Modified scheduling at PCSD will remain in place; district reports first positive COVID-19 case

As was decided at the September 14 meeting of the Board of Education, Postville Community Schools will continue its modified schedule through the end of the first semester, December 22. Prior to classes resuming on January 4, 2021, a decision will be made as to how scheduling will be handled during the second semester. 

Following the first full month of classes, Superintendent of Schools Tim Dugger said, “The students, staff and families have done a remarkable job of staying healthy this school year. With that in mind, we are excited to keep things as normal as possible during these difficult times.”

Students will continue to have face-to-face instruction on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with Wednesdays designated for off-campus learning, enhanced sanitation, along with afternoon planning and professional development. Dugger added, “The broader goal is to make sure students and staff engage in on-line/off-line campus learning in case we need to go off-site later in the school year.”

Thanksgiving vacation will be observed, with no classes being held either on-site or off-campus, on November 25, 26 or 27. Following classes on Tuesday, December 22, school will be dismissed for winter break.

Parents and students are reminded that school-made meals are available on off-site learning days and may be picked up at school on Wednesdays. Anyone having questions about the meals or any other school related program, or scheduling may call the district office at 563-864-7651.

Superintendent Dugger announced via correspondence Friday, September 25 that a positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed within the district.

He said, “We have learned that a member(s) of our student body or staff has/have tested positive for COVID-19.   The individual(s) who tested positive is/are not attending school until medically cleared. The district is working with Allamakee County Public Health to lead our efforts in this situation.  The district intends to adhere to federal laws regarding privacy of personal information in order to protect confidentiality.” 

He added, “If your child had direct exposure as defined by the Iowa Department of Public Health, you will receive a separate notification.  If you do not receive notification, then your child was not directly exposed.  For future reference, you will only be notified if your child had a direct contact.”

The District continues to ensure the health and safety of the students and staff.  This includes enhanced cleaning and sanitizing.  He reiterated, “I praise our custodial and teaching staff, as well as our food service, nursing unit, transportation staff, paraprofessionals, students, and parents for the extra work you are all doing.”

At this time, school will continue “as is” for all students who are not quarantined.  Students who are quarantined will receive instruction remotely, and they will be contacted by their teachers with details within the next couple of school days, or sooner. 

He concluded by saying, “Our greatest priority is the safety of our students, staff, and families. Please continue to take necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you.  We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your family, especially as we face this challenging situation together. Thank you for your support.”

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