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.
During the school closure, we are committed to providing free meals to our students. The District, through the Nutrition Services Department, is establishing drive-through or walk-up meal pick-up locations at a number of our school sites. Meal service will begin Monday, March 23. Students will be provided lunch for the day and breakfast for the following day. Meals will be distributed between 11 am and 1 pm, Monday through Friday. Pick-up locations will be published later this week.
During a press conference this afternoon, the Governor 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 during the next several weeks. 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 before the end of the week.
Staff and Student Access to Buildings:
We understand there will be a need for staff and students to access our schools during this closure. Later this week, we will communicate our plans to temporarily open buildings for those who need to collect items. In addition, information will be provided to staff regarding requirements for reporting to work during the weeks schools are closed.
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. In the coming days, Human Resources and Payroll will provide additional guidance to staff regarding pay and compensation during the closure period.
We cannot stress enough how much we appreciate your patience, your understanding, and your trust as we work through this unprecedented situation. We will continue to provide updates as more details are finalized and as new information becomes available.