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COVID-19 closes ELC

By Staff | Mar 18, 2020

With Estherville Lincoln Central in its first day of closure due to the COVID-19, the school board’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday was perfect for board members to receive a first-hand report.

Due to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recommendation, all schools in Iowa will be scheduled for at least the next four weeks.

ELC Superintendent Tara Paul said some of the information she received came in the past hour before the board’s 5:15 p.m. meeting.

Paul first talked about high school students who are taking classes at Iowa Lakes Community College. The college is on break this week and has indicated the break would be extended for two more days through March 25.

Those students will be updated as the situation continues to change.

Paul also said she was awaiting on an Iowa Legislature decision on instruction hours for the next four weeks.

Later that evening, the Iowa House and Iowa Senate agreed to waive the requirement for Iowa schools to reschedule days canceled for the four weeks.

Paul also noted the school districts can’t mandate assignments, but can make suggestions of lessons/activities for students over these four weeks.

The school is providing breakfast and lunches to go. Paul said the plan is that both could be picked up at the same time and the school district pans separate locations.

The school was opened Wednesday between 8-10 a.m. to allow students to pick up anything they might need out of their lockers.

Custodian Jason Kollasch told that board that they will clean and disinfect the schools.

“Demoney is the toughest, because kids touch everything,” he said.

Paul said that administration met with staff on Monday and relayed what was known and unknown at that time.

She said both the staff and community have been very helpful and asked what they can do to help. She said the names of those who have offered to help are taken down so they may be contacted if something is needed.

Of the current scheduled target return date of April 12, Paul said the date is still a “moving target.”