Summit Return to Learn Site

What's in this website?

  • All of our official Return to Learn and COVID-19 communications since Spring 2020 (scroll down).

Important documents and links

Summit's 2020 Return to Learn plan approved by the Department of Education, and updated 2021 Overview

Summit Return to Learn Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Linn County Public Health Return to School Guidance

CDC Guidance for Schools

CDC The Importance of Reopening America's Schools This Fall

Iowa's Public Health Proclamation

Senate File 2310 Guidance for Schools


Summit Schools Communications


7/28/21


Dear Summit Families,


As we start our process of preparing for the new school year I wanted to bring your attention to a specific document which can be found on our website titled Return to Learn Plan (Overview). This document can be found by clicking on the Return to Learn website link on the front page of our website.


The Return to Learn Plan was originally developed under the guidance and with the approval of the Iowa Department of Education. It was designed to provide transparency as to how the school would operate upon its return to campus in August 2020. The procedures that we put into place, which are captured in this document, proved successful as we operated for a majority of the year in-person, and with minimal COVID-19 infection rates.


As we enter the 2021-22 school year we have made some modifications to our health and safety procedures under the guidance of both the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. These modifications (as well as many of the original 2020 procedures) will continue to remain in place for this current school year and can be found within the Return to Learn Plan (Overview) document. We believe that it is in our community’s immediate best interest to continue to follow a high majority of our processes from last school year as they have already proven effective. Should any modifications be made to our procedures, they will be updated in the Return to Learn Plan (Overview) document accordingly.


The most frequently asked question that we have received this summer has revolved around masking. We will continue to recommend that all of our students, faculty, staff, and those entering the building, remain masked regardless of vaccination status. This of course is a recommendation as we are not allowed to require masks under current Iowa law. For a portion of our population this will be a relief, and for the other portion this will be a concern. Unfortunately that is the reality in continued unsettled times. Summit’s number one priority at all times is the health and safety of our students and staff.


On August 10 at 6:30 p.m. we invite you to attend Summit’s back-to-school virtual Town Hall. We will provide more information on our health and safety procedures, pick up/drop off protocol, and other general housekeeping at that time. You will also have the opportunity to ask any and all questions that you may have about the upcoming school year. Please preregister here to receive the link for the Town Hall meeting.


Thank you in advance for your continued support. We hope to see you at our Town Hall event on August 10th and we look forward to another healthy and successful school year.


Sincerely,


Paul G. Pressler

Head of School




5/20/21

Dear Summit Families,

Governor Reynolds signed HF 847 into law late last night/early this morning. The provision prohibits schools from mandating masks effective immediately. The law applies to students, staff, and visitors.

As a non-public state accredited school, Summit will abide by the law. Since a large number of our students remain unvaccinated due to age restrictions, we do encourage students and staff to continue wearing masks for the remainder of the school year.

Thank you for respecting the decisions of other families during this transition.

I have reached out to the Iowa Department of Education this morning to gauge the impact that this may have on our Summer program. The findings of this communication will be shared at a later date.

Thank you again for your continued patience as guidance changes.

Sincerely,

Paul G. Pressler

Head of School



5/17/21


Summit Families,


For the past year Summit Schools has chosen to follow the recommendations of Linn County Public Health (LCPH) when making decisions regarding our health and safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. These strategies have proven effective, and have allowed us to remain in school with very little interruption. We will continue to follow LCPH in spite of the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) changes to masking policy. Please see the 5-17-21 statement from LCPH :


Linn County Public Health has carefully reviewed the newly issued guidance from IDPH and compared these recommendations to the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention and Guidance for Operating Child Care Programs during COVID-19. Linn County Public Health is recommending schools and childcares maintain prevention strategies in alignment with CDC guidance. On May 15, 2021, CDC issued an update recommending continuation of current COVID-19 prevention strategies through the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

The recommended prevention strategies include a layered approach, and are focused on five key strategies, with prioritization of the first two strategies:

  1. Universal and correct use of masks

  2. Physical distancing

  3. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette

  4. Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities

  5. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine

For many schools and childcares in Linn County, this will mean the continuation of prevention measures currently in place. These science-based prevention strategies have allowed schools and childcare centers to offer safer in-person learning and services throughout the pandemic.

Maintaining prevention measures in school and childcare settings is consistent with CDCs newly released guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, as even students whom are eligible for vaccine will not be fully vaccinated by the end of the school year, and this allows organizations the time needed to make systems and policy adjustments.

The use of face masks have been a safe and effective tool to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and Linn County Public Health recommends keeping mask requirements in place for schools through the remainder of the school year and until CDC guidance is updated otherwise for childcares. For more information on mask use guidance, visit CDC’s Guidance for Wearing Masks webpage or the respective school or childcare guidance CDC webpages.

Summit will continue with our masking policy and our current procedures for the remainder of the school year. During our summer program all procedures will stay the same with the exception of our daily temperature checks which is no longer a component of the LCPH prevention strategies . Modifications to our procedures for the 2021-22 school year will be announced prior to our return to school and will be supported by the guidance provided by LCPH.

Thank you again for your continued support. We are excited to complete our school year safely, and look forward to a return to “normal” in the not-too-distant future.

Sincerely,

Paul G Pressler

Head of School



2/12/21


Summit Families,

It was brought to my attention this afternoon that a teacher in our middle school has tested positive for COVID-19. This teacher last attended school on Monday, February 9 and has not exhibited symptoms. This teacher was tested only after close contact with someone that had tested positive.


If your student shared the same classroom space with this infected teacher, you will be notified in a separate email.

I have spoken with Linn County Public Health (LCPH), and they have determined, using guidance provided by the Iowa Department for Public Health (IDPH), that no quarantines outside of the infected person are necessary at this time.

LCPH has stressed that we should continue to encourage families to self-monitor the health of their children. If you or your child shows any symptoms of illness we ask that you take the necessary precaution of staying home when sick and consulting with your primary physician.

Please email me directly should you have any additional questions.


Paul G. Pressler

Head of School



2/8/21


Summit Families,


In spite of the recent mask mandate lift by Gov. Reynolds, Summit will continue with all practices and procedures that have been in place since the start of our school year. We ask that you continue to encourage your student(s) to be diligent in their efforts to wear their masks in a proper manner, covering both nose and mouth. We thank you for your continued support as we collectively navigate this school year in a safe and responsible manner.


Sincerely,


Summit Faculty and Staff




12/18/20


Summit Families,

As we head into the holiday break I want to say thank you for the generosity and support you have shown to the Summit faculty and staff. We all feel blessed to be a part of this unique experience with you.

We are very proud of what we have accomplished this school year, and look forward to working through the challenges in the new year. We will be closely monitoring the rates of infection in our state, and in Linn County specifically, over the break. We hope that these levels continue to stay stable so that we can open the doors to in person learning on Monday, January 4th.

We encourage you to continue with your own COVID mitigation strategies during the holidays. As we begin to see the small light at the end of this very long tunnel, we all need to do our part to protect ourselves and each other. I know in my heart that when we get to the other side of this pandemic, we will only be stronger as a community.

Wishing you a safe, happy, and healthy, holiday season.

Sincerely,

Paul G. Pressler

Head of School


12/4/20

Summit Families,

I am happy to confirm our return to on campus learning effective Monday, December 7th. To our knowledge we have had no new confirmations of positive cases within our student body, faculty, and/or staff.

We will continue with our stringent COVID management procedures and ask that you continue to do the same within your own households. Please remember to error on the side of caution if your student is showing signs of illness. If we can continue to work in collaboration we stand a better chance of remaining in our traditional teaching model for the immediate future.

I hope that you will join us tonight for our Celebrate Summit Holiday concert at 7pm. As you know this is our largest fundraiser of the year and our need this year is potentially greater than it's ever been. Thank you in advance for your generosity and we look forward to continuing to meet your expectations of excellence.

Happy Holidays,

Paul G. Pressler

Head of School


11/12/20

Summit Families,

Here are a few quick updates as it relates to COVID management strategies within our school. As of today we are happy to report that we have no new student positive cases of COVID-19. We currently have four students who are in quarantine as a result of contact tracing efforts. We have ten students who have decided to work in a virtual capacity for the time being. In an attempt to continue with our stringent and effective COVID management strategies, please see our updates and procedural enhancements below:

The Board of Trustees met last evening and voted unanimously to adopt the following policy:

Motion to keep the school open until Thanksgiving break (November 23-27) unless between now and then we have a suspected student or faculty case that pushes the quarantine percentage beyond 10%. A switch to virtual learning would also be in order if faculty numbers are reduced to the point where there’s no backfill. In that event, we will immediately go virtual and then reassess after two weeks have passed.

In addition, the Board has voted to switch to virtual learning after Thanksgiving break for one week (November 30-December 4) as a risk mitigation step. Teachers will be distributing their virtual learning schedules before departing for fall break. Students will also receive devices for at home learning by 11/20. There will be no campus access the week of 11/23.

As of today, we plan to return to in-school learning on December 7th. The Board of Trustees will meet again in a special session the week of 11/30 to reaffirm our plan. Further communication will be delivered to the community following this meeting.

We are very proud of our COVID management strategies within the school thus far. Our goal is to continue to provide the safest learning environment possible for our students, faculty, and staff. The short virtual learning period will give us additional time to assess any new infections, and current COVID trends in Linn County, before returning students to campus. In addition to this risk mitigation step, we plan to take a few additional safety precautions going forward. These include:

  • Staff has been asked to continue to distance themselves from family cars and student belongings at drop-off. If your child is in need of additional assistance with seatbelts, gathering materials, etc. we ask that you be a part of this process.

  • Students have been encouraged to wear masks in lieu of face shields exclusively going forward. The best protection is both mask and shield which some students do regularly. Students who are challenged in wearing a mask all day have been asked to alternate between mask and shield, with the preference that they wear the mask as much as possible.

And finally, I ask that you continue to communicate with us regarding the health of your family and students over the break. If you believe that any member of your family has been exposed to COVID, we ask that you take the necessary precautions to limit the risk of spread. These guidelines can be found here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html And again, if your child is feeling ill, please continue to keep them home until they are feeling better.

Please remember that a shift to virtual learning is available to individuals at any point. If you would like to move your child to a virtual learning platform for next week (11/16-11/20) please let us know ASAP.

And, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.

Sincerely,

Paul G. Pressler

Head of School


11/8/20

Dear Summit Community,

As of this morning, the 14 day average of infection rate in Linn County has surpassed 20%. While this number is alarmingly high, the number of those infected at Summit remains relatively low (less than 3%). In spite of this low level of infection within our school, it will only take one COVID positive case in a specific window of time, that may lead to a partial or full school quarantine. With this in mind the Board of Trustees met this morning to discuss the particular metrics which would facilitate the need for a shift to virtual (distance) learning. The metrics have been decided as such:

  • A quarantine and/or absenteeism rate that impacts 10% or more of the total in person population

  • Faculty absenteeism at a rate that dramatically impacts our operational ability

As of today we plan to operate our school as planned. We truly believe that we have created a safe and nurturing environment for learning and that our safety protocols exceed those possible in much larger schools. With that said, we know that there is only so much within our control. Understanding this reality I have applied for and received permission from the Department of Education to move to a virtual platform if I see it necessary. This waiver is valid from 11/09-11/20. We have decided not to exercise this waiver at this time, but may do so in the near future.

At this time I ask that you prepare a back-up plan should we have to make an immediate decision to shift to virtual learning. While I'd like to guarantee advance notice of in-school closure, that is not a reality. Please be prepared to shift at any time.

The Board of Trustees will meet again this Wednesday in a special session to discuss our next steps forward. We thank you for your continued vigilance in keeping your children healthy. Please continue to follow all previous health and safety recommendations. I will follow-up with additional communication later this week.

Sincerely,

Paul G. Pressler

Head of School


11/6/20

Summit Families,

It was brought to my attention today that a student in our school has tested positive for COVID-19. This student's last day of school was Friday, October 30th. This student began to show symptoms on Sunday, November 1st. This student is doing well and is resting at home.

If your student shared the same classroom space with this student, you will be notified in a separate email.

I have spoken with Linn County Public Health (LCPH), and they have determined, using guidance provided by the Iowa Department for Public Health (IDPH), that no quarantines outside of the infected person are necessary at this time.

LCPH has stressed that we should continue to encourage families to self-monitor the health of their children. If you or your child shows any symptoms of illness we ask that you take the necessary precaution of staying home when sick and consulting with your primary physician.

With the continued rise in COVID cases in the state of Iowa, and our most recent positive cases within our school, the Board of Trustees will meet this weekend in a special session. It will be determined at this time if any additional measures will need to be taken in order to best protect our students and our faculty/staff. Any decisions will be communicated to you no later than Sunday evening.

Please email me directly should you have any additional questions.

Sincerely,

Paul G. Pressler

Head of School


11/3/20

The Summit staff and students had a lot of fun dressing up for classroom parties last week, but now as the weather continues to get colder that means Summit is looking ahead to potential snow days as well as a shift to more learning indoors.

Inclement Weather Policy

It has been decided that Summit Schools will conduct weather days in the same manner as previous years. Both in-person and remote learners will not convert to online learning if there is a weather delay, cancellation or early dismissal.

Although all of our students have been issued devices, we understand that there are potential complications with access to devices or the internet on unexpected cancellation days.

We have built additional snow days into our academic calendar, and have been granted an additional 60-hour waiver from the state to accommodate for any lost school days. For these reasons, we will continue to account for inclement weather days as we have done in the past.

COVID-19 Update

We have done a wonderful job as a community in managing the risk of COVID infection within the school. I wish the same could be said about the state of Iowa, and specifically, Linn County.

As of 11/03 the infection rate in Linn County is 15.2%. This number is important as a 15% infection rate is the benchmark for when we can apply to move our school into a virtual platform. I have applied for this waiver in spite of not meeting the additional qualifier of 10%+ absenteeism. Although I expect to be denied in this request, it does bring attention to our current situation in the county. Furthermore, it allows us to finalize our internal preparation should a shift to virtual learning be necessary. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and make the necessary decisions in collaboration with the Department of Education and Linn County Public Health.

This week I will be instructing teachers to prepare themselves for a potential online transition which will include releasing school-owned devices to students who are in need. Assuming that we are still in our current model, I will ask for students who are in need of a device to secure one and take it home with them before they leave for Fall Break on November 20. There will be no access to the building the week of November 23. Please let your classroom teacher know if you are in need of an at-home device. Before we leave for Fall Break teachers will have communicated with you their potential online plan should one be necessary after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thank you for doing your part to help ensure the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

With gratitude,

Paul Pressler

Head of School/Principal


10/27/20

Summit Families,

It was brought to my attention this evening that a member of our team has tested positive for COVID-19. This person is a non-teacher and has little direct contact with students throughout the school day. This person's last day of work in the office was Friday, October 23rd. This person's symptoms first became present on Saturday, October 24th.

I have spoken with Linn County Public Health (LCPH), and they have decided that no quarantines outside of the infected person are necessary at this time. It is because of our COVID-19 protocols (masks, social distancing, sanitizing, and temperature checks) coupled with this person's limited contact and duration of contacts with students that we meet the non-quarantine criteria.

LCPH has stressed that we should continue to encourage families to self-monitor the health of their children. If you or your child shows any symptoms of illness we ask that you take the necessary precaution of staying home when sick.

We will continue to remain diligent in managing the risk of COVID infection within our school. Our shared vigilance will ensure the ability to learn in person.

We hope for a speedy recovery of our Summit team member.

Please email me directly should you have any additional questions.

Sincerely,

Paul G Pressler

Head of Schools/Principal


9/3/20

We did it! After six long months we welcomed students back on Summit's campus - and it was so good to meet new friends and see old friends again! There are new rules and procedures this year but the students did such a great job accommodating to this new normal.

Thank you for your patience with our new drop-off and pickup procedures. Summit is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood so please do not block our neighbors' driveways while you are in the car line. Also, with our staggered pickup times, please do not arrive ahead of your child's scheduled time as it delays the pickup line. Thank you for your attention to these requests.

Just a reminder that tomorrow is another half day (8:30-11:30 a.m.) and pickup is as follows:

PreK-2nd Grade (Group 1): 11:15 a.m.

3rd-8th Grade (Group 2): 11:30 a.m.

Families with children in both groups will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.

Summit's first full day of school is Tuesday, September 8 (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.), and our staggered pickup times will be 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. respectively until the road construction has ended and we can resume drop-off/pickup at our Regal Avenue/playground entrance. We will communicate that to you before we make that transition.

We hope your child(ren) had a great first day and we can't wait to see them again tomorrow!


9/1/20

Summit Community,

As students return to classrooms this week, Summit has continued to review guidance and protocols shared by Linn County Public Health as well as the Iowa Department of Public Health. Summit's COVID-19 illness protocol can be found here.

We are asking families to contact the school if their son or daughter has tested positive for COVID-19. We are relying on families to provide this information to assist with our contact tracing efforts that will also be supported by Linn County Public Health.

We ask that prior to sending your student(s) to school each day that you review the following questions. If the answer is yes to any of these questions, please keep your child home from school.

  • Has your child had a fever or taken medicine for a fever in the last 24 hours?

  • Is your child feeling ill?

  • Has your child developed a cough in the past 24 hours?

  • Has your child had any other symptoms of illness?

If you do keep your child home from school, please call the school to report their absence. When you do report an absence, the school will ask you a few questions regarding the symptoms your child is experiencing. Additionally, if you must leave a message, please share the reasons why your child is ill including the symptoms.

Thank you for your help in keeping everyone healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Paul Pressler

Head of Schools/Principal


8/22/20

Dear Summit Schools families,

I am happy to report that substantial progress was made this week in our attempt to prepare the campus for a return to school. Both power and internet were restored, a high majority of our damaged trees were removed, and work was done to repair our HVAC, roof and classrooms. With this said there is still plenty of work to be done before students can return safely.

This Thursday I will present Summit's Board of Trustees with a plan and timeline for a return to school and the revised 2020-21 school calendar. If approved, students will report to school for morning only sessions (8:30-11:30 a.m.) starting Thursday, September 3 and Friday, September 4. The first full day of school (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) would commence on Tuesday, September 8.

Teachers will begin their return to campus on Monday, August 24. We will restart the process of running through our school day and practicing our health and safety protocols. Families will be invited by classroom teachers to schedule individual conferences during the week of August 31. During these conferences students will be formally assessed individually and will be introduced to our classrooms and our new health and safety procedures. My belief is that a lot of anxieties will be removed by having our students (and parents) see firsthand what our expectations will be when students return to school that Thursday, instead of waiting until they walk in the doors for the very first time on September 3.

Again, the first two days of school (Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4) will provide students with a small dose of a schooling experience. With nearly a six-month absence from school we should expect that this transition will likely be hard for not only students, but parents and faculty as well. This smaller exposure will make the full-day experience the following week much easier.

You can expect a follow-up email from your classroom teacher(s) early next week so that face-to-face conferences and assessments can be scheduled between August 31 and September 2. Please look forward to more communication from me next Friday.

Sincerely,

Paul Pressler

Head of Schools/Principal


8/17/20

Dear Summit Schools families,

As we start the process of repair in our Cedar Rapids community, we'd like to say thank you for your continued patience and support. The work by our families, our faculty, and our staff in the aftermath of the August 10th storm has been inspiring.

As you know, our facilities sustained significant damage from the storm. Power and connectivity/internet access at this time have yet to be restored. The contracted work on the inside of the building is anticipated to conclude by the end of this week. While this is good news, work is still to be done with our HVAC, roof, fencing, and tree removal. Summit remains closed until further notice.

Members of Summit's Board of Trustees and Administration have collaborated to discuss a postponement to our start date for the 2020-2021 school year. The two dates being considered for a new start date are August 31 and September 8. We have submitted a request to the Department of Education for this delay, and are awaiting approval. We will provide families with a school start date update on or before August 24.

A delayed start date will allow for the following:

  • Health & Safety: As detailed in our Return to Learn plans, the health and safety of our students/faculty/staff remains paramount. A delayed start will help to ensure that these significant measures can be fully implemented prior to opening our building.

  • Systems: A delayed start will also allow for the testing of our many systems our school and families rely on to optimally function (communication, HVAC, building security, food service equipment, etc.)

  • Teacher Preparation: By moving the start date, this will enable teachers to have adequate additional preparation and professional development time prior to starting a school year that was already going to function a bit differently.

As you can imagine, the stress and challenge of reopening our school has been considerable. Unfortunately there are some things that are simply out of our control and we will need to be continually flexible as we work with the Department of Education, Linn County Public Health, and our contractors to determine when it is safe to open our doors. I plan to provide an additional update later this week.

Sincerely,

Paul Pressler

Head of Schools/Principal


8/13/20

Thank you to the volunteers who helped clean up Summit grounds yesterday! We always appreciate the help from our amazing and supportive Summit community. We have cleaned up as much as we can outside around Summit so we are no longer meeting with staff and volunteers at 8 a.m.

We are now looking for either a parent or connection to a company with excavation equipment to help remove the tree stump in the playground. Please email at info@summitschools.org if you have a lead.

There is currently no power in the building and staff has limited communication and connection availability, so thank you for your patience and understanding if you are trying to reach us.

Summit Schools is still closed until further notice and the Return to Learn Academy is cancelled. We will be in touch with future communications with more information regarding when and how Summit will return to school.

We know many of our Summit families have experienced devastation and loss from Monday's storm and we are sending our positive thoughts your way. Please stay safe! We are #SummitStrong!


8/11/20

Summit Schools sustained serious damage to the building and grounds during the storm on August 10. We are so thankful that all the staff that was in the school doing back-to-school prep were safe and unharmed. Unfortunately, there is currently no power at Summit and there is limited building access so Summit is closed until further notice.

The Return to Learn Academy is cancelled and we hope to start classes as was originally scheduled on August 24, but we will be in touch with future communications with more information.

If you are looking to help us, staff and volunteers are meeting each day at Summit at 8 a.m. for cleanup. Please bring rakes, tools, branch cutters, gloves, chain saws, water, leaf blowers, power washers, etc. We also need roofers (residential and commercial) and construction work done ASAP, if you have any leads or connections. Please stop by any morning you are available. We always appreciate the help from our amazing and supportive Summit community.

Summit staff has limited connection and availability, so the only way to contact us at this point is each morning in person at the cleanup until power throughout the Cedar Rapids area is restored. Please stay safe and we look forward to returning to school when Summit is ready!


8/7/20

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend Summit's Town Hall meeting on Tuesday evening. We hope that this platform has provided not only a direct line of communication with the school during this unsettling time, but has also assisted in alleviating some of the anxieties that come with our return to school. If you were not able to attend, please feel free to view the meeting here.

As promised, today's communication is provided to give a "What to Expect" as your students prepare to return to school, either for our optional Return to Learn Academy on August 12, or on the first regular day of school on August 24. In addition to this information, teacher grade level placements are shared below.

What to Expect Upon Return

August 12-14: Optional Return to Learn Academy (8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)

  • Doors will open at 8:20 a.m. (No AM Extended Day).

  • Students can enter at any of the three school entry points.

  • Students will be temperature checked and health screened.

  • Students with temperatures that do not exceed 99.9 will be allowed to enter the building.

  • Parents are requested to not enter the building without an appointment.

  • Students will be guided to their classrooms.

  • 6th grade students have been split between 5/6 and 6/7/8 rooms and their names will be placed on the door as to where they are to report.

  • Teachers will spend these three days in the "get to know you" phase of school and working with students through new safety and health policies and procedures. A majority of the day will be spent outside.

  • There will be no available playground equipment on these days as we work through the best procedures of disinfecting equipment.

  • There will be no lunch served on these days.

  • There will be no Extended Day.

  • Students will be dismissed from classes as parents arrive outside. We ask that you place your last name on a sheet of paper with your students grade level to minimize contact with staff at pick-up locations. Staff will radio to classroom teachers and students will exit from the designated pick-up door. Thank you for your patience as we get used to this new process.

  • NEW THIS YEAR: Students in grades 5-8 will be picked up at the front door off of Regent Street. Students in grades PreK-4th grade will be picked up at the playground exit off of Regal Ave. If a family has children in multiple grade levels, they will follow the exit location of the oldest child. A more detailed map will be delivered prior to August 12th. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT CONSTRUCTION HAS CLOSED REGENT STREET AT OLD MARION ROAD, AND YOU WILL HAVE TO ACCESS REGENT STREET FROM GOLF STREET.

August 17-21: Optional Return to Learn Academy Full Day (8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)

  • Extended Day will begin at 7:15 a.m. If you are planning to attend we ask that you email office manager Kathleen Reinwart to register. Registration would be for the entire week, and not day by day based on DHS requirements. Families will be billed for this service.

  • Between 7:15 a.m.-8:20 a.m. entry will be limited to only the playground side door off of Regal Ave. At 8:20 a.m. students can enter at one of three doors. All checking-in processes remain the same as listed above.

  • Teachers will use these days for formal assessments in order to place students in the optimal learning groups. Sixth grade placements will also be finalized at this time.

  • Lunch will be served and more detailed procedures will be released prior to August 17.

  • Students will leave school in the same manner as discussed above.

  • PM Extended Day will be offered, ending at 5:30 p.m. The same registration requests and billing (as stated above) apply.

August 24: First Official School Day at 8:30 a.m. - please be prompt. (Mandatory attendance if not learning in a preapproved Continuous Learning or Hybrid model)

  • All policies and procedures as mentioned above apply.

  • Students must be enrolled in AM and/or PM Extended Day to attend.

The following classroom placements have been made for the 2020/21 school year:

PreK/Kindergarten: Ms. Chris (teacher) and Ms. Erin (teaching assistant)

1st Grade: Ms. Emily

2nd Grade: Ms. Sue

3rd/4th Grade: Ms. Shawna and Ms. Rebekah (long-term substitute teacher)

5th/6th Grade: Ms. Angie (Humanities Courses for all 5th-8th graders)

6th/7th/8th Grade: Ms. Teresa (Math and Science Courses for all 5th-8th graders)

Art: Ms. Amber

PE: Mr. Jamie

Spanish: Ms. Andrea

And finally, I'd like to clarify and/or answer a few additional questions from Tuesday's Town Hall:

  • Face shields will be cleaned and stored at school. Face masks will go home with students for cleaning.

  • Ball caps/hats may be worn outside for additional shade protection.

  • Students will have access to gloves when cleaning their desks, shields, etc.

  • If your student has an appointment during the school day, please call ahead and we will prepare your student and walk them to your car when you arrive.

With all this said, I am sure I missed something. Please continue to send us your questions as they arise. Just a reminder that Summit's Return to Learn Family Survey deadline is today. We look forward to seeing you back at Summit in the very near future. Enjoy your weekend!

My Best,

Paul G Pressler

Head of Schools/Principal


8/2/20

Summit Community,

As you may have noticed, the guidance provided by the Governor's office and the Department of Education (DOE) as it relates to the return to school is in constant flux. Please be assured that we are working hard to adjust and modify our plans as new information becomes available. This email is intended to provide additional resources and information ahead of the Town Hall meeting next week with the hopes of answering some of your questions ahead of time.

As of 8/1 we know the following:

- The decisions for which model a school is to operate under (On-Site, Hybrid, or Continuous [online] Learning) will be made by following rates of infection in our local county (Linn). The metrics have been determined by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and are available for review here.

- As of the writing of this email, the rate of infection over a two week period (on average) in Linn County is considered by the IDPH formula to be in the Minimal to Moderate category. This category allows the school to operate in an On-Site format following DOE, IDPH, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance. Hybrid learning can be offered as necessary, based on parent/guardian preference. Students that have a diagnosed medical condition or a diagnosed learning difference that would present barriers to learning may be considered for a modified continuous learning option from home. This request would need to be formalized in writing and approved by the school administrator. Any students who are made to quarantine for any reason will have the opportunity to continue their education from home.

Questions have been asked regarding how to evaluate general sickness (i.e. a cold) during a time where there is also an ongoing pandemic. The IDPH has prepared this document which will help to guide both the decisions that families make at home, and the protocol we are to follow at school. It should be noted that the CDC and Linn County Public Health (LCPH) guidelines state that all members of the community should stay home if sick regardless of an illness type. If a student, faculty member, or staff is exhibiting signs of illness they will be sent home.

Thank you for your responses to Summit's Return to Learn Plan (RLP). Many great questions came from this request for comments, and our RLP has been modified slightly as a result. Summit's updated Return to Learn Plan Overview can be found here.

We have also updated Summit's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) which can be found here. I would encourage you to read through this document as it may help to answer some of your questions. Summit also has a webpage related to Return to Learn updates and resources.

We continue to receive an overwhelming response from our community regarding schooling next year. While this is exciting it does slow down our process for finalizing class rosters and announcing the placement of teachers. As you know, Summit greatly reduced its tuition for this school year. This decrease in tuition dollars can only be made up by adding additional students to fill our empty seats. My hope is to share classroom placements and teacher assignments no later than Friday, August 7.

Finally, I have received questions regarding the anxiety that students and families are feeling regarding their return to school. I have provided a link here for a free counseling service provided by Iowa State Extension funded by a recent FEMA grant. These services are presented virtually and are intended to support those impacted by COVID-19.

We look forward to continuing this conversation next week at our virtual Town Hall on August 4th, at 6:30 p.m. A link to register for this event can be found here. We are also asking parents to complete this short survey by August 5. Thank you for patience and understanding as we work hard to provide the best and safest return to school this fall.

Sincerely,

Paul Pressler

Head of Schools/Principal


7/17/20

Summit Families,

The past 48 hours have been filled with a flurry of information as it relates to COVID-19 and the reopening of schools. This email will serve as the center for these resources, and for a timeline of our official review and response.

As previously discussed, I have attached an overview of our Return to Learn Plan (RLP) which is in a constant state of modification as new requirements or recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Linn County Public Health (LCPH), Iowa Department of Education (DOE), and the Governor's Office emerge. This document can be found here. I ask that you review the attached document and send any comments or questions to me directly by July 26 so that I can include it in my Executive Summary. On July 28, I will meet with the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees to discuss our next steps, and to modify any policy and procedure before it is formally adopted.

Yesterday the Linn County Public Health (LCPH) released its Return to School guidelines. In reading this I believe that these guidelines align well to the policies and procedures that we will adopt for our school. My plan is to use this document as our playbook when helping to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

We are also sharing the CDC guidelines for additional reference.

Finally we are sharing the Public Health Proclamation from Governor Reynolds and the referenced summary of Senate File 2310. Both of these documents are incredibly important as they present the latitude from which we are expected to operate. Upon reading these two documents you will be able to better gauge what is and is not within the school's control during these unprecedented times.

On Friday, July 31st I will follow up with an email to you which will provide more insight as to the start of the school year. We will then host an online Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, August 4th at 6:30 p.m. to answer any additional questions that you may have. Please look forward to a formal invitation to this Town Hall next week.

Again, thank you for your patience as we move through this incredibly fluid situation. We look forward to working with you to best ensure the safety of our entire community.

Sincerely,

Paul Pressler

Head of Schools/Principal


7/2/2020

Summit Families,

Thank you for your attendance at this week’s Town Hall Meeting. I was encouraged by the healthy conversation and we look forward to meeting the challenges that are before us. If you missed the Town Hall you can catch it here. (Please note: Meeting begins around the 11 minute mark.). Updates on our Return to Learn Plan (RLP) are discussed, as well as other important issues. Summit is in the final states of preparing additional Return to Learn policies and procedures for Board review. Once approved by the Board, we will share these with our Summit community for comment. These policies and procedures will then be adopted and distributed by August 1.

I am excited to announce that our RLP has been accepted by the Iowa Department of Education and we are free to begin school, assuming that there are no additional proclamations from the Governor’s office, on August 12th. More details on this opening can be found by watching the Town Hall.

I will continue to update you over the next few weeks and look forward to seeing you again soon. Be well and stay safe!

Sincerely,

Paul Pressler

Head of Schools/Principal


6/27/20

Summit Families,

On Thursday June 25th the Iowa Department of Education (DOE) released its Reopening Guidance for Schools. I have evaluated this guidance and shared it with Summit's Board of Trustees to determine its alignment with our Return-to-Learn Plan (RLP). My research and additional information gathered in my attendance at webinars with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) over the last few months lead me to believe that additional safety mitigation efforts above what the DOE is suggesting are necessary to safely reopen our schools.

In addition to the DOE guidance I will continue to utilize the recommendations from the IDPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Linn County Public Health (LCPH) as our plans take shape.

The DOE has asked school districts to submit a series of assurances by July 1, 2020. These assurances indicate our intent to have comprehensive Return-to-Learn plans in place for the fall; however, it is not required that the full plans are finalized at the time the assurances are due. During the first two weeks of July I will complete the required policies and procedures that will be necessary in order for Summit to operate as safely and efficiently as possible. These new policies and procedures will be shared with the Board of Trustees for approval and then will be shared with the Summit Community for comment. A final draft of these adopted policies and procedures will be delivered to our Summit families no later than August 1st.

In addition to specific information around health and safety, more details regarding school infrastructure, academic standards, social-emotional/behavioral health, and equity will be shared.

The health and safety of our students and staff will remain our number one priority as we prepare to open school on August 12th. I sincerely appreciate your patience, your trust, and your questions as we work to safely reopen our school.

I hope you will join us at our Town Hall this Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. for further updates.

Sincerely,

Paul G. Pressler

Head of Schools/Principal


6/19/20

Summit Families,

I hope this email finds you well and in the groove of summer break. We have been actively preparing for a return to school and I would like to share some of those details with you in this week's communication.

As previously mentioned, we will begin our official school year on August 12th with our optional but highly recommended Return to Learn Academy. Our modified academic calendar can be found here. These eight additional days will be used to get our students familiarized with our new daily health and safety procedures, and to begin the process of formal assessment to better address any gaps in learning that exist as a result of the early departure from the 2019/20 school year.

We are currently in the process of preparing our Return-to-Learn Plan (RLP) for the Department of Education which is due on July 1st. This document will lay the framework for how we would plan to provide schooling in three different scenarios: Required Continuous Learning (Online), Hybrid Learning (1/2 On-Site and 1/2 Online), and On-Site Delivery. As you can imagine, a lot of thought goes into this planning and the Department of Education will ultimately decide if our plans not only meet state standards and requirements, but also address the safety, health, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.

The Department of Education is due to release Return to School guidelines by July 1st that provide clear expectations of what is required and/or recommended to operate a safe learning environment on-site. At Summit we are already preparing for what these guidelines may entail and have begun to purchase COVID-19 mitigation supplies in anticipation of certain safety requirements. We have also explored an outside cleaning agency to provide nightly surface cleaning and once per week deep sanitization of our building.

As part of our RLP we have provided information on the scenarios in which masks and/or face shields will be required, and when they will be recommended. We have also purchased and planned for temperature checks of all individuals as they enter the building, and will be changing our drop-off and pick up procedures to help manage this new preventive measure. Further, all teachers, staff, and faculty will be required to become Health and Safety certified by the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA) this summer in order to better ensure our understanding of how to clean properly during this pandemic. This Health and Safety training is in addition to the professional development they will receive in order to further enhance their ability to teach in a virtual environment.

I hope to have even more information for you in these key areas as we meet in our Virtual Town Hall on June 30th at 6:30pm.

And finally, we are also in the process of finalizing classroom assignments and student placements for the new school year. I may be reaching out to some of you over the next two weeks as a courtesy and to answer any additional questions that you may have. As always we thank you for your patience as we work through this process. If you have yet to submit your enrollment/payment paperwork for next school year I ask that you do that now so that we might finalize classroom rosters.

Thank you all for your continued support of Summit. We are working very hard to ensure that your students' return to school this year is healthy, safe, enriching, and of course fun!!

Sincerely,

Paul G. Pressler

Head of School


6/5/20

Summit Families,

In light of recent events in our country we believe it important to reaffirm the values of inclusivity that exist within our school. Summit has always strived to be a school where all students are welcomed and valued. We pride ourselves in working with each student as an individual. We cherish the diversity of each learner, and firmly believe that there is great value in learning from the differing perspectives of each other. We are committed to continuing to provide a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for all students, families, faculty, and staff.

Thank you to those who have completed the Return to School survey that was distributed last week. There has been overwhelming support (92%) for an early start date for next year. Please look forward to a formal announcement of this potential shift to an August 12th start*. Once our calendars have been updated and approved, we will make sure to redistribute them to you with final confirmation of this new start date. (*Please note that all days prior to August 24th would not count towards our 1080 hrs/180 day requirements. Although attendance on these days would be highly recommended, they would remain optional.)

As a reminder, the earlier start date would allow for students to adjust to a structured school day, and allow for more intensive informal assessments of our students. These assessments will provide teachers with ample time to stagger learning, forming smaller pods in and outside of the classroom to address the needs of those that require more intensive remediation. One thing that makes Summit unique is our ability to meet the individual needs of each student. Did you know that in our 7th and 8th grade last year we were able to accomodate for four different levels of math in the same classroom? We anticipate the potential for differing levels of math in each grade level, and will plan to prepare for such.

The month of June will be spent working to complete our Return to Learn plan for the Department of Education. This plan, when accepted and approved by the DOE, will lay the groundwork for addressing both the health and safety of our students as well as our plan to ensure that students receive standards based education in potentially three different learning environments. In addition to the traditional On-Site Delivery plan, we will also submit a Required Continuous Learning plan (RCL) and a Hybrid Learning (HL) plan. The RCL would be used if the school was required to temporarily shut our doors due to another COVID-19 outbreak. The RCL would layout the structure of a half on-site and half at home learning plan. Teacher contracts were modified this spring to include more detailed expectations of virtual teaching should the need to teach from home become necessary. This, coupled with intensive Google teacher certification this summer, will better prepare our faculty for this possibility.

One of the primary areas of focus in our Return to Learn plan will center around the health and safety of our students. We will plan to follow the recommendations of the CDC and the Linn County Public Health Department when making these decisions. We recently secured CARES Act money that can be used for COVID-19 mitigation and have started the process of researching potential professional cleaning options, and in securing PPE for our students, faculty, and staff. The likelihood that we will make adjustments to our daily check-in procedures, our recess and lunch routines, and the configurations of our learning environment, are great. More details on these plans will be distributed once they have been approved by the Department of Education.

And finally, I am excited to announce the hiring of two new faculty members for next school year. Angie Neuville will join our upper school faculty this Fall. In addition to being a former Summit parent, Angie brings extensive experience in the classroom and as a Special Education consultant for the AEA. Also, Rebekah Ford has been hired to serve as our 3/4 Teacher during Shawna's maternity leave. Rebekah is an Orton-Gillingham trained teacher and a wonderful addition to our faculty.

We look forward to introducing our new faculty to you in our next virtual Town Hall which is tentatively scheduled for June 30th, at 6:30pm. Please look forward to this announcement as well as other updates as they unfold over the next few weeks.

Sincerely,

Paul G. Pressler

Head of School


4/17/20

Summit Families,

It has now been seven weeks since my first COVID-19 communication to our community. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that our students and faculty would be made to recreate their school days in a virtual capacity as a result of what has become a global pandemic. In spite of this incredible challenge, our school and your family have worked together to help create a small place of normalcy in rather chaotic times. We should all be proud of this accomplishment. Here are a few key updates as we know today:

Regular School Year Update: This morning Gov. Reynolds announced that schools are to remain closed for the remainder of the school year. As stated in prior communications, we will plan to continue with our Distance Learning for the remainder of our Academic Calendar which concludes on May 22. Teachers will meet on Monday, April 20 to discuss further enhancements and modifications to our distance learning experience to help ensure that students finish out the school year in a strong academic fashion. Plans for a modified graduation experience will be discussed at an upcoming administrative meeting.

Summer Camps Update: As guidelines for the reopening of schools remain vague, we have not yet made a determination if Summit’s Summer Camps will be possible this year. A decision on whether to hold camps that are scheduled for June will be made no later than May 15. A decision on summer camps that are scheduled for July will follow shortly thereafter.

Town Hall Meeting: Next Thursday, April 23rd at 6:30 p.m., Summit’s Board of Trustees, Administration, and Faculty will host a virtual Town Hall meeting where further updates will be provided on both the current school year and the 2020/21 academic year. This space will provide us with the opportunity to reconnect with our community, and to answer any questions that you may have. More information on this town hall meeting can be found in your email.

Thank you again for your continued patience and support as we collectively navigate these unchartered waters. We are truly thankful for the community and compassion that is Summit. We look forward to seeing all of you next week at our Town Hall meeting.

Sincerely,

Paul G Pressler

Head of School


04/03/20

Dear Summit Families and Staff,

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Reynolds made the recommendation to extend the closure of Iowa schools through April 30, 2020, as a measure to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state. As a school, we will follow Governor Reynolds’ recommendation and our school will be closed through April 30, 2020.

We have been preparing for this possibility for the past few weeks and we will continue supporting Voluntary Educational Enrichment, as outlined by the Iowa Department of Education (DOE). Following the DOE guidelines will allow us to count the instructional time lost and students will not be required to make up the days of school that will be missed through April 30, 2020.

Summit Schools' buildings, playground, and outdoor facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. This closure includes the cancellation of all activities and any events held in our school building and/or on our school grounds.

I encourage you to visit our COVID-19 website for school announcements, educational content, and teacher enrichment videos. This site is updated frequently and can be found here: https://sites.google.com/view/summitcovid-19

In closing, we understand the anxiety and stress that these uncertain times have created for all families. We will continue to strive to provide an educational experience that helps to bring structure, support, and some sort of normalcy for you and your child(ren). I thank you personally for your continued support and for the trust that you have in us. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership through this unprecedented event.

Sincerely,

Paul G Pressler

Head of School


3/31/20

Summit Families-

This is just a quick update on recently approved items from last weeks Board of Trustees meeting. The Board has approved a delay in tuition deposits for 2020/21 ($1000) which were scheduled for April 1st. These deposits will now be due on May 1st.

The Board has also agreed to refund all unused and prepaid/collected fees for March 2020 extended day. Families will not be charged for extended day that does not occur in the month of April and/or May if needed.

We have received many compliments regarding the quality of our online curricular offerings and we thank you. Of course none of this would be possible without the flexibility and dedication of our teachers. This collection of professionals has helped to make this transition possible in a relatively short period of time. I want to take this opportunity to thank them for these efforts.

We look forward to continuing to offer online curriculum to our students and will plan to do so for the foreseeable future. Should the Department of Education, State of Iowa, or Federal Government decide to cease public school education for the remainder of the school year, we will continue to deliver online content through the remainder of our Academic Calendar (May 22nd).

Again, this is a fluid situation. Please continue to use our temporary COVID-19 website for more information and enrichment materials. The link for this website can be found at www.summitschools.org

We will deliver more information to you as it becomes available.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and commitment to Summit Schools.

We are all in this together.

Sincerely,

Paul G Pressler

Head of School



3/24/20

Summit Families,

I hope this update finds you safe, healthy, and adjusting to our temporary way of life. At Summit we are working hard to provide a streamlined online education experience for your student(s). Yesterday our faculty met in a ZOOM chat to discuss our procedures for bringing what happens in the classroom to a digital format. Of course, this type of learning will be different from what our students experience while at school, but rest assured our teachers are designing creative, engaging, and fun learning opportunities for their students. We thank you for your continued patience as we work out the kinks in this new platform.

You will be receiving, if you haven’t already, information on online learning from your student’s primary teacher. Our enrichment teachers (Art, Music, PE) will be working together to put resource materials and instructional videos in one central location (a Google based website) and this information will be shared with you by the end of the week.

As stated prior to spring break, if you have limited access to internet or are in need of an internet capable device, please contact your students primary teacher immediately so that arrangements can be made to ensure your students access to these learning materials.

In addition to these exciting online learning experiences, the Board of Trustees and Summit's Administration continue to discuss options for potential financial relief to those families that are in immediate need as a result of COVID-19 shutdowns. This discussion will be a priority at this week's Board of Trustees meeting and any approved measures will be delivered to our larger community early next week.

We understand that these uncertain times are a center of stress for everyone. By providing an online experience that is fun, engaging, and educational, we hope to reduce the anxiety that students sometimes feel when removed from their daily routine. I am confident that our incredible teachers will continue to provide the excellent educational experience that you have come to expect.

Again, thank you for being a part of our community. We look forward to overcoming this current challenge together.

Sincerely,

Paul G Pressler

Head of School


3/20/20
Dear Summit Families,

Since Summit Schools announced a prolonged closure due to COVID-19, members of the Summit staff and Board of Trustees have been working on how best to move forward.

As of the writing of this letter, our plan is to reopen Summit on April 13, and to continue planning for Summer Camp, registration for which is now open.

Summit staff met virtually this morning to begin planning educational activities and enrichment that will benefit all of our students.

This program will allow students to continue learning and connecting in fun and meaningful ways with teachers and beloved staff members. We will be in touch with you soon regarding these online learning options.

We are always grateful for the Summit community, but we are feeling especially grateful now. As we continue to assess the best ways to help our students and their families, we will be sure to keep you up to date.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Please contact Paul or ourselves if you have any questions or concerns.


Sincerely,

Paly Afridi, President & Dan Clark, Vice-President

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Summit Schools


3/16/20
Dear Families and Staff,

Last night Governor Reynolds made the recommendation to close Iowa schools for four weeks in response to the confirmed community spread of COVID-19. Following this recommendation and the decision of the Cedar Rapids Community School District, we will close our campus until Monday, April 13, 2020. The Governor has scheduled a public announcement later today and we anticipate the release of additional information regarding the closures.

At this time, the closure affects all school programming, including before- and after-school activities, all tutoring within the building, and all extra-curricular/weekend events.

We are actively preparing plans for continued learning. Faculty will meet in a conference call on Monday, March 23rd, to formalize these plans. Details will be shared within our updates to families during the week of March 23rd.

Thank you for your patience and your understanding as we work together through this incredibly trying situation. We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. Please remember that this situation is fluid as information seems to change on a daily basis. We will do our best to communicate essential information to you in a timely fashion.

Sincerely,

Paul G. Pressler

Head of School


3/13/20

DIGITAL LEARNING PLAN

Should the school be closed by the recommendation of Linn County Public Health (LCPH), our faculty and administration will meet the week of March 23rd to formalize an online digital learning plan. Our staff will communicate with families via email with the particulars of this plan should it become necessary.

In order to allow for a potential digital learning plan to take place, we are asking students to take their books and materials home before leaving for Spring Break. Having the materials at home will be an important part of the plan should digital learning become necessary. Students that do not have access to a computer, tablet, or other internet capable device, will be allowed to checkout a school owned device at the discretion of their primary teacher. If your student is in need of such a device, please email the teacher directly before the end of school today, March 13th. If your child is in Shawna's classroom, please request a device from Ms. Ashley. If you do not have home internet access, please make sure to bring this to your student's teacher so that an alternative plan may be constructed.

Should digital learning become necessary, the school will be in contact with families by Thursday, March 19th. Communication from teachers will explain what the expectations and processes are.

Again, thank you for your patience through this process. If you have immediate questions on this plan, please contact your students teacher and/or Larisa Bickel.

Sincerely,

Paul G. Pressler

Head of School


3/11/20

Summit Families.

As you know, Summit Schools is a community based school that serves families and students from multiple districts and many schools. Many of the students that take advantage of our tutoring program come from the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD). For this reason it is important that we follow the decisions of the much larger community when making decisions that could impact the health of Summit students and families. The following has been communicated by the Cedar Rapids Community School District

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Cedar Rapids Community School District the following process and procedures will be followed:

Notification of confirmed pandemic or infectious disease threats will come from Linn County Public Health (LCPH). CRCSD will collaborate with LCPH to monitor disease outbreaks in schools and will help to determine if and when school should be canceled. The information provided by LCPH will also guide CRCSD decisions on the length of time for a school closure and the extent of the closure, taking into consideration the mixing of students/staff across schools, geographic proximity, outbreaks at neighboring school districts, etc.

Steps that would be taken:

1. LCPH Disease Prevention Specialists will notify the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) Health Services Facilitator in the event that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) declares an infectious disease threat to the district.

2. The Health Services Facilitator will notify the Superintendent, Chief Officer of Equity and Office of Leadership, and Full Administrative Council.

3. Determinations will be made by the Superintendent regarding the best responsive actions and the Superintendent and the Director of Communications will work with the Health Services Specialist on communication to CRCSD staff and parents. Communication from Summit Schools to our parents and faculty will follow the CRCSD message, and will include more specific information regarding our school.

Spring Break Travel

At the time of this letter, there are five countries around the world which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have identified as being a high risk for the spread of Coronavirus: China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea. The IDPH recommends that anyone who visits those countries voluntarily self-isolates for 14 days upon their return. Before traveling, be sure to stay informed. For the latest information, please visit the CDC website.

These are obviously uncharted waters for most of us. While we cannot predict how things may or may not change from day to day, we will do our best to communicate any changes to our daily operations. Thank you for your continued patience through this process.

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Paul G. Pressler

Head of School


3/05/20

Summit Families,

This letter is to provide an update of the precautionary measures currently in place at Summit to help mitigate the risks associated with the respiratory illness caused by novel (new) coronavirus. The disease the virus causes has been named COVID-19.

On Monday I took part in an Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) webinar regarding COVID-19. In this session school administrators were briefed on current state processes and procedures for dealing with the potential of the virus entering K-12 environments. We are currently involved in working with both state and local partners to review and update our emergency plans.

According to the IDPH there are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. For the general public, who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is low; however, the potential of the public health threat is high.

As a school it is important to prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way that we prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt our normal routine. To date we have accomplished the following:

· Reviewed our common-sense preventive actions for preventing the spread of illness with our students and staff

· Shared and reviewed our emergency plans with local partners (e.g., local public health and local emergency management)

· Reviewed our absence and sick leave policies

· Enhanced our routine environmental cleaning procedures

· Created communication plans in coordination with IDHP for use with the school community

The IDHP has stressed that it is normal to be concerned about a new virus. They believe that the risk of influenza is much higher than the risk of COVID-19 in Iowa right now. In fact, the prevention methods for influenza and COVID-19 are the same. Students and faculty have been advised to:

· Cover cough and sneezes with a tissue or the upper arm/elbow

· Clean their hands frequently with soap and water

· Contain germs by staying home when ill

Questions have been raised regarding travel precautions during our spring break. As of today, there are no recommendations or precautions for US travel and no monitoring or screening is being required/recommended by the CDC. There are travel alerts however for China, Japan, Italy, South Korea and Iran and those travel guidelines can be found on the CDC website:

https://www.cdc.gov/conronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

We thank you in advance for working with us to manage any potential impact that COVID-19 may have within our local community. As we are given more information from the IDHP and/or the Department of Education, we will be sure to share this with you. For more information about COVID-19 please visit idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus

Sincerely,

Paul G Pressler

Head of School