Please see below for our most recent updates on COVID-19.
Return-to-School Plan COVID-19 Handbook
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.
Alternative Diagnosis Letter
As North Cedar Community School District adapts to the challenges presented by COVID-19, we want to inform you of what to expect if we identify a COVID-19 case within our school district. Please be aware that in an effort to be compliant with privacy laws, we will not be sending district-wide notifications regarding positive cases or potential exposures. Rather, we will contact families and staff who will individually obtain instructions. Mass notifications will only occur if we determine that there is an outbreak of several cases and we are unable to specifically determine close contacts.
For more information, please read our alternative diagnosis letter and notification:
Free Meals to All Students
Beginning on Monday, September 14, North Cedar Community School District will be providing breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost to them regardless of meal benefit status until further notice. No sign up is necessary for students who are in-person learning. All children participating in online learning and those not enrolled in school must sign up in order to receive meals. Meals will be available for pick up at Mechanicsville Elementary, Lowden Elementary, or Clarence Junior/Senior High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Please see below for our free meal update and meal sign up.
COVID-19 New Procedures - Daycare
Cedar County COVID-19 Website
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.
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.
Sick or Exposed Student Requirements
North Cedar Community Schools will be adhering to the guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health when evaluating ill students in the Nurse's Office. The guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health is as follows:
Students who have any high risk symptom or two or more low risk symptoms should not be in school (for a minimum of ten days) and are advised to seek an evaluation by a health care provider.
Please check out our COVID-19 Parent Information for more detailed instructions.
When to Stay Home or Return Related to COVID-19