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April 17, 2020

Dear Cedar Falls Schools’ Families,

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our Governor has decided to shut down schools for the rest of this academic year. We miss all of our students and had hoped we would be able to reunite yet this spring, but the safety of our students, staff and families is far more important.

Now that we know we will not be reconvening this spring, we are making plans for what that means for the rest of this ‘school year’. Our teachers will continue to reach out to all of their students and continuous learning plans will continue. As further decisions are made, we will communicate those with you.

In the meantime, we thank you and ask for your continued patience, support, and flexibility as we work together to navigate this difficult time.

Please give our students a hug, from all of the District staff. We know many of our students are hurting. Please know their heartbreak is shared. Our teachers and staff feel this pain too; we miss our students and the chance to come to school together every day.

We will get through this difficult time and we will get through this together. Thank you for all of your patience and support.

#TigersTogether

April 2, 2020

Per the Governor’s announcement today, Cedar Falls Schools will be closed through April 30. 

The district will continue to provide instruction and learning opportunities as we work to clarify details with the Iowa Department of Education. What we are currently experiencing is certainly not what any of us had planned for our students, or for our community, as we looked at this school year. Please know how grateful we are for your continued sacrifice, support and care for one another.

As we move forward with continuous learning opportunities, please remember that your student’s teacher(s) will have the best answers if you have questions about login information or specific assignments. Our teachers are working hard to support our families and students during this time. Teachers will continue to be in contact with their students and work with them to ensure additional opportunities are available.

We know there are academic milestones and other events that our students and families were looking forward to this year and as updates are available, we will share them. 

Over the past several weeks, our commitment to the students and the families of Cedar Falls Schools has been paramount and we will continue this commitment through the closure. Together, we will all get through this.

Despite the challenges we face today, we remain hopeful for the future because we know that we are surrounded by a community of caring people—those who continue to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth and families in Cedar Falls no matter what. Whether teaching remotely, serving food curbside, providing access to technology, or helping in countless other ways, in Cedar Falls Schools we always take care of one another and remain committed to doing what is right for our students, staff, and families. #TigersTogether #everystudenteveryday

March 31, 2020

Below is information from our school counselors, a reminder for learning opportunities, event changes, plus more. We still have many unknowns as we move forward, and that is difficult, but we will continue to share updates as we know them.

A Message from CFCSD School Counselors: Our thoughts are with you during this stressful time. The PK-12 CFCSD School Counselors want to let you know that we are here for you and are available as a resource to help and support you. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions and/or concerns. Below is a document that includes counselor contact information as well as community supports.

This page on the district website is dedicated to resources and will include information, community resources, activities, and ways to deal with stress. We will be updating this website throughout the time we are not in school and hope it can provide you with practical and helpful information. This article will help provide information and support at varying ages.

Thank you for all you are doing to support your children. We hope that everyone is able to stay well during this time.

Information on learning opportunities: We are excited to share this website staff has put together that offers a variety of learning opportunities! All learning activities are suggestions to help students stay engaged during the school closure. Classroom teachers will touch base with families each week and may share more activities as well. No activities will be assessed or used as a measure of student learning. The goal is to keep students intellectually and physically active during this time at home. Click on the grade-level links to view resources and check back often for updates!

Playgrounds: Playground equipment on our school sites are closed. Signs have been posted and city staff will be used to help monitor and enforce. The open park areas will not be closed, only the playground equipment due to the potential of community spread of COVID-19.

Kindergarten parent meeting has been postponed, a new date will be announced.

Kindergarten Prep registration will still be due April 15.

Secondary parent/teacher conferences dates will be canceled. Parents, please contact your student(s)’ teachers to ask questions regarding their education.

All-City Concerts have been canceled.

Prom: the high school is not allowed to host prom on the original date of May 9, so it has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 23. We recognize graduation is scheduled for May 24 and are working through those additional questions and concerns with the rescheduled date.

Cedar Falls Student Art 2020 Virtual Exhibition is available to view on the Hearst Center website https://www.thehearst.org/cedar-falls-student-art-2020/ through April 26. Thank you to the Hearst Center for making it possible to still share our students' artwork. 

Free Grab-n-Go Meals: due to newly-released USDA guidance, caregivers may pick up meals for children at meal sites, effective immediately. USDA recognizes that in this public health emergency, continuing to require children to come to the meal site to pick up meals may not be practical and in keeping with the goal of providing meals while also taking appropriate safety measures. Meals are offered Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for anyone 18 and under at these three locations:
Holmes Junior High, 505 Holmes Drive, west side of the building
North Cedar Elementary, 2419 Fern Avenue
Orchard Hill Elementary, 3909 Rownd Street 

COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities: looking for ways you can help during the COVID-19 pandemic? A list of volunteer needs is listed by the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley. Volunteer needs are changing quickly so be sure to check back often for updates. 

We would appreciate your feedback about what’s going well for you and opportunities for continued improvement. Please add those comments on this form

We are aware of the new guidance from President Trump regarding social distancing and are awaiting further guidance from the Iowa Department of Education. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. We will continue to move through this together, support each other and do all we can to support you and your families. #TigersTogether

What do you need? How can we help?

March 23, 2020

Below are current updates for free grab-n-go meals, Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health and learning opportunities for students.

Free Grab-n-Go Meals
Starting Tuesday, March 24, we will be offering free grab-n-go meals to anyone 18 years and younger at three locations as curbside pick-up. Meals will be offered Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at these three locations:

Holmes Junior High
505 Holmes Drive, west side of building

North Cedar Elementary
2419 Fern Avenue 

Orchard Hill Elementary
3909 Rownd Street 

Lunch, and a sack breakfast for the next day, will be provided. There is no need to sign up ahead of time, but please know the meals can only be provided to children 18 years old and younger. Regardless of the school your child attends, you can pick up at any site. As you pull up, please pop your trunk so meals can be placed in your vehicle.

Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health

Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center school-based mental health therapists remain available for appointments during this time. The school-based mental health therapists are reaching out to students and families who are currently engaged in school-based therapy to share this information and ensure continued connection to services.

 

Learning Opportunities
We are excited to share this website staff have put together that offers a variety of learning opportunities! All learning activities are suggestions to help students stay engaged during the school closure. Classroom teachers will touch base with families each week and may share more activities as well. No activities will be assessed or used as a measure of student learning. The goal is to keep students intellectually and physically active during this time at home. Click on the grade-level links to view resources and check back often for updates!

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. We will continue to move through this together, support each other and do all we can to support you and your families.

March 20, 2020

To all of our parents and families, thank you so much for your patience and understanding. We cannot underscore enough that we understand and appreciate the sacrifices you are making. We will do all we can to support you and your families.

Below are important updates:
School buildings will be open next Monday, March 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, March 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for parents to retrieve student’s essential medications. School health staff will be available at the buildings. Please only parents come to the building and observe social distancing guidelines, children will not be allowed to pick up medication. Secondary students, if there are essential items you need, you are able to come to your building during these same times. Please do not come in groups. At this time, elementary students and families are limited to those that have essential medications.

DO NOT come to any buildings if you have a fever greater than 100.4, cough or shortness of breath. If you do have these symptoms, and cannot send another person in your place, call your student's building for directions. 

Meal Program: We have submitted an application to the state to participate in the meal program for children 18 and under, and are waiting on approval. We are hoping to receive that approval soon and will let families know specific times and locations.

All Schools Deep-Cleaned and Closed: All Cedar Falls Schools will be deep-cleaned over the closure. All buildings are closed to outside rentals during this time.

Learning Opportunities: The district is committed to ongoing student learning opportunities while the district is closed. Your student(s)' teacher will be in touch soon to check in and see if there are critical needs you have right now.

How can you help? We have received many messages asking how to be of service during this situation. At this time, the most helpful things you can do include:
-Please make sure your contact information is up to date in your PowerSchool account
-Share updates with friends and family
-Follow recommended CDC health practices such as washing hands frequently, avoiding large gatherings and practicing social distancing

We currently do not need volunteers to respond to this evolving situation. Should a need arise in the future, the district will send out specific requests in future updates. Many thanks again to all who have generously and kindly offered to help our school family!

Black Hawk County COVID-19 Childcare Response Team - Assessment of Childcare Need
Schools, community organizations, and employers are mobilizing to support our important medical personnel and first responders, to ensure our healthcare system is strong and able to respond to the emerging issue of COVID-19. The purpose of this form is to identify the current and anticipated childcare needs of ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL, which includes hospital staff, healthcare providers, direct care staff (i.e. nursing homes, etc), government personnel essential to infrastructure (public safety, public health, child protection services, etc), emergency responders, and employees in food supply (grocery, restaurant, etc). If you currently have or believe you could have childcare needs in the coming weeks, please fill out the information below. Please consider this an initial intake that will help us evaluate the need and determine how to connect needs with the resources we have available in our community.

If there are other needs you may have, please visit http://www.211iowa.org/.

You can also keep up to date with local, state and national information on these sites:
https://www.cdc.gov/
https://governor.iowa.gov/
https://www.blackhawkcovid19.com/

We know this is a time of great stress. Although our district will operate differently during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are in this together for our community. Thank you for your continued patience, sacrifice, and support.

If you have additional questions/concerns, please utilize this form to submit those. We will then post the questions and answers to the District website.

Please continue to monitor your email and visit the District website and social media channels for regular updates. The health and safety of our students, employees, and community is always our priority, and we will continue to work together to take care of one another.

March 16, 2020

As you are well aware, the response to COVID-19, the Coronavirus Disease, is constantly evolving. Seemingly with each new development, the need to take further precautions takes another step. With the Governor’s recommendation, all schools in Cedar Falls are closed for students until Monday, April 13, including all activities and athletics, as well as community use and rental of facilities. We understand and appreciate that this decision creates additional challenges for our families. At the same time, we feel compelled to do all that we can to protect the health and safety of our community.

Our district’s emergency response team will be meeting regularly to address specific items and will continue to share more information, including expectations for staff, food programs, educational support, etc.

At this time the State’s recommendation to close schools extends until at least April 13. Throughout the coming weeks, we will continue to provide information about the plans for the reopening of our schools, including our plans regarding activities and athletics.

We continue to appreciate your support and understanding during this incredibly unique and uncertain time in our history.

If there is something you need from us, please do not hesitate to reach out, and we will do what we can to support you and your family. We will continue to provide updates through our messaging system, website, and social media.

March 12, 2020

As we near Spring Break scheduled from March 14-22, Cedar Falls Community School District (CFCSD) continues to follow the global outbreak of COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus. Many staff and families may have planned trips out of state or even out of the country, which could impact the spread of the virus.

As of March 10, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) identified four countries around the world as being at high risk for the spread of Coronavirus: China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends that anyone who visits those countries voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.

Families who plan to travel to any of these areas should notify their school to make arrangements for the student’s re-entry to school. In addition, families who visit any destination the CDC has identified as high risk for Coronavirus should follow its public health recommendations.

There are currently no other travel advisories or restrictions pertaining to Coronavirus, either internationally or within the United States. However, at this time, Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in nearly 100 countries and 35 states, including Iowa. Before traveling, be sure to stay informed.

This is a fluid situation and although we do not have all the answers right now, we will continue to stay in communication.