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Coronavirus Update March 17, 2020

March 18, 2020 08:16 AM
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Dear CRCSD Families,

We realize we communicated to you most recently that you would hear from us again yesterday after Governor Reynolds’ remarks. We apologize that this additional communication is being sent later than we’d planned, but we wanted to ensure we were taking appropriate time to provide you with information that would be helpful to you for its accuracy and content.

As you perhaps know by now, Governor Reynolds declared a state of emergency earlier today.

We understand you have many questions as a family – not only about your child’s academic schedule but also about your family’s well-being. These are incredibly dynamic and complex times. While our relationship to you – and one which we honor deeply – is as an educational institution, we’re all working in the context of our role as educators to prioritize the emotional and physical well-being of the members of our CRCSD community and the greater Cedar Rapids community while also supporting learning and academic growth.

ACADEMICS

  • Classes in the Cedar Rapids Community School District will reconvene no earlier than April 13th.
  • The three weeks of instructional time that we will miss after spring break will be forgiven by the State.
  • There shall be no required online instruction taking place during the three weeks after break.
  • High School families will receive more specific information regarding such concerns as credits, graduation ceremonies, AP testing, ACT, etc. We understand these are anxiety-producing topics and institutions across the state and country are working together to ensure students are not unfairly and negatively impacted by what has become a pandemic to which we’re all equally responding.

As Superintendent Bush announced in a meeting with CRCSD leadership this afternoon, “Right now, our priority is to save lives. As much as we’re in the learning business, as the fourth largest employer in the county and as a body that touches every single point in Cedar Rapids, we need to do our part to protect our students, families, employees, community, and ourselves.”

With that sentiment in mind, we are designing a website that will be updated daily and will house information and resources regarding Health Services, Food and Nutrition, Learning Activities, and General CRCSD Updates. In the meantime, please consider the following:

HEALTH SERVICES
Nurses, health secretaries, and building administrators will be working together to reach out to families whose students’ medications and supplies need to be retrieved from school for use after spring break.

FOOD AND NUTRITION
As a school district with more than 40% of our students qualifying for assistance with our meal programs, we understand the acute needs of our families who rely on the healthy meals provided at school daily. In light of that, we will open nine sites as food distribution sites: Arthur, Grant, Grant Wood, Hoover, Johnson STEAM Academy, Wright, Taylor, Roosevelt, Nixon.

  • Distribution times will be 10:30am-1:00pm starting on Monday, March 23
  • Anyone 18 and under may receive food at these sites
  • Meals shall be distributed at no charge
  • Meals will be distributed as grab-and-go (distribution methods will be designed to minimize person-to-person contact and students/adults will not be permitted to enter the buildings)
  • Meal bags will include lunch for the day and breakfast for the following day

LEARNING ACTIVITIES
Although there shall be no required instruction during the three weeks after spring break, we will be providing resources and learning activities on our website, via social media links, and perhaps even through the Penny Saver (we're collaborating with The Gazette and other local districts on this) to provide families with learning opportunities to keep students engaged and intellectually active. More information will be forthcoming.

On behalf of Superintendent Noreen Bush and the CRCSD community, thank you again for your patience as we all work together through this. May we all be servants of our community in this hour by working to minimize the spread of illness and supporting efforts to ensure our most vulnerable populations are cared for. Please remember to prioritize the health of your family and the health of others in our community. 

Thank you,
Akwi Nji, Director of Communications

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