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Message to Families

Today, we have officially reached the unconventional end to this history-making school year.  The circumstances over the last two and a half months were something we never could have predicted, and were certainly less than ideal; however, the incredible strength and resiliency of our community have become more apparent than ever.  For this, we could not be more proud.

Continuous Learning:
As we begin summer break, please know that the at-home learning resources will remain available to students and families while school is not in session.  We are so appreciative of our teachers’ efforts over the last 10 weeks and their flexibility and ingenuity in moving learning to a virtual platform. While educational resources do remain available during the summer, teachers will no longer be conducting weekly zoom meetings or posting other instructional materials each week. We encourage you to continue to explore the enrichment opportunities on the ICCSD Learning at Home website.  In addition, elementary families will continue to have access to the Lexia, Dreambox, and Newsela learning sites for use over the summer. We would like to encourage the use of these products, along with the Wonders reading and enVisions math workbooks, throughout the entire summer. If you encounter problems with either Lexia or DreamBox please feel free to reach out to the District’s Help Desk (see hours and contact information below).  In addition, feel free to check out the annual summer reading Smore developed by our teacher librarians.  

Technology Devices and Internet Access:
To ensure that there are no barriers to access, we will continue to provide technology devices and internet access to families without this access in their homes throughout the summer.  For technology-related questions, beginning June 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020, the District’s Technology Help Desk will be available from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, and can be contacted via email at helpdesk@iowacityschools.org, by phone at (319) 688-1950, or via chat by visiting this contact page

We are excited to announce that the District’s Board of Directors approved the purchase of 3,000 Chromebooks during their May 27, 2020 Board Meeting which will allow us to provide a computer for every elementary student.  With this move, every elementary and secondary student in our District will have access to their own device for the 2020-21 school year.

Summer Grab & Go Meal Program:
As we shared with families earlier this week, we are excited to be able to continue providing free meals to students beyond the end of the school year.  While the meal program will continue, the sites and schedule will change slightly.  You can find the full schedule of summer Grab & Go meal sites here.  The new times and locations will begin on Monday, June 1, 2020.

Summer Building and Grounds Access:
As was communicated this week, the District will be participating in high school baseball and softball this summer. In addition, District playgrounds will reopen for public use beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. Everyone should continue to follow CDC and IDPH guidance regarding social distancing if choosing to use District playgrounds. At this time, all other District buildings, facilities, and grounds remain closed (this includes baseball and softball fields which are only available for official District program use).

We are currently in the process of developing a phased partial reopening of District buildings and grounds for summer use. This is a tentative plan and will be adjusted as the District receives more guidance. While we do not anticipate a full reopening of all spaces at any point during the summer, we will publish a draft plan during the week of June 1, 2020.

Returning to School in the Fall:
We understand that there are many questions about returning to school in the fall.  While there are many unknowns at this time, we do know that school will look different for the start of the 2020-21 school year.  Classes are scheduled to resume on August 24, 2020, and we are actively evaluating the necessary measures to safely welcome students back into our buildings.  Iowa schools will potentially reopen in stages rather than all at once in the fall.  We are currently developing our Return-to-Learn Plan that will prepare us for the stages of reopening that schools may experience.  While we develop our Return-to-Learn Plan, we will be reaching out to our students, families, staff, and community partners for feedback that will help inform our planning process.  This work will put us in a position to be prepared for multiple scenarios for the start of the 2020-21 school year.  We will be ready to help our students succeed academically, while ensuring their health and safety is not compromised.

We want to assure families and staff that we continue to follow the COVID-19 situation closely and will continue to provide updates throughout the summer as new information becomes available and as our plans for the fall take shape.  We are in this together and we will make sure that our planning is transparent, mindful, and informed.  Our families have graced us with flexibility, trust, and patience as learning shifted beyond the classroom this spring, and for this, we will always be grateful.  We hope that you and your family have an enjoyable and safe summer.  Stay well and take care.  #ICCSDtogether