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Return to Learn Letter for Parents—July 2020
Return to Learn Letter for Parents—July 2020
Mr. Hawley
Friday, July 24, 2020

Dear Delwood Families,

On June 25, the Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Public Health sent guidance out to all school districts in regards to the opening of schools in the fall. The Delwood School District plans to follow those guidelines and support our students, staff and families while caring for the safety and educational needs of all those in our district. 

The Delwood School District believes it is vital to pursue the re opening of our schools on August 24. We believe having our students in face to face learning is best for students and families in our communities. We also understand there are concerns about these guidelines and how we can meet in a traditional face to face setting safely. We will be asked to do things very differently than we have done before. Some may feel these things are not necessary or even needed. Please be patient and help support these changes as we look to reopen our schools in a traditional face to face setting safely (Plan 1).

Our administrative team and teachers have been working through the summer to design scenarios and options in our Return To Learn Plan. Please understand that we may need to move seamlessly between these options at any time during the year based on the Governor’s Proclamation, Department of Education, Iowa Department of Health and Local Health Agencies guidance. We would like to provide our community the options/plans we have designed for the upcoming year. These options and plans may change at any time based on recommendations from state and local guidance

Plan 1- Full days everyday with face to face traditional learning. We will implement social distancing when at all possible, increased cleaning/disinfecting expectations, increased hygiene and hand washing during the day, multiple entrances based on grade level, limited interactions during the day, limited visitors to buildings and the option for families to provide their own personal face coverings for their children if inclined. All learning will be mandatory and grading will occur. 

Plan 2- For Families that do not feel comfortable sending their children to school or for health reasons. The Delwood School District will provide an online option for those families. District devices will be provided to students. All learning will be mandatory and grading will occur. Please contact your building administrator if this need arises for your family.

Plan 3- Remote Learning at home for all students PK-6. Elementary students will receive a district device to use at home and will use the online platform of Google Classroom with their teachers. All learning will be mandatory and grading will occur.