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March 15, 2020 Coronavirus Update

3 months ago

March 16, 2020 - There will be a special meeting of the SEW Board of Education today at noon. 

March 15, 2020 Update - Due to the Governor's Sunday afternoon recommendation on COVID-19, SEWCSD will be closed the week of March 16th.  There will be no school, practices or activities until at minimum March 23rd.  Daycare WILL remain open until further notice. Only custodial staff, day care staff and essential personnel should report.


Southeast Warren Community School District (SEWCSD) continues to follow the global outbreak of COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus.  

Public Health Call Line:  The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging the general public to call 211 with questions about Coronavirus.

Current Impacts at SEWCSD

School Closing:  SEWCSD will be closed for the week of March 16th.  Check back for updates.

Spanish Club Trip to the Dominican Republic:  The trip to the Dominican Republic has been postponed.  It is hopeful that the trip can be rescheduled at a later date.

State Speech Contest:  The State Speech contest at Council Bluffs has been cancelled.

Spring Break

As we near Spring Break scheduled from March 18-22, we realize that many staff and families may have planned trips out of state or even out of the country, which could impact the spread of the virus.

As of March 12, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued alerts for travel to countries around the world as being a high risk for the spread of Coronavirus: China, Iran, South Korea, and Europe.   Link:  CDC Travel Alerts

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends that anyone who visits those countries voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.

Families who plan to travel internationally should notify their school to make arrangements for the student’s reentry to school. In addition, families who visit any destination the CDC has identified as high risk for Coronavirus should follow its public health recommendations

Travel advisories and restrictions are changing often pertaining to Coronavirus. At this time, Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in nearly 125 countries and 38 states, including Iowa. Before traveling, be sure to stay informed.

Trusted Resources

The IDPH, CDC, Warren County Health Services (WCHS) and Polk County Health (PCPH) provide timely resources to school districts. This information is critical to prepare and respond as needed. Where you get your information about this virus is important. Look for information from reliable and trusted experts. Social media posts often report partial or inaccurate information.

World Health Organization: Coronavirus FAQs

World Health Organization

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Iowa Department of Public Health

Warren County Public Health Department

Polk County Health Department

What YOU Can Do to Help

Whether or not you plan to travel over Spring Break, families and community members can help by following these simple, easy steps that help prevent the spread of ALL contagious viruses, including COVID-19. Practice the same routine hygiene used to help prevent the cold and flu.

While there are many legitimate concerns about Coronavirus, being well informed and taking some preventive steps can keep everyone healthy and safe.


about 1 month ago

MARCH 27:  Parents can now pick up. Added location at Milo schools

  Southeast Warren Community School District

FREE Meals During School Closure

Southeast Warren Community School District is providing
FREE Meals to all children 18 and under

regardless of school meal eligibility or where they attend school.

You can still participate in free meals for children if you have not already done so. Parents can now pick up meals themselves; kids can still pick them up also.

Starting Monday, March 30th, meals will be served Grab n’ Go at both the Lacona and Milo schools. Each child will receive a lunch and a breakfast for the following day. Families will not need to enter the school building for meal pick up, there will be a drive through to pick up meals. 

School Building


Serving Times

Intermediate School

519 N Washington, Lacona (cafeteria door)

8:00-9:00 a.m. Monday-Friday

Primary School

316 N. 5th St., Milo (north parking lot door)

11:00 a.m. -12:00 Monday-Friday




Meals can be delivered for those who cannot pick up.  For delivery arrangements or for more information call Kathy Malli, Nutrition Director, at 515-829-6611.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

MARCH 23:  We have now been approved by USDA to issue grab-and-go meals to any families who would like them.  They are free to all children, age 18 and under, regardless of meal eligibility status (free, reduced or full price).  The meals include breakfast, lunch and snack.

The meals will be available at the Lacona school from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. each morning, Monday through Friday.  They must be picked up by the student.  Parents may drive their student(s) to the school, and the student should enter at the cafeteria door entrance (by the gym).  Students may also walk to the school to pick it up themselves.

If you live outside the town of Lacona, we can make arrangements to deliver the meals if you cannot pick up.  Please contact Kathy Malli, details below.  Also let her know if there are special dietary needs.

Again, these meals are free to any child age 18 & under, regardless of where they live or where they attend school. 

So that we can have enough meals available, if you have not already signed up, please email Kathy Malli at or call (515)829-6611 or 641-466-3510. Leave a message if no answer.

March 17, 2020 Coronavirus Update

about 1 month ago


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southeast Warren CSD has committed to following the guidance of the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Office.  As this situation evolves, the district will continue to take its cues from health care professionals and state leaders. On March 15th, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recommended “that all Iowa schools close for a period of four weeks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.” Pursuant to this recommendation, the Southeast Warren Board of Education has decided to close all school buildings through April 12, 2020. School will resume April 13 (no Easter Break) unless there are further changes.

This closure will apply to all district programs, activities and facilities.  All district extra and co-curricular practices, rehearsals, contests and events will be postponed or cancelled in accordance with the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s, Iowa High School Activities Association’s, Iowa High School Music Association’s and Iowa High School Speech Association’s decision to suspend all spring activities.  All district facilities will be closed to the public, and district employees will have only pre-approved access to buildings. All district facilities rentals and reservations will be suspended until further notice. 

On Wednesday, March 18th, all buildings will be open to students and staff for two 2-hour time slots: 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, for the purpose of retrieving personal items.  Secondary students are encouraged to clean out their athletic lockers also.  Other than these times on Wednesday, there will be no access to the buildings.

Elzora Town Daycare will stay open at the request of the Department of Human Services. CDC precautions will be followed as closely as possible, and the board approved this service to continue for currently enrolled participants. Emergency Daycare:  The Iowa Dept. of Education and Dept. of Human Services have directed us to provide daycare services for parents who work in critical roles* (see below) with school-age children (12 and under) or special needs children, who are not currently enrolled at Elzora Town Daycare.  Email the school district office for more information (see below) or call 641-466-3331, or 641-466-3510.

*Critical role service areas: hospital staff, healthcare providers, social services, child protection, public health, tax collection, corrections, other public safety, emergency responders, food service/grocery store workers, and other DHS approved areas.

The Southeast Warren Food Pantry will still be held on March 25th, with adjusted procedures.  Patrons will not be allowed to enter the building but will be given a shopping list to order their supplies.  The supplies will be delivered to them outside the building.

School Activities postponed during the 4-week closure will be rescheduled if possible. The Jr-Sr High Prom is scheduled for April 18th.  We must monitor the virus outbreak in the coming weeks to be able to make a decision about the status of this event.  A decision will be made and published as soon as possible. 

School Lunches:  Southeast Warren can apply through USDA to provide meals for students by drive-through, grab-and-go or other methods during school closures related to the COVID19 outbreak. These meals would be charged to lunch accounts using current eligibility status (free/reduced/full price). Please email if you are interested in receiving meals via this USDA program by FRIDAY March 20th so we can determine if we should apply for this program.

It is important to remember that this situation is fluid and plans may change as more information becomes available. Please monitor the district website, Remind app notifications, and social media sources for updates. 

Social distancing*, school closures, event cancellations, and other similar efforts are being undertaken to limit the number of exposures and “flatten the curve” on new COVID-19 cases. *Students should not spend time in friends’ homes and public areas where young people gather. The district hopes its students and families will commit to avoiding large groups and travel, practicing preventative hygiene measures, and self-quarantining after travel or if symptoms arise. Everyone’s combined effort can limit the impact of this pandemic on our community so we can all return to normal activities as soon as possible.

The district encourages parents to engage in educational activities with their children during this time of school closure. Teachers are encouraged to communicate educational resources to parents and students through Google Classroom, Remind App, and email.  Feel free to contact teachers by email for suggested resources.

Our district office will remain staffed when possible.  Questions may be directed via email to or