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.
We are receiving many questions about hypothetical situations surrounding Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) are not able to comment about individual COVID-19 investigations or provide recommendations based on hypothetical situations. However, what we can tell you is that IDPH and JCPH are following up with every person that may have been exposed to COVID-19. They have risk assessment tools that are utilized to evaluate each situation.
The CDC has identified 28 additional 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 and that would be our expectation of any students or staff as well.
As we have all witnessed, this situation has continued to be rapidly developing. Often, updates are occurring multiple times a day. Therefore, in an effort to streamline the communication process to families and staff, we have created a COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page on our website. This page will be continuously updated as new information has been received.
Kirkwood Community College announced today that they will be suspending their Kirkwood Regional Center (KRC) academies beginning March 23 through at least April 10. KRC students should not attend any of their regularly scheduled classes within that time period. 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 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.
To reiterate from yesterday’s update, we will make an announcement by Thursday, March 19 regarding the plan for school after Spring Break. We will continue our email updates to families and staff throughout this week and during Spring Break.