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Schools and the coronavirus: What you need to know

 

SAI has established a COVID-19 Clearinghouse for members to share resources.

The following post is reprinted in its entirety from the Iowa Department of Education.

The Iowa Department of Education is providing guidance and information for Iowa school districts, community colleges and other stakeholders in response to an expanding global outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease the virus causes has been named COVID-19. Guidance and information will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Resources to Support Learning During COVID-19

(3-31-20) Resources now available to support student learning at home

(3-31-20) Optional resources are available for Iowa families and educators to use as they support student learning during school closures due to COVID-19. The resources cover multiple subject areas and include interactive games, virtual field trips, coding activities and e-books. These resources for students in prekindergarten through 12th grade do not replace what they have learned in school, but instead help students practice or enrich the skills and strategies taught by teachers. More information on these optional educational resources is available on the Resources to Support Student Learning webpage.

School Meal Services

(3-26-20) Flexibility for families picking up meals for children during COVID-19 school closures

(3-21-20) Iowa schools that have closed temporarily because of COVID-19 may continue serving meals to students in non-group settings through such means as drive-through and grab-and-go pickup. Schools are able to do this by activating summer meal programs. Schools may apply to participate in the Summer Food Service Program by completing this form and by ensuring meals are distributed in area-eligible sites.

More information on providing meals during COVID-19 school closures is available on the Summer Food Service Program webpage.

Community College Guidance

(3-24-20) COVID-19 and Delivery of Postsecondary Coursework through Concurrent Enrollment and the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program

(3-20-20) COVID-19 Guidance: Information, Guidance, and Resources for Community College Leadership 

PK-12 Guidance

(4-2-20) COVID-19 Guidance: Procedures for Continuous Learning - Addresses approaches for districts or nonpublic schools to provide continuous learning opportunities for students (aka online learning, e-learning, distance learning and virtual learning). Includes procedures for districts and accredited nonpublic schools to report which option they will use to provide continuous education to their students.

(4-2-20) COVID-19 Guidance: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – Addresses an optional waiver for the school year that allows Iowa to waive several requirements on assessment, accountability and school identification and certain reporting requirements. Also addresses training and support to schools.

(3-27-20) COVID-19 Guidance: Provision of Continuous Learning - Addresses approaches for districts or nonpublic schools that choose to provide continuous learning opportunities for students (aka online learning, e-learning, distance learning and virtual learning). Also addresses professional learning for educators and the role of Area Education Agencies (AEAs) in supporting schools as they develop and implement continuous learning approaches.

(3-26-20) COVID-19 Guidance: Frequently Asked Questions (New topics are in bolded italics) - Addresses after school programming, assessment, board meetings and action, donations, finance, graduation, instructional time, online learning, preschool, professional development, school improvement, school lunches, site visits and regional trainings, special education, and waivers. In addition to the new topics, updates have been made addressing progress monitoring, online learning, SWVPP funding, school improvement and special education. Each new or updated addition is identified in this guidance document as New or Updated.

(3-26-20) COVID-19 Guidance: Federally Mandated Assessments - Addresses the administration of all federal required assessments during the 2019-2020 school year and addresses administration of the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP), Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) and the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21).

(3-26-20) COVID-19 Guidance: Iowa Educator Preparation Programs - Addresses student teaching requirements, hour requirements for pre-student teaching and administrator preparation clinical experiences, tests used for program completion and use of letter grades compared to pass/fail.

(3-26-20) FAQs for Iowa Families and Parents of Students with Disabilities receiving Special Education, or Parents of Children receiving Early Intervention - Addresses children’s services during school closures and when AEAs or child health specialty clinics are closed due to COVID-19.

(3-24-20) COVID-19 and Delivery of Postsecondary Coursework through Concurrent Enrollment and the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program

(3-23-20) The Iowa Department of Human Services has issued new information for schools providing temporary emergency childcare for school-age children of essential workers. Essential workforce includes healthcare, first responders and critical infrastructure, such as food production, food service and grocery workers. Questions may be directed to EmergencyChildCare@dhs.state.ia.us

(3-18-20) COVID-19 Interim Federal Programs Guidance - Addresses federal program funds.

(3-17-20) Guidance for Iowa AEAs and School Districts for IDEA During COVID-19 Outbreak - Provided based on information from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and current state administrative rules and regulations.

(3-16-20) Guidance for Iowa School Districts and Teacher Preparation Programs in Response to COVID-19 - Addressing issues such as instructional time requirements, online learning, school meals, students with disabilities, accountability and assessment, graduation and teacher preparation programs.


Additional guidance

Centers for Disease Control guidance for schools

Iowa Department of Education

Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa Public Information Board