Van Allen Newsletter
A Preview and an Update for Our School Community
The District has been granted permission from the State and our Board of Directors have voted unanimously to begin the 2020-21 school year in a 100% off-site learning model.
Tuesday, September 8th is the first day of school. Each day of school will begin, online, at 8am. All of our students will begin the day with their class meeting (except 6th grade, which begins the day with their special).
This will be different than last Spring when the learning was optional. Your support is greatly appreciated as your child transitions back into a regular school routine.
Daily, Morning Announcements
Too much of a rush just to get ready by 8am? No worries. The morning announcement videos should save and be accessible at any time; we'll also work on uploading them to YouTube if that is a platform that is more convenient for you. Stay-tuned for more information.
Students are expected to participate in school on days they have synchronous learning and attendance will be monitored. Parents will need to contact the school to communicate absences and the reason for the absence. The ICCSD will utilize the current excused and unexcused definitions but will follow some different processes for recording absences during the different learning modes. In addition, attendance tracking, attendance plans and truancy referrals will be adapted in response to COVID-19. Tardies will not be tracked.
Grab & Go Meal Sites
The Grab & Go meal sites are outlined below. Meals are served from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Each meal includes breakfast and lunch. Menu information can be found at MealViewer, under the Grab & Go menu. Meals are free and available to all Iowa City Community School District students and children do not need to be present in order for a guardian to pick-up a meal for the child.
Grab & Go meal sites beginning September 8, 2020:
- City High School
- Hills Elementary School
- Liberty High School
- North Central Junior High School
- Northwest Junior High School
- South East Junior High School
- West High School
We are excited to announce that the USDA has extended our waiver allowing us to continue to offer free meals to all students. The waiver has been extended through December 2020. While meals are currently free for all students through December under this waiver, it is critical that families still complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application since meals may not be free beginning in January 2021. The District provides free and reduced meals to families that qualify; however, you must fill out an application each year as federal income guidelines change. Please be aware that even if you applied last year, you need to reapply by September 30, 2020, to prevent a potential loss in benefits. If you have already filled out an application or have received a benefits notification from the District’s Nutrition Services Department for this year, NO additional action is necessary. Please contact the Nutrition Services Office at (319) 688-1021 if you have any questions about your student’s meal status or if you are unsure about whether an application is needed at this time.
Thank you again to our Nutrition Services team for their continued dedication to the students in our community. We will provide additional guidance for meal pick-up during the hybrid learning model prior to the District moving into that model. #ICCSDtogether
If you weren't able to make it for our first round of material distribution, please contact the school office and we can arrange for a curbside pickup.
*Additional materials will be issued on the evening of September 16, 2020.
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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 and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000, Tabor.Jeremy@iowacityschools.org.