Garner Elementary School

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  • Update on Mask Requirements in Schools

    Based on the decision of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Iowa City Community School District’s current protocols will stay in place and we will continue to require face masks for all students, staff, and visitors in our buildings and on our campuses. 

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  • Grab & Go Meal Program moves to an order-based system

    Due to the significant decline in participation in the program as the majority of students are now on-site, we will be transitioning to an order-based meal pick-up system for our families with students learning off-site.

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  • 2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration

    The Iowa City Community School District will hold Kindergarten Registration for the 2022-23 school year for children who are 5 years old on or before September 15, 2021.

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  • COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinics

    We will hold two clinics for COVID-19 vaccine boosters for individuals 12 years of age and older. The clinics are open to the public and are for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses only. Sign up for an appointment today!

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  • Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Sites Available

    Our District has partnered with Nomi Health to offer a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in the Liberty High School parking lot. The site is open to the public. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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  • Updated Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

    On Monday, January 10, 2022, our District will transition to these updated protocols. While the CDC has modified quarantine and isolation guidance for schools, we continue to require masks for all students, staff, and visitors to our schools.

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  • Updated Health & Safety Protocols Beginning 1/3/22

    The Board endorsed and approved the District’s move to the newly released Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance. This new guidance will go into effect on January 3, 2022, upon return from winter break.

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Principal's Message

  • Debbie Bennett Greetings Garner Gators!

    My name is Debbie Bennett and I am the principal at Garner Elementary School. I have been a part of the Iowa City Community School District for 5 years. I moved from Chicago, Illinois where I was an educator for 15 years. While in Chicago, I taught in various school systems including Chicago Public Schools. I received my bachelors degree for the University of Illinois (Champaign,Illinois), two Masters degrees in education from Concordia University, and my administrative degree from National Louis University in Chicago.

    Throughout my educational career, I have been a junior high teacher, Math Chairperson, Math coach, and PBIS facilitator. Starting at Kirkwood Elementary in 2016, I was a 6th-grade teacher. Then in 2018, I became the assistant principal of Kirkwood and Twain Elementary Schools. Last school year, I was split between Kirkwood and Weber Elementary Schools until the decision was made for me to be at Weber as their full-time assistant principal. 

    I have had many wonderful experiences within the Iowa City Community School District and look forward to having many more with you. The first key in great communication is building a relationship. Before school starts, I would love to get to know you and your family. Here’s a challenge for you:

    Send me a family picture introducing who you are and what you were able to do this summer. Please include your student’s name and grade and one thing that you are grateful for. I plan to make a collage with our family pictures to hang in my office. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at bennett.debbie@iowacityschools.org.

    #FinestGreatestBest

    Debbie Bennett, Principal
    (319) 688-1190
    bennett.debbie@iowacityschools.org

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