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Schools closed for 4 weeks

CCA makes tentative plans while seeking guidance from the state

JOHNSON COUNTY– All area public K-12 school systems have closed and all activities canceled through April 12.
Schools across the state began Monday to follow the recommendation of Gov. Kim Reynolds to close Iowa schools for four weeks due to the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Local schools were already closed from March 16 through Friday, March 20, for spring break.
“We will continue to assess the situation as necessary, making evidence-based decisions with information from the governor, Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), CDC, Iowa Department of Education, and activity partners at the IGHSAU, IHSAA, IHSMA, and IHSSA,” Solon Superintendent Davis Eidahl announced.
All spring activities of Iowa’s high school Unified Activities partners – the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU), the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), the Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA), and the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) – will be prohibited through the state’s K-12 school recommended closure of four weeks.
The district anticipated an extended closure and is prepared to support learning for all students grades K-12 beyond the classroom walls,” Eidahl noted. “We will be providing more information after March 23,” he said.
Solon Community School District administration will meet Tuesday to work through existing questions and barriers to the district’s teaching and learning plan, he added.
“I’m confident that our online teaching and learning plan will result in continued student growth because of the strong partnerships that exist between school and home,” Eidahl stated.
The latest information from the district can be found online at
www.solon.k12.ia.us/

The Clear Creek Amana Community School District (CCA) announced it would also follow the recommendations, resuming classes on Monday, April 13.
According to Superintendent Tim Kuehl, the district has some online capabilities for instruction, but added the district is also awaiting guidance from the state in regard to whether the three weeks of missed instructional time will need to be made up.
In Iowa students must attend 180 days or 1,080 instructional hours in a school year. In a Monday, March 16, phone interview, Kuehl said there were “some indications” the state may forgive the missing time, but no formal decisions had been made as of this edition’s deadline.
Kuehl was to meet with the district’s administrative team later in the day to lay out tentative plans for online instruction if it becomes necessary, and said options were also being explored for providing meals for students. In addition, all district facilities and vehicles were being sanitized, a process which had already been planned for spring break.
Overall, Kuehl said plans were “as solid as mud along the side of a river in a rainstorm,” while awaiting the state’s guidance. The latest information from the district can be found online at www.ccaschools.org.

The Iowa City Community School District made a similar announcement Monday.
“As a district, we will follow Governor Reynolds’ recommendation and our schools will be closed until Monday, April 13. The governor has scheduled a public announcement later today and we anticipate the release of additional information regarding the closures.”
The closure affects all school programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, all facility rentals and all weekend events.
BASP programming and school-based health clinics will remain open during the week of March 16-20.
“We are actively preparing plans for continued learning and school meal services throughout the closure,” the district stated in a release. “Details on these plans will be shared within our daily updates to families and staff as soon as things are finalized.
“Thank you for your patience and your understanding as we work together through this incredibly trying situation,” the release continued. “We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. Please take care of yourselves.”
The latest information for the ICCSD can be found on the district website, www.iowacityschools.org.
The University of Iowa (UI) is suspending face-to-face instruction for two weeks following spring break and will move to virtual instruction beginning March 23 through at least April 3. Kirkwood Community College announced it would also transition the majority of its classes online March 23 through at least April 10.