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Cedar Rapids schools will stop using seclusion rooms after district reached settlement with Justice Department over disciplinary practices

The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Monday it had reached a settlement agreement with the Cedar Rapids Community School District regarding what it determined to be the school district’s “discriminatory use of seclusion […]

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Appeals court limits scope of preliminary injunction against Iowa’s school mask ban

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that a preliminary injunction stopping the Reynolds administration from enforcing a ban on face masks in Iowa schools is too broad, and should only apply to the 10 school districts named […]

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Cedar Rapids schools will allow volunteers and visitors in buildings during class hours again, starting in January

Volunteers will once again be allowed in the buildings of the Cedar Rapids Community School District during school hours starting on Monday, Jan. 3, the district announced on Friday. Volunteers and most visitors had been banned from the school buildings […]

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Cedar Rapids schools will require face masks starting Wednesday

The Cedar Rapids School District will “reinstate a mask mandate for all staff, students, and visitors during compulsory education hours (school day) as well as our daycare environments,” Superintendent Noreen Bush said in an email to district families and staff […]

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Gov. Reynolds signs bill making it illegal for schools to require face masks, further eroding authority of local governments

It is now illegal for schools in Iowa to require students or staff to wear face masks, even though the CDC recommends mask use in schools, because of a bill signed into law by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday morning. […]

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CRCSD shares preliminary plans for 2021-22 school year, including continued use of face masks

The Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) will offer two options to families in the next academic year. For the 2021-22 school year, students will be able to choose between in-person learning or online learning through the Cedar Rapids Virtual […]

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Five Linn County school superintendents ask Gov. Reynolds to prioritize vaccinating school staff

Five Linn County school superintendents sent a joint letter to Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday asking for additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to be allocated to the state’s priority populations in light of the Feb. 15 deadline for school districts to […]

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Cedar Rapids families have until Wednesday to decide on in-person or virtual instruction for upcoming school year

Cedar Rapids families have until Wednesday to decide whether their students will start the upcoming school year online or in person. Families were sent the final version of the Cedar Rapids Community School District’s (CRCSD) Return to Learn plan on […]

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Cedar Rapids schools will send the district’s Return to Learn plan to families on Friday

An updated version of the Cedar Rapids Community School District’s (CRCSD) Return to Learn plan was shared during the Board of Education’s special meeting on Tuesday. The final version of the plan will be made public on Friday. The updated […]

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CRCSD decides on hybrid plan for high schools and electronic devices for all

Cedar Rapids students will all receive electronic devices for the upcoming school year, Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) officials shared during the district’s Return to Learn town hall on Monday morning. Nearly 100 people tuned in through Zoom, and […]

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Cedar Rapids schools will require face masks or shields during upcoming school year

Students in Cedar Rapids schools will be required to wear face masks or face shields in classrooms and on the bus if they return to class this fall. The Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) is also looking at smaller […]

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