COVID-19 FAQs

  • Will schools be closed?
    At this point, all Iowa City Community School District schools will be closed through Sunday, April 12, 2020, following Governor Reynolds’ statewide recommendation.

    Will students still receive meals?
    The Iowa City Community School District has established drive-through or walk-up meal pick-up locations at a number of sites while schools are closed. Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, the District will provide both lunch for the day and breakfast for the following day. Meals will be distributed between 11 am and 1 pm. Families are asked to stay in their car and wait for the meals to be brought to the vehicle and passed through the window. The District will provide a number of meals based on the number of children in the car ages 1-18.

         Meal Pick-up Sites:  
         City High School
         Hills Elementary School
         North Central Junior High School 
         Northwest Junior High School
         Twain Elementary School
         West High School
         Wood Elementary School
         Breckenridge Mobile Home Park  (12:10 PM – 1:00 PM only)
         Cole's Communities Mobile Home Park  (11:00 AM – 11:50 AM only)
         Forest View Mobile Home Park  (12:10 PM – 1:00 PM only)
         Hilltop Mobile Home Park  (11:00 AM – 11:50 AM only)
         Lakeridge Mobile Home Park  (11:00 AM – 11:50 AM only)
         Regency Mobile Home Park  (12:10 PM – 1:00 PM only)

    This program will be solely for pick-up of meals and meals will not be consumed on-site. The District encourages families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed. Meals are intended for immediate consumption and should be stored/refrigerated as needed. Additional resources for food assistance can be found through the United Way of Johnson County or through the HACAP Food Reservoir.

    Will students have to make up the missed school days?
    Governor Reynolds announced that she is signing a bill approved by the legislature that allows her to forgive the instructional hours missed during the school closure. This means that students will not need to make up the school days missed during the next several weeks.

    Will students and staff have access to buildings?
    We understand there will be a need for staff and students to access our schools during this closure.  We will communicate our plans to temporarily open buildings for those who need to collect items. Information will be provided to staff regarding requirements for reporting to work during the weeks schools are closed.

    Are District buildings and schools open to the public?
    To support social distancing and reduce the threat of COVID-19, all Iowa City Community School District offices and schools are closed to the public. District staff can be reached by calling (319) 688-1000. Additional information is available at www.iowacityschools.org/COVID19.

    Will staff be paid during the closure?
    It is critical that we support the health, safety, and well-being of our staff during this uncertain time. This includes helping minimize any financial impact to employees while schools are closed. We recognize pay and financial security are extremely important to all families. The District will continue to pay employees their normal salaries and wages during the school closure. Human Resources and Payroll will provide additional guidance to staff regarding pay and compensation during the closure period.

    Is the District allowing student trips?
    The District has recommended the postponement or cancellation of all international travel as well as all domestic travel outside of Iowa until further notice.

    Does the District have recommendations for private independent student travel?
    The CDC has identified multiple countries with a Level 3 Travel Notice, meaning avoid all non-essential travel due to widespread or ongoing transmission of COVID-19.  The full list of countries identified with a Level 3 Travel Warning can be found here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.  The Iowa Department of Public Health recommends that anyone who visits these countries voluntarily self-isolates for 14 days upon their return.

    Is the District prohibiting private independent staff travel?
    The CDC has identified multiple countries with a Level 3 Travel Notice, meaning avoid all non-essential travel due to widespread or ongoing transmission of COVID-19.  The full list of countries identified with a Level 3 Travel Warning can be found here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.  The Iowa Department of Public Health recommends that anyone who visits these countries voluntarily self-isolates for 14 days upon their return.

    Employees unable to return to the country due to voluntary travel to a country that is part of the travel ban will need to use available leave for the days they are excluded from returning to the U.S. Sick leave is only available if the employee is required to observe a COVID-19 self-isolation period or other CDC / IDPH recommendation, and will require a physician clearance to return to work. 

    Is the District sending staff to conferences outside the District?
    The District is suspending all future out of state professional development registration and travel requests until further notice. 

    Will my child’s absences be excused?
    Yes, any COVID-19 related absences will be excused. The District has suspended the distribution of absence letters until further notice.

    My child attends class at the Kirkwood Regional Center and I have been told they have canceled classes. Is that true?
    Beginning March 23 through at least April 10, Kirkwood Regional Center will not have students attend any of their regularly scheduled classes.  Both Arts and Science and Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructors will be delivering course content and material through an online format.  Instructors will be reaching out to their students with instructions and expectations on how to access course material. It is imperative that your students check and review their Kirkwood email during this time frame.  This is Kirkwood’s official method of communication to students. Students are still expected to attend their classes at the home high school.

    Will the District provide opportunities for online learning during the school closure?
    Instruction and student learning remain a priority for the District. We continue to explore ways for students to have educational opportunities while schools are not in session. The District will provide additional information on these possibilities as soon as plans are finalized.

    Is the District cleaning buildings regularly?
    Yes, the District has a regular cleaning schedule for all buildings. In addition to the measures already in place, the District will conduct cleaning procedures - as recommended by the CDC - while schools are not in session. This will include cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. 

    Are individuals allowed to wear face masks in District buildings or on District grounds?
    Per the CDC, IDPH, and JCPH, face masks should only be worn by individuals that are symptomatic as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Staff and students should not wear masks while visiting school sites. If an individual wears a mask to a school or other district building, he or she will be asked if they are sick or symptomatic. If the individual answers, yes. The individual (student or staff member) will be sent home. If the individual answers that they are not sick, he or she will be asked to remove the mask if remaining at the school site (even if only for a brief period of time). As always, parents, students, and staff must make the decision that is best for them and their household. In addition, district buildings, offices, and schools remain closed until further notice, and visits to schools or offices should only take place when absolutely necessary. 

    My child rides the bus. Are you making any changes to transportation?
    Busing and student transportation services will continue in the current operational capacity.

    I have heard there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the schools. Why have I not been notified?
    As of today, there are no confirmed or presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in the Iowa City Community School District. This includes students and staff. The District works closely with the IDPH and JCPH and is provided daily updates about presumed positive cases in Johnson County. The District has not been notified of any presumed positive cases that have a direct link to a school.