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Schools now closed until april 30

ELC officials to release more info this week

April 6, 2020
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

On Thursday, Governor Kim Reynolds announced the extension of Iowa school closures for all K-12 schools through April 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Local schools followed up with their own individual announcements for their plans during the continued closure.

Estherville Lincoln Central Superintendent Tara Paul sent out a letter on Facebook and email to all parents in the school district.

"The Department of Education has given clearer direction for educating students as we move into this extended time," she stated. "We will follow the State's educational option of 'Voluntary Enrichment Opportunities.' The goal of this option is to provide enrichment and review learning opportunities and connect on a consistent basis with our students while being cognizant of the unique learning environments our students are in. Be looking for additional guidance early next week on where to find these enrichment and review opportunities as we move forward. In the meantime and moving forward, please reach out for whatever support your family may need in these times."

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Staying connected — KC Manwarren of Wallingford writes a letter to one of his teachers, who sent him a card in the mail. Governor Kim Reynolds ordered Iowa schools to stay closed through April 30 in her latest proclamation. Estherville Lincoln Central, North Union, and Graettinger-Terril school districts have opted for voluntary learning, which will prevent the districts from making up April’s instructional time and keep students engaged in learning.
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During the first three weeks of the shutdown, ELC has provided breakfast and lunches at three locations in Estherville-Circle Drive at the school, Thoreson Park's pavilion, and the Estherville Swimming Pool.

"ELC will continue to provide breakfast and lunch to all children 0-18 throughout this time," Paul stated. " If you are in need of additional food at home please do not hesitate to reach out to us, either through the email below or by calling 712.362.2692. ELC has its own food pantry as well as offers of donations to provide additional food and essential needs for families. Please do not hesitate to reach out for any needs your family may have during this time."

Paul expects parents to have questions during this time.

"I realize this extension will likely cause more questions than we may have answers to at this time," she stated. "We have been working quickly to find those answers and share them as soon as they are available. As we continue to adapt to this very fluid and ever changing situation, we want to know your questions. To be sure we can address those as quickly as possible, please direct all communications and questions to:

"In closing, although our current situation is very much unprecedented and many of us are worried about the education of our children, please know they are resilient and more than anything right now they need you, their family and community," Paul stated. " They need to know they are loved and cared for. They need to know that their tears are important and the anxious feelings they have are normal for the situation we are in. Talk with them, eat supper with them, play games with them, spend time with them, read to them. All of this is more important right now than anything else we can do for them. If you need to talk to someone, be sure to reach out to your family and friends, call a support person, or go for a walk! We are #ELCMidgets and together we will get through this moment in time."



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