COVID Correspondence April 3, 2020

Earlham School Continuing Education Plan
Posted on 04/03/2020

Dear Earlham Cardinal Family,

Yesterday, Governor Kim Reynolds announced the recommendation to extend school closures statewide through April 30, 2020. The Earlham Community School District will follow this recommendation. The closure continues to affect all school programming, including before-and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, access to facilities,  and all weekend events through April 30th.   

The Department of Education has directed each school district to make a choice on how they plan to serve students going forward. The first choice is to provide No Continuous Learning.  The second choice is Voluntary Education Enrichment Opportunities.  The third choice is to have Required Educational Services.  For more details on the three choices, click on this link.  

Following multiple and thorough discussions, the district is going to continue to provide Voluntary Educational Enrichment Opportunities for all students. After considering the three options, I felt that this option is what is best for the students. Every family has different challenges and this choice allows the maximum flexibility to families with respect to their individual circumstances.  Please understand that we still believe it is critical to engage children in learning through our supplemental resources. This engagement in learning will hopefully bridge the gap of lost classroom instruction time.

Since many of the resources teachers will provide will require internet access, technology issues may arise. The district is concerned about internet access and availability for families.  Please fill out the following survey to share information about access at home.  Technology support is always available by emailing Technology Director Cory Houghton (choughton@ecsdcards.com). Mr. Houghton can also meet students and staff at other times, but please email him first to troubleshoot the problem.

We will begin school lunch services on Monday, April 6, and plan to continue this program through the school closure. We may modify the frequency of meals delivered, but we will continue to ensure resident students receive breakfast and lunch for each school day while school buildings remain closed.

In addition, the district is going to provide an archive of correspondence so that parents can access previously shared information. This will include official announcements that will be received via School Messenger as well as learning activities for students. The archived materials/announcements will be linked on the district website: ecsdcards.com.

We want to ensure the safety of our students, families and all community members. School closures and social distancing are important aspects of returning to normal life in our community as soon as possible. We encourage everyone to do their part by continuing to stay home as much as you can.

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