Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds made the recommendation on Sunday night that Iowa schools close for four weeks due to the threat of COVID-19, with a press conference planned for Monday morning.
But most area schools didn’t waste any time following her recommendation, announcing Sunday night they would be closed until further notice.
West Delaware Superintendent Dr. Kristen Rickey says beginning Monday, March 16th, all schools in their district will be closed, with all student-involved activities and facility rentals also postponed at this time.
Other area schools also decided to close immediately, including Maquoketa Valley, Ed-Co, Western Dubuque, Anamosa, Starmont and Beckman Catholic. Beckman Catholic Principal Marcel Kielkucki says they’ve been monitoring the situation for the situation for the past few days. He says once the Governor’s press release came out Sunday night, they received guidance from the Archdiocese that the best course of action was to close Beckman Catholic and their other Catholic elementary schools.
Kielkucki says the closure means other school activities at Beckman Catholic are also on hold, with questions lingering beyond these next four weeks too.
He says some school activities were already seeing changes last week – and they’ve been doing their best to talk with the students about what’s happening and why.
The current Coronavirus situation and all the information we’ve digested over the last few days is difficult for many people to comprehend as we head into unprecedented territory, but Kielkucki says he thinks students are handling it okay.
And keep in mind with the schools closed and students home, it’s not supposed to be treated like a “snow day” where you can hang out with friends and head wherever you want. Kielkucki says the best thing we can do now is follow the guidance we’ve been given – distance ourselves socially.
We’ll be hearing from other local school officials on how their districts are handling the situation throughout the week here on KMCH.