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School Closed – COVID-19

Update: March 26 – Emergency Food Program

Central DeWitt CSD Parents,

Starting Monday, March 30, Central DeWitt CSD will begin an Emergency Food Program aimed to feed kids ages 1-18 breakfast and lunch. This program will only be served on Mondays, but items will supply your child for the week.

If you have not yet filled out the survey and want to participate, we would ask that you fill it out as soon as possible so we can be sure we have enough food at each location. Once you pick a site, we ask that you stick to the time and location.

Serving times and locations will be:

  • High School 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and again from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Please enter by the tennis courts.
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic School 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. and again from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Please enter the west side of the school and enter the alley. You will exit onto 6th Ave.

The following locations will be delivered to you by bus. We will not have access to buildings and will strictly be a pick-up spot for parents and children and the time frame will be very limited:

  • Low Moor Community Center: 11:00 -11:45 a.m. and 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
  • Welton Fire Station: 11:00 -11:30 a.m. and 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Winding Brook Trailer Park: 12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m. and 5:00 – 5:20 p.m.
  • Pheasant Run Apartment Complex: 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. and 5:15 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Grand Mound Community Center: 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Parents are being asked to have as little contact as possible with the staff on duty, and to please keep the line moving. We will have your name on a roster sheet. We ask that you state your name and how many children you need meals for.  You will be allowed one bag of food and one bag of milk per child, and you are only allowed one pick up per child per day. Please refrigerate all cold items and eat the perishable items first. Any leftover perishable food must be disposed of at the end of the week. Again, this program will run only on Mondays until further notice and will supply your child for the week.

If your child has food allergies, please contact Dede Wagener, Director of Nutrition Services at dede.wagener@cd-csd.org

Thank you for participating in this program and we look forward to serving your child.

Dr. Dan Peterson, Superintendent

UPDATE: Monday, March 23

Concurrent Enrollment Courses

Students and Parents,

In light of the circumstances, there are a few things we need to relay regarding Dual Credit (Concurrent Enrollment) classes.  I would also like to apologize for any misunderstandings that resulted from our communication. Things were rapidly changing concerning Dual Credit Courses (Concurrent Enrollment) and by no means were the teachers at fault for what they were communicating at the time. Teachers were trying to be proactive to keep students engaged.

First of all, teachers will be contacting students through Canvas and email regarding classwork. At this time, this work can not be graded; however, please understand that you do still have a responsibility to do the work. Staying on top of the work in these classes will benefit you when we come back or if we move to on-line learning.  Keep in mind you are college students at this time and our Dual Credit teachers will assume that you are keeping up on posted work before coming back. For example, they may want you to read an article, watch a video or participate in a discussion, just to name a few. In other words, please continue to prepare for upcoming summative assessments.

This is the guidance we received from EICC:

“For concurrent enrollment classes taught in your high schools, we have suspended instruction as you have, with plans to resume instruction once high schools reopen.  Assuming that we are able to reopen as planned on April 13, we anticipate adjusting instructional delivery as needed to allow students to complete their concurrent course requirements by the end of the spring term.

However, we are all aware that circumstances could change, and college and school closings could be extended beyond April 12.  Should that occur we look forward to working with you and your teachers who teach concurrent enrollment courses to develop and implement plans to support students to meet high school and EICC requirements to complete their courses. We are currently examining a number of options to address various scenarios that may arise.  If the school closure is extended beyond April 12, we will confer with your instructional leadership about options that provide the greatest opportunities to assist students to complete their programs of study. EICC online classes will continue as scheduled with no interruption for all enrolled students, including for high school students taking EICC courses online.”

Please continue to check your email and Canvas announcements daily. I understand there is a lot of uncertainty right now and we will do our best to keep you informed of any changes as we hear them. 

Sincerely,

George Pickup

High School Principal

Central DeWitt High School Students, Parents, and Staff,

We have received several questions regarding Concurrent Enrollment Courses through Eastern Iowa Community College, and how they are going to be impacted during this COVID-19 school closure.  As is often the case, decisions are being made as we proceed through this situation, based on the latest information.  Please see the following from Chancellor Doucette.  I have highlighted the portion that is most pertinent to our high school students.  Also know that regardless of the decision that is made regarding college credit from Concurrent Enrollment Courses, students will still gain high school credit.

Please let High School Principal, Mr. Pickup, or I know if you have questions, and we will continue to push out additional information we receive.

Thank you,

Dr. Dan Peterson, Superintendent

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Colleagues:

As partners with you in providing educational opportunities to high school students in eastern Iowa, we are all aware of the profound impact of the Coronavirus on the education of our students.  We have followed state directives and closed all EICC campuses through April 12, and at this time are planning to reopen our campuses and resume instruction on Monday, April 13.

We understand that your schools are following the same directives and are also closed through April 12.  Of course, we also know that this is a fluid situation that could change rapidly, and we are prepared to follow additional directives and guidance from state and local leaders and public health officials as these are updated.

To date, we have made the following decisions:

  • All EICC campuses are closed to the general public through Sunday, April 12, and plan to reopen on April 13.
  • Spring Break for students has been extended two days through March 24.
  • Students in on-campus classes will begin or resume spring semester classes delivered by remote technologies from Wednesday, March 25 until April 13 when our current plan is to reopen our campus and resume face-to-face instruction.
  • High school students enrolled in EICC courses on an EICC campus, will be expected to continue work in these courses by remote delivery beginning March 25 (see above bullet).
  • EICC online classes will continue as scheduled with no interruption for all enrolled students, including for high school students taking EICC courses online.

For concurrent enrollment classes taught in your high schools, we have suspended instruction as you have, with plans to resume instruction once high schools reopen.  Assuming that we are able to reopen as planned on April 13, we anticipate adjusting instructional delivery as needed to allow students to complete their concurrent course requirements by the end of the spring term.

However, we are all aware that circumstances could change, and college and school closings could be extended beyond April 12.  Should that occur we look forward to working with you and your teachers who teach concurrent enrollment courses to develop and implement plans to support students to meet high school and EICC requirements to complete their courses. We are currently examining a number of options to address various scenarios that may arise.  If the school closure is extended beyond April 12, we will confer with your instructional leadership about options that provide the greatest opportunities to assist students complete their programs of study.

We will continue to monitor developments nationally, in Iowa and in our service area, update our plans accordingly, and will keep lines of communication open with you and your staff as changes occur.  We look forward to the opportunity to work together to ensure our common students’ success.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or our concurrent enrollment leadership and staff with questions, concerns or suggestions.

Be safe.  Stay healthy.  Together we can overcome our current challenges.

Don Doucette

Chancellor,

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Central DeWitt CSD Family,

I want to provide you with a few updates since my last message.  Know that things are continuing to evolve and change as we work through this unprecedented time together.  Please keep your comments and questions coming as we work through this.  It is my goal to respond to everyone’s questions, but it may be through a mass message like this, rather than a direct response if I am receiving the same questions repeatedly.

I had been waiting for the Governor to sign the Bill that was passed by the Legislature on Monday.  She signed it yesterday afternoon.  What we now know is that these four weeks we are closed are being waived for our students.  We will not make up these four weeks at the end of the school year.  The Governor has also ben given the authority to waive additional days if the four weeks needs to be extended.

There have been many questions regarding continuing to pay our staff.  I first needed to know that the four weeks were going to be waived, but I have since let out staff know that they are going to continue to be paid during this time.  No one neds to file for unemployment.  This was an option for districts, but I have no interest in our staff being forced to go through that process.  Gayle Pepmeier, our Executive Administrative Assistant in charge of payroll is entering Paid Good Cause Leave for all of our staff, according their regular schheduled hours through April 9 or 10, depending on if the employee group they’re in has Good Friday as a paid holiday or not.

Our salaried staff will continue to be paid per normal as well.  We are all contracted for a certain number of days, and we’re going to have to be flexible with that.  We are all going to continue to do our jobs the best we can, whether it’s communicating with students and giving them curricular activities to do while they’re at home, completing professional development that has been assigned by the administration, etc.  My encouragement to all of our instructional staff is to stay in communication with our students the best you can.  We were not given the authority to count online instruction as school days/hours, so anything we do with our students during this closure is optional, and cannot be graded.  However, I have received many emails from parents asking that we start/continue sending information, activities, and ideas for students and families to continue with their education.  We have the tools to stay connected, and I have asked that they do that with their students throughout this closure.

For teachers, we will be reevaluating their contract days.  I have no intention of tacking four weeks of contract days onto the end of the year, especially since we’re asking them to stay connected with their students while we’re out.  If we are able to bring students back this year, it is likely that I will ask for them to come in a day or two ahead of time to prepare, just like we’ll need to with custodial, secretarial, and nutrition staff.  We may also have some time at the end of the year for professional development, but we will work through this together.

As you may have heard, Kansas has cancelled school for the entire year, as of yesterday.  Wisconsin has cancelled school “indefinitely”.  If there are changes for us, I will continue to communicate with you through the changes, so you know what’s going on for our district and how we’re going to handle it.

I hope you’re all doing well, and keeping yourself and your families safe.  As always, please let me know what questions or concerns you have that I can address.

Sincerely,

Dr. Dan Peterson, Superintendent

UPDATE: Monday, March 16

Central DeWitt Parents, Students, and Community Members,

I have a couple points of clarification this morning.

  • We are asking for all students and/or parents to come to school today to pick up any school or personal items they have out of their lockers, PE lockers, and desks.  During our time of being closed, our maintenance and custodial staff will be doing a deep cleaning.  Anything that can be removed from the school today will greatly assist in the cleaning effort.
  • Elementary and Intermediate students will not be taking their laptops and iPads home at this time.
  • Our staff will be at school today, 7:30 am – 3:30 pm.  After that, the buildings will be locked.
  • I have received many questions about making up these days.  As of this morning, the only thing I can say is that we have to make the days up.  That is until we receive additional guidance from the Legislature and Governor’s Office.  As a local school district, we cannot waive these days or instructional hours.  The Iowa Department of Education and Governor’s Office do not have this ability either.  Our hope is that there will be quick rule changes by the Iowa Legislature today that will give Governor Reynolds the ability to make these decisions for Iowa Schools.

I will continue to keep you updated with information that the District receives throughout this process.  Your continued thoughts and prayers for our students, staff, and entire community are greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dr. Dan Peterson, Superintendent

 

March 15, 2020

Central DeWitt Parents, Students, Staff, and Community Members,

I have been following the news, speaking to area superintendents, and contacting state officials regarding COVID-19 for the past several days.  I just received word from the Governor’s Office that Governor Reynolds is now recommending that schools close for four weeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  While I don’t have immediate details, there will be additional information coming from the Legislature and Governor’s Office regarding what this means for the remainder of the school year.  As of right now, I can tell you that being closed for four weeks will bring our students back on Monday, April 13 at the earliest.

I am asking that all school staff report to school as normally scheduled tomorrow.  I am also asking that parents and students come to the school, if and whenever it works for you tomorrow, to gather personal and school belongings, to help with custodial cleaning.  After tomorrow, our schools will be locked for the duration of this school closing.  We will have additional information avaiable, including business hours and contact information, tomorrow as well.

I am asking for patience and understanding in this unprecedented situation.  We must treat this as seriously as State Officials are telling us it is.  It is recommended that people not gather in groups of more than 50 people, so as students plan to come gather their belongings, please plan to do so and vacate the school.  Our immediate and efficient handling of this situation may well be what helps all of us get back to school as quickly as possible.

Please let me know what questions you would have, and I will do my best to address them.  I will continue to provide additional updates to everyone as I have them.

Sincerely,

Dr. Dan Peterson, Superintendent