It has been just more than two months since the start of a truly unique school year.
On Aug. 24, Dubuque Community Schools students returned to campus in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, starting a school year marked by masks, social distancing requirements and a hybrid learning schedule mixing in-person and remote-learning days.
So far, district leaders say those efforts are paying off.
“I think that the combination of the masks and the social distancing and all the things from a safety, health perspective are working pretty well, especially compared to where we’re at as a county and a state and, unfortunately, nationally with the uptick in COVID cases,” Superintendent Stan Rheingans said.
Educators and public health leaders say the district’s mitigation strategies have helped prevent COVID-19 from spreading in the schools. While there have been some challenges with students adjusting to hybrid or online learning, they are largely