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Return-to-Learn Update (9/18/20)

We are regularly monitoring the daily COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County. The rates have continued to drop in our community over the last several days with today’s positivity rate at 8.2%.  Due to this, we are excited to announce that the District will transition into a hybrid learning model beginning Monday, September 28, 2020

This transition only applies to students who opted for standard enrollment during registration.  This does not apply to students who have enrolled in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program.  Families who opted for standard enrollment received notification on ‘A’ group and ‘B’ group designations several weeks ago.  We will follow the hybrid calendar, beginning with the ‘A’ group on-site Monday (9/28) and Tuesday (9/29) and the ‘B’ group on-site Wednesday (9/30), Thursday (10/1), and Friday (10/2).  The schedule will then rotate each week as detailed in the calendar.  We encourage you to visit the District’s hybrid web page for full details on the teaching and learning schedule within this learning model.  We also encourage you to review our COVID-19 Decision Matrix and our COVID-19 dashboard, both of which will be utilized to determine if there is another need to transition between learning models.

Athletics and Activities
We have been granted permission to begin in-person co-curricular and athletic activities starting Saturday, September 26, 2020.  This includes practices and previously scheduled competitions.  In addition, we will once again allow limited spectators at events and will follow the event attendance guidelines published in August. Athletic Directors and coaches will be communicating specific information with their teams.

Transportation
The Transportation Department is finalizing the bus schedules for students returning in the hybrid model.  Information specific to the route will be provided no later than Monday, September 21, 2020, via a letter in your student’s PowerSchool account. The letter will include the bus number, pick up and drop off times, and locations for students who are eligible for school bus transportation.  Once the information is ready to be viewed, an email will be sent to bus rider families. 

Meal Service
The District will provide meals for students enrolled in both the hybrid learning model and the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program. All meals, regardless of model, will be free to all students through December 2020.

  • Hybrid Model: Breakfast and lunch will be available through on-site cafeterias for students while they are on campus. Students and staff will follow District health and safety protocols during on-site meal service
  • Grab & Go Meals: Grab & Go meals will be available for any students not on campus. Meals will be distributed Monday through Friday (with the exception of No School days) from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm at the following locations
    • City High School
    • Hills Elementary School  
    • Liberty High School
    • North Central Junior High
    • Northwest Junior High
    • South East Junior High
    • West High School 

Free meals have been approved ONLY through December 2020.  Families requesting assistance should fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application by September 30, 2020.  Applications should be submitted online at www.myschoolapps.com

Elementary Student Materials Pick-Up
We are offering a second opportunity to pick-up student materials for our elementary students. This time it is being offered only to those who are registered in the PK-12 Online Learning Program.  This will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.  Parents are asked to go to their assigned school and display a sign with the student’s name and grade while in the car line.  Students who are registered for standard enrollment, and returning to school in the Hybrid Learning Model the week of September 28, will NOT need to pick up materials as they will be ready for them upon their return to school.

District Computer Support, Repairs, and Internet Access
In the event that a student is having trouble with a school-issued computer, or if a device is in need of repair or replacement, please contact the ICCSD Technology Help Desk.  This also includes requests for assistance with internet access.  The Help Desk can be reached by phone at (319) 688-1950, by email at helpdesk@iowacityschools.org, or by using the chat option available during business hours in the bottom right corner of the Technology & Innovation Blog (https://innovation.iowacityschools.org). For detailed technology support information, visit our technology support page.