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CCA returns to virtual learning

Significant increase in COVID-19 cases leads to online school through Nov. 23

OXFORD– Students in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District have returned to all-online learning after the district shifted back to virtual education on Sunday, Nov. 8.
Superintendent Tim Kuehl sent out an email to families stating the district had received guidance of a “significant increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19,” which has directly affected the transportation department. “As a result, we will be moving from our current in-person/virtual instruction model to virtual learning for all students for Monday (Nov. 9) and Tuesday (Nov. 10) with the intent to apply for the Department of Education two-week virtual learning waiver to be virtual through Monday, Nov. 23.”
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, Johnson County’s 14-day average positivity rate for COVID-19 tests was 13.6 percent as-of noon on Nov. 8. According to state law school districts can apply for a waiver to shift to online learning for a two-week period if the county’s positivity rate is above 15 percent, with a 10 percent absentee rate.
Iowa County showed 18.1 percent.
The district’s website posts year-to-date COVID numbers and as of Friday, Nov. 6, there have been 36 positive COVID cases among students and staff district wide and 426 total student/staff quarantines, including 117 at the high school, 131 at the middle school and 68 at Tiffin Elementary. North Bend Elementary (North Liberty) had 20 year-to-date with 47 at Oak Hill Elementary (Tiffin), 16 at Clear Creek Elementary (Oxford) and 24 at Amana Elementary. The district’s administration building has had three as of Nov. 6.
The district noted “The State does not consider quarantined students absent and therefore we cannot count them in our absentee percentages as recorded.” The highest absentee percentage, again as of Nov. 6, and since the start of the 2020-2021 school year, was 2.3 percent.
Kuehl wrote “Fortunately, we have planned for this scenario and are ready to quickly make the transition. We will provide more information as soon as we hear from the Department of Education.”
On Friday, Nov. 6, Gov. Kim Reynolds put out a video plea to Iowans to stop the spread of the virus, calling upon their personal responsibility.
“You can stop the spread of COVID-19,” Reynolds said, “It’s this simple: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, cover your cough, and of course stay home when you’re sick. And if you or someone you love is at a higher risk, take extra precautions like staying home as much as possible, especially when virus activity is high in your community.”