The Decorah School District will provide a combination of voluntary and required education for students for the remainder of the school closure ordered due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On April 2, Governor Kim Reynolds determined that it is in the public health interest of the state for Iowa schools to remain closed through Thursday, April 30.
Iowa school districts were given three approaches to choose during the emergency closure and are required to report which option, or blend of options, they select by Friday. The three options are:
• Schools closed and no services provided
• Voluntary educational enrichment opportunities provided
• Required educational services provided
“We feel a responsibility to continue to support the learning and well-being of our students. Therefore, the district will provide a combination of voluntary educational enrichment opportunities for students in early childhood through grade 8, and required educational services for students in grades 9 through 12,” Superintendent Mark Lane wrote in an email to parents late Wednesday afternoon.
“The primary reason for the decision to provide this blended approach is our desire to enable all current high school students to receive credit for their school work, and to remain on track toward earning all the credits necessary to graduate high school college and/or to be career ready. Credit accrual is unique to high school; therefore, the district will not submit an application to the Iowa Department of Education to provide required educational services for early childhood through grade 8,” Lane said.
The superintendent said parents should receive building specific communication from principals by the end of the day Friday.
“This communication will provide details about how students and families can access the Decorah Community School District Continuous Online Learning website, details about grade level appropriate expectations for learners and contact information for questions,” Lane said.
Because Friday and Monday were previously scheduled no-school days for staff and students, continuous learning will start Tuesday, April 14.