DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) - As schools across the state remain closed due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Dubuque Community School District wants to keep their students engaged in learning.
The school district is supplying families with educational support packets. The packets are divided by primary and secondary age groups and list suggested activities to keep students actively learning.
Mark Burns, Executive Director of Secondary Education for the Dubuque Community School District, the goal is to keep students on a regular learning routine.
"We have created learning opportunities for our students so we want them to be using them," said Burns. "We think they'll find them challenging but we also created things with accommodations so they'll find them accessible."
Students are not required to complete the materials nor will they be graded. However, Burns said the additional practice could help students avoid a learning gap when they return to their traditional classes.
"Through the guidance of the Department of Education, we cannot grade these," said Burns. "But we do encourage students to do these activities and we think they'll find them important as it'll help us speed things up when they come back."
All standardized tests have been canceled for the rest of the school year. School districts are waiting to learn more about the long-term effects of closures from the Department of Education.