April 3, 2020
Dear Families and Staff,
Yesterday afternoon, Governor Kim Reynolds made the recommendation to extend the closure of Iowa schools through April 30, 2020, as a measure to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state. As a district, we will follow Governor Reynolds’ recommendation and our schools will be closed through April 30, 2020.
We have been preparing for this possibility and we will continue supporting Voluntary Educational Resources, as outlined by the Iowa Department of Education (DE). Now that the DE has provided guidance on Procedures for Continuous Learning and stated that an application will be provided, we will continue to actively research the options of Voluntary Educational Resources, as well as Required Educational Resources, to determine which option will be most appropriate at each grade level.
On March 23, 2020, we began providing parents and students academic and social-emotional supports to provide learning opportunities at home. We will continue to offer weekly online resources as well as printed materials for families without access to online technology. Link to elementary and middle school resources.
High school students/parents have received separate instructions relative to finishing 3rd quarter with standard grades at all levels.
A Special Note to Graduating Seniors
Because it is uncertain if the school closure orders will extend past April 30, we are not able to guarantee a traditional prom or graduation ceremony at this time. However, we want to assure all seniors and their parents that all who were in the position to graduate had 4th quarter been conducted as normal will graduate and graduate on time. If the district is unable to hold a traditional graduation ceremony as planned we will certainly look for options to honor the achievement of this important stepping stone in your lives.
Building and Grounds Closures
All district schools, buildings, playgrounds, and outdoor facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. Per Governor Reynolds’ announcement, this will be through April 30, 2020, at a minimum. This closure includes the cancellation of all activities and any events held at buildings or on school grounds.
The vast majority of employees are working remotely and only accessing district buildings or offices as directed to do so. We are asking that all families, students, and community members also avoid visiting buildings during the extended closure. While we recognize this could create an inconvenience, the safety of our students, families, staff, and the greater community is of primary importance. Keeping district buildings closed and eliminating access will support social distancing and slow the COVID-19 spread.
The district has been operating free Grab & Go meal pick-up sites for students while schools have been closed at Bettendorf Middle School and Neil Armstrong Elementary School. We are committed to continuing this service for our students throughout the extended closure. Click here for more information.
We cannot stress enough how much we appreciate your patience, your understanding, and your trust as we work through this unprecedented situation in our community. Please continue to practice appropriate social distancing precautions and stay at home as much as possible. We will continue to provide updates as more details are finalized and as new information becomes available.
Bettendorf Community School District