Schools are closed through the remainder of the school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 FAQs

  • Will schools be closed?
    At this point, all Iowa City Community School District schools will be closed through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, following Governor Reynolds’ statewide recommendation.

    Will students still receive meals?
    Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, the following sites will provide both lunch for the day and breakfast for the following day. Based on newly-released USDA guidance, parents/guardians/caregivers may pick up meals for children at Grab & Go meal sites unaccompanied by the child. This means that children do not need to come to the Grab & Go location in order for a guardian to pick-up a meal for the child.  Children are welcome to come to the sites; however, this new guidance assists the District in providing even more meals to children throughout the community. Meals are free and available to children age 1 – 18. While not required, a parent/guardian/caregiver will be asked to share the school name where each child attends when picking up a meal (if the child is of school-age). The identified school does not have to be in the Iowa City Community School District and, again, this information is suggested (and appreciated), but not required.  Free Grab & Go meals are available at each site from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.

        Meal Pick-up Sites:  
        City High School
        Hills Elementary School (12:10 – 1:00 pm)
        Mann Elementary School
        North Central Junior High
        Northwest Junior High
        South East Junior High
        Twain Elementary School
        West High School
        Wood Elementary School
        Breckenridge Mobile Park (12:10 – 1:00 pm)
        Cole’s Communities Mobile Park (11:00 – 11:50 am)
        Forest View Mobile Park (12:10 – 1:00 pm)
        Hilltop Mobile Park (11:00 – 11:50 am)
        Holiday Lodge Mobile Park (11:00 – 11:50 am)
        Lakeridge Mobile Park (11:00 – 11:50 am)
        Regency Mobile Park (12:10 – 1:00 pm)

    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 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?
    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.

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