Return-to-Learn Update (8/27/20)
The District has been monitoring the rapid increase in COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County throughout the week. Based on information provided by Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) and due to the increasing COVID-19 positivity rates in our community, the District felt it was necessary to petition the State again for permission to begin the year in a 100% off-site learning model. This request was submitted yesterday and permission was granted from the State last evening.
The Board of Directors will discuss these developments and determine the next steps at a special Board Meeting that will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 29, 2020. At this time, no decision has been made to make a change to the start of our school year. The options will be reviewed and discussed during the special Board Meeting before an official decision is made. However, additional information regarding athletics and activities will be provided no later than Friday afternoon.
Johnson County’s 14-day positivity rates have been climbing from single digits to 16.8% as of today. After consultation with JCPH, they anticipate these rates to continue to rise. This is expected to happen much more quickly in the next few days as single day positivity rates are well above 20%. This quick but anticipated increase is due, in part, to the rise in the number of cases in individuals between the ages of 18 and 24. JCPH provided documentation to the District outlining their concerns and their support for the District’s recommendation regarding the start of the school year.
We have been preparing for this possibility, recognizing the extremely fluid nature of this situation. The health of our students and staff remains the driving force in our decision-making. We will provide an update following the Special Board meeting that will detail any decisions made during that meeting. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate this process. #ICCSDtogether