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Hybrid Sched. January 25th to 29nd (AAA/BB)

Safe, Responsible, & Kind...

Grant Wood Families:

Please note that as of this week you will notice that our school website is being updated - we shall continue to work on maintaining it updated.

Week of Jan. 25th-29th (hybrid), AAA/BB

Group A onsite: Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday

*Wednesday is early release day, students dismissed at 1:55pm

Group B onsite: Thursday & Friday

OLP Students: virtual (online) Monday- Friday

...Safe, Responsible, & Kind...

Learning Model (1/22/21) District Update:

Earlier this week, a bill was introduced in the Iowa Legislature that would require school districts to provide parents an option to send students to school five days a week. In the Iowa City Community School District, this means that the District would offer a five day a week in-person option (100% on-site model) and a 100% online option (ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program). The District would no longer offer the current hybrid option. While details still need to be finalized, we would like to provide some initial information for your consideration. Should the legislation be approved and signed by the Governor, families would be provided a multi-day window to decide whether their child(ren) will attend the on-site program or the online program. This choice is open to all families.

While the District’s online program will continue to operate as is currently taking place, the on-site model will change. Most notably:

  • The District will be unable to ensure all of the health and safety protocols currently in place can be maintained.
  • The District cannot guarantee social distancing of 6 feet between desks in the 100% on-site model.
  • Class sizes will revert to previous standards (or possibly exceed these levels).
  • Changes could occur regarding your child’s teacher assignment and/or class schedule.
  • Details and processes for lunch, students moving between classes, elementary specials, recess, and other components of the student day are still being reviewed.

While the bill is still being considered by the Iowa Legislature, the District is moving proactively in our preparation and planning. To assist us in these efforts, we ask that you please complete this three-question survey (https://bit.ly/3iDiKDj) about your current thinking on which program you will select for your student(s). This is for planning purposes only. You will receive additional information and directions for making your official selection should the legislation be approved by the Governor. We appreciate your help and collaboration as we navigate this latest change to what has already been a unique school year. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.




ICCSD's Inclement Weather Guidelines

As a reminder, the District's Inclement Weather Guidelines for issuing a

  • delay,
  • cancellation, and/or
  • early release

decisions can be found on the District’s website by clicking HERE. As decisions are made regarding school day changes, the District aims to keep parents connected so that notifications are received conveniently and timely.

In addition to the notifications that are sent via email, phone, and text, we encourage you to follow the District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to ensure that announcements are right at your fingertips. We also encourage you to download the District’s mobile app, where you can find everything school and district related in one convenient spot.

If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.

Amanda Gorman: The Hill We Climb

From the 59th Presidential Inauguration Day:

"...brave enough to be it [the light]”

Poet Amanda Gorman reads 'The Hill We Climb'

Message for OLP students

While a more detailed email is being sent to the families of the our Online Leanring Program (OLP) students regarding the statewide reading and math test (FAST) we are using at our school. The Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST) is given to every student three times a year to identify students who are performing at or above grade level in reading and math, and those students who might need additional help.

We will begin the winter session of these assessments on February 1st and are asking our Online Learning Program families to sign up for an onsite testing time by January 22 using the signup genius links below.

If we do not hear from you, we will proceed with setting up a virtual testing time for your child.

My Best Self (Responses)...

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Sesame Street: Will.i.am Sings "What I Am"

Safety at back lot

Due to safety concerns arising from vehicles in the back lot, families dropping off r picking up students at the back will need to do so at the gate and not from within the lot. Please call Ms. Maria (Principal) with any questions; 319-688-1180.

No Classroom Parties

The District determined we eliminate classroom parties for the 2020-2021 school year and then moving forward. COVID-19 has made us rethink many of our practices The COVID-19 pandemic has brought several health and safety mitigation aspects to our schools this year (i.e. social distancing, restrictions on volunteers, and shared materials). Furthermore, the instructional time we have with students has been impacted, and we know the time we have is critical given the loss of learning that our students have experienced.

No more "snow days" ...District change

Below are some changes to the District's approach to inclement weather days this year. Moving forward, the District will provide online instruction on days when the weather prevents us from having in-person classes. Rather than having our traditional “snow days”, these days will now be considered “virtual learning days”.

Schedules for students in our various models will be as follows on these virtual learning days:

  • Elementary Hybrid (Group A & Group B)
    • On-site students - On-site students will follow the Online Learning Program/100% Offsite Schedule. The times and Zoom links will be sent to parents by the classroom teacher prior to 8:00 am. (This applies to A students on A days and to B students on B days.)
    • Off-site students - Off-site students will log into the morning meeting as scheduled, and complete any asynchronous activities as planned. Off-site students who are receiving synchronous off-site SDI, interventions, or ELL supports will receive those as planned. (This applies to A students on B days and to B students on A days.)

In addition to virtual learning, on days that inclement weather causes hybrid group students to remain at home, (as explained above) the District will provide Grab & Go Meals at the District’s designated sites on these virtual learning days.

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Preschool Message

Dear Preschool Families,

The Iowa City Community School District Preschool Program is seeking input from our families to assist in making decisions to improve the program. Please take just a few moments to use the following link and provide your valuable feedback.


Your time and your candid input is greatly appreciated!

Additional Community Resources...

Interested in additional resources and supports?

The following resources are available to students and families for assistance with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional well-being. Additional information on Covid-19 and School-Age Child Care assistance are also available.

Iowa City Area Resources for Students and Families

Coding for Kids (Free options)

No visitors:

For health and safety reasons we cannot receive visitors onto our campus beyond the office. No visitors into our classrooms nor our cafeteria. To help with keeping our community physically distanced, please keep in mind that the Grant Wood office secretaries along with others can be reached by phone, 319-688-1180 and email. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us:

Principal: Ms. Maria, martin.maria@iowacityschools.org

Student Family Advocate (SFA): Ms. Amber, herring.amber@iowacityschools.org

School Facilitator: Mr. Brown, brown.ryan@iowacityschools.org

Instructional Design Strategist (IDS): Ms. Mangan, mangan.ashley@iowacityschools.org

Counselor: Ms. Newman, newman.heather@iowacityschools.org

Attendance secretary: Ms. Steggall, steggall.kara@iowacityschools.org

Office secretary: Ms. Lynch, lynch.kelsi@iowacityschools.org

District Message

We continue to keep a close eye on Johnson County COVID-19 positivity rates as well as absenteeism rates related to COVID-19 among our students and staff. We will remain diligent in our efforts to keep our community safe and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.
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ICCSD Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity & Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, (319) 688-1000, tabor.jeremy@iowacityschools.org.