School Closure

Dear Parents, Guardians Staff and Community Members,

Today, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that all schools in Iowa will remain closed through the end of the school year to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

This announcement will continue to affect Ar-We-Va, East Sac County, and South Central Calhoun Community School District programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions. Graduation, awards programs, and prom options are being evaluated in each district by building administrators. To our seniors, we are trying to find options that will allow you to experience some closure to your HS careers. Your leadership is appreciated and valued. All spring activities have been discontinued by the boys' and girl's athletic associations. A decision for summer activities is to be communicated to local districts by June 1.

I know that this decision has caused a great deal of concern and disappointment for our students, staff, and families. The pandemic arrived quickly, and when we first were directed to close our school buildings in March, we did not realize it would be the last time we would see our students in person this school year. Please know that we share in your disappointment.

We will continue with virtual learning at this time and evaluate the pros and cons of the mandatory model. We encourage all families to keep their students engaged in these activities to ensure learning continues to take place through the end of the school year.  An end date will be communicated in the future as determined by each district. The governor also announced districts can modify school calendars for next fall to start earlier than the August 23 legislative set date for school start. Again each district will evaluate the benefits and concerns for considering this alternative option for next year. Districts are required to communicate to the Department of Education their "Return to Learn" plan by July 1, 2020.

Once again, thank you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility during this unprecedented time. We will get through this together. Please continue to stay safe, practice social distancing, and remain at home as much as possible. As more information is learned, it will be shared with the public.

Educationallly,



Jeff Kruse, Supt.