COVID-19 Resource Center
November 17, 2020
Dear CVCS Community,
There will be a community push in the next few days to put in place action steps to further control the spread of COVID-19 in the Cedar Valley that will likely impact metro schools. Cedar Valley Catholic Schools continues to review the number of student and staff absences each day that are related to COVID isolation or quarantine. At this time, at each of our campuses, these absences are at less than 8% and have not exceeded 8% in the last two weeks. We continue to follow the guidance from the Black Hawk County Health Department, Office of Catholic Schools and Iowa Department of Education to make sure that we do what is best for the health and safety of our students while at the same time continuing in person learning as long as possible with quality, Catholic education. It is the intent of Cedar Valley Catholic Schools to continue in-person instruction for students PK-8 at this time. We will continue to offer instruction through the hybrid model at this time. This allows parents to choose between in-person or online instruction for their students. Please complete the survey by Sunday, November 22 to indicate your families choice for instruction in December.
Due to staff absences and reduced availability of substitute teachers for grade 9-12 an alternative plan for high school only will be put in place beginning on Thursday, November 19, 2020. During this time, it is the intent of CVCS and Columbus Catholic High School to continue with activities and athletic practices and competitions as scheduled. More specific information regarding scheduling, online instruction and student expectations will be communicated to students on Wednesday, November 18.
November 19-20: No school for high school (grade 9-12) students. Professional development days for high school staff.
November 23-24: Grade 9 students participate in virtual instruction. Grade 10-12 students participate in in-person instruction on campus.
November 30-December 4: Grade 9-12 students participate in virtual instruction.
December 7: All high school students return to campus for in-person instruction.
Regularly scheduled bussing will not be available if the Waterloo Schools are providing virtual instruction to all students. If your student(s) currently ride the Waterloo Community School bus to or from school, please complete this survey regarding transportation.
Please know that this is our first step towards moving all CVCS students to virtual instruction if we are unable to staff our classrooms. We encourage families to continue doing your part to help limit the spread of COVID by limiting group gatherings, washing hands frequently, staying home when you are sick and wearing a mask when social distancing is not possible. If you know anyone that may be interested in applying to become a substitute teacher, please have them visit Iowa BOEE.
Thank you for your support of Cedar Valley Catholic Schools. Please continue to pray for all those affected and an end to this virus. As always, please contact your building principal with any questions.
CVCS Administrative Team