The Charles City school system decided on Sunday at noon to extend their spring break another week to mitigate coronavirus spread – just hours later – Iowa’s Governor Kim Reynolds announced that she recommends schools to cancel classes for 4 weeks. This caused area schools like Osage and New Hampton to scramble on Sunday night to cancel for the month. Charles City Superintendent Mike Fisher made the decision early Sunday to give the community parents some headway.
Another announcement was bound to come from the school, and Monday on the KCHA Morning Show, Fisher announced Charles City schools would be cancelling classes until April 13th.
Fisher assured the students and community that the school would not be abandoning them. For students who rely on school breakfast and lunch, the school is planning to help:
Fisher also promised the school would be attempting to provide child care for specific families:
Other services the school plans on offering is access to school counselors for seniors in talks to establish post-graduation opportunities.
And finally, Fisher wanted to make clear that anyone with mental health concerns still have somebody to talk to:
Many wonder, with this month off, if schools will need to be in session through June. Charles City schools currently have an immense 8-days of built up time they can use to lessen this fear – but Fisher says the legislature needs to provide guidance on the details.
A less urgent worry arises when people think about the large events that might need to be postponed or cancelled – i.e. high school graduation and prom. Fisher is erring on the side of postponement.
To keep up with coronavirus related cancellations in North Iowa, go to: https://kchanews.com/weather-announcements/