Advertisement

ICCSD gets to move all classes online as cases of COVID-19 surge in Johnson County (Updated)


Pixabay

Update: The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors approved moving the district’s school to all online instruction at its meeting on Tuesday evening. The change will take place on Monday, Nov. 16, following the recommendation of the district’s administration. Interim Superintendent Matt Degner said waiting until Monday would give parents a chance to arranged for childcare and give teachers more time to plan for the transition to all online.

 

On Tuesday afternoon, the Iowa Department of Education (DOE) approved the Iowa City Community School District’s request to move to all online classes for two weeks. ICCSD’s request was one of 13 requests to move to primarily or all-online learning approved on Tuesday.

Ninety of the state’s 99 counties have 14-day average positivity rates of 15 percent or higher in their COVID-19 tests, as reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health. That, along with an elevated absentee rate due to COVID-19, are DOE’s requirements for granting a waiver that allows schools to offer less than 50 percent in-person instruction.

Johnson County’s 14-day positivity average on Tuesday afternoon was 16.2 percent, according to IDPH, and the department reported 219 new cases of the virus in the 24-hour period that ended at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

ICCSD Interim Superintendent Matt Degner informed district families on Monday the district had applied for a waiver to move to all-online instruction for two weeks due to the surge of new cases of COVID-19 in the area.

DOE also provided a waiver to go remote to the Clear Creek-Amana School District. The district covers parts of Johnson County and Iowa County, which has a 14-day positivity average of 19.6 percent.

The formal decision to move to all online classes will be made at the ICCSD Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday evening. The meeting, which will be held via Zoom, begins at 5 p.m.

On Monday afternoon, the Cedar Rapids Community School District applied for a waiver to move its Johnson STEAM Academy to all online classes. That waiver was among the 13 granted on Tuesday afternoon. In an email to district families on Tuesday, CRCSD Superintendent Noreen Bush said the district was applying for a waiver to move all its classes online for two weeks.

DOE has not issued a decision on CRCSD’s district-wide request yet, but on Tuesday afternoon, Linn County had 14-day positivity average of 22.8 percent, according to IDPH. Nearly 6 percent of the district’s staff was on leave due to the virus as well.

If it is granted the waiver, CRCSD plans to go all online on Thursday.


Thoughts? Tips? A cute picture of a dog? Share them with LV » editor@littlevillagemag.com

Advertisement

stanleymuseum.uiowa.edu/events

Advertisement

Summer Programs 2020

Get 150+ local restaurants delivered to your door in the Iowa City & Cedar Rapids areas!

Don’t let other people’s opinions win.

Vote for your favorite people, places and events in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids area! In a time when local businesses need our support more than ever, your vote will send a little love to the places that make our community special. And don’t forget to tell us why—the best comments will be published in our December Best of the CRANDIC 2021 issue! Voting ends September 30.

Read the Best of the CRANDIC issue, on stands now

The Future is Unwritten

You look to Little Village for today’s stories. Your sustaining support will help us write tomorrow’s.

Regular

$10/mo or $120/year
(AUTO-RENEW)
The cost of doing this work really adds up! Your contribution at this level will cover telephone and internet expenses for one month at the LV editorial offices.

Italic

$20/mo or $240/year
(AUTO-RENEW)
$240 is enough to cover one month’s costs for sending out our weekly entertainment newsletter, The Weekender. Make a contribution at this level to put a little more oomph on your support and your weekend.

Bold

$30/mo or $360/year
(AUTO-RENEW)
LittleVillageMag.com connects eastern Iowa culture with the world. Your contribution at this level will cover the site’s hosting costs for three months. A bold move for our boldest supporters!

All monthly and annual contributors receive:

  • Recognition on our Supporters page (aliases welcome)
  • Exclusive early access when we release new half-price gift cards
  • Access to a secret Facebook group where you can connect with other supporters and discuss the latest news and upcoming events (and maybe swap pet pics?) with the LV staff
  • Invitations to periodic publisher chats (held virtually for now) to meet with Matt and give him a piece of your mind, ask your burning questions and hear more about the future plans for Little Village, Bread & Butter Magazine, Witching Hour Festival and our other endeavors.