September 24, 2021

District COVID-19 Active Positive Cases

Total number of students and staff in isolation (currently positive) for COVID-19: seven (7)

Current district facilities with known positive cases: John Cline Elementary, Carrie Lee Elementary, Decorah Middle School

DCSD reports COVID-19 data in alignment with the direction of the Iowa Department of Public Health. The full guidance can be found at the link below.

IDPH Information Sharing Guidance for Schools and Local Public Health

PK-6 Required Indoor Mask Wearing Begins Monday, September 27

Monday, September 27, the Decorah Community School District will require students, staff, and partners in grades PK through 6 to wear a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended face mask in District facilities. This mandate remains in effect until four weeks after a COVID-19 vaccine is readily available in the community for children ages 5 to 11.

This step is being taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our students, staff, their families, and our Decorah community. Wearing a face mask is a proven step to help meet that goal.

Those involved are encouraged to take some time this weekend to review the PK-6 Mask Requirements and Guidance.

In a message to families, Superintendent Mark Lane shared, “Next week will be a week of adjustment for many staff and students in our district. Since March 15, 2020, when Iowa schools were first closed due to the pandemic, our staff and students have met each challenge in positive and productive ways. I am confident they will do the same in the days to come.”