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Coronavirus: Health Information for Families & Staff
We continue to be committed to the safety and well-being of our students and staff. With the recognition of the Iowa Governor’s recommendation to close school on Sunday, March 15, and after continuing to closely monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the Sioux City Community School District took swift action to close schools starting March 16.
On April 17, the Iowa Governor granted all schools the approval to remain closed through the end of this academic year. The Sioux City Community Schools will remain closed through the end of this school year, but students can continue to participate in voluntary continuous learning from home through June 2.
Our goal is to keep everyone as safe as possible through this pandemic by supporting students at home. At this time, all Sioux City Community School District facilities are scheduled to remain closed through the end of this school year. School grounds, including playgrounds, fields, and sports grounds are also closed. While we are closed, all events are canceled or postponed.
Because the Sioux City Community School District will engage students in voluntary continuous learning, students and staff will not make up school days for the time facilities are closed due to COVID-19.
Thank you for being our partner in this challenging time. Together, we are doing what is right to protect the safety and well-being of this community. Our work today to practice social distancing and allow families to keep kids home is part of the recommended national efforts to mitigate further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Maintain your mental health. Because there is a great deal of anxiety and concern during times of crisis, there may be a mental health need in our community. The Sioux City Community School District works with Siouxland Mental Health to connect people to local mental health services when needed. If you or a family member requires support at this time, Siouxland Mental Health is available during business hours for walk-in crisis appointments and can be reached during the day at 712-252-3871. The after-hours crisis line is 712-279-2010.
Make healthy choices. Review good hygiene with your family to help keep them safe. Examples of some routine, everyday preventive actions to lessen the spread of viruses include:
- ○ Cover your mouth with your upper arm or a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- ○ Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- ○ Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- ○ Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- ○ Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Follow Sick Day Guidelines:
Keep others well by keeping your child home when sick.
- For your child’s health, stay home if:
- ○ A fever of 100.0 degrees or higher
- ○ Vomiting or diarrhea
- Symptoms that may keep your child from participating in school:
- ○ Cough that he or she cannot control
- ○ Headache, body aches, or earache
- ○ Sore Throat (A little sore throat may be ok for school, but a bad sore throat is not.)
- Remember the 24 hour rule:
- ○ Fever: Keep your child home until fever has been gone with no medicine for 24 hours.
- ○ Vomiting or diarrhea: Keep your child home for 24 hours after the last time he or she vomited or had diarrhea.
- ○ Antibiotics: Keep your child home for 24 hours after the FIRST dose of antibiotic.
This web page will be updated as new information or guidelines are provided by public health officials. Thank you for your support and partnership as we work together to maintain a healthy learning environment.