COVID-19 SCHOOL CLOSURE

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    In addition to school, all activities, including rehearsals, competitions, and team events are cancelled/postponed until further notice.

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PREVENTION IS IMPORTANT

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
    • Stay home when you are sick. 
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  

    For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.

COMMUNICATIONS SHARED WITH FAMILIES

  • School Closure Update (03-16-2020)

    Posted by Laurie Haman on 3/16/2020

    March 16, 2020

    CCA Families;

    As mentioned last night in a district email to parents, CCA will be following Governor Reynolds’ recommendation for a 4 week school closure to help with prevention and mitigation of COVID-19.  Spring Break is March 16-March 20 and the anticipated return date is April 13.

    CCA has been working on plans for a possible closure, however the logistics, feasibility and legal authority for all elements of the plan are still uncertain. While spring break does give us more time to plan, we know our families and staff want answers as soon as possible.  

    What we Know Today and Future Planning

    Today, lawmakers are meeting to discuss the items. We need answers to these questions before we can finalize and communicate our full plan:

    1. Will school districts be required to make up these days?
    2. What can learning opportunities look like during school closure?
    3. Can we continue food service in some way? (CCA has applied for a waiver to provide meals to students during this closure and the approval is pending)
    4. What are the options for employees to be compensated during school closure?
    5. How can we help with internet options?
    6. Can we provide care for high needs children? 

    We are working as quickly as possible to finalize plans. In addition to working with our school teams, schools throughout the region are working together to generate effective responses to this closure.

    Here is a quick summary of what we can determine at the moment:

    1. All CCA schools will remain closed to students, most staff and the public (including community use and rentals) until further notice.
    2. All activities are postponed until further notice.
    3. The unions representing our state’s extracurricular activities released a joint message that they will also honor the governor’s recommendation and suspend competition and practice until April 13.
    4. Since this situation evolves hourly, we cannot at this time make or finalize plans for activities occurring after the April 13th return to school. This includes yearly events such as prom and graduation. We will continue to monitor recommendations from public health that may impact these events.

    Our goal is to release our full plan related to the 4-week shutdown as soon as possible, with a goal of communicating additional details to staff and families yet this week. First, we must have answers from our legislature and the governor to important questions that will significantly impact our plan. All area schools are in the same situation and we continue to work together to expedite these answers and our planning processes.

    Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

    CONSIDERATIONS DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE:

    • When making arrangements for childcare, take into account that grandparents may be in high-risk categories related to age and/or underlying health conditions.
    • Students should avoid social gatherings in their homes or in public during the duration of this school closure.
    • Students should stay home when ill.

    GENERAL PREVENTION STRATEGIES:

    1. All people with flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath should stay home from work, public spaces, and social gatherings to prevent others from getting ill.
    2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue away immediately after you use it.  If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your inside elbow area. 
    3. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze.  If you are not near water, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
    4. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
    5. Avoid travel and large gatherings in the coming weeks. 
    6. Please remember that people with underlying health conditions are at greater risk.

    We continue to work with local and state public health departments for guidance to help slow the spread of this disease and help ensure students and staff are safe.

    Thank you,
    Tim Kuehl
    Superintendent

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  • CCA Closing for 4 Weeks (03-15-2020)

    Posted by Laurie Haman on 3/15/2020

    With Governor Reynolds' most recent recommendation, CCA will be closing school for 4 weeks.  We are in the process of developing plans and will communicate these plans as quickly as possible. Immediate focus will be on the next few weeks, beyond that, we will operate with a week-to-week mindset. As you know, the situation is evolving daily, sometimes hourly

    In addition to school, all activities, including rehearsals, competitions, and team events are postponed until further notice.

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  • COVID-19 Update (3-13-2020)

    Posted by Laurie Haman on 3/13/2020

    We want to give you another update to COVID-19 prior to spring break. CCA, at this time, will resume classes after spring break, on March 23. Our building cleaning and maintenance staff will deep clean facilities during spring break and there will be limited access to the buildings. 

    As Governor Reynolds stated in her news conference this afternoon, Iowa schools are not closing, however all schools are preparing and planning for closure if required. Des Moines schools did extend their break by two days however it is not an extended week. Three of those days were already used for professional development.

    In addition to information in previous communications these are some things we are currently doing:

    • CCA meets daily with Emergency Management and all area agencies working on COVID-19 planning. 
    • Nutrition services is working on food insecurity plans in the event schools are required to close. There have also been adjustments to how students move through the lunch lines to limit the amount of surface being touched.
    • The buses will also receive deep cleaning on top of the regular cleaning they routinely receive. 
    • A web page has been created on our district website to host the information we send out and also provides resources we receive from Iowa Department of Public Health and CDC. The resources provide information on ways to speak with your children regarding COVID-19, travel recommendations, and updates from the education perspective. The more informed we are from the experts, the more we can prevent and plan better.

    CCA Coronavirus Website Information and Updates  https://www.ccaschools.org/Page/5415

    Have a safe and great week off.

    Sincerely,
    Tim Kuehl
    Superintendent

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  • Kirkwood Classes for Juniors and Seniors (3-12-2020)

    Posted by Laurie Haman on 3/12/2020

    Re: Students attending Kirkwood

    Below is a letter we received this afternoon from Kirkwood Community College. CCA Students attending Kirkwood classes received an email from Kirkwood too. It will be very important for students to check their Kirkwood email often and follow their instructions. 


    Dear K-12 Partners – 

    Please see the important forwarded message that was released by our college president, Dr. Lori Sundberg this morning.  I’d like to provide a few clarifying points as it relates to area high school students participating in concurrent enrollment and career academy classes.  Your students will also be receiving the attached letter today through email.

    First, for offerings at our Kirkwood Regional and County Centers.

    • Beginning March 23 through at least April 10, regional and county center students should not attend any of their regularly scheduled classes.  Both Arts and Science and Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructors will be delivering course content and material through an online format.  
    • Instructors will be reaching out to your students with instructions and expectations on how to access course material.  It is imperative that your students check and review their Kirkwood email during this time frame.  This is Kirkwood’s official method of communication to students.  Beyond important and timely information from teachers, their Kirkwood email will also deliver other critical college messages related to COVID-19 and how it is affecting college operations.

    Your students who are currently enrolled in a class that meets at the Kirkwood main campus or Iowa City campus will be hearing directly from their instructors about expectations moving forward during the March 23 – April 10 timeframe.  Your students enrolled in concurrent enrollment online classes are ahead of the game and will be able to continue their instruction as they have been.

    Kirkwood concurrent enrollment courses that are being delivered on-site at your high school can continue to meet in-person as scheduled.  Many of your instructors are using our learning management platform which we call Talon, while others are not.  In thinking ahead and developing a contingency plan for “what if” scenarios, we are suggesting that your faculty teaching Kirkwood credit courses begin preparing to have their college curriculum available to students electronically.  We are in the process of setting up training sessions that will be designed to help them prepare.  When additional details are available, we will provide you with that information.  Compensation to your faculty who participate in this training will be made available.  Please contact me directly with questions or concerns that you may have about this.

    Clinical time for your Health Academy students has either been temporarily suspended or will be very soon.  This is also being communicated to your students directly by their Kirkwood instructors.  I’m attaching a copy of more comprehensive information that has previously been shared with this group of students.

    As you all know, things are rapidly changing as everyone works to respond to the spread of COVID-19.  We will do our best to keep you updated with critical information related to your students’ instruction through Kirkwood.   While face-to-face classroom instruction is being suspended, all Kirkwood campuses, regional centers, and county centers will remain open.

    Kristy Black, Dean
    College Credit in High School  - Regional and County Centers
    Kirkwood Community College
    6301 Kirkwood Blvd
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
    319-398-4500

     
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  • COVID-19 (03-11-2020)

    Posted by Laurie Haman on 3/11/2020

    03-11-20 Update on COVID-19

    We understand the growing concern about Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) as it has now become present in our community.  It is a concern we all share.  With the start of Spring Break only a few days away, there have been questions raised about travel and what impact it may have on the spread of the virus. We know many of our students, families, and staff have planned trips out of state or even out of the country. 

    At the time of this letter, there are four countries around the world which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified with a Level 3 Travel Notice, meaning widespread or ongoing transmission of COVID-19.  Those countries are China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. The Iowa Department of Public Health recommends that anyone who visits these countries voluntarily self-isolates for 14 days upon their return and should follow its public health recommendations.

    The District expects any employee who visits an area that the CDC has identified as high risk for COVID-19 to follow public health recommendations. If you are an employee who has visited, or plans to visit, one of the above-identified nations, please contact Director of Health Services, Kathy Campbell, to determine the most up-to-date guidance for the re-entry to school process.  

    As a district, we are operating in a state of preparedness with guidance from Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) before making any decisions regarding closing schools. However, the decision has been made to cancel all outside group facility rentals starting March 16 until further notice. All outside groups will receive notification of their cancellations. All school sponsored programs/events are currently on schedule.

    We are currently focusing on the areas of facilities and custodial services, nutrition services, and transportation to minimize the potential exposure of the virus within our schools.  We are continuously working to remind students and staff to practice the standard precautions for combating illness, including covering your cough/sneeze, washing hands with soap and water, disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, and staying home when you are sick.  Our buildings will undergo thorough cleanings over the week of Spring Break.

    While there are many legitimate concerns about COVID-19, being well-informed and taking precautionary steps can keep us healthy and safe.  We will continue to provide updates to families and staff as information becomes available.

    Sincerely,
    Tim Kuehl
    Superintendent

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  • The CDC and Public Health recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID

    Posted by Laurie Haman on 3/9/2020

    The CDC and Public Health recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID (and all illnesses) in schools remain the same: frequent handwashing, covering coughs/sneezes, and staying home when ill.

    You play a very important role in helping to prevent the spread of viruses. These steps may sound simple but, according to the
    public health experts, they are tried-and-true measures for all of us to take:

    1. If you are sick, do not come to school: that includes staff, students, parents and volunteers.
    2. Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before eating and after touching community surfaces. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer.
    3. Refrain from touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    4. Cover your cough with the inside of your elbow, not your hands.
    5. Avoid close contact with anyone who has flu-like symptoms.
    6. Don't share food or drink.
    7. Avoiding close contact with others by trying to stay at least an arm's length from others.
    8. Practice healthy behaviors by eating well, sleeping well and getting outside when possible.
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  • COVID-19 (03-09-2020)

    Posted by Laurie Haman on 3/9/2020

    Yesterday, Governor Reynolds announced that there are three presumptive positive cases of Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) in Johnson County. We continue to communicate with Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) and there has been no change with guidance from our last parent/staff communications. As the situation continues to develop we will remain in close contact with their team, as well as representatives from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and follow any guidance that is received from their experts. 

    We will continue to monitor the situation daily and plan to follow up with families and staff with any additional information we have.

    • Based on guidance we received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) it is currently recommended that schools postpone or cancel all international trips. 
    • The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is currently recommending that schools should consider postponing or canceling trips within the US that could expose students and staff to potential community spread of COVID-19.
    • The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) states that schools should consult with IDPH or their local health department to discuss the COVID-19 risk associated with specific out of state travel locations.
    • The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is currently recommending that students and staff returning from travel to areas with community spread of COVID-19 must follow guidance they have received from public health

    Resources:

    The CCA custodial teams are working hard to disinfect heavily touched areas on a nightly basis in all buildings with the recommended cleaning products. All buildings will be thoroughly deep cleaned and disinfected during spring break week. 

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  • COVID-19 (03-04-2020)

    Posted by Laurie Haman on 3/4/2020

    Clear Creek Amana Community School District is working closely with Johnson County Public Health and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. 

    It is also important to note that Iowa has no confirmed cases of coronavirus. Just this week, in a webinar with Iowa school districts, state health officials noted that the risk here remains low. CCA will continue to communicate our ongoing efforts regarding the coronavirus.

    What is Known

    • The virus causing COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified, and causes a respiratory illness ranging from a mild cold-like illness to severe respiratory disease.
    • Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications from COVID-19 are believe to be the very old, very young and those with other chronic or underlying medical conditions.
    • There is no vaccine or treatment currently available for COVID-19, so prevention is very important.
    • IDPH, Johnson County Public Health and Clear Creek Amana Community School District are preparing for when/if this happens. 

    Finally, you play a very important role in helping to prevent the spread of viruses. These steps may sound simple but, according to the public health experts, they are tried-and-true measures for all of us to take:

    • Keep children home when they are sick.
      • Students (and parents/guardians) who are ill, especially with acute respiratory symptoms (not allergies or chronic conditions), should stay home.
    • Teach your children to always cover their cough and sneezes with a tissue or elbow.
    • Remind them to wash their hands with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer) after they touch their face, use the restroom and before they eat.
    • Tell children to avoid touching their mouth and nose since that is how germs get into the body.
    • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (everyday household disinfectants are fine).
      • Enhance cleaning of high touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles and sink handles.
    • Plan for when community spread occurs.
      • Ensure you have a plan to designate a caregiver, such as a family member or neighbor, for a sick child(ren) if you can’t stay home.
      • Know your child’s school plan to communicate with you when needed, such as robocalls, email or checking their website.

    We will continue to move through this together, and be responsive to our local, state and federal health experts as they guide us through this process.

    Find up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Iowa at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus

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