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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 the 2019-2020 academic year.
Now, as we open the 2020-2021 school year, the Return-to-Learn Plan guides the Sioux City Community School District’s plans to be flexible and accountable in providing education to our students in the safest format possible. Review details for the 2020-2021 school year plans and the Return-to-Learn Plan.
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.
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. Review COVID-19 and Illness Protocols and Practices for the Sioux City Community School District.
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.