907 District Operation During Public Emergencies

Code No. 907


The district believes that student learning is the heart of its core mission.  While traditional in-person teaching continues to provide the greatest learning opportunity to all students, there may be rare and unusual circumstances that prevent the school community from convening in traditional in-person settings.  At times of a public emergency declared by federal, state or local officials, the district will seek guidance and recommendations from federal, state and local agencies to assist in determining the safety of convening traditional in-person learning. 

During a declared public emergency, the school board delegates to the Superintendent the authority to determine whether to close school buildings to traditional in-person learning if the Superintendent determines in-person learning would hinder the health and safety of the school community. The district will instead utilize remote or hybrid learning opportunities permitted by law.

Following guidance and recommendations from federal, state, and local agencies when reasonably possible, the administration will create regulations related to district operations during a public emergency, including, but not limited to, student, employee and visitor safety and security; the use and safeguarding of district property; public meetings and events, and when applicable, measures to prevent or slow the spread of infectious disease.

These measures will be enforced for the period of time of the public emergency, or until thesuperintendent, in consultation with federal, state and local agencies determine it is appropriate for the safety measures to end.This policy is designed to provide further guidance and flexibility to your district to handle closures of in person learning in the event of an emergency.  While it is drafted beginning with the COVID-19 pandemic, the policy can apply a variety of emergency declarations, including natural disasters that may prevent in person learning from occurring, but would allow flexibility to switch to remote learning. 

Legal Reference:         

Senate File 2310

Iowa Code ch. 279.8

Approved  7-20-2020               Reviewed    8-17-2021                                           Revised                   


907.R1 District Operations During a Public Health Emergency Regulation

Code No. 907.R1


During a public health emergency, the district will seek guidance and recommendations from federal, state and local agencies that monitor and respond to the emergency.  The district will follow any mandatory closures or other mandatory measures imposed by such agencies. 

The superintendent, in conjunction with relevant government agencies and/or athletic and activity associations, will determine under what circumstances the district will restrict or cancel in-person learning, student events or activities including sporting events, extracurricular clubs or meetings for students, and the use of district facilities by outside organizations. 

The district will promote and follow other recommended measures and guidance from federal, state and local agencies to the extent reasonably practicable under the circumstances.  These measures may include, but are not  limited to the following:

  • On-line learning, hybrid models of learning, or modified in-person learning may occur dependent on the circumstances and in accordance with applicable law. 
  • Hand washing and any other recommended hygiene practices will be taught to all students and employees.
  • Non-medical-grade face masks are encouraged to be worn by all individuals on school grounds, including students, employees and volunteers.  Masks will be provided to individuals who request them.  Reusable masks should be washed regularly by individuals wearing them. 
  • Employees, volunteers and students are encouraged to monitor their temperatures each morning prior to traveling to any school building or event.  Individuals with a temperature over 100.3 degrees may not enter school buildings or attend school events.
  • Employees, voolunteers, students, parents and visitors to the buildings will be required to compy with Buiolding Entey Guidelines and General Disease Mitigation Strtigies  as apporved by the Board.
  • Due to the increased cost to the district of providing additional cleaning and disinfecting measures, and in order to preserve cleaning supplies for school use during the time of a public health emergency, the superintendent has discretion to restrict the use of school buildings and facilities for non-school groups in a neutral and non-discriminatory manner.

Approved  7-20-2020                      Reviewed  8-17-2021                                       Revised   8-17-2021