Extended School Closure
This afternoon, Governor Kim Reynolds made the recommendation to extend the closure of Iowa schools through April 30, 2020, as a measure to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state. As a district, we will follow Governor Reynolds’ recommendation and our schools will be closed through April 30, 2020.
We have been preparing for this possibility and we will continue supporting Voluntary Educational Resources, as outlined by the Iowa Department of Education (DE). Now that the DE has provided guidance on Procedures for Continuous Learning and stated that an application will be provided, we will continue to actively research the options of Voluntary Educational Resources, as well as Required Educational Resources, to determine which option will be most appropriate at each grade level. Both options will allow us to count the instructional time lost and students will not be required to make up the days of school that will be missed through April 30, 2020.
On March 24, 2020, we provided to parents the ICCSD Student Enrichment Opportunities, which is a list of optional resources to assist you in providing opportunities for your children. In addition, on April 1, 2020, we provided the following Information for Elementary Parents and Information for Junior High and High School Parents which offer additional at-home learning guidance for families and staff.
Building and Grounds Closures:
All District schools, buildings, playgrounds, and outdoor facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. Per Governor Reynolds’ announcement, this will be through April 30, 2020, at a minimum. This closure includes the cancellation of all activities and any events held at buildings or on school grounds.
The District is directing all employees to work remotely and not visit district buildings or offices unless specifically directed to do so. We are asking that all families, students, and community members also avoid visiting buildings during the extended closure. While we recognize this could create an inconvenience, the safety of our students, families, staff, and the greater community is of primary importance. Keeping district buildings closed and eliminating access will support social distancing and slow the COVID-19 spread.
The District has been operating multiple free Grab & Go meal pick-up sites for students while schools have been closed. We are committed to continuing this service for our students throughout the extended closure. For the weeks of April 6 - 10, 2020 and April 13 - 17, 2020, the Grab & Go meal sites remain the same. We will continue to evaluate the schedule and locations, and any changes to sites will be communicated at least one week in advance of a change. Click here for the full schedule and list of meal pick-up sites.
Staff and Student Access to Buildings:
At this time, the District does not anticipate reopening access to buildings prior to April 30, 2020. We understand a need may arise for staff and students to access our schools given the extension of the closure period. We encourage all in our community to remain at home as much as possible, but we will continue to monitor needs with regard to building access.
We cannot stress enough how much we appreciate your patience, your understanding, and your trust as we work through this unprecedented situation in our community. Please continue to practice appropriate social distancing precautions and stay at home as much as possible. We will continue to provide updates as more details are finalized and as new information becomes available. #ICCSDtogether