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Message to Families and Staff

On behalf of the entire Iowa City Community School District staff and Board of Directors, please know that we continue to put the physical and mental wellness of our students, staff, and families first in our decision-making.  We also remain steadfast in our dedication to providing the best possible educational enrichment opportunities for our students during this time.

As was previously shared, on April 2, 2020, Governor Reynolds announced the extension of school closures through April 30, 2020.  At that time, the Governor also provided information on the continuous learning options for school districts in Iowa. As a district, we are committing to the Voluntary Educational Enrichment Opportunities option as outlined by the Iowa Department of Education (DE) through April 30, 2020.  We have submitted our election for our Continuous Learning Plan and it has been accepted by the DE.

We are thankful for the effort students and families have made to continue learning at home – a remarkable accomplishment in these unprecedented times. We are also proud of the commitment and hard work of teachers and administrators as they have re-imagined learning with students in a matter of weeks.

Understandably, many of you have questions about upcoming events and what the remainder of the school year might look like.  While many of these determinations are dependent on when we are able to return to school, please know that these questions are part of our daily discussions and we are actively researching options and planning for multiple scenarios.  As of right now, we know that we must postpone Kindergarten Round-Up and high school prom celebrations until further notice.  

Our hearts go out to our seniors and their families who have many questions about what the next few months will look like as they complete their K-12 education journey.  As of right now, we know that we will not be holding graduation ceremonies at Carver Hawkeye Arena as originally planned. We will provide more details as this situation develops; however, we will do everything we can to make sure all of our seniors graduate. Our seniors have worked so hard to get to this point and we will continue our efforts to successfully navigate this unique situation with them.

In addition to providing educational services, we also remain committed to supporting basic student needs – helping provide meals for students and bridging the connectivity gap for those needing technology and internet access.  We would like to announce that we will be adding one additional food distribution site beginning Monday, April 13, 2020.  The newest meal Grab & Go site will be in North Liberty at Holiday Lodge Mobile Park where distributions will take place from 11:00-11:50 am, Monday through Friday.  Also, the meal distribution times at Hills Elementary have been adjusted to 12:10-1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The full schedule of free Grab & Go meal locations and times can be found here.

The District’s Technology and Innovation team would like to share a link to their Technology Support Page.  This page provides information on how students, families, and staff can get technology support during the COVID-19 school closure.  Technical support is available Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm. 

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic becomes more real for our community every day.  With known presumptively positive cases of the virus now among our families and staff, it is more important than ever that we reinforce the importance of social distancing and staying home when possible.  Please refrain from congregating at school facilities or on school grounds, which includes utilizing school playgrounds, athletic fields, and courts while schools are closed. We understand that this may cause inconvenience, but it is absolutely necessary at this time.  We will get through this, but it will take our collective efforts to get there.

These are challenging times, and we know many individuals and families are facing unanticipated pressures.  As we proceed through the next few weeks, please know that every single member of the Iowa City Community School District team is thinking about the best interests of the children we serve and our entire school district community.  We deeply miss our students and our staff and we look forward to the day when we can safely welcome everyone back into our schools.  Please take care and stay healthy.  #ICCSDtogether