2021 health FAQ's

Charles City Family,

Welcome back! Our leadership wants to take this moment to provide clarity on what this upcoming school year will look like for our students, staff, and parents. After coming off a peculiar 20-21 school year with many mitigations, accommodations and modifications due to the pandemic, we wanted there to be clarity on what to expect. Please see below information from the Iowa Department of Public Health, and Iowa Department of Education. Charles City Community Schools will be following the law and guidance from the State of Iowa. 

Information below is adapted from the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Education in their August 5 State Guidance. It also includes local updates from Floyd County Public Health and the school district. 

General Information

Masks and Cloth Face Coverings on Campus and at Events

HF 847, signed by Governor Reynolds on May 20, 2021, prohibits a school district from adopting or enforcing a policy that requires employees, students, or the public to wear a mask or face covering while on school property. As such, face coverings/masks must be optional for students, teachers, and visitors. Face coverings/masks are always welcome to be worn by any Charles City staff, student, or visitors.

Masks and Cloth Face Coverings on School Buses

Per guidance from the Iowa Department of Education and Public Health, face coverings on school buses are not required, however, it is strongly encouraged due to the close proximity of individuals on the vehicles.

Vaccination

While not required, vaccination for everyone who is eligible continues to be the most effective way to prevent COVID-19 illness and stop the spread of COVID-19. For COVID-19 Vaccine information visit: https://vaccinate.iowa.gov/. There is a voluntary vaccine clinic by Main Street Drug scheduled for August 19 at Lincoln Elementary. earn more here: https://www.charlescityschools.org/article/free-covid-vaccination-clinic/ 

Testing

Individuals (including students, teachers, and other staff) can seek testing through their normal healthcare channels or through other sites that provide testing services (i.e., local pharmacies).

Information about free at-home testing is available at: https://www.testiowa.com/. There is also same day testing available through Community Health Center in Mason City

Hybrid and Alternative Learning Options

SF 160, signed by Governor Reynolds on January 29, 2021 requires all school districts in Iowa to offer a 100% in-person learning option to all students. Therefore, hybrid plans will no longer be utilized by the school district. Students and families that desire an alternative learning environment due to the pandemic may still participate in options through the Charles City Community Schools Innovative Campus. Contact Principal Larry Wolfe to learn more:

Frequently Asked Questions 

(Information from the Iowa Department of Public Health, Floyd County Public Health, and Charles City Schools)

Is the Iowa Department of Public Health, Floyd County Public Health, or the Charles City Schools currently performing COVID-19 positive case investigations for all positive reports or conducting contact tracing for COVID-19 exposed persons?

No. The health departments have adjusted COVID-19 surveillance to follow the influenza model; state case investigation and tracing efforts for COVID-19 now focus on outbreaks and vulnerable populations. Just like with other public health activities, these efforts will be continuously evaluated and adjusted as needed. 

Will the Iowa Department of Public Health, Floyd County Public Health, or the Charles City School be issuing isolation and quarantine orders for COVID-19 positive or COVID-19 exposed students, teachers, or other staff members?

No. Public Health is not currently issuing isolation and quarantine orders for COVID-19 positive or COVID-19 exposed individuals. School districts do not issue quarantine orders; they only follow orders that are issued by the public health department.

Can schools ask students, teachers, other staff members, or visitors for proof of COVID-19 vaccination?

No. HF 889, signed by Governor Reynolds on May 20, 2021, prohibits the mandatory disclosure of whether a person has received a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition for entry onto the premises of a governmental entity.

Will drinking fountains be on at our campuses?

Based on Floyd County Public Health guidance, students and staff are encouraged to bring their own water to minimize the touching of water fountains. Water fountain bottle filling stations will remain on, but the drinking fountains will be disabled. 

How long should COVID-19 positive students, teachers, or other staff members stay home?

COVID-19 positive persons can return to normal activities after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation. All other sick students, teachers, or other staff members should stay home in accordance with existing school procedures, generally until 24 hours after their symptoms resolve.

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