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Davenport High School Families—
I wanted to notify you that Davenport Schools is extending the first quarter by one week, and to provide you with important information surrounding your high school student’s virtual learning moving forward.
The first quarter will now effectively end on Thursday, October 29, 2020, for all high school students. Students will not be in attendance on Friday, October 30.
High school students will have only Davenport School District teachers providing instruction within the Edgenuity virtual learning platform starting with the new quarter on November 2, 2020. This decision was made in response to parental feedback received throughout the first quarter regarding Edgenuity. We will be using Friday, October 30, for teacher training.
Shifting towards using solely district teachers within the Edgenuity platform will create a more cohesive experience from the classroom to your student’s online courses, resulting in a better learning environment.
The additional four days that have been added to the first quarter will give students the opportunity to improve their grades, catch up on work, get additional support, and fill in any gaps in learning.
While we are doing our best to make this a seamless transition for both parents and students, please know that this may shift current teacher responsibilities in addition to student schedules. For example, a teacher your student was assigned during the first quarter may not be their teacher moving forward for that same class, and your student’s current schedule could change. Please have your student(s) check their student portal prior to the beginning of the second quarter (which will begin on Monday, November 2) to note any adjustments to their current teacher or schedule.
We appreciate your feedback and patience as we continue to strive to provide your student(s) with the safest and most enriching learning environment possible.
The Time Capsule of Hope is a community-based event intended to inspire hope across generations. 2020 has been a challenging year for our world, nation, state and community. COVID-19 has fundamentality shifted how we live, connect, and learn; disparity and inequity remain an issue for our community and future; the Derecho changed our urban landscape through the destruction of the urban canopy. Through it all, hope remains in our community and this event is meant to highlight the hopes that our citizens have for the future.
On Saturday, October 17, 2020, City staff and community members gathered to kick-off the start of the Time Capsule of Hope by the planting of a tree as the beginning of reforestation in our community following the Derecho and to signify the first step of hope for the future.
The community is asked to submit their hopes in the variety of ways available throughout the fall. Those hopes will be archived by the Davenport Public Library and placed into a Time Capsule which will be “planted” in the spring. The capsule is intended to be opened in 2036 when Davenport celebrates its 200th Birthday.
Please join The City of Davenport in partnership with Davenport Community Schools in Planting HOPE in our community.
Click here to get started.
Genesis is extending their Flu Free Quad Cities program to offer free flu shots for all Davenport Community School District students and their families! The flu shot clinic will be a drive-thru clinic at the Brady Street Stadium parking lot on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM.
You can find more details on the program by clicking here.
In our ongoing effort to be transparent and proactive with our communication to families and the community, I wanted to provide you an update on the District's Chief Financial Officer (CFO). At the State Board of Education meeting on September 25, 2020, the State Board voted to implement an Interim CFO for the Davenport Community School District.
In partnership with the Iowa Department of Education and the Mississippi Bend AEA, the District will move forward with the following structure for our finance department for a period of at least the next six months:
- • Gary Sinclair will serve as our Chief Financial Advisor (CFA). Gary has been working with the District over the past several months, in conjunction with the finance department and the School Board of Directors, to appropriately budget and review District finances. Gary played a key role in helping the District stabilize our budget through our meetings with the SBRC, as well as present accurate financial pictures and forecasts for appropriate planning and budgeting. Gary's role will be elevated from contracted consultant to CFA, and his contract will now be managed through the Mississippi Bend AEA.
- • Lisa Crews will continue in her role as interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO) while the district continues to search for a permanent CFO. Lisa will work directly with Gary Sinclair and be provided oversight for all District finances by the Iowa Department of Education and the State Board.
I will be communicating with families and our community as the Davenport Community School District continues to make progress on our Corrective Action Plan from the State Board.
On Thursday, October 15, 2020 there was a small fire at the West Family YMCA. There was minimal damage to the YMCA and no damage to West High School other than a faint smoke smell. We are bringing in ionized smoke eaters today to help eliminate the smell.
The fire chief at the Davenport Fire Department gave the ‘all clear’ for West High, and school is in session today with all planned activities still happening tonight.
The health and safety of our students, staff and their families are of utmost importance. With the current state of COVID-19 within our community, we want to be transparent with the numbers of positive cases, as well as those currently quarantining from District exposure.
I know that families are carefully considering their options for their student's learning for the next term, and this information plays a key role in that decision.
On our website you'll now find these numbers from the past two week's data. Click here to access this information. These will be updated every Monday morning with the most recent data from the previous period.
Please remember that if there is a positive COVID-19 case within your student's school building, the Scott County Health Department will contact families of students who are considered to be in close contact of the person with a positive COVID-19 test. The Davenport Community School District will not contact you.
It is imperative that you then follow the instructions provided by the Scott County Health Department. If your family is not contacted by the health department, your student(s) was not found to be in close contact of the positive case and no further action is required.
Reminder of Opportunity to Switch Learning Models
Please follow the directions below for how to change your student's learning model, and when the deadlines for change are per each grade level.
All High School families choosing to change their student(s) learning platforms, either from Hybrid to 100% Online OR 100% Online to Hybrid, should request this change by Friday, October 16, 2020 at 3:30PM. Please contact your student's school to make this request.
All K - 8 families choosing to change their student(s) learning platforms, either from Hybrid to 100% Online OR 100% Online to Hybrid, should request this change between Wednesday, October 28, and Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 3:30PM. During this week, no appeal process is required to change your student's learning model. Please contact your student's school during that week to make this request.
Click here for a graphic that explains the differences in learning models.
The Davenport Community School District has canceled the Band Spectacular scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 7:00PM at Brady Street Stadium.
The Holiday Concert scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 7:00 pm at the Adler Theatre has also been canceled.
High Schools may host recorded or live-streamed concerts in place of the Holiday Concert. Each school may also choose to allow a live performance where participants and audience members wear masks and social distance, with the audience limited to 25% capacity of the hall. Information on how each school will proceed with concerts will come from the school itself and be sent to families.
The cancelations and modifications have been made from an abundance of safety and caution for our students, their families, and the greater Davenport community as COVID cases continue to rise within the county.
Yesterday the Iowa State Board of Education approved a recommendation to have TJ Schneckloth serve as Interim Superintendent of the Davenport Community School District, effective October 1, 2020.
A Message to Davenport Families from Interim Superintendent, TJ Schneckloth:
I grew up in Davenport, graduated from this District, and have an extreme passion for ensuring this District is the best place for children to be educated in a safe and caring environment. I've taken on this challenge previously and am energized, convicted and ready to take on the role.
Our biggest priority is and always has been our students. We have made many great strides over the past year and this work continues after today's State Board decision.
I assure you that we will work swiftly and diligently to complete this corrective action plan and do everything that needs to be done to get this complete and have a fresh start in the District. Every member of the District's professional staff is 100% committed to this process and moving forward with diligence, accuracy and promptness with the full support and guidance from the Iowa Department of Education, as well as the State Board.
I'll be open and transparent with Davenport families and with our community as a whole as we continue to Grow Excellence in the Davenport Community School District.
As of today, I'll be taking over the role of Interim Superintendent for a period of at least the next six months. Over that time, I'll be responsible for day-to-day operations and oversight of the District, but my primary focus will be taking action on completing the corrective action plan from the State Board. Under oversight from the State Department of Education, I'll be working directly with Department staff as well as our local Mississippi Bend AEA to swiftly and accurately correct the citations noted by the State in 2017 and 2018.
In the coming week, we will also be appointing an Interim CFO to serve the District on the financial side of this plan. When this person is selected, I will notify families and the community.