District News

  • Parent Feedback Regarding COVID-19

    We want to ensure that each child has access to the proper supports and that families are effectively and efficiently receiving communication from the District while schools are closed. We have been sending a steady stream of information your way over the past two weeks, and now we would like to pause and take some time to hear from you. To most efficiently capture the thoughts of our families, we have created this brief survey designed to help us understand if we are fully meeting student and family needs during this unprecedented time.

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  • Student Meal Service Update and Additional Locations

    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.

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  • Community Update

    We would like to take a brief pause from our daily information-packed updates. Today, we encourage you to join us in taking a moment to slow down, breathe, and focus. We understand the uncertainty and fear that surrounds this situation, however, our hope is that we have been able to provide some stability and support to each of you throughout this trying time. We miss our students and our colleagues dearly, but, right now, we know that keeping schools closed is what is necessary to keep our community safe.

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  • Student Access to Buildings

    We appreciate the feedback that we have been receiving from students, parents, and staff throughout this situation. Open dialog with our community helps to ensure that we are meeting the needs of those at the center of our focus. One request that we would like to address is the need for students to access our buildings to collect necessary personal items for use while schools are closed. While we want to ensure that we can maintain the health and safety of our students, we believe that we can offer access to the buildings in a structured manner that adheres to social distancing and large gathering guidelines.

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  • Resources for Parents

    We understand that many parents and students are anxious and eager to continue learning at home during this period of school closure. The Iowa City Community School District has developed and is continuing to enhance a list of optional resources to assist you in providing opportunities for your children. You may access these resources at the following link:

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  • Update on COVID-19 and Technology Access

    It is important that students and families are able to gain access to educational, news, and communication resources during this challenging time. To this end, Technology & Innovation staff are preparing to make Chromebooks available to elementary school students who do not have access to computers within the home. Families of elementary students that do not have access to a laptop computer, desktop computer, or tablet in the home may complete this request form or call (319) 688-1950, after which you will be contacted with instructions for picking up the device. We do ask that requests be made by families who lack computing resources at home, as we wish to ensure that devices are available to all families in need of service.

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  • Update on COVID-19 and School Closures

    We reach out to you today with hopes that you are all well and taking care of yourselves. We continue to navigate these uncharted waters and we have a great deal of information to share with you regarding the upcoming weeks. While the situation is still rapidly developing, we would like to outline the details that we have confirmed at this time.

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  • Update on COVID-19 (3/18/20)

    I hope that you are all well and that you are taking care of yourselves and your family. I reach out tonight to reiterate the information that has been shared with you this week. Per the Governor’s recommendation, all Iowa City Community School District schools and buildings will be closed through Sunday, April 12, 2020. Based on the information we have at this time, we plan to welcome students back on Monday, April 13, 2020.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    I write to you today, not to share additional information, but to share my sincere gratitude for our school district family. We are experiencing an unprecedented time in our lives, however, I fully believe that the strength of our community will prevail.

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  • Additional Information on School Closure

    As we announced earlier today, we will be closing all Iowa City Community School District schools until Monday, April 13, 2020, following Governor Reynolds’ statewide recommendation. We have been preparing for this possibility over the past week and we will share additional details as plans are finalized surrounding the extended closure. Here is what we know right now.

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  • Update on COVID-19 and School Closures

    As you may have seen last night, Governor Reynolds made the recommendation to close Iowa schools for four weeks in response to the confirmed community spread of Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). As a district, we will follow Governor Reynolds’ recommendation and our schools will be closed until Monday, April 13, 2020. The Governor has scheduled a public announcement later today and we anticipate the release of additional information regarding the closures.

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  • Update on COVID-19 and Building Restrictions

    With the growing concerns related to Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and the announcement that the virus is now community spread in the state, the Iowa City Community School District will implement the following campus restrictions beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.

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  • Update on COVID-19 (3/13/20)

    Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to address the multi-faceted challenges related to Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). Today’s message aligns with the beginning of Spring Break. While we hope that this remains an exciting time for our students, we know that there is a lot of concern and uncertainty regarding what happens next with the COVID-19 pandemic. You have received a lot of information from us this week. The most important piece we want you to take away is that we are working with the best interest of our students, staff, and families in mind as we navigate this situation.

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  • Update on COVID-19 (3/12/20)

    We would like to start today’s update with a sincere thank you to our families and our employees. Thank you for your patience, your support, and your trust through this extremely trying situation. Every decision we are making is carefully measured based on the information we have received from our local, state, and national health departments and, ultimately, is based on the best interests of our students and staff. Student and staff health and safety is our priority, and we are confident that we will successfully get through this as a community.

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  • Update on COVID-19 (3/11/20)

    As you are likely aware, the University of Iowa announced their plan to suspend face-to-face instruction for two weeks following Spring Break due to Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). This announcement has generated a great deal of questions specific to our District. We have been closely working with and following the recommendations of the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Johnson County Public Health (JCPH). Based on the input from these two organizations, there have been no recommendations to change current operational practices or close schools at this time.

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  • Update on COVID-19 (3/10/20)

    We understand the growing concern about Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) as it has now become present in our community. It is a concern we all share. With the start of Spring Break only a few days away, there have been questions raised about travel and what impact it may have on the spread of the virus. We know many of our students, families, and staff have planned trips out of state or even out of the country.

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  • Update on COVID-19 (3/9/20)

    As we shared yesterday, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced three presumptive positive cases of Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) in Johnson County. The individuals, one middle-age (41-60 years) adult and two older adults (61-80 years) were all on an overseas cruise to Egypt. The cruise took place from February 17 to March 2, with residents returning to Johnson County on March 3. As of right now, none of the affected individuals have required hospitalization and all are recovering in isolation at home.

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  • Update on COVID-19 (3/8/20)

    Late this afternoon, Governor Reynolds announced that there are three presumptive positive cases of Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) in Johnson County. Immediately after the announcement, we reached out to Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) regarding the news. As the situation continues to develop we will remain in close contact with their team, as well as representatives from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and follow any guidance that is received from their experts.

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  • Update on COVID-19 and Travel (3/6/20)

    The Iowa City Community School District continues to work closely with Johnson County Public Health (JCPH), the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and our legal counsel to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff in regard to upcoming student trips. We received the following guidance from IDPH on March 5, 2020 about Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how travel has been impacted by this disease.

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  • Update on COVID-19 (3/5/20)

    We understand that the Novel Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, continues to cause much anxiety in our community, our state, and the world. As a district, we are operating in a state of preparedness and continue to work closely with Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

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