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Dubuque Schools opt for online learning days over snow days for remainder of school year


DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) -- With the last day of school currently scheduled for June 4, the Dubuque Community School District is making plans to not extend that further into the summer.

The district is opting to go with virtual learning days rather than snow days for the remainder of the school year. The virtual learning day will count as a school day and participation is expected.

Superintendent Stan Rheingans says extending the the school year any later into June will create "significant community impact" including summer programming by community partners, staff taking additional courses at area colleges, planned vacations, and more.

For this year only, the State of Iowa has granted schools permission to hold virtual learning days for inclement weather while allowing those days to count toward the district’s instructional time requirement. Rheingans says Should a virtual day be required, instruction for students who normally learning in-person will operate similar to the fully online week held after the Thanksgiving holiday in November:

  • Elementary students will have a scheduled class Zoom as well as access to recorded core content area lessons and assigned work.
  • Secondary students will attend class periods via Zoom as scheduled.
  • Fully online students will continue instruction as they do on a normal school day.

Schools will provide additional details and expectations for logging on and completing learning for any future virtual days that may occur.

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