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Update for Families

We hope that this update finds you and your family well.  On behalf of the entire Iowa City Community School District staff and Board of Directors, you remain in our thoughts and we continue to wish you good health throughout this uncertain time. 

Below you will find updates and information on multiple topics surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 situation.  Please know that we continue to put the physical and mental wellness of our students, staff, and families first in our decision-making.  We are here to support you in any way that we can; please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.  

Retrieving Student Items from Buildings:
We are currently coordinating the pick-up of any student items left at school. These items will be pre-packaged for families to pick-up outside the building along with an opportunity to retrieve any medication that still needs to be distributed.  All schools will have social distancing measures in place and families will not be allowed inside the building.  If students have items from school they need to return (district-owned instruments, library books, textbooks, etc.), they should be dropped off at this time as well. 

Below is the schedule for student pick-up of items:

  • Elementary students:  May 27, 2020 (from 1:00PM-6:00 PM) and May 28, 2020 (from 8:00AM- 11:00 AM) are the designated days for students in Preschool through grade 6 to retrieve any needed items from school. Parents of elementary children will follow the typical “car line” path.  Please drive up to the building (staying in your car), state your child(ren)’s name, and a staff member will bring your child’s items to you. Students do not need to be present during pick-up. 
  • Grades 7 through 11:  May 26 and 27, 2020 are the designated days for students in grades 7 through 11 to retrieve any needed items from school.  Students and families will receive specific times and additional information from their building principals.  
  • Seniors:  May 21, 2020 is the designated day for all seniors to retrieve any needed items from school.  At each high school, the Office of Technology and Innovation will provide two cardboard pallet boxes for senior students to return their technology devices. The slotted pallet box should be used for Chromebooks, iPads, and computers. The non-slotted pallet box should be used for additional technology accessories (chargers, cases, and other miscellaneous items). Please consult on-site staff if you have any trouble locating the technology drop-off boxes.  Students and families will receive specific times and additional information from their building principals.  

Additional details regarding the retrieval of student materials will be provided by your building principal. 

Instrument Return Policy

  • Please KEEP your instrument if you are returning to the same school next year and if the instrument is in working condition (you should return if it needs repair). 
  • Students in the 6th, 8th, and 12th grades should return their school instruments.
  • Students who are moving out of the district or to a new school should return their instruments.
  • Please make sure all instruments are labeled with your name, school, and instrument.

Summer Programming and Events:
After great consideration of the health and safety of students, staff, families, and visitors, we have made the difficult decision that we will not offer in-person summer programs through at least July 5, 2020. Summer programs include, but are not limited to, BASP summer programs, youth programs, sports camps, athletic practices, and competitions.  This also includes our Extended School Year program, which will be delivered through an online format all summer.

In addition, all events scheduled to be held in District facilities or on District grounds during the summer will be canceled through July 5, 2020.  The exceptions to this decision are the State- and County-mandated primary elections on June 2, 2020, daily grab & go meal distribution, and high school graduation celebrations. Determinations about programming and events in July 2020 will be made no later than June 15, 2020. 

We are aware that the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) has announced that they will not make a decision about this year’s high school baseball and softball seasons until June 1, 2020.  Should the decision be made to proceed with the baseball and softball seasons, we will allow for use of our facilities as outlined by the IHSAA and only for baseball/softball.  No other athletic programs or groups will be allowed to use District facilities or grounds for practices, camps, or competitions until further notice.

Building and Grounds Closures:
All District schools, buildings, playgrounds, and outdoor facilities will remain closed to the public through at least July 5, 2020.  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 avoid visiting buildings and campuses 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, and we encourage all in our community to remain at home as much as possible. 

School Nutrition:
The District has been operating free Grab & Go meal pick-up sites for students while schools have been closed and we will continue to do so through the end of the school year, with the exception of Monday, May 25, 2020, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  As we have done in the past, we are committed to offering a summer meal program for our students beyond the end of the school year.  We will continue our grab & go meal program in a fashion similar to this spring through June and July. The locations and schedule for the summer meal program will be announced no later than May 28, 2020.  Click here for the full schedule and list of meal pick-up sites through May 29, 2020.

Continuous Learning:
As you know, the District continues to provide learning opportunities for all students. These learning opportunities will continue through the remainder of the scheduled school year. We encourage you to visit the ICCSD Learning at Home page on the District website.  This page houses the information that has been shared with families over the past few weeks and offers translations into multiple languages if needed.  

Through the remainder of the scheduled school year, we will be here to support this continuous learning and we will continue to actively develop our plans for a return to school next year with a focus on addressing any learning gaps that occur as a result of COVID-19.

In Closing:
Thank you for being our partner during this unprecedented time. Together, we are doing what is right to protect the safety and well-being of our community.  The past seven weeks have shown us that we are capable of tremendous things when we work together.  In case you missed our heartfelt message to our school district community, we encourage you to check out our In This Together video.  Take care and stay healthy.  #ICCSDtogether