FDCSD COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Fort Dodge Community School District COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
This document will be updated as we have answers to additional frequently asked questions. The newest information will be posted at the top. Thanks!
Can school playgrounds be used?
Due to the challenges involved in keeping playground equipment sanitized, all FDCSD school playgrounds are closed to the public until further notice. We are following guidance from the CDC and the Department of Public Health. Please take the recommended precautions to keep yourselves safe Dodgers!
Will schools be closed?
At this time, all Fort Dodge Community School District schools are closed through April 12, 2020.
Will students receive meals?
The District will be providing free grab and go lunches for children 18 and under beginning Monday, March 23, 2020. Lunches will be distributed weekdays from 11:30 - 12:20 at Butler, Cooper, Duncombe and Riverside from a school bus parked at the building entrances. People should remain in their vehicles and pull up next to the bus for window delivery. Children may walk to the distribution site to receive a lunch but will not be allowed to eat onsite. Children 18 and under can pick up lunch at any location regardless of what school they attend. The child must be present to receive a lunch; one lunch per child per day. This free service will continue through the duration of the closure.
Will students have to make up the missed school days?
The Iowa Legislature took official action to waive districts' requirements to make up lost instructional time due to the COVID-19 related closure. We believe this action covers the closure in place through April 12. Updates regarding the calendar for the remainder of the year will be provided at a later date.
Will students and staff have access to District buildings and facilities?
Students will not have access during the closure. Staff access will be very limited during the closure. Information will be communicated to staff regarding requirements for reporting to work during the closure.
Are District buildings and facilities open to the public?
All District buildings and facilities are closed to the public to encourage social distancing and reduce the spread of COVID-19. All outside events and activities by rental permit in district facilities are also canceled. Individuals who need to contact the District during the closure should call 515.576.1161.
Will staff be paid during the closure?
There is no greater asset to our kids than the staff who serve them. A resolution will be presented to the School Board at their meeting on March 23 which will allow the District to pay our staff while school is not in session. Our plan is to pay our staff in full for their regular work schedule throughout the duration of the extended school closure. Expectations for staff work schedules during the closure were communicated by supervisors.
Is the District allowing student trips?
The District has postponed or canceled all travel outside of Iowa until further notice.
Will my child's absences be excused?
All COVID-19 related absences will be excused.
Will the District provide opportunities for online learning during the school closure?
As a district that serves the needs of a diverse student population, we are focused on how we can provide educational resources in an equitable way to meet the needs of all students. We must balance that with the legal requirements and guidance from the state and federal Departments of Education. Due to that, no online work will be required or graded by the FDCSD during the closure. Many staff are sharing optional educational resources and activities with families.
Will spring athletics and activities be allowed to practice and continue their seasons?
During the extended closure, all school events and activities, including athletic and non-athletic, are canceled following guidance from the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
"All IHSAA and IGHSAU sprots are now in a prohibited period for practice, competition and sanctioned activity until the closure is lifted. This prohibition means no in-person contact between coaches/administrators and student-athletes for the duration of the period."
Is the District cleaning buildings regularly?
Yes, the District is deep cleaning buildings daily during the closure. This includes cleaning and disinfecting frequently touches surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, handles, keyboards, etc. Additionally, toys, manipulatives, and game pieces will also be cleaned.
I have heard there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the schools. Why haven't I been notified?
As of 3/20/2020, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Webster County or the Fort Dodge Community School District. This includes students and staff. We are in close communication with the Webster County Public Health Department, receiving updates daily.