Our families have through tomorrow, February 5, to decide which learning format is appropriate for their child(ren), either 100% online or 100% in-person. To help you make your decision, we have outlined some very essential information. There is detailed information on the Return to Learn Plan that discusses our many mitigation strategies, and we will continue to utilize those successful strategies.
Upon returning to 100% face-to-face learning, the additional staff and students in our buildings will not allow us to maintain 6-foot social distancing in classrooms, hallways, and lunchrooms. As you make your decision about the best learning platform, it is essential that you understand that we will maintain the maximum social distancing possible and require mask-wearing at all times in classrooms and hallways. We will also continue other mitigation strategies such as hand washing, hand sanitizing, and surface cleaning which have proven to be successful.
As we enter into the face-to-face learning model, we will continue to meet weekly with the Scott County Health Department. They will help us determine if we need to request permission of the Iowa Department of Education to go to a remote learning model. The points to be considered when making that decision are community transmission rates, student and staff attendance, and our ability to provide high-quality face-to-face instruction.
We are very excited to see our students return to buildings. I know you have been reaching out to building principals with your questions; please continue to do so.
TJ Schneckloth, Superintendent