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SAI has created this clearinghouse to help superintendents share COVID-19 communication and planning during this time. These posts reflect plans shared with us by school districts throughout the state.


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Benton CSD Voluntary Educational Enrichment Virtual Learning Plan

Posted By Tracy Harms, Monday, April 13, 2020
Dr. Pam Ewell submitted the district's virtual learning plan.

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Tags:  virtual learning plan 


Educator and student videoconferencing best practices

Posted By Tracy Harms, Monday, April 6, 2020

As educators look to reconnect with students or provide online learning, SAI Legal Services Director Matt Carver received many questions recently about videoconferencing. He recorded the video that you may share with your staff members to the extent you find it beneficial.

Below are some of the best practices discussed in the video:

  1. Educators should gain approval from the administration before participating in videoconferencing and should only use district-approved videoconferencing platforms.
  2. Ensure that any use falls within district licensing agreements with videoconferencing providers.
  3. Obtain approval from parents/guardians ahead of time and inform them when the conferencing will occur. We do not want families to exceed data plan limits or for educators to unintentionally invade the privacy of family living spaces.
  4. If educators are using video, ensure that cameras are oriented so that there is a wall immediately behind the educator. Some platforms allow the use of a neutral virtual background effect which permits users to see the participant but not the actual background. That would be another wise option for the educator to use.
  5. Encourage educators to have students mute their video and possibly their audio as well. If there is a need for video to be used, please have students or parents orient the camera so there is a wall behind the student or utilize virtual background technology discussed in the previous comment.
  6. There generally would not be a need to record sessions. If educators or districts decide to record video sessions, ensure the content is password protected and that only educators with a legitimate educational interest have access to the video recording.
  7. Educators should always ensure that all students have exited the video conferencing session prior to educators exiting.

Tags:  videoconferencing best practices 


Burlington CSD

Posted By Tracy Harms, Monday, March 23, 2020

Burlington Director of Curriculum Cory Johnson provided these two resources:

Tags:  Educational Service Plan  website information 


Newton CSD COVID-19 Plan

Posted By Tracy Harms, Friday, March 20, 2020
Newton Superintendent Bob Callaghan supplied his district's attached COVID-19 Closure Plan

 Attached Files:

Tags:  pandemic response plan 


Carlisle CSD School Closure Plans

Posted By Tracy Harms, Thursday, March 19, 2020

Carlisle Superintendent Bryce Amos shared the district's

  • COVID-19 webpage
  • attached Crisis Reponse Plan
  • attached district FAQs
  • attached food service information

 Attached Files:

Tags:  FAQs  meal announcement  pandemic response plan 


Sibley-Ocheyedan CSD COVID-19 website

Posted By Tracy Harms, Thursday, March 19, 2020
Sibley-Ocheyedan Superintendent James Craig offered his district's COVID-19 website and noted all information is also posted to the district Facebook page.

Tags:  website information 


Indianola CSD COVID-19 Information

Posted By Tracy Harms, Thursday, March 19, 2020
Updated: Friday, March 20, 2020

Indianola Superintendent Art Sathoff provided the

  • district's webpages with information, including online learning resources
  • attached food program information.

 Attached Files:
Food Program.docx (111.58 KB)

Tags:  home learning resources  meal announcement 


West Des Moines CSD Coronavirus Updates

Posted By Tracy Harms, Thursday, March 19, 2020
Superintendent Lisa Remy shared this recent communication

Tags:  daily communications 


Earlham CSD Statement for Parents

Posted By Tracy Harms, Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Superintendent Michael Wright offers this initial communication to parents 

Tags:  closure notification 


Woodward-Granger CSD COVID-19 Plans

Posted By Tracy Harms, Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Woodward-Granger Superintendent Matt Adams provided the district's closure plan

Tags:  pandemic response plan 

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