Continuous Instruction, Mental Wellness, Census

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Dear CRCSD Families,

On behalf of the entire CRCSD staff and Board of Directors, please know that our ongoing primary concern is for your family’s physical and mental wellness. We also remain steadfast in our dedication, as educators, to the academic wellbeing of the child(ren) in your care.

In this email are most pertinent details regarding several significant themes: 

  • Continuous Learning
  • Mental Health
  • US Census

CONTINUOUS LEARNING

In response to the COVID-19 global health crisis, and following guidance from the Iowa Department of Education, Cedar Rapids Community School District has developed a Continuous Learning Plan that will be communicated in detail to families after it is submitted to the Iowa Department of Education. This plan reflects our commitment during this crisis to our vision of Every Learner: Future Ready and our desire to support students and families in pursuing ongoing educational opportunities. 

Although our district closure remains scheduled through April 30, this plan is designed to cover the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year through May 29, should it be necessary.

This plan is founded on the following principles: 

(1) Supporting continuous instruction while recognizing a need for community safety, 
(2) providing access and equity for all students, and 
(3) maintaining connectedness to the community.

This detailed plan will provide students with voluntary educational enrichment opportunities that are designed to build upon the learning trajectory already established in the classroom. The plan will be fully implemented on April 20 and will contain consistent and course-specific communication from instructors. You should, however, begin to receive consistent communications from your child(ren)’s instructor(s) beginning next week.

You may also watch or listen to this 11-minute clip of Superintendent Bush’s remarks at the press conference on April 6 which detail the Iowa Department of Education’s guidelines and CRCSD’s plans regarding continuous learning.

MENTAL HEALTH

Your health and well-being during this difficult time is very important to us and we want to make sure you are receiving services that will support the mental wellness of you and your loved ones. Perhaps you accessed mental health supports prior to COVID-19 or perhaps significant changes in your work and home life, your employment status, your family’s financial situation, what you’re absorbing from the news, or just balancing working from home with full time parenting leave you feeling unsettled, uncertain, or anxious. 

Please know that strong emotions are a normal reaction to unknown and difficult situations and you are not alone. But if you or someone in your family is having intense feelings of anxiety, sadness, anger, fear, or loneliness; changes in behavior, mood, sleep, diet, and attention; or are experiencing other symptoms that make you feel overwhelmed or make it difficult to get through the day, we encourage you to reach out to one of these organizations right away. They are here to help.

It is important to stay connected to people as best we can, eat nutritious food, be physically active, get enough sleep, and use support and resources from professionals when needed. If you or your family is in crisis, please call Foundation 2 at (319) 362-2174 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). These services are FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, and available all day, every day. 

US CENSUS

From schools and health care to public safety, roads and bridges your participation in the census can shape many different aspects of our community. The Cedar Rapids Community School District encourages everyone in our community to take seriously your responsibility and respond to the census.

Why does it matter?

  • Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
  • The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
  • It’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, BE SURE TO VISIT THE
2020 CENSUS WEB SITE.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and for entrusting CRCSD during this time.

 

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