October 1, 2021

District COVID-19 Active Positive Cases

Total number of students and staff in isolation (currently positive) for COVID-19: six (6)

Current district facilities with known positive cases: Decorah Middle School, Decorah High School.

Positive Student COVID-19 Case Comparative Data:

October 1, 2020 – 5 Total Cases

  • WSECC – 0
  • JCE – 0
  • CLE – 0
  • DMS – < 6
  • DHS – < 6

October 1, 2021– 26 Total Cases

  • WSECC – 0
  • JCE – 9
  • CLE – < 6
  • DMS – 8
  • DHS – 6

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

DCSD Seeks Substitute Paraprofessionals and Bus Drivers

Decorah Community School District is always looking for individuals interested in serving as a substitute for paraprofessionals. Those who enjoy working with children and desire a flexible work schedule may find serving as a substitute a great option.

Those who may only be able to sub one or two days a week are encouraged to consider applying. The district will work around people’s schedules.

Those with an interest in learning more about serving as a substitute paraprofessional can contact the District at (563) 382-4208.

The District is also in need of bus drivers and substitute bus drivers. Those interested in learning more about serving as a driver should contact the District at (563) 382-4208.

PK-6 Required Indoor Mask Wearing

The Decorah Community School District requires 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 students, staff, their families, and the Decorah community. Wearing a face mask is a proven step to help meet that goal.

Guidance on this requirement can be found using this link:  PK-6 Mask Requirements and Guidance.

In a message to families, Superintendent Mark Lane shared, “Our PK-6 staff and students did an excellent job implementing the indoor masking requirement this week. As I visited classrooms throughout the week, I saw people going about business as usual. I am thankful for the way our District has remained focused on learning throughout the pandemic.”