This time of year, we traditionally start to think about and look forward to the kids going back to school. As we are in the middle of a pandemic, this year has been a lot more stressful and will ultimately look a lot different. After Governor Reynolds announced that schools would reopen this fall, districts across Iowa have been firming plans for the upcoming school year. And, parents are having to make decisions, whether to send their kids back to school in person or opt for remote learning. Read on to find out what a return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic will look like in Central Iowa.
Please confirm with your local school district to verify starting dates and Return to Learn Plans. As with any type of event and activity taking place this year, schedules and plans are fluid and subject to change.
Here’s the School Start Dates & Plans for 2020-21 by Central Iowa school district:
Monday, August 17, 2020
A decision on the learning model to begin the school year will be made by August 3, 2020. Students and staff will be required to wear masks or face shields.
Families can choose for their child to attend 100% on-site, 100% online, or a hybrid of those two models. Masks are not required at this time for students but suggested when physical distancing isn’t possible. Everyone who enters the building will need to have a mask available to wear when needed. Staff will be required to wear masks.
Monday, August 24, 2020
ADM school board has not approved their Return to Learn Plan at post date.
The Ankeny Board of Education approved the Hybrid Model as their Return to Learn Plan on July 27, 2020. Hybrid Learning is a combination of remote and on-site learning, incorporating best practices of both models. When a six-foot interval is not feasible and predictable, a mask is required. A mask is required for visitors entering an ACSD facility.
Carlisle CSD will reopen schools in fall 2020 with two options for instruction. Option 1 is In-Person Instruction in a Carlisle school building with physical distancing. Option 2 is Full-time Remote (Online) Instruction. Face coverings will be required to be worn by students, staff and visitors throughout the day when physical distancing (within 6 feet) guidelines cannot be strictly enforced unless there is a medical or religious reason one cannot be worn.
Based on the guidelines from the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Governor’s Office, and the Iowa Department of Education, Interstate 35 Community Schools is proposing to start the school year In Person. Face coverings will be required to be worn by students, staff and visitors throughout the day when physical distancing (within 6 feet) guidelines cannot be strictly enforced unless there is a medical or religious reason one cannot be worn.
The Johnston Board of Education will review each Return to Learn plan options and make their selection of a preferred plan by August 3, 2020. At this time, the board feels facial coverings should be mandatory for all staff and students. When appropriate, face shields may be worn.
A decision on the delivery model to begin the school year will be made by August 10, 2020. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, face coverings will be required for students and staff while on district buses and in buildings.
The district is considering the three different Return to Learn Plan options and has prepared a draft plan with a final decision to be made in August. Face coverings (nose and mouth) are required for students, if social distancing can’t be maintained, and required for staff and visitors. Waivers of these requirements may be granted for religious and medical reasons as required by law.
The Southeast Polk Community School District will offer students two options: Onsite Learning or Online Learning. All students and staff are required to wear face coverings, especially when social distancing cannot be achieved.
The Board has not finalized the district’s Return to Learn Plan. At the July 20th Board meeting the district stated it’s intent to open the doors back up for in-person instruction and remote learning will be available upon parental request. The Board also intends to implement a mask policy for K-12 students, teacher and staff.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
The Saydel School District has chosen the Full Occupancy/Onsite Learning Model unless conditions force the school district to move to another model. They are strongly encouraging and expecting students to wear masks on campus.
ICSD will begin the school year in a hybrid model of continuous learning. Students attend school on campus for in-person instruction five days per week. They will be dismissed 90 minutes early each day. Or, parents may select remote learning for their student(s).The district will be requiring face coverings for staff and middle school and high school students when physical distancing can’t be achieved, and encouraging face coverings for younger students.
UCSD will be sharing the model they’ll start the year in by August 14 (or a few days sooner if possible). This will provide time to assess the status of district/public health in order to make an informed decision for the safest start to the school year. All Urbandale CSD staff, K-12 students, vendors, visitors, and spectators are required to wear a face mask while in district buildings and when riding a school bus.
The school start date was changed and there will be no school on Friday, August 28. Students in Waukee have two Return to Learn options: attend school in person or on-line. WCSD staff will be expected to use some form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) based on their role. This may include wearing a face shield, face mask, and/or gloves. Students will be required to wear a face covering.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
This represents the preliminary plan for how DMPS hopes to begin a new school year. DMPS is proposing two options for the start of the 2020-21 school year:
One option students and families will have for the first term of next school year, which will run from August 26 to October 28, is learning exclusicely online.
Based on our current reality in Polk County, DMPS will also offer students and families the option of a hybrid learning model. This will combine online instruction with a shortened in-person school week, in order to limit the number of people in their buildings. There will be one model for grades K-8 and another for high school.
On Monday, July 13, the WDMCS Board of Education approved WDMCS administration’s return-to-learn plan and recommendation to start the school year. Families will choose between online and on-site learning. Staff and students will be required to wear masks.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
The Dallas Center – Grimes Board of Education will review each Return to Learn plan options and make their selection of a preferred plan by August 3, 2020.
Final decisions for Pleasantville’s Return to Learn Plans will be finalized at the August 11th school board meeting.
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