Covid-19

Please see below for our most recent updates on COVID-19.

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.

Recently, the North Cedar CSD received information from the governor and Iowa Public Health Department of a significant increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our area. As a result, we will be moving from our current in-person instructional model to remote learning for all students. For more information, please read the changes in our learning model message to families.

The North Cedar School Nutrition Department will be providing meals to students during hybrid or virtual learning at no cost to families. This also includes e-Learning families and any children ages 0 through 18 years. Families must sign up to receive meals. Any person can pick up meals for a family. We highly encourage all families to sign up for meals.

If your children are ill, quarantined, or isolated, they can still receive free breakfast and lunch meals from school by contactless pick-up.

Below are a few quick steps to do so:

  • Contact Jen Smith by email
  • Choose a building of pick up:
    • Clarence
    • Lowden
    • Mechanicsville
  • Let us know how many children need meals and for approximately how long.
    • Meal pick up is every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
    • Call the school of choice and transfer to the kitchen.
    • Let the staff know you are here to pick up meals.
    • A staff member will bring your meals and leave outside the door.
    • Once the staff member is inside, you can leave your vehicle to pick up.

On October 9, USDA Sonny Perdue approved free meals to all students ages zero through eighteen for the entire 2020-2021 school year. We encourage your children to eat school breakfast and lunch every day. Eating school meals helps support our school and community. School meals are safe, nutritious, and convenient. Although there will be no community holiday meal this year, we will still provide holiday meals in November and December for students and staff.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.