Washington superintendent tells of new social-distancing rules

WASHINGTON — Washington schools Superintendent Willie Stone updated the school board on a few return-to-learn items during a Wednesday night school board meeting.

Stone said the Iowa Public Health Department has updated social distancing guidelines, and Stone said once he receives official documentation he will inform parents, staff and board members.

For social distancing, Stone said the school has purchased shipping containers for temporary building storage as many things need to be taken out of classrooms to create space. Each building will have a storage container close enough to be accessible if something needs to be retrieved.

During the meeting, Stone spoke about the storm damage on Monday, stating they only had one large branch fall on the hitting complex causing minor damage as well as a set of bleachers flip over at the softball fields.

During a short meeting the school board approved the purchase of a service truck and additional service body installation for the schools use.

The next school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9 both virtually and at the central office.