The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. This virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. A diagnosis with a common coronavirus is NOT the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with a common coronavirus diagnosis.

This web page contains frequently asked questions about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

If you have a question you don’t see listed below, please contact us.

The ACT testing date on April 4 at Waukee High School was canceled.

According to ACT, you may change your registration to the June 13 or July 18 ACT test date at no cost to you. To change your registration, you must go to your ACT.org student account and request a test date change to either the June or July test date. You will be prompted to pay a registration fee to make this change, but that fee will be fully refunded within 3-5 business days. If you would like to test in June, please log into your account no later than May 8 to make the change. If you would like to test in July, please log into your account no later than June 19 to make the change. If neither date works for you, contact www.actstudent.org/contactus by June 19.

An alternate date & location is being explored (if needed).

At this time, this has not been changed.

The Senate and House have agreed to waive the requirement for Iowa schools to reschedule days canceled following Governor Reynolds’ recommendation. Any classes previously scheduled from March 16, 2020 to April 12, 2020 will not be required to be rescheduled. This allows flexibility for districts to assess the situation as it moves forward.

Public districts may choose to use online learning options, but may not require student participation. If used, any online learning options should be offered as equitably as possible, taking into consideration the needs of students living in poverty, students with disabilities, and students who do not speak English as their first language. Consideration should also be given to staff members and their health.

WCSD also does not currently have the resources to adequately and equitably provide virtual learning to all our students. Current Iowa K-12 education is very different than many colleges that are transitioning to virtual learning.

No. Public districts may not require any students to participate in online educational programming or any other services while school is closed.

WCSD also does not currently have the resources to adequately and equitably provide virtual learning to all our students. Current Iowa K-12 education is very different than many colleges that are transitioning to virtual learning.

Yes. Public districts can offer educational services and opportunities, but cannot require participation. Districts choosing to offer any such options must do so in the most equitable way possible to allow access for students with disabilities, students living in poverty, and students and families for whom English is not the first language.

WCSD also does not currently have the resources to adequately and equitably provide virtual learning to all our students. Current Iowa K-12 education is very different than many colleges that are transitioning to virtual learning.

The online school should follow the lead of the district. Specifically, encourage social distancing and limit contact with others. Where this may become an issue is if the family has limited access to the internet and uses public spaces such as the public library or community centers for reliable internet. The district will need to ensure all students have equitable and reliable access to the internet.

Yes. Nonpublic schools do not have the same legal considerations as public schools. Even so, we encourage nonpublic schools to consider the accessibility of educational resources and services for their students with disabilities, those living in poverty, and those who do not speak English as a first language.

If districts and nonpublic schools have graduating seniors who are unable to complete their classes for the year due to school closure, illness, family illness, or related COVID-19 issues, the Department suggests the district use local discretion to determine whether the students have completed sufficient course content to consider the units complete. We recommend that districts provide as much latitude for students to graduate on time as possible.

As you may know, Iowa Testing Programs has announced Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress testing is suspended until further notice. Beyond this, we anticipate updated guidance from the federal government very soon. Iowa will make decisions based upon most up-to-date federal guidance and communicate to the field as soon as possible. Previous guidance is included below:

  • The U.S. Department of Education notified states in new guidance that it will consider targeted, one-year waivers of the assessment requirements for those schools impacted by extraordinary circumstances due to COVID-19. The Department will pursue any waivers necessary to assist Iowa schools.

Programs will not have to meet the 60 hours per month requirement. This is calculated based on the actual days a school is open.

There is no state requirement for preschool to make up days/hours missed during the shutdown.

Continued support for children and families is important. The use of teleconferencing is allowable with attention to ensuring privacy and protection of information and in alignment with all relevant legislation.

Yes, as soon as applications are available in CASA they should be completed and submitted by schools/districts. We are working to have the application available within the next week. A due date for applications will be forthcoming.

The Department has received approval from the USDA to serve Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals in a non-congregate setting. This allows schools to provide meals by drive-through, grab-n-go, or other methods during closures related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Schools need to apply through the Department’s Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services to participate in SFSP and must ensure the meals are distributed in a site that is area-eligible.

Free Grab and Go breakfast and lunch for children under the age of 18 will be available for pick up Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. starting Monday, March 23 through April 10, 2020, at two locations; Windfield West Apartments and Sun Prairie Apartments. More information is available on our website.

Educational services, in relationship to IDEA services, are those services that are provided to an individual through the IEP. Educational opportunity is ensuring that the individual has equal access to what is provided to the general education population. If the District is closed, neither educational services or educational opportunities are required to be provided. If, however, the District chooses to provide educational services, the District must ensure that students with IEPs receive FAPE, including supplementary supports and services as they are written in the IEP. If the District decides to provide educational opportunities they must be accessible to all students.

Posting a list of resources that may be used would be considered an educational opportunity as no instruction is provided. If you post a list of resources, consider whether it is universally designed for accessibility by all families and students. For example, a reading list should include books for all levels of readers. Websites that students and parents can access should be supplemented with sites accessible by those with disabilities, and also available in other languages. Districts are encouraged to add contact information for those families who may need additional supports.

A District deciding to provide instructional services to all students through online or virtual learning must carefully consider a number of factors as moving to online education entails a number of major commitments. Chief among them is the provision of FAPE. Using online learning to provide educational services implies that all students in the district can learn using that instructional methodology. The IEP team must, therefore, identify the supports and services will be needed for each student to participate in the instruction and learning activities. For example, what will be provided to the student who has significant intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities to participate in online learning? If it’s not feasible for the individual to pa

It depends. If the options include a variety of ways to access, for example, different languages, or websites accessible to individuals with disabilities, then a statement of who to contact for more supports is helpful. If, however, the District has not attempted to provide broadly accessible materials, then such a statement is not sufficient. The responsibility to ensure educational opportunities are for all students belongs to the district, not parents. If the district is providing any options for educational activities, it needs to ensure from the outset that the opportunities are universally accessible. If the district is using the materials as educational services, special education teachers need to adapt and modify the materials as appropriate to the individual.

No. Teachers cannot provide any educational resources or services without representing the district. The district should be coordinating any effort to provide resources or services during a school closure.

The student cannot be required to participate. The IEP team will need to review each individual situation to determine whether the student can continue to participate if the District is closed. For example, the student may need District supports to participate which may not be available during District closure. The IEP team may find alternate methods to provide those supports or decide that the student does not participate until the District re-opens.

Yes. Even though the public school is closed, if the community college remains open via virtual courses the student may continue to attend the class. The student cannot be required by the district to attend, however, because school is not in session. Course attendance will be solely governed by the community college. This is the same for a student with an IEP.

If the student with a disability is participating in a work-study program available to all students and the work-study program is no longer available for other students, then the student with a disability would no longer participate in the work-study program. If the work-study program is a part of the student’s IEP, the IEP team may meet to determine whether the student should continue in the work-study program. If the school is closed, the student cannot be required to continue in the work-study program.

If schools are closed for all students, then no IEP services are required to be provided to students eligible for special education services. Teachers cannot provide any educational resources or services without representing the district. The district should be coordinating any effort to provide resources or services during a school closure.

The Department will adhere to the following new guidance from the Office for Civil Rights, the federal office with jurisdiction over Section 504:

  • Additionally, IEP Teams are not required to meet in person while schools are closed. If an evaluation of a student with a disability requires a face-to-face assessment or observation, the evaluation would need to be delayed until school reopens. Evaluations and re-evaluations that do not require face-to-face assessments or observations may take place while schools are closed, so long as a student’s parent or legal guardian consents. These same principles apply to similar activities conducted by appropriate personnel for a student with a disability who has a plan developed under Section 504, or who is being evaluated under Section 504.

Emergency medications held in the nurse’s office – March 23 (12:00-4:00).

The most current information received indicates that ISASP has been suspended.  This includes Alternate Assessments (DLM/ELA).

At this time there have been no changes made to the term dates.

Currently, the state is not requiring students to make up missed days due to COVID-19 if we offer voluntary or required learning opportunities.

All Elementary Music & Band concerts are postponed until further notice.

A list of “Educational Opportunities” for students is available on the district website.  More specific instructional distance learning opportunities are currently being explored.

Staff are reaching out weekly to students with specific learning opportunities.

We are currently postponing all previously scheduled IEP meetings.

At this time, families will not be billed for the month of April.

  • Windfield Apartments & Sun Prairie Apartments
    • Monday-Friday 11:00-12:00
  • We are exploring the possibility of expanding our site locations.

Families who choose to keep their students home beyond April 13 should communicate directly with each school. Staff will work to provide resources just as they would if the student was absent for any other reason.

Waukee Community School District will be closed for four weeks until April 13, 2020. Local and state public health departments will determine if someone is at risk for coronavirus based on a list of criteria.

All WCSD buildings will undergo a deep cleaning process during spring break which includes:

  • Refilling all hand sanitizer and soap dispensers
  • Refilling all disinfectant bottles in classrooms
  • Deep cleaning all building “touchpoints” such as door handles, desks, etc.
  • Deep cleaning restrooms

There is an expanding global outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease the virus causes has been named COVID-19. While most COVID-19 cases are associated with travel to or from China, person-to-person spread is now being reported in other places, including Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

The Iowa Department of Public Health will update the following chart with numbers of Iowans being monitored and tested for COVID-19 each day, Monday through Friday. Visit their website for COVID-19 numbers.

The CDC, Iowa Department of Public Health and Polk County Health Department continue to monitor the situation in the United States and in Iowa.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. The virus is spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Travel to an affected country does not mean a person has COVID-19 or the ability to transmit COVID-19. Measures are in place to screen and monitor travelers from affected countries for illness and take appropriate actions as needed to protect the public. For the most current information on affected countries visit the CDC website for travel information and the IDPH website for information about Iowans returning from affected countries.

Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Your healthcare professional will work with state and local public health department according to CDC guidelines for testing to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the Polk County Health Department always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone who is ill in close settings (such as a home or in a health care facility).

Currently, there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.  There is likely a very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are not very hearty viruses and generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets.

This is an ever involving health concern. Information is constantly changing. For the most up-to-date information please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  Iowa Department of Public Health or Polk County Health Department.

Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention