Charter Oak-Ute Community Schools is committed to fulfilling its mission of providing a quality small school education, which will enhance the abilities of students toward reaching their utmost potential. As we continue to navigate the pandemic, the District remains focused on the safety, health and well-being of our students, families, and staff as we move forward this school year.

Charter Oak-Ute Community Schools will maintain our extensive 2020-2021 Return-to-Learn Plan as a resource should the need arise, however this addendum goes into effect upon Board approval.  State and Federal law require school districts to regularly review their Return-to-Learn Plan and our District will do so on a regular basis.  We will continue to partner with the Crawford County Public Health Department, Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Iowa Department of Education as we move through the 2021-2022 school year. 

At the current time, the Charter Oak-Ute Community School District plans to operate under much of its normal, pre-pandemic processes and procedures and will continue to follow all state and federal laws, including requiring all students to attend school 100% in person and personal choice mask usage for all students, staff and visitors.

The District will ensure a continuity of services for academics, social emotional health, mental health, school activities, and other student needs and programming through our Multi-Tiered Systems of support for learning, school counseling program, food service and/or other departments and services as needed by our students, families and staff.

The Charter Oak-Ute Community School District will continue to support the health and safety of students, staff, and visitors through the following mitigation practices:

· Encouraging frequent hand washing, covering of coughs and sneezes, and staying home when not feeling well

· Increased availability of hand sanitizer in common areas and public spaces Students and staff with a positive test can return to school after meeting the following criteria: 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, and symptoms improving.  If no symptoms may return 10 days after positive test.