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Davenport, IA
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Superintendent’s Message

Davenport Community Schools

July 31, 2020

Statement from Superintendent Dr. Robert Kobylski
Davenport Community School District

After yesterday’s press conference by Governor Reynolds and the State Department of Education, the Davenport Community School District is moving forward with our Return to Learn Plan that gives families the choice to either send their children back to school in a Hybrid Model for 50% in-person instruction and 50% online instruction, or to choose a 100% online-only learning model.

We will continue to monitor the situation in Scott County closely, and ensure proactive communication with the State of Iowa, Department of Education and the Scott County Health Department to assess the immediate health and safety needs of our students, staff, families and community.

We’re working diligently to follow all guidelines outlined in the proclamation and will maintain a safe and flexible plan for our District families and their students.

View the District’s Return To Learn plan by clicking here.


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Below is a message from Davenport Community School District Superintendent, Dr. Robert Kobylski, providing an update for parents and guardians.

Important Information to Note:

  1. Adjusted Graduation Requirements / Graduation Ceremony
    We know that our Senior students and their families are concerned about whether they will have the necessary credits to graduate and leave high school to move on to bigger and better things. The DCSD is well-positioned to help students with that next phase their lives, and we are not going to hold anyone back.Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are going to hold our senior students “harmless” for the events that have taken place. This past Monday, April 27, the Davenport Community School Board reviewed our graduation requirements and adapted and modified those requirements for the Class of 2020. Any student who was on track to graduate entering 3rd Quarter of the 2020 school year will graduate this year. The State of Iowa has already waived the State-required graduation elements, so we can do the same from a local District perspective.For the small number of students who are still seeking credits to graduate, the DCSD team is working diligently with these students to help them reach the credit levels needed for graduation. Our goal is to see 100% of the Class of 2020 graduate.As for a graduation ceremony, we have several plans in play for both a virtual graduation and hopefully an in-person celebration. We will be sharing more details on this soon with our seniors and their families. 
  2. Online Continuous Learning 
    The Davenport Community School District’s online learning platform is continuing to evolve each and every day. Currently, nearly 80% of students have connected with their coursework and teachers through Google Classroom. Over the course of the next couple days, we’ll be working with students and families to make sure accessing online learning is a more consistent engagement.Every day, we are getting better at delivering materials and education through online learning. The creativity and innovation that has sparked within this District will certainly benefit all our students, families and teachers as we move into the future.Access Online Learning here: https://sites.google.com/davenport.k12.ia.us/dcsddistancelearning/home
  3. 2020 – 2021 School Year
    We know that there are a lot of questions about what next year is going to look like. We are diligently working on our “Return to Learn” plan, and are ensuring that any learning loss that took place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic is made up in our next school year. This includes ensuring our high school students are able to receive grades and credit for what would have been their 4th Quarter in the 2019 – 2020 school year.We are exploring all options and ideas, including potentially modifying early release Wednesdays, or breaking the school year up into five periods rather than four quarters. Our ultimate goal is to grab as much educational instruction as we possibly can going into the next school year.
  4. Athletics 
    Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is planning to make an announcement by June 1, 2020 about what summer athletics could look like. We will stay tuned to her announcement and will communicate what that means for our student-athletes and their families.
  5. Non-Essential Material Pick-Up 
    We know that many parents and students have been asking about locker clean-out, returning library books and more. We are in contact with our local health officials on a daily basis. They have advised us that now is not the time to let down our guard with regard to COVID-19. With their recommendation, we will not be opening our buildings for additional, non-essential material pick-up at this time. We will communicate when we receive the “green light” for additional pick-ups in order to maintain the safety of our students, families and staff.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email your school’s Principal. You can find their contact information by clicking here: http://www.davenportschools.org/our-schools/directory-of-our-schools/

We appreciate your patience, and we appreciate your willingness to help during this time. This is the community spirit that we value as a District.

– Dr. Kobylski


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April 10, 2020

The Davenport Community School Board voted on April 8, 2020, to engage students in voluntary Continuous Learning during the school closure due to the COVID 19 virus.  While all learning opportunities are voluntary, we encourage parents and students to take advantage of the instruction offered.  As a result of this instruction being voluntary, no grades will be issued.

During this time, our educators are committed to keeping children and teens academically and intellectually active. The teachers at your student’s school have created Google classrooms for each grade level and course with daily learning activities. The Continuous Learning website has been updated with specific school course content and the opportunity for your child to interact with a teacher and gain feedback about their progress.  The site is ready for you to access, but we are considering Monday, April 13, as the official launch date.

Please visit the Continuous Learning website and select your child’s school to access the daily materials.https://sites.google.com/davenport.k12.ia.us/dcsddistancelearning/home


April 2, 2020

This afternoon, Wednesday, April 2, 2020, Governor Kim Reynolds ordered that all K-12 school districts remain closed through Thursday, April 30, 2020.

We know that this extension of the closure brings up many questions about your student(s)’ education, including how materials will be delivered, when face-to-face instruction might resume, and whether this time away from school will require make-up days, among many others. 

The entire DCSD team is working diligently with the Iowa Department of Education, as well as School Districts across our State, during this time to ensure our next steps are what’s best for our students, and that we continue to follow the State of Iowa guidelines. 

As we gain more insight by the hour, we will continue to share all details about meals, online learning delivery, District activities and more as soon as we possibly can. Please watch for email, phone, website and social media updates on these items as more information becomes available.

Please stay safe and healthy during this time.

Dr. Robert Kobylski
Superintendent


March 16, 2020

Dear Parents, Faculty and Staff:

On Sunday March 15, 2020, Governor Kim Reynolds recommended that K-12 school districts close from Monday, March 16, through Friday, April 10, 2020.

On Monday, March 16, the Scott County Health Department took the position that school districts follow the Governor’s recommendation.  With this letter, the Davenport Community School District, along with Bettendorf, North Scott and Pleasant Valley, are announcing the closure of all schools through Friday, April 10.  At this time we plan on school resuming on a regular schedule on Monday, April 13, 2020.

We know that there are more unanswered questions than answers at this time.  I’m hoping that additional guidance will be provided by the Governor this afternoon at her 4:30 pm press conference.  Among them is the expectation from the state as to if and how this loss of student education is made up.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

What we do know at this time is that the district will be providing some form of pick-up meal support similar to what has been made available to students in past summers.  We also know that the state associations have suspended all athletic, music and speech practices/contact, games and performances from today through April 12, 2020.

This is an unusual time for all of us.  Please continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance to protect your health by practicing social distancing and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.  In addition, keep washing your hands often, covering your coughs and sneezes, and stay at home if you are sick.

If you have questions about COVID-19 itself, please contact Iowa Dept. of Public Health’s Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology at (800)-362-2736 or by dialing 211.

Respectfully,
Dr. Robert Kobylski
Superintendent


March 13, 2020

At the Davenport Community School District, the safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance.

With the constant changes in recommendations from the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, Iowa Department of Public Health, as well as regional and local health care experts regarding COVID-19, we are taking proactive measures to ensure everyone’s health and safety. 

The DCSD has more than 2,000 employees and nearly 15,000 students. It’s our role and responsibility to be proactive in protecting our students, staff and community. In order to be transparent in our communications and decision-making, we’ve developed a list of resources and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to help our parents and students understand what’s happening within our schools. 

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Iowa Department of Public Health
World Health Organization

All of our decisions are made in the best interest of our students, staff and community, and we will continue to proactively communicate as more information is made available, and decisions are made. Please continue to check our website and social media frequently for continued updates. 

Thank you,
Dr. Robert Kobylski
Superintendent Davenport Community Schools


March 4, 2020

The Davenport Community School District is working closely with the Department of Education on overall school improvement efforts. This includes strategies to better understand issues related to school safety and parent engagement. We will be gathering feedback from students, families, and staff on their perceptions and attitudes about each school within the district.

We are making a final push to gather information from as many parents as possible. If you’ve already filled out the survey, thank you! If you have not, please consider doing so by Friday, March 6.

You can access this survey by logging into Parent Portal at https://tinyurl.com/cfl-survey.

Thanks,
Dr. Robert Kobylski
Superintendent Davenport Community Schools


January 29, 2020

Yesterday, we had a very favorable outcome at our meeting with the School Budget Review Committee. It was a momentous day for the Davenport Community School District, but it was a greater day for the students of the Davenport Community School District.

The School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) voted to forgive more than $9 million in previous District overspending, and allow the District to move forward in a financial way that provides for our students.

I want to thank all of the staff who put together the proposal, and the School Board for their support.

I also want to thank the SBRC, as they had a complex and a difficult decision to make. I believe the SBRC made their decision yesterday based on the fact that they want to do what is best for the students within our District.

On behalf of the DCSD, as well as our entire community, we owe gratitude to the SBRC for their willingness to allow us to get on our feet financially as a school system, focus on educational outcomes for our students, and move forward with speed.

We’re very excited about the opportunity to educate our students so that we meet and exceed the expectations of our entire community.

The opportunity that was presented to us, also brings with it a great deal of responsibility.

Our responsibility as a District is to take this opportunity and not squander it.

We have to make sure the opportunity in front of us directly impacts student learning, and sets an example for other school districts across the state.

There’s a great responsibility that we do this right and we take this opportunity to get our financial house in order, forever, and show the rest of the state that Davenport knows what we are doing.

We are very excited about the future of the Davenport Community School District. We are Growing Excellence, and as a result of yesterday’s meeting we have an opportunity to accelerate that process.

While we couldn’t be more pleased, we’re not celebratory in the sense that we have a lot of work to do. We know that finance is one of the issues the district has had to deal with over the course of the past few years, but again, our focus is on student achievement, student learning outcomes, and the social and behavioral health of our students.

By no means is our work done. We are optimistic that our financial landscape will be much more manageable, and we have an opportunity to accelerate the programing we have for our students.

We have a very supportive School Board, and it is comforting to me to know we have a group of teachers, staff and administrators that are not only committed to the District, but the success of our students. That is a foundational stone we can rely on to move forward as a district.

In the Davenport Community School District, all arrows are pointing up. Yesterday was good news for us, but it’s news we have to build upon and quickly move forward with all that we still need to do as a District to meet the community’s expectations. 

 


October 30, 2019

This coming Tuesday, November 5, 2019 is your opportunity to have your voice heard in the Davenport General Election.

While your vote decides the outcome of Mayoral and City Council races, it also solidifies the members of our community who will be seated on the next Davenport Community Schools Board.

The Davenport School Board provides leadership and direction to improve the overall learning environment in our classrooms, schools and district, and directs and supports actions, programs, and activities which reduce the impacts of poverty on our students, their families, and our community.

If you’re still unsure of who will receive your vote, please utilize the Candidate Forum resources available through KWQC to learn about each candidate’s position on a variety of issues that will affect the Davenport Community School District and our students in the coming months and years.

Those selected to our next Davenport School Board must be willing to roll up their sleeves and work as a team to bridge challenges with ideas and solutions that will benefit our students, schools and community.

I encourage everyone to exercise their civic right to vote this coming Tuesday, November 5, including many of our Senior students who will be voting for the first time.

Vote for the future of Davenport, for our schools, and for our children.

 


Welcome back students, staff and parents.

Summer is quickly coming to a close and anticipation is high for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The new academic year promises to be an exciting one for all of us. You will notice a number of enhancements and upgrades to our school facilities as well as changes in staff. We have hired new employees, others have taken on new positions and responsibilities and still others have moved on to new adventures.

From the moment of my official appointment as Davenport’s superintendent, I have received nothing but kindness, support and encouragement from all corners of this great community. I’ve challenged the DCSD staff with the following: Let’s rekindle the same measure of kindness, warmth, support and encouragement to one another that’s been shown to me. Be wise and compassionate leaders to your colleagues, neighbors, and especially to our students who look to us for guidance, inspiration. Mutual respect and teamwork serve to bind our great learning community and these attributes are among the most important values that all of us will ever learn from one another. Thank you in advance for all of your efforts and enjoy the rest of your summer.

Warmest regards,
Robert Kobylski, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools