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Cedar Rapids Schools addresses return to learn plans at special Tuesday meeting

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - The Cedar Rapids Community School District held a special board meeting and work session Tuesday evening to provide the latest updates on the district's 'return to learn' plan.

The CRCSD Board of Education says their priorities are the following:

  • health and safety of students, staff and families
  • education, equity and opportunity for ALL students
  • choice for families
  • listening to staff and families and making the best plans for students and staff

As far as the return to learn feedback they received via the second family engagement survey, the board noted in the meeting that they received a "great" response:

  • 6,233 responses were received (over 1000 more than responded to first survey)
  • 10,805 students took part (almost 2000 more than responded to first survey)

38-percent of families surveyed said they'll send their students back to school for in-person learning, 26-percent plan to do the virtual option, and 24-percent are still unsure. 12% didn't respond to the question.

As far as health and safety, masks and/or face shields will be required for students and staff, common areas and classrooms will undergo a thorough sanitation process at the end of each school day, and handwashing and hand sanitizer stations will be used often in all classrooms.

Additionally, measures will be taken to ensure social distancing is taking place and the staff to student ratio will be minimized.

The district will release its final return to learn plan on Friday, July 31. Families will then have until August 5 to decide whether their children will start the year with in-person or online learning.

Specific plans for elementary, middle and high school levels were addressed in this meeting. The full meeting and work session can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPMUE3SH1WM

Further updates from the district can be found here: https://sites.google.com/crschools.us/crcsdreturntolearn/news-and-communication

Abby Turpin

Evening Anchor

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