Ottumwa School District updates its return to learn plan

Ottumwa School District releases its plan for student to return to the classroom
Ottumwa School District releases its plan for student to return to the classroom(source: Ottumwa School District)
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 11:57 AM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - The Ottumwa School District website released updated information about its return to learn plan for this fall. The district says this plan is based on guidance from the Iowa Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control. The website also says these plans could likely change.

Here is what the district’s plan from its website.

First Day of Classes: August 24: The Ottumwa Board of Education voted to return to school Monday, August 24, 2020.  Our plans are that students and staff will be back in a face to face format with additional safety precautions put in place.  We are also working on a plan for virtual instruction for students who are not able to attend due to underlying health reasons or other concerns.  Please watch for registration information coming soon.  

Health and Safety: Many individuals are curious about whether their students will be required to wear masks. At this time, students will not be required to wear masks at school. Wearing masks will be a family decision and will be supported by the district. There will be changes to classroom routines and physical arrangements within buildings and classrooms. Hand sanitizer will be provided in or near every classroom so students can clean their hands regularly when entering and leaving a classroom. Signage will be posted with proper handwashing and cough/sneeze techniques. Custodial staff will continue to disinfect regularly and will follow intensified cleaning procedures when a case of COVID is confirmed.  

Instruction: There is a possibility that the learning environment will need to shift due to the pandemic. The district is preparing for continued learning in each scenario: face to face, virtual, or a combination of both. All students with identified needs will be served according to their plans.  Whether your student will be in a room with their teacher or engaged in virtual instruction, quality learning will continue. All details will be communicated with families and staff promptly if a change is required.  

At-Home Devices: In August, every K-12 student will have a computer assigned to them. Dates and times of distribution for K-8 students will be communicated soon. This action allows students to continue learning regardless of whether they are attending school face to face, virtually, or a combination of both.  

Internet Access:  The district is committed to ensuring that all students have access to quality internet.  We are partnering with Mediacom and Verizon to provide these services for our students and families in need.  Additional details and information will be available later this summer.

As we continue to receive information from the Department of Education, CDC, and Department of Public Health, we will continue to keep you updated.  We appreciate all your patience, flexibility and support in this ever changing situation.  

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