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Cedar Rapids Community School District looks to push back start date by a week

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - The Cedar Rapids Community School District is looking to push its start date back a week.

Superintendent Noreen Bush announced in a video to families that they are considering moving the start date from Aug. 24 to Aug. 31.

The change is pending board approval, who will review on Monday, Aug. 10.

Some of the reasons Bush gave for the change in start dates are:

  • The district needs more time to respond to State guidance and new requirements
  • With an increase in cases in Linn County in July, the district needs help from the community to embrace safety measures
  • 70% of students have chosen in-person instruction and 30% choosing online options. With more students online than originally expected, the district needs to shift more staff and resources towards online learning.
  • Due to recent staff resignations, more time is needed to do some additional hiring
  • Supply and demand issues relating to safety equipment
  • Interruptions with construction projects due to the pandemic

Bush said that the change doesn't affect the educational choice parents have already selected for their children and wouldn't significantly alter the 2020-2021 calendar.

You can view the Cedar Rapids Return to Learn plan here.

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