Please see below for our most recent updates on COVID-19.
March 10, 2020
We understand that the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is causing much anxiety in our community, state, and the world. North Cedar Community School District is working closely with Cedar County Public Health and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Please read the entire March 10, 2020, message.
March 19, 2020
March Board Meeting Highlights
Each month, the North Cedar School Board will be sharing two or three key highlights of our monthly board meetings. These takeaways are messages that the board collectively feels are important for the public to know. Here are the highlights from the March 16, 2020, meeting:
The community show of support during the COVID-19 pandemic has been remarkable. District administration, teachers, staff, parents, students, and community members, have shown unity in the current and uncertain times. The North Cedar School Board thanks you for your solidarity and for continuing to be strong, Knights!
A Message from Mrs. Crittenden
District Daycare Update
At this time, we will continue to stay open to those families who are in need of childcare. We understand at this unprecedented time some of you have chosen to pull your children out for the time being. In an effort to help families through this time, we will not be charging rates while your child is gone. This will not affect your spot during this time away, either. Once we get through this, things will resume as they were before and you will have your same spot available.
With that being said, we may need to utilize your spot during the time you are not using it to assist families that are out working the "frontlines" whose daycares have closed for the time being. If you are planning to keep your child home until they open schools back up, please let me know. We ask those who are just wanting to self-quarantine for two weeks and will then be returning to work and will need childcare before the schools open back up, to also let us know as soon as possible. This way I can assure you will have a spot when you need it.
We will be postponing the rate changes that were supposed to take effect on April 1 until we are through this.
As a reminder for those who have school-age children, we will bill these days as no school days. If you plan to attend part-time, please let us know what days. We will set these days, as we are trying to utilize our space as best as possible and help those we can.
We also have some new precautions and protocols in place due to COVID-19. You can view all of these in our protocol and precaution letter to parents.
Maria L Porter, District Daycare Director
Junior/Senior High Resources
The junior/senior high staff has assembled a collection of resources below for students to utilize during the COVID-19 closure. Our overall goal is to keep our students' brains engaged and prevent boredom during this time. All activities are beneficial but optional. If your student needs any items from school such as laptop, books, or band instruments, please contact Principal Bendixen via email, and we will make arrangements for you to pick up those items.
At Home Activities
Hello North Cedar Elementary Families,
We put together some ideas for you to do with your kids over the next four weeks! These are optional but may help pass the time during the quarantine! Please check out our North Cedar Elementary home activities document.
Thank you to all families for your recent patience, trust, flexibility, and support. What we are experiencing is unprecedented and hopefully a once in a lifetime event.
The governor recommended that schools shut down for four weeks. We will follow the governor's recommendation and not have school again until Tuesday, April 14. This means that there are no school activities at all for the North Cedar Community School District through Monday, April 13.
We are continuing to make plans on how to best serve our students and will be sending more information in the days to come. We are looking at educational options for students, as well as offering a meal program. There are many moving parts, and we all want to do what we can.
Please take a moment to read Superintendent Mark Dohmen's complete letter to parents regarding the school closure, and contact your building principal or other administrators by email only with questions.
- Superintendent - Mark Dohmen
- Junior/Senior High School Principal - Mary Bendixen
- Elementary Principal - Jenny Horman
- District Nurse - Lee Kline
- District Food Director - Jen Smith
- District Director of Maintenance - Bob Dohmen
- District Daycare Director - Maria Porter
- District Technology Director - Peter Green
- District Transportation Director - Robert Johnson
Extension of School Closures
North Cedar Staff, Parents, and Community,
Governor Kim Reynolds announced an extension of school closures throughout Iowa. As a result, buildings and facilities in the North Cedar Community School District will remain closed until at least Thursday, April 30.
We will continue to provide meal services and online learning resources for our students. We’ve recently received some new guidance from the Iowa Department of Education that allows us to provide more instructional opportunities to our students. We ask that you encourage your child to participate along with accessing the resources we provided last week. We will be providing more instructional opportunities in the near future. We are also asking parents to look for upcoming communication from their elementary teacher and/or make sure their children are checking their emails daily as this will be the primary way our teachers will be communicating with students. For the latest updates, please continue to check our website and Facebook page.
Again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through this very challenging and uncertain time. Please continue to practice social distancing, and stay at home as much as you can to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
We appreciate your patience as we work to create a positive plan for students and your continued support of the North Cedar Community School District.
Superintendent of North Cedar Community School District
Please note, Cedar county has created a website with helpful information about the COVID-19. Please view this COVID-19 website. Here you will find community updates, FAQ, links to supporting agencies, and much more.
April 20, 2020: New Teacher Resources Updated Weekly
North Cedar Community Schools Return to Learn Plan
Since the pandemic began in March, the school has focused on using the most up-to-date information from local and state sources. As we prepare for the new school year, we will continue to do the same to work towards our goal of providing a safe working and learning environment for both our students and staff.
Over the past several weeks, our return to learn district leadership team has been meeting to organize and gather information and make recommendations for a safe return to school. We have been reviewing guidance from local, county, state, and federal agencies/authorities. Our school district leadership team, along with our R2L sub-committee teams, will continue to utilize guidance to develop our routines and procedures to keep students and staff safe at school.
As North Cedar Schools plans for returning to school in the fall, we have put together our return to learn plan. We hope to begin school on August 26 as regularly scheduled. We believe our students are most safe learning while they are in school under the guidance of our educational and support staff.
Please take a moment to read the North Cedar administrative team's complete letter regarding the return to learn plan.
We have created this plan to aid in navigating the re-establishment of our school where employees, students, and families feel safe and to reduce the impact of COVID-19 conditions upon returning to the district. The guidelines referenced in this plan are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Regular updates will be made to this plan based on information provided by the CDC and applicable federal, state, and local agencies.
Please take a moment to review our return-to-school plan for complete details.