Good afternoon BCSD Parents/Guardians,
On November 17th, 2020, the Bettendorf Community School District applied for a waiver for 100% remote learning, and the waiver was approved by the Iowa Department of Education on November 18th, 2020. BCSD students and staff transitioned to 100% remote learning on November 20th, 2020.
The waiver request was a result of challenges to safely and adequately staff our classrooms, buses, etc. When the waiver was filed, the 14-day county positivity rate was at 26.6% and our staff unfilled rate was over 40%. Today, the county positivity rate is 18.8% and our staff unfilled rate is under 5%.
At this time, the data does not warrant a request to extend the waiver per the Iowa Department of Education guidelines; therefore, the BCSD will resume the hybrid learning model on Thursday, December 10th with our Cohort A students. Cohort B students will resume in-person learning on Friday, December 11th. Remaining in the hybrid learning model for the remainder of the second quarter that ends on January 14th, 2021, is the goal. Students currently enrolled in the 100% online learning will proceed in the same manner with no changes.
The third quarter learning model will be discussed and decided at our upcoming board meeting this Monday, December 7th. Thank you to all of our parents/guardians who took the time to complete the Third Quarter Return to Learn survey this week.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. On behalf of our Board of Education and our district, I want to thank everyone for the support and commitment you have shown to keep all our students and staff members safe. While our community numbers have declined, we need to continue to take precautions outside of school when interacting with family members and friends. Masking up, both in school and in social settings outside of school, socially distancing, washing hands, and staying home when sick will assist in bringing the positivity numbers down, increasing the ability for District schools to remain open.
Dr. Michelle Morse