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GOVERNOR REYNOLDS: Iowa schools recommended to close for four weeks

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UPDATE (3/16) -- The Cedar Falls School District released this statement:

"As you are well aware, the response to COVID-19, the Coronavirus Disease, is constantly evolving. Seemingly with each new development, the need to take further precautions takes another step. With the Governor's recommendation, all schools in Cedar Falls are closed for students until Monday, April 13, including all activities and athletics, as well as community use and rental of facilities. We understand and appreciate that this decision creates additional challenges for our families. At the same time, we feel compelled to do all that we can to protect the health and safety of our community."

Cedar Falls School District

UPDATE (3/16) -- The Waterloo School District says they will close all schools and public buildings for four weeks based on Governor Reynolds' recommendation.

That means school will be closed through Sunday, April 12.

Beginning Monday, March 23, there will be an optional curbside pick-up available for free meals for students Monday through Friday during the closure.

UPDATE (3/16) -- Iowa City Community School District released this statement:

As you may have seen last night, Governor Reynolds made the recommendation to close Iowa schools for four weeks in response to the confirmed community spread of Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). As a district, we will follow Governor Reynolds’ recommendation and our schools will be closed until Monday, April 13, 2020. The Governor has scheduled a public announcement later today and we anticipate the release of additional information regarding the closures.

At this time, the closure affects all school programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, all facility rentals, and all weekend events. However, BASP programming and the school-based health clinics will remain open during the week of March 16-20.

We are actively preparing plans for continued learning and school meal services throughout the closure. Details on these plans will be shared within our daily updates to families and staff as soon as things are finalized.

Thank you for your patience and your understanding as we work together through this incredibly trying situation. We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. Please take care of yourselves.

UPDATE (3/15) -- Hudson Community School District released this statement:

This evening the Governor of Iowa recommended all schools in the state close for a period of 4 weeks. While the Hudson Community School District is currently on spring break, we will comply with that request. Therefore, effective immediately all buildings are closed and all activities are cancelled at the request of Governor Reynolds. This includes any open gym, athletic practice, rehearsal, or any other activity otherwise sanctioned or not by the school district. Classes will resume and our schools will reopen only when it is deemed safe to do so working in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Black Hawk County Health Department, the administrative leadership team, and the Hudson Board of Directors. Facilities will be accessible only to those personnel essential for continuity of operations including administrators, clerical staff,  custodians, maintenance staff, and contractors. This is a very multi-faceted and fluid situation. More information will be forthcoming as available. Please continue to check our website for updates.

Hudson Community School District

UPDATE (3/15) -- The Allamakee Community School District has cancelled school for the next four weeks, following the recommendation of Governor Kim Reynolds.

Allamakee is where one of the newest cases is located. That person, who's age is described as being between 41-60, is believed to have contracted COVID-19 following international travel.

Governor Reynolds, the Iowa Department of Education, and the Iowa Department of Public Health has recommended that schools close for four weeks in order to combat the Coronavirus. We will follow that recommendation. There will be no school, practices, field trips, or school events until further notice. Staff should report to their buildings by 8:00 and await instructions. We acknowledge the hardship that this puts families in and we take this action in the best interest of our kids and our community. Please follow the recommendations of the Department of Public Health. As we learn more information, we will share it.

Allamakee Community School District

UPDATE (3/15) -- Waterloo Schools released a statement Sunday night:

We wanted to let you know that Waterloo Schools is aware of Governor Kim Reynolds' announcement tonight about school closures. Our district leadership team will meet first thing tomorrow morning to make decisions about next steps. We have been monitoring the Covid-19 situation and working with health officials regularly since the outbreak started. Thank you for your patience as we finalize details.  

Tara Thomas, Waterloo Schools

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) -- With the number of COVID-19 cases in the state rising to 22, Governor Kim Reynolds is recommending the closure of Iowa schools for four weeks.

“Based on new information today from the Iowa Department of Public Health, now is the time to move to the next level of response,” Gov. Reynolds stated. “I am now recommending that all Iowa schools close for a period of four weeks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

On Sunday, the Iowa Department of Public Health was notified of four additional positive cases in Iowa. Two of the cases are related to international travel; both are residents of Allamakee County. One is between 41-60 and the other is a child aged 0-18. The third case is a middle-age Johnson County resident with no identified travel-related risk or known exposure to COVID-19. The fourth individual lives in Polk County and is also a case of community spread.

One of Sunday’s new cases was the first Iowa test conducted by a national lab. With testing options now expanding, Iowa expects the numbers of positive cases to increase. The governor will hold a press conference Monday.

Collin Dorsey

Weekend Anchor

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