Knoxville Schools’ Statement on Closure

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As we just posted, school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Gov. Kim Reynolds, nor Department of Education Director Ann Lebow, addressed high school graduations at today’s press conference.

Knoxville Schools’ Superintendent Cassi Pearson shared this letter, which went out to parents across the district, regarding how Panther Nation will move forward at this time.

Dear Parents/Guardians & Students:
Today, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that all schools in Iowa will remain closed through the end of the school year to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
This announcement will continue to affect all Knoxville Community School District programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events. It is our hope that we will be able to reschedule graduation for later this summer, but we do not yet know how that event will look. We will share more information as soon as plans are finalized.
I know that this decision has caused a great deal of concern and disappointment for our students, staff, and families. The pandemic arrived quickly, and when we first were directed to close our school buildings in March, we did not realize it would be the last time we would see our students in person this school year. Please know that we share in your disappointment.
Per our district calendar, the last day of school for students is Friday, May 29. We will continue with virtual learning until that date, just as we have over the past several weeks. We encourage all families to keep their students engaged in these activities to ensure learning continues to take place through the end of the school year.
Once again, thank you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility during this unprecedented time. We will get through this together. Please continue to stay safe, practice social distancing, and remain at home as much as possible.
Cassi Pearson, Superintendent