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Update on Return to In-Person Learning

DCSD Logo Icon Current local health department transmission rate data supports the decision for Davenport Schools to stay in a 100% online platform. Our current waiver allows us to provide online learning through December 16, 2020. We continually monitor data with our health officials and will keep you apprised of any changes.

Thank you and be well.



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Davenport School Board Elects School Board Officers to Serve Until November 2021

DCSD Logo Icon Davenport Community School Board held their 2020 Annual Meeting to elect a President and Vice-President, in the Jim Hester Board Room, Monday night, at 8 p.m. Dan Gosa was elected as President, and Linda Hayes was elected as Vice-President. The Davenport Community School District’s school board is comprised of seven members, including Daniel Gosa, President; Linda Hayes, Vice-President; Dr. Allison Beck; Karen Kline-Jerome; Kent Paustian; Bruce Potts; and Jamie Snyder.

About the Davenport Community School District: The Davenport Community School District is a District of Distinction. The district believes in education for all, and meeting students where they are in order to teach each individual student. Using differentialized instruction, students are assessed in areas of knowledge, readiness, language, preferences in learning, and interests in order to customize teaching. With 30 school buildings, serving the communities of Blue Grass, Buffalo, Davenport, and Walcott, our district is resource-rich, blending student and family support programs with a wide range of curricular offerings to create a customized learning environment for all students. To learn more, please visit http://www.davenportschools.org/

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District-Wide 100% Online-Only Learning – Extended Through December 16, 2020

DCSD Logo Icon Due to the rising case counts of COVID-19 and high positivity rate of COVID-19 tests in Scott County, Davenport Community School District requested a waiver to allow remote learning to continue through December 16, 2020. That waiver was approved by the Department of Education on Tuesday, November 24.

Today, the District is informing students, families, staff, and the community, that all students from PK – 12 will continue fully-remote learning until December 16, or until notified. It is the District’s priority to return to the Hybrid learning model with students and teachers engaging in in-person instruction at the earliest possible date.

On December 3, the District will distribute plans for the week of December 7 – 11. On December 10, the District will distribute plans for the week of December 14 – 18. As information becomes available, we will continue to post on the District website, send out communications to families in email and phone, post in the Parent Portal, publish on social media, send out updates through our media partners, and even mail packets out to our families.

While the waiver grants the District permission to provide 100% Online Only learning through December 16, it does not require the District to continue remote learning for the entire duration. Should case numbers return to a safe and manageable state in our area, the District could resume with the initial Hybrid learning model earlier than December 16. DCSD will continue to monitor the positivity rates in Scott County as well as positivity and quarantine rates of our students and staff so that everyone may return to an in-person learning environment as soon as it is safe to do so.

Staff availability to provide instruction, student positivity rates, and community spread in the 14 days following the Thanksgiving holiday break, are all factors DCSD will consider in determining when the District returns to in-school, face-to-face instruction.

During this extended period of 100% Online Only Learning, all in-person activities and practices will continue to be suspended.

Meal Pick-Up

DCSD will continue to provide daily meal pick up to the Hybrid students that are now 100% Online Learning. Meals are available to pick-up Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 1 PM at the following locations during school closures due to COVID-19: Sudlow Intermediate, Smart Intermediate, Williams Intermediate, Wood Intermediate, and Buffalo Elementary School. All meal pick-ups include one (1) breakfast and one (1) lunch, per day, per student.

Davenport Learning Center will also continue to disburse meals from 10 AM to 1 PM on Tuesdays only for weekly meal pick-up.

All meal pick-up locations will be closed for school calendar holidays. Please contact the Food Nutrition Services office at 563.336.7430 for further questions.

Mental Health & Health Services

All DCSD staff is committed to helping students succeed during this phase. We are working with our school-based therapists to provide telehealth services to students on their caseloads. Additionally, we’re working with other community providers to offer virtual support services to students based upon need. Needs have been identified by a student needs assessment and counselors will reach out to students and families to provide the necessary support. Our school nurses will continue to provide nursing services virtually related to health counseling, immunization requirements, completion of state immunization audit, etc.

Please do your part to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, so we may return to in-person learning as soon as possible: practice social distancing, properly wear a mask when around others, wash hands, and stay home when sick.

We know that this is a challenging time for many of our families and community members, and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we make the tough decisions to do what is right for our students, teachers, staff, and community.



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2020 The Time Capsule of Hope

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 (click let's get started below). 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.



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Student Expectations, Moving from Hybrid to 100% Online Learning

DCSD Logo Icon As Davenport moves to Remote Learning, below are some general guidelines to help students be successful during the next few weeks:,

  • All students who are using the 100% online option will continue their work through Edgenuity
  • All HYBRID students will utilize the hybrid lessons daily in their Google Classrooms
  • Continue to follow the Attendance Procedures for at Home instruction
  • All teachers will provide “Live” instruction via Google Meets
    • Lessons will be recorded and made available in the Google Classroom.


Here are detailed schedules for the “Live” instruction via Google Meets



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District-Wide 100% Online-Only Learning for 10 School Days, Effective Monday, November 16

Important Information The Davenport Community School District, the School Board of Directors and the Davenport Education Association (DEA) have been working together with the Scott County Health Department to assess the current health status of our community, and its impact on our students, staff and families.

Due to the rising case counts of COVID-19 and high positivity rate of COVID-19 tests in Scott County, Davenport Community School District will be moving to a fully remote learning model beginning Monday, November 16, through Tuesday, December 1 (10 consecutive school days). During this period of 100% Online Learning, all in-person activities and practices will be suspended.

Meal Pick-Up

DCSD will be providing daily meal pick up to the Hybrid students that are now 100% Online Learning. Beginning Monday, November 16, meals will be available to pick-up Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 1 PM at the following locations during school closures due to COVID-19: Sudlow Intermediate, Smart Intermediate, Williams Intermediate, Wood Intermediate, and Buffalo Elementary School. All meal pick-ups include one (1) breakfast and one (1) lunch, per day, per student.

Davenport Learning Center will also continue to disburse meals from 10 AM to 1 PM on Tuesdays only for weekly meal pick-up.

All meal pick-up locations will be closed for school calendar holidays. Please contact the Food Nutrition Services office at 563.336.7430 for further questions.

Mental Health & Health Services

All DCSD staff is committed to helping students succeed during this phase. We are working with our school-based therapists to provide telehealth services to students on their caseloads. Additionally, we’re working with other community providers to offer virtual support services to students based upon need. Needs have been identified by a student needs assessment and counselors will reach out to students and families to provide the necessary support. Our school nurses will continue to provide nursing services virtually related to health counseling, immunization requirements, completion of state immunization audit, etc.As information becomes available, we will post on the District website, send out communications to families in email and phone, post in the Parent Portal, publish on social media, send out updates through our media partners, and even mail packets out to our families.

Please do your part to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, so we may return to in-person learning as soon as possible: practice social distancing, properly wear a mask when around others, wash hands, and stay home when sick.

We know that this has been a challenging time for many of our families and community members, and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we make the tough decisions to do what is right for our students, teachers, staff, and community.



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IMPORTANT: 1st Quarter Extension & Edgenuity Update For High School Students & Families

DCSD Logo Icon 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.

Thank you, TJ Schneckloth



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Submit Your Hopes to the District and City of Davenport’s Time Capsule of Hope

The City of Davenport Iowa - Time Capsule of Hope 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.



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