified our team for the NASA Student Launch program, one of less than 20 schools in the US working directly with NASA engineers.

9. South Africa Connection

Part of our school’s mission is to share Consciousness-Based Education with the world, like the weekly workshop we conduct with CBE schools in South Africa. We are as enriched as our colleagues by the stimulating interactions and shared experiences.

10. Donor Support

Maharishi School is deeply grateful for the support shown during our December “Season of Giving” campaign. Our Development Team together with your help, raised $27,926 through Giving Tuesday and Matching Funds.

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Pioneer Robotics Team Success

Pioneering their way with robots

Congratulations to the Maharishi School Robotics team who are FTC Iowa State Championship bound, Your hard work, dedication, and innovative thinking haverobotics team paid off! The Robotics team surged from 17th to 5th place at their league event, qualifying them for State.

Coaches tell their story

Mr. Pradeep Aikar and Mr. Jeremy Blitz Jones are the coaches for this program, and through their guidance we have seen so much progress with Pioneer Robotics. They highlighted the teams journey below:
“We at Pioneer Robotics have had our set of challenges this year with fewer than 4 students working on Engineering and Robot design, and 3 students working on outreach. The sheer sense of small size of our team meant everyone was stretched to maximum capacity. What really benefited us this year was the snow days that we got additional time to work on our robot. Coupled with the dedicated, and reliable team members, we were able to put on a fantastic show.”
“Phuong, Jessie and Pranit worked on getting our outreach going. This area requires us to connect with the local community engineering firms. We also do outreach with non technical groups, like students and community members who are not involved in robotics. We show them our robot and present what we do at First Tech Challenge. Jessie and Pranit together put a drone designed by them in a designated area on the game field that launches paper. This time our drone launcher was one of the most reliable scoring elements that consistently scored 20 points.”
“Miles and Keshav were our engineers who put the hardware together. They build the chassis on which the robot is built and all other score elements of the robot. We have a claw mounted on the arm that picks up the pixel and places them on a board. They attached a hook on which the robot suspends itself in the end game. Miles came up with a plan of a claw design and mounted it on the robot that did extremely well. He 3D printed parts of the robot so that we have an additional advantage when it comes to scoring.”
robotics team“Poojita worked on 3D printing and design work related to prototyping and final design of the hook. She made clear concise designs of the hook which allowed us to experiment on suspending the robot on a truss.”
“Ishita worked on coding and programming the robot so that all the scoring elements of the robot works synchronically controlled from a gamepad. She also worked on a section of the robot that requires the robot to autonomously work on tasks without the intervention of a human player.”
“Team Pioneer Robotics had a wonderful day at the competition. It was freezing cold on a Saturday morning when temperatures were close to -19F and the bus was even colder. We arrived at the venue and had a quick meeting. We know our robot was mostly ready to perform. The first thing we do is get our robot inspected. We passed the inspection, wherein the judges checked for the dimensions of the robot, safety standards and about 50 different parameters that the robot has to meet in order to participate in the competition.”
“Our team then went for a judging interview where they were asked about their journey and their contribution to the Engineering Portfolio. The Engineering Portfolio is a 15 page document which illustrates the building, programming, fundraising, outreach and any other aspect of developing our robot.
The two coaches and mentors, Mr. Jeremey Blitz Jones and Mr. Pradeep Aikar advised students to stay calm, composed and enjoy the process of the competition.
The teams then prepared the robot for the matches. In these matches the robot picks up pixels which are 3 inch sided hexagonal prisms and places them on to the board. There are many different ways the robot can score points.”
Our robot was built to score in every possible aspect of the game. We scored above 100 points in every game. We started at 17 on the ranking scale and moved up to rank 5 in the tournament. These were the achievements of our team in the Regional Meet.
1. Winners of the Control Award.
2. First time for Pioneer Robotics to be the winning captain alliance.
3. The highest performing team of the day.
4. Team advanced to State Level.
We at Pioneer Robotics are optimistic and looking forward to continuing working on our robot for the State Level competition. If you feel that you want to extend your support in any possible way, please feel free to connect with our team.

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10 Ways to Keep Kids Busy Over Winter Break

Winter break can be a joyous time for kids, filled with festive spirit and a break from school routines. However, it often comes with the challengepreschool students of keeping them entertained and engaged. Here are ten ideas to keep those young minds active and spirits high during the winter break.

Snowy Season Fun: 10 Engaging Activities to Keep Kids Busy During Winter Break

  1. Winter Crafts: Set up a crafting station with supplies for making snowflakes, paper snowmen, or winter-themed ornaments. Pinterest is a goldmine for easy and creative craft ideas!
  2. Indoor Campout: Create a cozy indoor campsite with blankets, pillows, and tents. Tell stories, build forts and have hot chocolate in your indoor oasis.
  3. Baking Bonanza: Spend time in the kitchen baking cookies, cupcakes, or gingerbread houses. Let them decorate with colorful icing and sprinkles for added fun.
  4. Movie Marathon: Have a movie day with educational films or theme-based selections. Set up a mini concession stand with popcorn and snacks for the full cinema experience.
  5. Science Experiments: Conduct simple, safe experiments at home, like making slime, creating a volcano, or exploring the wonders of static electricity. There are plenty of kid-friendly science experiment kits available too.
  6. Book Club: Encourage reading by starting a family book club. Choose a book suitable for everyone’s age range and have regular discussions or activities related to the story.
  7. Winter Wonderland Outing: Bundle up and explore the winter wonderland outdoors! Whether it’s building a snowman, sledding, or having a snowball fight, outdoor activities can be exhilarating.
  8. Music and Dance Party: Turn up the music and let loose! Have a dance-off or a talent show where kids can showcase their musical abilities or create their own musical instruments.
  9. DIY Obstacle Course: Set up an indoor obstacle course using household items like pillows, chairs, and hula hoops. Time each other and see who completes it the fastest.
  10. Community Volunteering: Teach the importance of giving back by volunteering as a family at a local shelter, food bank, or organizing a donation drive for those in need.

Winter break is a time for bonding, learning, and making memories together. Mix and match these activities to create a fulfilling and entertaining schedule for your kids during this special time of the year!

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Let’s Talk Middle School Science

Mr. Aikar has been teaching Technology courses to our Upper School students this past years using a curriculum that ranges from cyber security and authentic sources, to designing games and building robots.
He will continue to teach technology as a Project to 7th and 8th graders in the Fall 2023 school year–and he will be incorporating technology directly into the curriculum as he teaches Grade 6 Science as well.

Interview with Mr. Aikar

 

  • What I intend to do next year is to make it a lot of hands-on activities. Students will be coming in and playing with things, and experiencing the joy of doing. I will have them get into the area of 3D designing and printing. I want to also introduce to them some coding so that we will gradually prepare them for our High School Robotics program. Then coding will lead to the programs Sketch (for 3d printing) and Scratch (making their own games). Then we will have 3D modeling and making their own remote control cars to play with.
  • We want them to enjoy learning and start their day with something like CNN10, so they can see what’s happening around the world and celebrate everything in class.
  • What I intend to do with Middle School Science is bring the lab into classroom. They can use a lot of props or materials of everyday use and see the science in them. They should be able to take a leaf, extract the chlorophyll out of it and see how the leaf looks without the chlorophyll. They will be able to answer their own simple curious questions. They will feel very fulfilled once they can know the answers for themselves. I don’t want to give them all the answers, I want them to be playful and joyful in the discovery of finding outthose answers.
  • Why students may not like Science and think it’s too hard or difficult to understand is because the approach is exactly the opposite in schools of what we should be doing. We come down with heavy theory and concepts that students feel are too abstract. What we want to do at Maharishi School is take those ideas, those concepts, take those phenomena and break them down into simple concrete theories that are associated with them. So students will learn as if they are breaking down real physical phenomena into simple math and that’s how I believe strongly that by looking at the nature around us we can use math rather than learning math and trying to fit it into nature.

 

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Ukrainian Teens Find Refuge on the Tennis Court in Iowa

Written by Andrea Gallagher | June 30th, 2023

While bombs flew through the sky in a war-torn country last year, three Ukrainian teenagers were safe in Fairfield, Iowa.

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Ukraine students in front of boarding dorms.

Thanks to a generous community outpouring, they were able to go to school at Maharishi School, an independent, non-denominational college-prep boarding school.

While the three girls, a freshman, sophomore and senior, left their country and family behind during wartime, they were able to find refuge on the tennis courts. None of them had played the sport before, but decided to give it a try.

“We felt getting to smack tennis balls is good therapy for them,” said their coach, Lawrence Eyre. “It’s nice to be on a court where there are rules and they relished all of it.”

Eyre has been coaching at the school since he founded the tennis program back in the late 1980’s. The boys tennis team won 16 state singles, doubles and team championships under his leadership. He was selected by the USPTA as National High School Coach of the Year in 2009.

Pioneer Girls Tennis Team with Coach Eyre

Originally from the Quad Cities, Eyre later graduated from Yale University and came back to Iowa to work at the Maharishi School as a history teacher and tennis coach. He also coached collegiately at Grinnell College and Knox College.

“It’s fun for me to take whoever comes and see how much they can grow,” he said about coaching. “Improvement is how we measure success.”

“I signed up and instantly fell in love with the sport,” said Mariia Minieieva, the senior. “My coach, Mr. Eyre, was amazingly supportive, patiently guiding me and offering words of encouragement.”

Minieieva was very athletic as she was an aerial gymnast back home. According to Eyre, she had quick feet and was able to get to the ball to win points. She loved being part of a team.

“There’s something genuinely magical about how I feel when stepping onto the court. I don’t know how to describe it, but it feels like all my troubles disappear, leaving me with an overwhelming sense of lightness, ease, and pure enjoyment. In those moments, winning or losing becomes irrelevant,” she said.

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Mariia Minieieva on the tennis court.

The sophomore, Olena Lysychonok, was a very patient learner and Eyre hopes she will come back and play next year. The  freshman, Sofia Kandyba, had worked her way up on the tennis court. By the end of the year she was playing at the #6 singles slot on the varsity team.

“She had good shot-making skills,” he said. “There was one match against a rival team and it came down to her. She lost the first set, won the second set and won the tie-breaker. She was thrilled to win the match, and we (the team) won the match.”

Eyre acknowledged that each of the girls had a lot going on when they arrived in Iowa, and he did the best he could to help them acclimate to their new environment.

“They had a lot on their plates, and we were extra alert to their feelings. We tried to keep a softer environment around them,” he explained. “Their opponents had no idea they’re from Ukraine where bombs were going off.”

The boarding school is unique as it incorporates Transcendental Meditation twice daily. They call it Consciousness-Based education.

“Our students and teachers take time to transcend twice a day, with the practice of yoga and Transcendental Meditation,” according to the school’s website. “It improves brain functioning. In a world of nearly incessant outer stimuli, it gives them a respite of inner silence, a connection with their own individual true self.”

Eyre said each of the girls are from different parts of Ukraine, so did not know one another when they came to Fairfield. The oldest, Mariia, graduated this year and will be attending Grinnell College in the fall, which is about two hours from Fairfield. However, the transition was anything but easy.

ukraine“The war changed so many things that I wasn’t prepared for,” she said. “Reflecting on it all, during my first semester, I dedicated my days and nights to working on college applications, leaving little time to form close connections or truly enjoy life. This period was the toughest I’ve ever experienced. I worried not only about my future, but also about the fate of my younger brothers, parents, grandparents, and the entire country.”

Mariia’s family recently moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where they are renting a house and looking for jobs. They had to abandon their properties, jobs, schools and country, all while learning a new language. Things are difficult but she’s thankful they are closer, and for the kindness of others.

“While things may seem challenging, I take comfort in knowing how strong my parents are and how many wonderful people support them. I believe that with their resilience and the help of those around us, everything will work out in the end.”

Eyre has coached many kids and adults in his storied career. Marria, Sofia and Olena have left quite an impression on him.

“Their willingness to take on so much change inspires me,” he said.

Meanwhile, Olena and Sofia will continue their education and tennis at Maharishi School, a world away from their former lives.

 

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Ukrainian Students Share their Rich Culture with Food

Ukrainian students Their story

Mariia, Sviatoslav, and Olena are Ukrainian students who fled their homes with their mothers and siblings. Their fathers have stayed behind to fight in the war. They were living as refugees in Turkey and western Ukraine with nothing more than what fit in their backpacks Ukrainian foodwhen they left. Like all Ukrainian students, they are looking for safety and escape from the trauma of war – and a chance to continue their education. These three teens have reached out to Maharishi School because they want to complete their high school in Iowa – a peaceful, safe environment.

They made it!

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Thanks to the generosity of all the donors who contributed to their GoFundMe (and to Paul Winer and Carol Chestnutt for opening their home to the students),  Mariia, Olena and Sviatoslav have all successfully joined the Maharishi School boarding program this year. In celebration of their arrival they shared a very special treat with all of the new boarding students, a traditional feast from their Ukrainian culture.

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The meal included two borscht’s, one vegetarian and one with beef. Grated potato pancakes with a cream-based mushroom gravy poured over, and lastly they made varenkyk (boiled dumplings similar to pierogi).

All of the new boarding kids got a taste of Ukraine with this delicious spread, perhaps we will see a cooking club in the Maharishi School’s future.

 

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Getting to Know Nuwaira

nuwairaMessage from Nuwaira

I have often asked myself the question- “What is the purpose of education?” Is it to prepare children for jobs and careers which will give them financial security and the ability to procure materialistic comforts or is it about preparing them for ‘life’ which is beyond comforts, materialistic possessions, power, pleasure, contentment and satisfaction?

 I have been an international educator in the UK and India for over two decades. Learning, is not just my passion, but it defines who I am. The vertical and horizontal range of experience in international curricula has helped me in understanding teaching and learning requirements globally, enabling me to strengthen academic rigour with a focus to provide holistic education to students of the 21st century. My experience in the various facets of education has also made me realize the critical role teachers play in shaping young minds and the importance of creating a positive and nurturing environment for learning and unlearning to take place.

2020 has been a defining year for schools all over the world. Every individual, family, state and nation has been through some very gruelling times. However, the blessing in disguise has been that Corona acted as a reminder to each one of us that we need to reset our lives – pause, slow down and re-connect with ourselves. A reminder that there is more to life than money, pleasure and power. A reminder that the greatest gift parents and teachers can give their child, is to help them find a purpose  and give meaning to their life.

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 In a world where change is the new normal, there are three constants in our life: our higher purpose, the vision that flows out of it, and to be future ready. This involves acquiring competencies to re-skill ourselves, competencies to take bold risks, and welcome failures as an unavoidable requirement for success. I believe that in a  post-Corona world, children will need to develop a wide range of life competencies to thrive in a world which is volatile. High performance in academics and standardized tests alone will not suffice for children to be future ready. Education is truly about balancing the education of  the Head, Heart and Mind. There has to be a pronounced shift in education of the heart (emotions and competencies) and mind (spirituality), and not the head alone.  I believe that the purpose of education is to prepare a child for life and we must support our students to develop skills, competencies and techniques to deal with the challenges that life may bring.

 

At Maharishi School, we do exactly this. We prepare our children for life and provide them with a toolkit to enable them to live a more meaningful and purpose driven life. Our children engage in the practice of yoga and meditation twice-daily. They devote time to pause and reset their buttons to experience the quietness within themselves. They learn the mechanics to dissolve stress systematically on a daily basis. In addition to the practice of Transcendental Meditation the children also engage in a Consciousness Based Education system which focuses on teaching children principles of life. This transdisciplinary course teaches students to identify underlying universal principles of how life is structured and functions. It encourages children to think deeply about life concepts and develop an appreciation and reverence for life. This is Maharishi School’s version of holistic education. In addition to the wide range of academic and extracurricular subjects there is a strong emphasis on developing the inner self to unlock a child’s potential and creativity.

 

nuwaira pasha head of schoolWe look forward to having you join us in the journey of unravelling who you are and what your true potential is.

 

Nuwaira Pasha

 

 

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The CBE Angle

consciousness meditationWhat is Consciousness-Based Education (CBE)?

At Maharishi School, we believe reducing stress and improving brain function is absolutely imperative. Kids have so much on their plate, so many external pressures, and so much to balance. We believe it is essential to provide our students with the tools to address these stresses. As adults, it is understood that stress does not disappear, but we rise to function properly under that stress. Consciousness-based education revolves around that belief. We don’t just fill students heads with information, we systematically expand the container of knowledge, the student’s own consciousness. With this expansion, absorbing new ideas becomes simpler, friendships deepen, and you start to understand how you are connected to and interconnected with the world.

Why we use CBE

Imagine your day starting with time to clear your mind, focus, and calm your body. Imagine you get to start every day finding strength, peace, and understanding within. Imagine being given this tool as a child so that you are able to use it throughout life to manage stress, persevere, and succeed regardless of the situation.

Doesn’t that sound fantastic and useful?

This is the opportunity we provide our students through Transcendental Meditation, which is at the center of our Consciousness-based education.consciousness education Every single day, students and teachers at Maharishi School close their eyes for a few minutes to practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique and experience a state of rest that is deeper than sleep.

When your body is rested, powerful chain reactions are set forth. Blood pressure normalizes. Heart rates slow down. The brain gets more oxygen. Big problems become small problems and stress becomes manageable.

We call this Consciousness-Based education. Because expanding consciousness is a game changer.

 

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Nuwaira Pasha Addresses Maharishi School Families

Message from the interim Head of School’s Desk

“The nature of life is to grow”
– Maharishi Mahesh Yogi-

 

Dear Parent,
It is indeed my privilege to be a part of this dynamic community of lifelong
learners who believe in the fullness of life and are driven by a very strong purpose.nuwaira pasha head of school
“The nature of life is to grow”, one of the 16 principles of creative intelligence. Observing toddlers
grow and develop into young and responsible human beings, gives me meaning and purpose
in life.
I am a highly energetic and intrinsically motivated individual with a vision to nurture children to
unlock their potential and make a difference in society. I believe that the purpose of education
is to prepare a child for life and not just a career. To this end, I believe schools must work towards
developing life competencies in students to enable them to deal with the challenges of
the 21st century. I am also of the belief that every child is unique and has the potential to be the
best version of themselves if nurtured in the right environment and given opportunities to explore
and experiment.
I have been an international educator in the UK and India for over two decades. Learning, is not
just my passion, but it defines who I am. My most recent experience as an educator, is of a
school principal at Indus International School Hyderabad. The school offered the International
Baccalaureate Primary, Middle and Diploma Programmes. During my tenure at Indus, I also
spearheaded the establishment of 4 Indus’ early learning centres across southern India and
monitored their continuous growth.
The vertical and horizontal range of experience in international curricula has helped me in
understanding teaching and learning requirements globally, enabling me to strengthen
academic rigour with a focus to provide holistic education to students. My experience in the
various facets of education has made me realise the critical role teachers play in shaping young
minds and the importance of creating a positive and nurturing environment for learning and
unlearning to take place.
Our school’s mission is “To create an innovative Consciousness-Based educational environment,
where students think deeply and become creative, compassionate, contributing citizens of the
world”. I look forward to creating such an environment where our children can flourish and
work towards seeking the highest first in all spheres of their life.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi believed that “within everyone is an unlimited reservoir of energy, intelligence,
and happiness”. I couldn’t agree more. I look forward to tapping into my unlimited energy
and intelligence to take this wonderful school to newer and greater heights.
There is a saying in Sanskrit “Aprapyam nama nehasti dhirasya vyava saayinah”. There is nothing
unattainable to the one who works hard and has courage. I will leave no stone un-turned to
achieve our goals, and hope, that every action of mine, has a positive impact on the school this
year.
I look forward to giving my best to Maharishi school.
Regards
Nuwaira Pasha

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How to Prepare for School: Fall 2021 Edition

What should you expect?  And who decides?

The Maharishi School Leadership Team make the hard decisions that keep our school in a constant state of improvement. They provide a vision for our future and take the action necessary toRichard Beall execute that vision. When it comes to issues such as the covid pandemic, our Leadership Team gets its cues from a lot of different authorities:

  •        Iowa Governor Reynolds
  •        Iowa legislature
  •       Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  •       Public Health officials
  •       Maharishi International University
  •       Our Board of Directors

Sometimes that input is informational; other times the decisions are made for us, like when the Governor closed in-person schooling in March 2020 or disallowed mask mandates in May 2021.

 

leadership team covid masksWhere do we get information from?

Our Leadership Team is monitoring CDC sources daily for COVID-related developments as we consider our options for 2021-22. We strongly recommend reading the Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools as a guideline.

In this guide you will find that the CDC recommends:

  • In-person learning
  • Vaccination
  • Masks for vaccinated persons

PLEASE NOTE: We have not adopted these recommendations at this point. Everything is still under consideration.

 

What can we prepare for?

At present we can foresee three different types of scenarios for the fall:

 

Scenario One: COVID cases decline, vaccination rates climb, masks become unnecessary. We’re pretty much back to “normal.”covid masks kids in mask

 

Scenario Two: COVID variants prove threatening, some precautionary measures continue, like mask wearing and social distancing.

 

Scenario Three: An upsurge of COVID cases, perhaps due to a variant, requires stronger preventive precautions, ranging from online-only classes to mask wearing mandates.

 

In other words, stay tuned. A survey will be sent to you in early August to solicit your perspective on the situation.

In the meantime, we are open to your input and will respond to questions, to the best of our ability.

 

 

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