Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) has been working on many initiatives during these unique times, and we want to give you an update.
Return to Learn Planning Initiatives
CRCSD submitted it’s Return to Learn plan to the Department of Education by the July 1, 2020, deadline. You can find the plan outline and other related information on our Return to Learn web page. Please reference this site, along with emails, throughout the summer for updates.
The Return to Learn plan covers three possible scenarios:
- in person at school setting
- complete online teaching
- a hybrid of classroom and online teaching
All strategies and actions items of the finalized plan will be in alignment with recommendations from the Center of Disease and Control, Iowa Department of Public Health, and Linn County Public Health.
Key Dates for the Return to Learn Initiative:
- July 1: CRCSD Return to Learn plan is due to Iowa Department of Education
- Jul 13: Families are surveyed to garner feedback on plan details
- July 22-23: CRCSD Virtual Town Halls occur to share information with families
Be watching for links to register for these Virtual Town Hall events
End of July - early August: CRCSD will communicate to families which Return to Learn plan will be implemented
Upcoming Anti-Racism Virtual Town Hall Sessions
CRCSD has created an opportunity for students and community members to discuss supportive efforts toward an anti-racist school district. Six virtual town hall sessions have been scheduled for students and community members to speak out and listen. Superintendent Noreen Bush will lead the initiative that creates a space for conversations around equity issues for CRCSD students.
We encourage you to attend and talk. We are there to listen and understand.
Please note that registration in advance is required. Through the registration process, participants will receive a follow up link to a virtual Zoom meeting. Space is limited to 80 participants per session.
Student Town Halls Registration:
July 15th, 2pm-3:30pm
July 15th, 6pm-7:30pm
July 16th, 2pm-3:30pm
Community Town Halls Registration:
July 14th, 6pm-7pm
July 16th, 11:30am-12:30pm
July 16th, 6pm-7pm
Newly-Certified Cedar Rapids Virtual Academy
CRCSD is pleased to announce the Iowa Department of Education has given approval for Cedar Rapids Virtual Academy (CRVA) to operate as a fully-credited middle school and high school in Cedar Rapids. CRVA can now accept 6-12 grade students anywhere in Iowa seeking virtual learning this upcoming school year and beyond.
CRVA is the fourth approved virtual school in Iowa (joining CAM, Clayton Ridge, and Des Moines) to be able to offer full-time online classes. The state has also recently changed the open enrollment deadline from March 2, 2020, to July 15, 2020, for families needing to enroll in a state-approved virtual school due to COVID-19-related situations.
“In the last few months, online/virtual learning has become a more important feature of the national educational landscape than ever before,” said John Rice, executive director, Teaching and Learning. “Here in Cedar Rapids, our online learning options now include Cedar Rapids Virtual Academy, a fully-accredited middle and high school that can serve any and all Iowa students with online learning options. CRVA served 90 students taking 248 classes this past spring, and with the ongoing pandemic, we expect more students and families to seek this as an option.”
CRVA features the following:
- CRVA allows students the flexibility to learn on their own schedule and at their own pace through full and part-time learning options.
- Courses at CRVA are taught through Edgenuity and students are assigned a qualified District teacher who offers personalized assistance, course monitoring, extension activities, grading, and regular communication.
- While enrolled in classes at CRVA, CRCSD students remain a member of their local high school. This allows students to join clubs, play sports, and participate in a variety of activities offered at their local high school. If CRVA students are open enrolled into CRCSD from another school district, they may participate in up to two extracurricular activities at their resident school.
Annual Verification July 1 Opening
Information sharing has always been important, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it’s even more crucial that families are receiving CRCSD updates. We encourage you to participate in the annual verification process that is now open from July 1 to September 30, 2020. Log into your Parent Portal to check that your information is updated. If you don’t know your parent portal login information, email email@example.com.
As you complete annual verification, please make sure your contact information is up-to-date by verifying your home address, phone number and email address. You can also opt in for various types of communication for your students, including teacher emails, attendance, and emergencies. Click here for a video that helps you walk through the process.
During annual verification, you can also complete release agreements for your students. These include agreeing to your student’s computing device, giving consent for field trips, and other important items. You can add new students during annual verification, for example kindergartners.
If you need assistance or need to drop off documents, we will have drive-up assistance days starting July 8th at the District office (2500 Edgewood Rd NW) every Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
CRCSD Meal Service Update for July 3
Grab N' Go Meals have been extended for the summer, but will be closed Friday, July 3, for the holiday weekend. This applies to the nine school locations. Please consider participating in this program that offers free breakfast and lunch to children in our community.
We wish you a safe and healthy upcoming July 4th weekend. Please check in frequently during the month of July, as we will have updates during this busy month.