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 At Lewis Central, the health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority. With the continued spread and uncertainty around COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, we remain in close contact with local and state health departments to keep abreast of this rapidly changing situation. 

Resources for supporting learning at home

Click here for how and where we are distributing food to children under 18.

Below you will find links to local, state, and federal health agencies. We will rely on their expertise when making decisions regarding on re-opening the school district. 

Pottawattamie Public Health Department

Pottawattamie County Emergency Management

Iowa Department of Public Health
**Advice for Talking to Children about COVID-19 Coronavirus Page

CDC Prevention Tips

Most recent announcement from Dr. Knost

June 25, 2020

Dear LC Staff and Families;

It has been a few weeks since my last update pertaining to the Covid-19 Pandemic and our planning for the future. I had promised that you would hear from me when there was additional news to share. More detail will follow in July and August as we continue with our planning, but I wanted to at least provide a quick update of our intent at this point.

Today, some long awaited guidance was released from the State regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year (click the link for more information). Most important to share is that the State is supporting and intending for school districts to open for student attendance in the fall. They have also provided guidance pertaining to reasonable mitigation efforts to make our return as safe as possible. 

I had last reported to everyone that based upon a poll we distributed, the vast majority of our families who responded stated they were intending for their children to return to our schools in the fall. Since that time, our year-round staff have returned to work, our LCLC summer program is up and running, summer baseball and softball are underway, and additional activities will be allowed to return beginning July 1. We have applied all suggested and required mitigation efforts to these programs, and we feel they have been effective. 

We will continue to develop specifics relating to our August 25 return, and we will publish our protocols as our efforts proceed over the summer toward the new school year. Please also be reminded that we continue to prepare and fine-tune our online/distance learning mode that will be ready to implement in the event our district is closed again at any time due to the pandemic. This mode will also be utilized for students who have health concerns or live in homes with family members who have health concerns. As our registration process ramps up, we will begin to collect this information from our families. 

Again, details pertaining to protocols we will have in place for the return to school will be communicated well in advance of the new school year. In the meantime, per the information received from the State today, I wanted to send a timely message so everyone is aware that we are definitely planning for students to return to our schools August 25. You can expect my next communication to be sent out later in July. 

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the summer. Take care, stay healthy and stay tuned for more information in July! Sincerely, DK 

Click here for past COVID-19 related communications from Dr. Knost.

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