Parent Update - March 18, 2020

Parent Update - March 18, 2020

Mar 18, 2020

Dear Parents,


  1. Any parent needing to pick up student medications housed in our nursing offices should contact your child’s school office on Monday, March 23, during normal office hours to set up a time to get the medications.Additional guidance for items other than medication will follow next week.
  2. I have been asked often why plan to extend the school calendar (not past June 12) when the Governor has modified the requirement for a minimum of 1,080 hours of instruction for this year. While this act removes that requirement for districts, it does not change the obligation we have to do everything possible to prepare our students to succeed at their next grade/course level. The extended calendar is a tool to help accomplish that goal.Just as within the standard schedule, it is the parents’ right to determine when their child attends; the same will be true within the extension. The difference will be that there will be no attendance consequences during the extended period.
  3. Within the same school year extension discussion has been the question as to how the extension will impact graduation.It will not.Graduation will move forward as scheduled given the parameters we are currently under.
  4. The board meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23, at 6 pm will follow the health department guidelines for meetings size and social distancing to the highest extent possible.The district will provide viewing opportunities in the high school library adjacent to the board room. Those interested in public comment will be invited in to the board room one at a time.As an alternative, you may submit a written comment to Celeste Miller at cmiller@bettendorf.k12.ia.us or (563) 359-3681, ext. 3005, and it will be read at the meeting for you per normal public input policy.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to comply with important health requirements and continue the work of the district.


Jim Spelhaug
Interim Superintendent
jspelhaug@bettendorf.k12.ia.us



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