COVID-19 FAQs

  • What is Return-to-Learn?
    The Iowa City Community School District has developed our Return-to-Learn Plan that will put us in a position to be prepared for multiple scenarios throughout the 2020-21 school year. We will be ready to help our students succeed academically while ensuring their health and safety are not compromised.

    The work has been divided into seven targeted areas. Teams were built for each area to create comprehensive plans based on three potential learning models for the fall: Continuous Learning (remote/at-home instruction), On-Site Delivery, or a Hybrid approach.  View full details on our Return-to-Learn work here www.IowaCitySchools.org/ReturnToLearn.

    Will students still receive meals?
    Since the beginning of our school closures in March, we have served over 250,000 free meals to local children and we are excited to announce that we will be able to continue providing meals to students beyond the end of the school year.

    While the meal program will continue, the sites and schedule will change slightly.  The Grab & Go sites will run from 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted in the schedule below.  The new schedule will begin on Monday, June 1, 2020, and continue through Tuesday, June 30, 2020.  The schedule for July will be communicated to families during the last week of June.  Meals are free and available to anyone age 1 – 18 and children do not need to be present in order for a guardian to pick-up a meal for the child.

    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.

    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?
    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 encourage you to visit the ICCSD Learning at Home page on the District website for grade-level remote learning opportunities.

    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?
    Yes. As of April 3, 2020, the CDC is recommending that individuals wear face masks while in public. The CDC further recommends that individuals construct their own masks and/or wear masks made of cloth as medical-grade surgical or N95 masks should be reserved for doctors and nurses. Per the CDC, wearing a mask is voluntary, and individuals may choose whether to wear a mask while on school grounds. The CDC still recommends practicing social distancing and frequent handwashing as the best measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.