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Western Dubuque Community Schools’ looking to push back start date

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) - Following Governor Kim Reynolds updates to the state's "Return to Learn: Reopening Iowa's Schools Safely and Responsibly Plan," the Western Dubuque Community School District is rethinking their next steps.

This week district leaders met with county health officials to determine what their plan should be based on the information provided by the state and Governor Reynolds.

The Governor's plan outlines steps school districts should take when moving from full in-person learning, to hybrid (meaning both in-person and online), to temporary remote learning.

Following the meeting with public health officials in Dubuque County, the district's Superintendent, Rick Colpitts, says their plan is not complete. Therefore, he is requesting more time to work with county health officials to guarantee a safe and responsible reopening.

"Based on these new developments from the state, we are recommending that we move the school start date back to Monday, August 24th. While we understand that this late change may be a challenge for some families, we believe that this decision is in the best interest of safely reopening our schools."

Rick Colpitts
Western Dubuque Community School District

Colpitts is recommending changes be made to the school calender, including the following:

  • School will begin face-to-face August 24th for all Kindergarten through 12th grade students
  • Classes will not be held on Friday's; instead Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Classes for Pre-K students will begin August 25th
  • School year ends Friday, June 4th
  • Students will still attend school for 184 days

District leaders will be presenting the following draft of a school calendar at the next board meeting.

View the amended school calendar here:

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