Return to Learn Plan 2020

Charles City Community Schools Return to Learn Plan

Phased reopening for safety

Elementary Campuses and 5th grade will be open 5 days a week

6th, 7th and 8th grade and High School go with 50% hybrid plan

We plan to reopen five days a week on October 5 

After consultation with Floyd County Public Health, and with the safety of our family as our primary goal the Return to Learn recommendation to the school board by Charles City senior leadership will be

  • Elementary and 5th grade students return five days a week in a socially distanced environment. Preschool will run their normal schedule. 
  • 6th - 8th grade students will attend school in person on either M/Th or Tu/F, with alternating Wednesday attendance. Students will participate in required remote learning the days not attending in person. Administration will notify families as to which group students will be in.  
  • 9th/10th grade students will attend school on M/Th with alternating Wednesdays, and 11th/12th grade students will attend school on Tu/F with alternating Wednesdays. Students will participate in required remote learning the days not attending in person.
  • Students will have the option to take home lunches for the days they are not on campus.
  • Students with IEPS will be contacted the first week of school to outline individual plans for the upcoming school year.  Educational services will be dependent on need.
  • Middle and High School athletics and activities are still planned for the fall.  
  • Our current plan is to open five days a week on October 5 as long as Floyd County’s health situation stays stable. 
  • School to You will continue all year for families who choose this program. 

Family Support

We know working families want support with child supervision. We are committed to offering study sessions for families of 6th - 12th-grade students at the North Grand Building Gymnasium when students are not scheduled to be on their primary campus. This will be a safe, supervised place for students to work with an internet connection and support staff to help.  

Start Times 

In order for teachers to provide students with a high-quality in-person, safe education, and video record lessons for the School To You program, we will plan to change the start time.

Lincoln & Washington - Classes will start at 9:00 a.m. / ending at 3:25 p.m.
High School & Middle School - Classes will start at 8:50 a.m. / ending at 3:15 p.m.
High School will have a zero hour for band, orchestra, and choir starting at 8:05 a.m.

Doors at all campuses will open at 7:45 a.m.

Beginning at 7:45 a.m. Charles City Community Schools will offer “Comet Time.” This is a staff-supervised enrichment learning and supplemental instruction time for students who need to arrive on campus earlier.

Safety precautions

Our primary focus continues to be the safety of our students and staff; while complying with the Governor’s orders. We are monitoring the health statistics in Floyd County daily and are in regular communication with Floyd County Public Health. We will always keep you up to date on any changes that might occur in conjunction with Floyd County Public Health guidance. 

Key things we are doing to keep our family safe

  1. Student teams: we are organizing students into smaller groups that they will spend the day with to minimize contact
  2. Social Distancing: We are ensuring a socially distanced experience for all students throughout the day
  3. Staff Face Coverings: All staff will be wearing facing coverings when they have any contact with students
  4. Student Face Coverings (Guidance and Expectations for students will be released to the community on August 12. We still have a task force researching and developing best-practice for our students)
  5. Plexiglass being deployed in certain high traffic and exposure areas
  6. High Quality Disinfection Protocols: We will be providing a rigorous and constant disinfection protocol in all of our campuses
  7. Additional Bus Routes: We are adding additional bus routes to meet the state requirements for social distancing on bus routes

There are many other things we are doing to minimize risk and keep our family safe. 

Return to Learn Plans 

We’ve updated the Charles City Community Schools Return to Learn plan taking into account the new stipulations from the Iowa Department of Education and Governor Kim Reynolds. 

Charles City Community Schools Return to Learn Plan
Charles City Community Schools Return to Learn One Page Summary

School To You 

We are excited to offer families choice in their student’s learning. If returning to campus isn’t right for your family, and you would prefer to keep your children at home we have the Charles City School To You program to accommodate your family. A benefit of the School To You program is your family can choose the level of at-home or on-campus instruction. Here’s how we will bring all of our #CharlesCityExperience to you through our “orange carpet” service.


  • High Quality Virtual Lessons
  • 1:1 or small group virtual tutoring
  • Optional 1-1 in-person house call tutoring with teachers/staff
  • Access to electives and specials (arts, music, PE, etc) content in-person and virtually. You can choose to attend specific classes on campus (like choir or ProStart) while attending your core classes online. 
  • Free parenting support and resources through Love and Logic®️
  • Regular check-in with the campus principal
  • All curriculum and instructional material provided free. (If we don’t have something you need, just ask.)
  • Special Education and English Language services through in-person and virtual options
  • Recess2You©


  • Use of school Chromebooks
  • Internet hotspot* 
  • Tech support help desk


  • Breakfast/lunch delivered to your door
  • Access to in-person or free telehealth school nurse support
  • Access to in-person or free telehealth school counselor/social worker support
  • Access to on-campus activities (athletics/clubs, etc)
  • Interpreting services


  • Can choose 100% contactless instruction or any blend of in-person campus learning you choose
  • Can choose to switch back to on-campus learning anytime you feel it’s right for your family

To learn more about the Charles City School To You program, visit our website or text SchoolToYou to 724.426.6387. 

What if...

One of the benefits of the robust School to You program is that in the event we have to quarantine a group of students, or a shutdown is ordered by Floyd County Public Health we have a system where students can still learn from home. We are prepared in the event the health conditions worsen in the community so that high-quality learning continues for all of our students. 


Online registration is open. We invite you to register online. If you need in-person assistance, we will provide technical support and computer access. If you are planning to register in person please call 641-257-6510 to set up an appointment. In-person registration is from 9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. on August 6. We also ask that only one family member comes to register a family due to COVID-19 precautions. 

More information

The middle school and high school will release more information on Monday with specific campus-level plans. Senior Leadership will also answer questions from you on Monday in a FAQ, please let us know questions you think about over the weekend. 

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