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Superintendent's COVID-19 Update: April 15, 2020

Families and education partners:


Everyone at IESBVI understands what a difficult time this is for your students and families.  We’ve been thrust into circumstances with many unknowns and things we cannot control. As new information about the impact of the Corona virus becomes available, the Department of Public Health and Department of Education continue to revise guidance.  


The Governor ordered schools to remain closed until April 30th and the Department of Education is providing guidance for schools to assist in the development of plans for continuous learning.  Districts plans can include voluntary educational enrichment opportunities or required educational services. IESBVI Regional Directors, teachers, orientation mobility specialists and consultants are working collaboratively with AEA administrators to support local districts, regardless of the plans they put in place, during school closures. 


If you have questions or concerns about your child’s involvement in continuous learning please contact your school principal.  Upon request of your school district, our staff is available to provide support.


Decisions to cancel summer camps will be made based on restrictions imposed by Governor’s office, as well as conversations with partner agencies hosting camps and camp leaders.  Cancellations will be considered on a camp-by-camp basis.  Families already registered will be notified about cancelations by email, regular mail, or phone.


If you have questions do not hesitate to contact me (steve.gettel@iaedb.org) or one of the regional directors:

Jonathan Karli (Central Rivers, Heartland, Keystone) jonathan.karli@iaedb.org

Gwen Woodward (Northwest, Green Hills, Heartland) gwen.woodward@iaedb.org 

Susan Brennan (Grant Wood, Great Prairie, Mississippi Bend) susan.brennan@iaedb.org


Take care of yourself and your family and practice precautions that are flattening the COVID curve. We all want to get back to the business of educating your children in their classrooms with their teachers.




Steve Gettel


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