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2021-2022 Return-to-Learn Plan Now Available

The Sioux City Community School District has developed our Return-to-Learn Plan for the 2021-2022 school year. The plan addresses the District’s health and safety protocols and processes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021-2022 Return-to-Learn Plan has been approved by the Board of Directors for the Sioux City Community School District and the Iowa Department of Education.

Read the Sioux City Community School District Return-to-Learn Plan in English 

Read the Sioux City Community School District Return-to-Learn Plan in Spanish

Read the Sioux City Community School District Return-to-Learn Plan in Vietnamese 

Read the Sioux City Community School District Return-to-Learn Plan in Oromo

Read the Sioux City Community School District Return-to-Learn Plan in Somali

Read the Sioux City Community School District Return-to-Learn Plan in Tigrinya

The protocols in the Return-to-Learn Plan were implemented when school began on Monday, August 23. The District welcomed students for in-person learning, as well as virtual learning for those students, enrolled in our new virtual school, VIBE Academy.

COVID-19 Reporting

The Sioux City Community School District engages in active monitoring of positive COVID-19 cases among staff and students. View the District’s weekly report for positive COVID tests as reported by parents and staff.

Masks

Masks are not required for students, teachers, or staff. However, unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to wear masks to help keep everyone safe and healthy. Conversations will occur in our classrooms to promote tolerance and acceptance for students’ choices, regardless of their decision to wear or not wear a mask.

Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines are not required for District students and staff, however, we highly encourage individuals to get vaccinated if they can.

Illness Practices and Protocols

Updated illness practices and protocols have been implemented to mitigate cases of COVID-19 in our buildings. If a child becomes sick at school and appears to have possible COVID-19 symptoms, they will be sent to the building’s Caring Room. A student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 should stay home for at least 10 days since COVID-19 symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and improvement of other COVID-19 symptoms.

Visit the District’s Illness Protocols and Practices webpage for more information.

Visitors

To limit the risk of exposure and minimize traffic in our school buildings, the District is limiting access to our buildings. Parents and volunteers will not be able to visit classrooms as a health and safety precaution. Access to outside agencies will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Free Breakfast & Lunch

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved an extension of the free breakfast and lunch program for all District students. Free meals will be available through the 2021-2022 school year. Students will receive free breakfast and lunch at school. Students enrolled in VIBE Academy, the District’s virtual school, can pick up meals according to the meal distribution schedule at any school during the hours of 11 am and 1 pm.

Ala carte options will still be available to students, however, these items are not covered by USDA funding. Students will be charged separately for ala carte items. Follow this link to pay for ala carte items.

Visit the District’s School Meals & Menus webpage for more information.

Community Resources

Resources are available for families that need additional support during this time.

Visit our Community Resource webpage for a listing of local resources.

Ongoing Updates

The District will continue to communicate updates related to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage families and staff to review the District’s Return-to-Learn Plan for the most complete information on our health, safety, and learning protocols and processes.