CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Cedar Falls Community School District has released its Return to Learn plan and made the decision to start the school year in-person.
The district says the decision was made based on giving students the best opportunity to learn while maintaining proper mitigation efforts.
"At this time, the District believes that the most effective way to support the academic and social-emotional needs of our students and families is to provide learning in person, at school with proper mitigation strategies in place. This is where we believe our students gain the most comprehensive benefit as they have more contact and access to, as well as assistance from, their teachers and support staff. As such, in-person learning will continue to be our baseline that we strive to return to when moves to alternate learning scenarios (hybrid or online) are required."Cedar Falls Community School District
Some of the health and safety procedures the District will follow include requiring face masks for students and staff as well as maintaining six feet of social distancing between students. Use of face masks will be reinforced when social distancing is not possible.
The District says that they will not do daily screening of students for symptoms, but are asking everyone to pre-screen at home.
There will also be hand-washing breaks scheduled 3-6 times per day and staff will reinforce best hand washing practices.
If protocols and guidelines from Black Hawk County change, the District has outlined a fully-online option and a hybrid option that schools may transition to.