4/17 COVID-19 Update

Dear Keokuk Community School District Families,

As you may have heard, today Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds extended the closure of Iowa schools until the end of the school year. This means that our students will not be returning to school until the fall of 2020.

This is a difficult time for all of our families and staff, as our worlds have turned upside down with this extended closure as well as social distancing protocols, inability to see loved ones and friends and fear of the long term effects of this pandemic. And there is tremendous disappointment for our students and staff in being unable to attend school. But know that while this is a difficult time in our lives, it will pass and soon we will return to normal.

Our staff will continue providing extended learning opportunities up until our last scheduled day of school, which is May 29th. We encourage all students to continue participating in these learning opportunities as we want to make the transition to the next grade level in the fall as successful as possible. Additionally, we will continue with our Grab and Go Lunch Program on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as the Friday Food Bags until that time. We will share additional information about transitioning to our summer food program in the coming weeks.

One of the most difficult things about this extended closure is the knowledge that our seniors are missing out on a memorable time as their years at Keokuk Community Schools draw to a close. We will do everything that we can to provide a memorable graduation ceremony to honor them. As we plan for this event, we will share that information with them and their families.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this difficult time. My staff and I will continue to be in touch in the coming weeks.

Be safe and stay healthy!

Christine Barnes
Keokuk Community School District