From the Office of the Superintendent . . .

School Closure/Continuous Learning

Dear Students and Families,

As you may have heard, Governor Reynolds announced today that schools in Iowa should remain closed through April 30 in response to the COVID-19 crisis. While we are disappointed knowing that it will be several more weeks before we see our students, the safety of our community and state comes first. 

Our board will review options outlined by the Iowa Department of Education for continuing learning during the closure, and consider which is the most appropriate path forward for our students, families, and staff. We want to ensure that we have the ability to provide high-level teacher and learning experiences and that all students have equitable access.  It is our hope to announce a specific plan by April 10.

We know that you have many questions. Rest assured that as soon as we have more specific information about how we will move forward with learning, we will share it with you. I’m committed to ensuring that every student in the Ar-We-Va, ESC, and SCC Community School District receives the education that s/he deserves.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Educationally,


Jeff Kruse

AWV, ESC, SCC Supt.

Decision: Voluntary

Dear Students and Families,

I think we can all agree that the last several weeks have been some of the most difficult that we have ever endured as a school community. Yet despite our circumstances, I am heartened by all of our efforts to make the best of the situation. 

One of the issues that we have wrestled with the most is how to ensure that our students continue their learning during this time and still ensure that safety remains the top priority. Based on feedback from our families, teachers, administrators, and school board,  the Ar-We-Va, ESC, and SCC school district has chosen to provide a variety of learning and enrichment activities for our students shared directly from our teachers. While these activities aren’t “required learning,” we strongly encourage parents, families,  and other caregivers to support participation while students are at home.

Our district was also given the opportunity to complete the application process with the Iowa Department of Education to move all of our teaching online for credit during this time. While this is an appealing opportunity, we don’t believe that option was the best choice for our students. We know that not everyone has equitable access to devices and the Internet at home. 

We know that you have many questions about how this extended school closure will impact your child(ren); especially our high school students and their credit needs for graduation. We are continuing to work with the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa’s Area Education Agencies, and our neighboring districts to uncover answers. One thing is for certain, however; we are all in this together and we will seek answers that make sense given these unprecedented times.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions.

Educationally,


Jeff Kruse
AWV, ESC, SCC Supt.