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Rapid COVID testing for MSS students

On Monday November 30th and Tuesday December 1st, from 5pm – 8pm in the lobby of the Meskwaki Health Clinic, there will be rapid COVID testing for Meskwaki Settlement School students who attend school in-person. This will be a first come, first serve as we are not scheduling appointments so please be prepared to wait for a test.

There is also an option for in-home testing on Tuesday December 1st from 9am until 4pm if you call on Monday and schedule with Charise. Please call 641.484.4094 to schedule. Please leave a message if no answer.

A consent form must be signed by the parent or guardian for each student to be tested.

Any questions please reach out to Charise or Danelle at the Clinic. 641.484.4094.

Attention Seniors and Elders:

On Tuesday, December 1st Meskwaki Natural Resources is partnering with Senior Services to provide buffalo meat to seniors and elders who were not able to access meat through the regular meat distribution. Due to the high demand and low quantities of meat, MNR set aside meat for seniors and elders to ensure they are provided a share of buffalo meat without risking covid-19 exposures or running out of meat early. The distribution will take place at the Seniors starting at 11:30am and will end at 12:30pm. This special distribution is for SENIORS and ELDERS ONLY to ensure they get a share of meat from our 2020 meat supply. Those that qualify to get meat through this special distribution include: Home bound seniors and elders, Seniors or elders that did not have relatives pick up meat for them, Seniors or elders that did not receive meat because the distribution ran out of supplies. If your name is on the list from the November 19th distribution, you do not qualify for a share of meat through Senior Services.

MNR – Buffalo Meat Distribution 11.19.20

Meskwaki Natural Resources is excited to announcement the first buffalo meat distribution of the season! The Covid-19 pandemic caused many supply chain disruptions throughout the year and food security needs became more crucial and apparent than ever before. We are excited to be able to offer the Meskwaki Community a source of buffalo meat. Due to many disruptions however, MNR was only able to harvest about one third of what is typically done in a year. With that, we ask that you still bring reusable grocery bags to reduce the dependency on single use plastic, but we will not be offering an additional pound of meat for doing so. We want to ensure as many households gain access to this opportunity as possible. Finally, we ask that everyone in attendance wear a mask and to social distance while in line, and do not come if you are experiencing any covid-19 symptoms. Thank you to the community for the support year after year to help make this distribution a success! We hope to see you there!

Specialty Parts Available at South Farm Office – Organs: Kidney, Liver, Heart, and Tongue. Sign up for Rib Bones too!

Breast Cancer Awareness Virtual Walk-Run

Breast Cancer Awareness Virtual Walk-Run
(Happening now!)
-Run-Walk and record your mileage and/or time of exercise for 3.2 miles (Seniors mileage: 1.5 miles)
-Take a photo and send to Ashley-Aylsworth Health-Educator to get your t-shirt ordered. (You may send photos through Facebook messenger)
-Or send via email
Mileage to be completed no later than 10/16/20 for shirt order to be placed.
If you have any questions please call Ashley at the Meskwaki Health Clinic at 641-484-9426.

Attention MSS Parents/Guardians and Faculty:

Meskwaki Health Clinic Nursing Staff will be on site 9/1, 9/2, and 9/3 to conduct rapid COVID-19 testing for any student or faculty member who is interested in testing before the upcoming school year. Testing will be conducted from eight to four each day and will be OPTIONAL for students who will be attending class in person. This will be a free service provided at no cost to students or faculty. Please be aware that testing will be provided on a walk in basis so wait times are to be expected. Please park in the high school parking lot and enter through the high school doors. Please be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines while waiting.

Thank you,

Charise Lasley RN

Meskwaki Tribal Health Center

A Message from MSS (8/28/20)

Good morning, I hope this message finds everyone safe and making progress following the storm.  I wanted to reach out with an update regarding the anticipated start of school.  After discussion with Tribal Council this week, we have determined that we will begin the 2020-21 school year on September 8th.  We will continue to monitor the associated data and recommendations as we near Sept. 8th but at this time we plan to return to school utilizing the Hybrid Model with half our kids coming on A Days (Monday and Tuesday) and the other half of the students coming on B Days (Thursday and Friday).  The students will participate in online instruction at home during the other three days they are not in school.   If the data indicates a need to change our delivery plan, we stand ready and prepared to adjust.

The main offices for each part of the school will be reaching out by the beginning of next week to communicate what days your student will be attending school in the rotation.  If you have not registered for school, it is essential that you do so immediately as that is how the school will be scheduling students.  You must register for school regardless of if your child is planning to attend school for instruction or taking online classes.  Families interested in taking online classes must complete the online application no later than Sunday evening.

Another important piece of information, in order to best support our kids in meeting their required educational minutes, we will be adding 30 minutes to the students instructional day.  This year, they will attend school from 8am to 3:30pm each day.

Finally, next week the Health Clinic is going to provide a free opportunity for MSS students and staff to receive the fast results COVID test to allow everyone to know what their current diagnosis is.  This is a great way to identify asymptomatic cases prior to the start of the school year.  The clinic will be releasing the information on how to access these tests. Please watch for this information.

Please contact the elementary (641)484-4990 or high school (641) 484-9000 office with questions.

Stay Safe and Go Warriors!


Willie Barney, Ed.D. 

Superintendent, Meskwaki Settlement School