Central DeWitt Parents and Community Members,
I wanted to provide you with an update on our plans regarding the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. There has been a great deal of conversation among statewide superintendents, the Iowa Department of Education, and the Iowa Department of Public health regarding our strategy to deal with COVID-19. Our school district is very in-tune with what is going on across the State and Nation, and we are doing everything that has been recommended to us. Our custodians, maintenance, and other school staff have done an exceptional job of keeping our facilities and equipment as clean as possible.
Various statewide and regional events are being cancelled by the groups that are sponsoring them. We are keeping a close eye on where we are sending our students, We also saw today that Iowa’s largest school district, Des Moines Public Schools, as well as many colleges and universities have cancelled classes. I have received many inquiries regarding whether we plan to do the same at Central DeWitt. My response to this is that we are going to follow recommendations given to us by the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Governor’s Office.
I have attached three documents that I received today, outlining guidance for schools in Iowa. I would encourage you to read these. The Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Public Health are not recommending that any Iowa schools close. If the situation with COVID-19 changes, the recommendations from these groups may change. If and when they do, we will follow their recommendations. As you’ll see in these documents, their recommendations will be based on local COVID-19 spread. So we will receive recommendations based on our own school district. Our school district will continue to follow their recommendations for our schools, students and staff.
If you have any questions after reviewing the attached information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will do my best to answer your questions. As always, what we want is what’s best for the students and staff we serve.
Dr. Dan Peterson, Superintendent