Van Allen Newsletter

A Preview and an Update for Our School Community

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Schedule Notes

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

Ready to go before 8am? Great! Mr. Ewald will use Facebook Live to share daily morning announcements. Join him Tuesday morning at approximately 7:50am on our James Van Allen Elementary Facebook page. The plan is to do this each day that we are scheduled for school while in an online learning format; these will always begin at approximately 7:50am.

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

Material Distribution

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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District Computer Support & Repairs

In the event that a student is having trouble with a school-issued computer, or if a device is in need of repair or replacement, please contact the ICCSD Technology Help Desk. The Help Desk can be reached by phone at (319) 688-1950, by email at, or by using the chat option available during business hours in the bottom right corner of the Technology & Innovation Blog ( For detailed technology support information, visit our technology support page.

PowerSchool Contact Issues

Many parents have received emails stating that their student has been removed from their PowerSchool account. We want to assure everyone that no students are being removed from PowerSchool. Over the summer, PowerSchool made a major change in how Parent/Guardian contact information is structured. This has required the District to go through the process of manually consolidating many active parent and/or emergency contact accounts. Additionally, the structure for how parents enter contact information into eRegistration has changed. Depending on how the accounts were previously set up, once eRegistration is complete, some parent accounts have become disconnected from their student accounts. We have a process for fixing this when it occurs and are working hard to make sure that all parent contact information that was input during the eRegistration process gets connected to the appropriate student accounts. Thank you for your patience while these issues are resolved.

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Non-Discrimination Statement

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,