COVID can be Confusing

November 6, 2020 11:00 AM

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Let’s be real. We are all trying to manage the new normal that a pandemic (oh, and a derecho) have created. Things can change rather frequently and the COVID-19 guidelines from the state, and therefore CRCSD, can feel a bit overwhelming at times. We understand.

To help us all navigate information in this historic time, we’ve added more material to our COVID-19 Health and Safety site. You’ll note a new FAQ and a short video that helps explain the difference between “quarantine” and “isolation” and the amount of days associated with those definitions. Yes, please, we all need help with that one!

And, Superintendent Bush provides information on the district’s efforts for transparency within medical privacy parameters. Please see her Note from Noreen below.

Note from Noreen

We are almost seven weeks into the school year with Thanksgiving around the corner—hard to believe. We have learned much and continue to adjust regarding COVID-19 information. As cases have risen in our state and county, many are asking questions about how this is impacting schools. 

  • Student and staff confidentiality is critical; we have taken measures to protect private information and will continue to keep that prioritized. There are limitations to what information can be shared; however, we have worked with Linn County Public Health to help provide more information to staff and families.
  • The District COVID-19 dashboard now reports by school level; however, we must maintain Iowa Department of Public Health and confidentiality guidelines. We will report positive case numbers in the following manner every Friday at 10:00 a.m.:
    • 0 if there are no cases
    • < or equal to 5 
    • The actual number if it is > or equal to 6
  • Principals, in conjunction with school nurses, will now send a letter to their staff and families if there is a positive student or staff case in the building. Note, due to privacy parameters, the letter will not be distributed directly to a classroom.
  • Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Education have provided guidance about any potential move to remote instruction because of COVID-19 cases. In summary, the guidelines to move to all remote instruction:
    • 15-20% positivity in a county on average over the past 14 days AND 10% absenteeism among students expected for in-person learning, healthcare resources remain stable 
    • Greater than 20% positivity in a county on average over the past 14 days with healthcare resource capacity concerns 

We are monitoring the situation daily and will use data and public health guidance in our decision-making process when requesting permission to move to remote learning from the Department of Education. We know that the amount of stress on our staff, students and families is incredibly challenging. 

In gratitude,
Superintendent Bush


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