Notice to Parents
Friday, April 17
Dear Central Lyon Families & Staff,
As we learned today from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, schools have been closed through the remainder of the school year. Just because the buildings are closed does NOT mean school has been cancelled; Central Lyon will continue to provide Distance Learning Resources to students. These resources meet the “voluntary educational enrichment opportunities” requirements as outlined by the Iowa Department of Education. This means the minimum days and hours requirements in Iowa Code will be waived, and students will not need to make-up any days missed due to closure to stop the spread of COVID-19.
School leaders are devising a plan for the pick-up of materials that remain at school. When these plans have been finalized, we will share them with you. In the meantime, if you need to pick up learning resources, the Central Lyon “post office” is still operable in the vestibules at the entrance of each building. Preschool-grade 8 students may access any needed materials in the elementary/middle school entrance, and 9-12 grade students may access the high school vestibule for pick up.
Our last day for distance learning will be May 15, 2020.
Commencement, Prom & School Activities
My heart aches for the Class of 2020. You, your parents, families and friends have been robbed of the pomp and circumstance that is a hallmark of your senior year. At this time, I want you to know that we have rescheduled commencement for Sunday, June 28. School administrators are planning a virtual senior awards ceremony, in addition to partnering with student leaders, parents and families, and community members to conduct a variety of activities to congratulate and thank the Class of 2020.
As previously stated, prom will be held Thursday, June 18 – more details will be shared in the near future.
Unfortunately, the spring sport season and spring activities have been cancelled, and summer activities remains uncertain. The Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union plan to announce their plans for summer sports by June 1. At this point, all Central Lyon co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are suspended until June 1. The Central Lyon calendar will display the most accurate information regarding activities schedule for the summer and the 2020-21 school year. As the Iowa Department of Education, athletic, and activity associations provide further guidance we will share updates with students and families.
Free Meals Available Monday - Friday
Our free grab-and-go meal program will continue through Friday, May 15. Thanks to the generosity of our community partners, Central Lyon has served more than 3,703 children/students 18-years of age and younger. Individuals and businesses who wish to financially support the meal program should email Jackie Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meal are available for pick-up at the high school entrance (circle drive on 1010 S Green St), and in Doon at the public library parking lot. Meals will be delivered to those living outside the city limits of Rock Rapids and Doon. To receive this service, call the high school office: (712) 472-2664.
Public Health Reminders
For those of you planning to participate in the Fill the Loop activity in Rock Rapids tonight, Public Health Administrators of Lyon County have asked all community members to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by refraining from socializing outside of vehicles, congregating in parking lots in groups, to remain inside of a vehicle rather than riding in the back of a pick-up truck, and to only have family members in your vehicle. As difficult as it is, we must continue to social distance, avoid discretionary trips, practice good hygiene, and stay home when we are sick.
In trying to find the words to accurately capture the solemnity of today’s announcement, Mr. Lorenzen’s note to the track athletes captures the spirit most appropriately:
~ Toby Lorenzen