In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indianola CSD has committed to following the guidance of the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Office.  As this situation evolves, the district will continue to take its cues from health care professionals and state leaders. This afternoon, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recommended “that all Iowa schools close for a period of four weeks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.” Pursuant to this recommendation, the Indianola Board of Education has decided to close all school buildings through April 12, 2020. School will resume April 13 unless there are further changes.

This closure will apply to all district programs, activities and facilities.  All district extra and co-curricular practices, rehearsals, contests and events will be postponed or cancelled in accordance with the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s, Iowa High School Activities Association’s, Iowa High School Music Association’s and Iowa High School Speech Association’s decision to suspend all spring activities.  All district facilities will be closed to the public, and district employees will have only limited access to buildings. All district facilities rentals will be suspended until further notice. 

ICC (Indianola Child Care) will stay open at the request of the Department of Human Services. CDC precautions will be followed as closely as possible, and the board approved this service to continue for currently enrolled participants.

It is important to remember that this situation is fluid and plans may change as more information becomes available. Please monitor the district website and social media sources for updates. 

Social distancing, school closures, event cancellations, and other similar efforts are being undertaken to limit the number of exposures and “flatten the curve” on new COVID-19 cases. The district hopes its students and families will commit to avoiding large groups and travel, practicing preventative hygiene measures, and self-quarantining after travel or if symptoms arise. Everyone’s combined effort can limit the impact of this pandemic on our community.