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Decorah Community School District

COVID-19

COVID-19 Resource Links

Center for Disease Control - CDC
Center for Disease Control Coronavirus Disease COVIS-19 Key Facts - CDC
Center for Disease Control COVID-19 Guidance for School Settings Webpage - CDC

Food & Drug Administration - FDA
Food & Drug Administration Fraudulent COVID-19 Kits Information - FDA

United States of America Federal Government
Federal Coronavirus Site

Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency Resources - FEMA
Rumor Control - FEMA R7

State of Iowa
Iowa Department of Education Website - IDOE
Iowa Department of Human Services, Childcare Guidelines - DHS
Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 Webpage - IDPH

Medicare
Medicare Scams and Fraud Information

Miscellaneous
Emotional Well-being During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis

Winneshiek County Public Health - WCPH
Winneshiek County Public Health Website - WCPH



Resources and News Releases

March 27, 2020 - Second positive case and other pertinent information - WCPH
March 25, 2020 - City of Decorah/Winneshiek County Public Health Press Release
March 23, 2020 - Iowa COVID-19 Website
 March 19, 2020 - COVID-19 Update - WCPH
March 18, 2020 - DCSD Grab & Go Meals / Oportunidad de recogida de comidas Grab & Go (“Comidas listas para llevar”) del DCSD
March 18, 2020 - First COVID-19 Case in Winneshiek County - WCPH
March 18, 2020 - DCSD Grab & Go Meal Information - English, Espanol
March 17, 2020 - Gov. Reynolds issues a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency
March 17, 2020 - Isolation Guidance for Iowans - WCPH
March 16, 2020 - Guidance for Iowa School Districts and Teacher Preparation Programs - IDOE
March 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Update - WCPH
March 13, 2020 - PK-12 Guidance in Response to COVID-19 - IDOE
March 12, 2020 - COVID-19 Guidance: PK-12 School Administrators - IDPH
March 11, 2020 - Winneshiek County Public Health COVID-19 Update - WCPH
March 10, 2020 - Talking Points: Schools and COVID-19 - IDPH
March 8, 2020 - Coronavirus in Iowa - WCPH
March 6, 2020 - Cleaning Recommendations - WCPH
March 6, 2020 - Call Before Arriving - WCPH
March 6, 2020 - COVID-19 Planning Checklist: K-12 School Administrators - IDPH
March 5, 2020 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus FAQ for Schools - IDPH
February 26, 2020 - Advice for Talking to Children about COVID-19 - IDPH


EOC

The Decorah Community School District’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated on Monday March 16, 2020 and continues to operate through these challenging times surrounding COVID-19.  The EOC was activated in order to make decisions and plans on the next steps to assist our students, staff, and families.

What is the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)?
An emergency operations center (EOC) is a physical (e.g., a conference room) or virtual (e.g., telephone conference call) location designed to support emergency response, business continuity and crisis communications activities. Staff meets at the EOC to manage preparations for an impending event or manage the response to an ongoing incident. By gathering the decision makers together and supplying them with the most current information, better decisions can be made. A primary EOC should be established at the main business facility and a secondary EOC should be available at another company facility, a temporary facility (such as a hotel) or through a teleconference bridge established to bring staff together virtually. The EOC supports the following incident management functions.

Activation - Bring knowledge and expertise together to deal with events that threaten the business
Situation Analysis - Gather information to determine what is happening and to identify potential impacts
Incident Briefing - Efficiently share information among team members
Incident Action Plan - Provide a single point for decision-making and decide on a course of action for the current situation
Resource Management - Provide a single point of contact to identify, procure and allocate resources
Incident Management - Monitor actions, capture event data and adjust strategies as needed

Who is a part of the EOC?
Currently, the DCSD COVID-19 Emergency Response (CER) team is operating the EOC. The CER team currently consists of representatives from the following groups:

Superintendent, Administration, and all Cabinet members (executive leadership)
Technology
Communications
Nutrition Services
Operations (maintenance and custodial teams)
Transportation
Student Services (this department includes nursing staff)
Student Learning
Business and Finance
Human Resources

We continue to focus on three priorities during this time and want to share the latest information we have right now on each of them.


Nutrition Services
We are feeding hundreds of children each day at our three (3) meal site pick up locations. Any school age child (family) may go to the location you signed up for. Once at the site, families who signed up will be able to pick up free breakfast and lunch kits for five (5) days which are packaged together. Please help us maintain social distancing by taking food home and not staying at the meal site.

On Fridays, meal sites will be attended from 12:00 - 2:00, or until all meal kits are picked up. If for some reason your family is not able to get to our meal pickup sites, please contact us at (563) 382-5904.

Educational resources and support
Please know we continue to focus on providing educational resources opportunities for our students. We are planning next steps and will provide an update to our school community as soon as we can.
 
What’s next for district staff?
The CER team is actively working to make plans and decisions surrounding next steps for staff. We know these are uncertain times and we appreciate the patience our staff members have shown us.


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