Ames district starts last day of school with no reported active COVID-19 cases

Phillip Sitter
Ames Tribune

The Ames Community School District started its last day of the 2020-21 school year Thursday with no active cases of COVID-19 among students or staff, though vaccination efforts will continue at least into next week.

All Iowans ages 12 or older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those ages 12-16 can get the Pfizer-BioNTech shot. 

Kathi Arnold, Ames CSD's emergency management coordinator, said the district's last vaccination clinics for students and families will be second dose clinics Friday and Tuesday.

Arnold said the Ames district does not currently have any other clinics scheduled for this summer. People can schedule vaccine appointments directly through the department of public health, she said.

Gilbert Community School District also had a second dose clinic this week. 

Story County vaccine information:mgmc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/

Vaccine information from the state:vaccinate.iowa.gov/

Vaccine information from the CDC:cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/adolescents.html

This week's Story County COVID-19 update:Ten additional COVID-19 cases, no new deaths reported in Story County since last week

Meanwhile, the Nevada and Roland-Story districts also reported last week after their last days of school that they had no active cases of COVID-19 among students or staff.

Roland-Story reported as of June 1 that a total of 100 students and 24 staff members had tested positive since the first day of school, Aug. 24.

Roland-Story posted on its Facebook page June 4: "We would like to take a moment to thank the entire Roland-Story community for your support, flexibility, and understanding throughout this highly challenging school year.

The COVID-19 pandemic certainly threw its fair share of difficulties at us. However, thanks to the diligence of our students, staff, families, and community members, we were able to maintain in-person learning for a full 180 day school year.  

That is truly impressive. It is evidence of what can happen when a community comes together behind a shared goal. We are so grateful for your efforts. Please have a great summer, everyone!" 

Gilbert reported as of its last day, June 3, that one student but no employees had tested positive, and no students or employees were in quarantine.

Ballard Community School District — which also finished its school year last week — had not updated its COVID-19 statistics since May 28, but at the time reported no students or staff had tested positive or were in quarantine.

Other Story County districts

The Colo-NESCO and Collins-Maxwell school districts in Story County do not have online COVID-19 case dashboards on their websites. 

Previous COVID-19 update from schools:COVID-19 quarantines, positive cases reported by Story County schools

Post-pandemic education recovery plans:Ames district's plan for spending COVID relief money is taking shape. It's due before the start of school

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Phillip Sitter covers education for the Ames Tribune, including Iowa State University and PreK-12 schools in Ames and elsewhere in Story County. Phillip can be reached via email at psitter@gannett.com. He is on Twitter @pslifeisabeauty.