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Kindergarten Registration on March 10th

The Iowa City Community School District will hold Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-22 school year for children who are 5 years old on or before September 15, 2021.

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Time: 7:40 a.m. – 7:10 p.m.
Place: At your child’s elementary school

We would like to encourage only one family member to come on-site for registration due to COVID-19 health and safety requirements. To encourage social distancing we would like families to sign up for a registration time at their school by completing the following form: https://iowacityschools.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_50hQpMrT52zBEk6

Requirements at registration:

  1. Verification of your child’s birth date [Examples include a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport. For additional options, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.]
  2. Child’s immunization records
  3. Proof of residency [Examples include a lease/rental agreement or utility bill.]

If you do not have the needed documentation, please come to registration and we will assist you. If you are unable to register your child on March 10, 2021, please contact your child’s school. Please note, registration may take up to 45 minutes.


So why is this item on the Technology & Innovation blog? In addition to simply being excited about all of the new students who will join us next year, this also marks our first official use of Infinite Campus, our new student information system!

Infinite Campus will replace PowerSchool for the 2021-22 school year, and district and building staff have been working hard to learn and implement the new system. Parents/guardians who are registering new kindergartners will do so in Infinite Campus, and we’re excited about the potential for a simpler and less time-consuming registration process.

Keep an eye on this blog for more information about our transition to Infinite Campus over the coming months.

Stanford Study Addresses Zoom Fatigue and Potential Fixes

While many of our students are back onsite full-time, approximately 40% of ICCSD students continue to participate in our fully-online learning program.  As each of those students – along with our teachers, community members who spend hours at a time in Zoom meetings, and others – have learned, videoconferencing can be exhausting! 

I happened upon a recent article that explores the findings of a Stanford research team that was focused on the root causes of videoconferencing fatigue.  This reinforces some of our rationale for limiting the amount of synchronous instructional time, which has been shown to be far more taxing than in-person interaction. Beyond identifying the causes for Zoom fatigue, the team suggested simple fixes that may minimize the negative impacts on meeting participants. A summary of those findings is below, along with some ICCSD-adapted potential fixes. Continue reading Stanford Study Addresses Zoom Fatigue and Potential Fixes

FCC Approves Low-Income Household Internet Access Subsidy

One of the challenges that ICCSD has taken on during the pandemic is working to ensure that our families have access to reliable home internet service. Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a federal emergency subsidy to offset the cost of home internet for low-income households, which should further the goal of accessing reliable high-speed home internet service for families in our district and around the nation. 

We will post more information to the ICCSD Innovation Blog once application information and further details are available. In the meantime, families should be aware that we continue to provide home internet connectivity to families who don’t have it.  Information about obtaining service is available here

In addition to service through the district, families should also be aware of low-cost internet options available to eligible households through South Slope, CenturyLink, and Mediacom

Iccsd Power Outage Update (9/8/2020)

Power has been restored to the District’s Educational Services Center, but a separate power outage is now impacting schools across the northern portion of the District.  Power and/or internet services are currently down in the following schools: 

  • Liberty HS
  • North Central Junior High
  • Wickham Elementary
  • Grant Elementary
  • Garner Elementary
  • Penn Elementary
  • Van Allen Elementary

Linn County REC has been contacted, but we do not have an ETA for service restoration.  

Further, the District has been notified that many residences on the east side of Iowa City are without power.  This outage has not yet impacted any District facilities, so we will not receive communication from MidAmerican Energy regarding this issue. 

ICCSD Power Outage

Happy first day of school, everybody!  Unfortunately, the District has experienced a power outage impacting the Educational Services Center, which serves as the District’s administration building and home to the technology help desk. 

We have a generator that will ensure that our servers and network services stay up, so there should be no substantial impact to services like Canvas, Seesaw, G Suite, etc.  Our Help Desk has been interrupted, however, and we are currently redeploying staff to facilities that do have power.  We will continue to work through requests as quickly as possible, but be aware that phone and chat support, in particular, will be disrupted. 

MidAmerican Energy reports that they expect to resolve the outage by approximately noon today (9/8/2020).