Technology Update and Important Dates

Important Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday Aug 26 10am-6pm:
Temporary Virtual Learning device pickup at building of attendance

Wednesday Aug 26 10am-6pm:
Tech help desk for broken school computers at Prairie High School Main Entrance

Thursday Aug 27 10am-6pm:
Cohort B device pickup for students in K-6 at building of attendance and new students at Point and HS


Wifi Hotspots: 

We have received many calls about providing internet access due to the recent storm damage. In our planning over this summer, resources were collected and will be mobilized to provide for families who do not have internet access due to financial reasons that are ongoing. This includes data obtained from the state connectivity survey and data from online registration. 

We are not able to mobilize hotspots for families who typically have internet access but do not currently due to the recent storm for a short term. Unfortunately, we could not plan for such a terrible situation.  For students in our Temporary Virtual Learning program, the purchased curriculum package is based on students self-pace, so students will be able to participate in lessons at their pace once the home has internet restored. 

If there are extenuating circumstances that are long term for multiple weeks or months, please reach out to your building and we’ll see what solutions we may have. 

College Community Breakfast and Lunch Curbside Meal Pick Up – Sign Up Required

Attention Prairie Families! For the days that students​​​ are learning from home, breakfast and lunch will be available for pick up every Monday, starting August 31 from 10:30-Noon. Sign up is required! 

Parents will be required to complete the form for EACH STUDENT that curbside meals are requested for. CLICK HERE for details including sign up. 

Nutritional Services
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Prairie Fall Sports (9-12) Spectator Guidelines-Covid-19

Based upon guidance received from the Governor’s Office of the State of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, and the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Mississippi Valley Conference, the Prairie Activities Office has released its procedures for spectator admission for all 9-12 fall sports seasons.

Admission:

Normal admission will be charged at each venue.   Exact change preferred.   CCSD Activity Passes will be accepted for home events excluding tournaments and invitationals.

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Masks are required at all MVC venues for all events:  Football, Swim, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Golf.
  • Spectators are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer, but a spray sanitizer will be available upon entry.
  • Temperature checks will be for all spectators for home and visitors

Attendance:

Attendance and capacity limitations

  • FOOTBALL at John Wall Stadium and Point Stadium
    • First 3 rows of bleachers will be blocked off.  Handicap seating will be available.
    • Seating limited to 50% in both visitor and home stands
    • Prairie Activity Passes will be honored.
    • Student Section will be widened to include the first two sections of the stadium
    • Three entrances on the home side:  General ticket admission (the double arch gates on home side), Student gate (tickets and passes) (gate south of concessions by women’s restroom), Pass gate  (north of concessions by men’s restroom).  All will be clearly marked.
    • Gate will close when we reach capacity, spectators may be turned away
  • VOLLEYBALL at Prairie HS and Prairie Point
    • Masks are required and social distancing according to venue signage
    • First 2 rows of bleachers will be blocked off.  Handicap seating will be available
    • Prairie Activity Passes will be honored
  • CROSS COUNTRY
    • Masks are required and social distancing according to venue signage
  • BOYS GOLF Boys Golf @ Airport National
    • Masks are required and social distancing according to venue signage

Concessions:

Concessions will be offered based on guidelines set out by the Department of Education and the Department of Public Health.

Spectators are Asked to:

  • Accept personal responsibility for following public health guidelines
  • Practice safe social distancing (limit group to single households).
  • Be patient and use common sense
  • Abide by posted signage
  • Stay home if you show signs or symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Spectators not following guidelines will be asked to leave.

New Online Payment System and Nutrition Point of Sale

College Community Schools is happy to announce that we are launching two new online systems. The first one is called In Touch Receipting which is an online payment system. The second one is called Titan Solutions which is where you will go to for your child’s lunch account information.

We are very excited about both of these system upgrades and hope that they will improve our ability to better serve families. ​​

Click Here for information about both online systems.  

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Substitute Teaching Opportunities

College Community Schools is always looking for qualified substitute teachers to serve our students when our teachers need to be absent.  With Governor Kim Reynolds’ new proclamation as of July 17, 2020, there is now increased flexibility in the use of substitute teachers during the disaster emergency period.

This flexibility includes the degree requirement that is needed to obtain a substitute authorization. This has changed from a bachelor’s degree to an associate’s degree or 60 semester hours through a regionally-accredited institution. In addition, completion of the Substitute Authorization course is required. Here is the link to register for the Substitute Authorization course.

Our Substitute Teachers are paid at the rate of $15.50 an hour for any assignment over four (4) hours in length. In addition, a substitute whose assignment is up to and including four (4) hours will be paid at the rate of $16.00 an hour.

As a Substitute Teacher, you will be able to indicate which schools you would prefer to substitute in whether this is your own students’ school or for positions in all of our wonderful school buildings. You are also able to define which days you are available to substitute teach as well! We truly hope you consider this amazing opportunity to serve in our schools as a substitute teacher. If you meet the new educational requirements and have completed the substitute authorization course, please contact Grant Wood AEA to register as a Substitute Teacher with SubCentral. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Jeri Moritz, Executive Director of Human Resources at jmoritz@crprairie.org.

Back to School Information – What Parents Need to Know

SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES
Open House events will not be held at Prairie Schools this year due to health and safety concerns. Your child’s school will soon send communication to families with back to school information such as pick-up and drop-off routines and other first day of school details.

HEALTH UPDATE
In our effort to keep everyone healthy CCSD is following quarantine and isolation guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control
(CDC) and Linn County Public Health ( LCPH). Please be aware that beginning August 17th 2020, if your student comes in close contact (within 6ft for 15 minutes or greater) with a positive COVID 19 individual, the 14-day quarantine will affect your student’s school start date. Please contact your students’ school, so that the appropriate contact persons can be made aware.  Click here for information on when to quarantine.

If you have been told to stay home because of COVID-19, now what? Click here

FACE MASKS
Employees and students will be required to wear face masks (cloth or disposable),  when physical distancing is not possible. There may be times when the task makes wearing a mask not possible. Cloth face coverings are the preferred method for covering your face based on CDC guidance and guidance by Linn County Public Health.  Each employee and student will be provided with a reusable cloth mask. Parents are encouraged to send their student with a cloth face mask on the first day of school.

Students who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, or educational reasons as determined by the administrator, will be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.  Such accommodations may include being required to wear a face shield.  Documentation from a physician will be required if your child has a medical reason not to wear a cloth or disposable face mask.  Please call your students school if you have concerns. 

The preference for cloth masks over the option of either a mask or shield is a change in our plan based on the most recent CDC and Linn County Public Health Guidance.  It is not a state requirement to wear masks but a local decision that we feel is necessary to implement to ensure safe continuation of onsite instruction.

TECHNOLOGY UPDATE
For students who have selected the Temporary Virtual Learning path: 

  • Students in grades K-6 will need to pick up their school assigned computer at their building’s main entrance on Wednesday August 26th between 10 am and 6 pm.
  • Students in grade 10 will need to come to the High School main entrance on Wednesday August 26th between 10 am and 6pm to exchange their old computer for their new one.

For students in Cohort B:

  • Students in grades K-6 will need to pick up their school assigned computer at their building’s main entrance on Thursday August 27th between 10am and 6pm.
  • New students in grades 7-12 will need to pick up their school assigned computer at their building’s main entrance on Thursday August 27th between 10am and 6pm.
  • Students in Grade 10 will need to come to the High School main entrance on Thursday August 27th between 10am and 6pm to exchange their old computer and their new computer.

For students in Cohort A:

  • All students will pick up their computer on Monday August 31 during the school day.

Students in grades 7-12 who have broken devices from over the summer

  • Technicians will be available on Wednesday August 26th from 10am to 6pm at Prairie High School Main entrance for quick repairs. For more time intensive repairs, be prepared to leave your device and pick up on Friday August 28th. 

TRANSPORTATION UPDATE

Busing information for the upcoming school year will be available in your Campus Portal account on Friday, August 21st.  Each student will be allowed one bus per household.  Please check your students busing information prior to the first day of school.

New Bus Rules for the 20-21 School Year

  • Students must wear a mask while on the bus
  • Students must sit in assigned seat every time that they are on the bus
  • Students will not be allowed to open/shut windows
  • No food or drink allowed on the bus
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are available near the stairwell of the bus
  • Drivers will be disinfecting buses after every trip

Please review these rules with your student prior to August 31st.

FOOD & NUTRITION

Grades K-9 

All meals will be packed individually for each student.  All food items will be individually wrapped or packaged.  Students will be handed their meal and will choose their own milk. A la carte snacks and beverages will be available for purchase at Creek and Point, in the meal service line. Students will be seated in every other seat in the cafeterias to maximum physical distance. In buildings where there is not space in the cafeteria, the gym and/or classrooms may be used for lunch as well.

High School

All food items will be individually wrapped or packaged.  Students’ will place individually wrapped items on their tray.  Students’ will pick up their own milk choice.  A cold ready-made grab and go option will be offered daily too.  All students K-12 will have their own lunch card with a scannable barcode.  Once students have gone through the service line, they will not be able to go back for additional items. Students will be seated in every other seat in the cafeterias to maximum physical distance. In buildings where there is not space in the cafeteria, the gym and/or classrooms may be used for lunch as well.

For students who are learning off campus, we will have a pick up location at Prairie Hill for breakfast/lunch pickup.  We will ask families to sign up in advance for planning purposes.  These meals will be charged at the same level as a regular student meal based on student status. 

New point of sale system

We have implemented a new point of sale system called Titan- more information coming soon.

New this year:  Birthday Treats and classroom snacks can be ordered through Food & Nutrition for Grades K-4.  Order here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnnI2iEGrvfgo4LTXMlyZ9gU7wTh381zsXHHMexgEvrSkBQg/viewform?usp=sf_link

UPDATED SCHOOL CALENDAR
The school calendar has been updated. Click here for an updated Calendar at a Glance.


SUBSTITUTE TEACHING OPPORTUNITY

Our District is always looking for qualified substitute teachers to serve our students when our teachers need to be absent.  With Governor Kim Reynolds’ new proclamation as of July 17, 2020, there is now increased flexibility in the use of substitute teachers during the disaster emergency period.

This flexibility includes the degree requirement that is needed to obtain a substitute authorization. This has changed from a bachelor’s degree to an associate’s degree or 60 semester hours through a regionally-accredited institution. In addition, completion of the Substitute Authorization course is required. Here is the link to register for the Substitute Authorization course.

Our Substitute Teachers are paid at the rate of $15.50 an hour for any assignment over four (4)

hours in length. In addition, a substitute whose assignment is up to and including four (4) hours will be paid at the rate of $16.00 an hour.

As a Substitute Teacher, you will be able to indicate which schools you would prefer to substitute in whether this is your own students’ school or for positions in all of our wonderful school buildings. You are also able to define which days you are available to substitute teach as well! We truly hope you consider this amazing opportunity to serve in our schools as a substitute teacher. If you meet the new educational requirements and have completed the substitute authorization course, please contact Grant Wood AEA to register as a Substitute Teacher with SubCentral. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jeri Moritz, Executive Director of HR.

Prairie High School Construction UPdate

School Board members and district administrators received a Phase III construction update tonight as they toured Prairie High School. Phase III included the following additions and renovations at Prairie High School.

  • Renovated library
  • Renovated presentation room
  • New teacher collaboration spaces
  • New Fan Stand
  • New Learning Stair
  • Updated finishes in Success Center and Study Hall area

Work at Prairie High School is scheduled to be completed next this fall.

Voters in the College Community District passed a $49.5 million dollar bond referendum on February 2, 2016 to address facility needs at Prairie High School and our three oldest elementary schools.


Prairie Heights Elementary Construction Update

School Board members and district administrators received an update tonight as they toured Prairie Heights Elementary School. Work at Prairie Heights, which began this summer, includes adding a fire sprinkler system, replacing safety systems, and upgrading fire alarms and intercoms. The project also includes a new entrance. Work at Heights is scheduled to be completed next summer.

Voters in the College Community District passed a $49.5 million dollar bond referendum on February 2, 2016 to address facility needs at Prairie High School and our three oldest elementary schools.



Prairie View Elementary Construction Update

School Board members and district administrators received an update tonight as they toured Prairie View Elementary School. Work at Prairie View, which began last summer, includes adding a fire sprinkler system, replacing safety systems, and upgrading fire alarms and intercoms. The project also includes adding interior walls, updating ceilings and flooring.  Work at View is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Voters in the College Community District passed a $49.5 million dollar bond referendum on February 2, 2016 to address enrollment growth and facility needs at Prairie High School and our three oldest elementary schools.

Derecho Storm Resources

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE
211 General Assistance
Food, funding, and shelter Dial 2-1-1, text your zip code to 899211 or visit 
211iowa.org

Food Pantries
https://www.foodpantries.org/st/iowa

Financial Help
Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program
Disaster Case Management
Note: Make sure you’re keeping your receipts from disaster expenses (& pictures) for possible future assistance from feds.

Mental Health
If you are struggling and need to talk with someone. Call 1-800-273-TALK

Linn County Emergency Management Agency
Information on shelters, debris removal & what towns in Linn county are doing to respond to the storm needs.
Website

Linn County Public Health
Information on burning, road closures, safety tips with generators and food. https://www.linncounty.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1783

Iowa Dept of Public Health
Disaster relief resources, including agriculture.
https://www.iowa.gov/disaster-recovery-resources

Iowa Department of Human Services
Disaster assistance programs, such as food assistance replacement.
https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs

Red Cross – Serving Iowa
Can provide temporary lodging and meals.1-800-RED-CROSS and press 0
to speak with a representative

United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties
Their disaster resource page has updated information and resources for
those impacted by the derecho storm in Johnson and Washington Counties.319-338-7823
Website

City of Cedar Rapids
Updated information and resources for those impacted by the derecho
storm in the City of Cedar Rapids.
Website
Sign Up for Text Alerts

City of Iowa City
Updated information and resources for those impacted by the derecho
storm in the City of Iowa City.
Website

Iowa Derecho Storm Facebook Page
Over 18,000 citizens requesting and sharing recovery resources.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/974094406389442/?fref=mentions
POWER UPDATES:
MidAmerican Energy – Outage Map
https://www.midamericanenergy.com/OutageWatch/dsk.html

Alliant Energy – Outage Map
https://myaccount.alliantenergy.com/Por…/outeroutagenew.aspx
Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives – Outage Map
https://www.iowarec.org/outages
IF YOU WANT TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE
Volunteer
If you are searching for opportunities to volunteer to help with storm clean up needs.
Linn County -224-406-1366 or United Way
Marion – 319-447-3581

Donate
Horizons Meals on Wheels for Linn County is coordinating meals for
residents. 
You can donate here.

The City of Coralville’s Food Pantry is coordinating meals for residents. 
You can donate here.
The United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties is coordinating
disaster air. 
You can donate here.

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