As we continue to provide resources on our website to support students and families, we understand that some of you may have questions. We will update this page as additional information is received.

I have a question not answered here or in the Return to Learn Plan. How can I get an answer?
Please complete this simple form with your question. We will review your questions as quickly as possible, and where possible copy your question and provide our response on the FAQ portion of our Return to Learn website. Return to Learn Question Form

Learning Paths

What change, including timeline, was decided at the November 19 School Board Meeting?

What:  The District applied and received approval for a two-week waiver from the Iowa Department of Education for all buildings to move to the Remote Only Learning Pathway 

Who: PK-12 students

When:  Beginning Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 11.  November 30th will be an asynchronous learning day (the same as a learning-at-home day in Hybrid 2) to allow teachers and families the opportunity to prepare and plan for the remote learning pathway.

The Board will discuss how to move forward after December 11th at a meeting in early December.

Winter Break is Wednesday, December 23 – Friday, January 1, 2021 and there is no school during that time.

Note: November 30th will be an asynchronous learning day (the same as a learning-at-home day in Hybrid 2) to allow teachers and families the opportunity to prepare and plan for the remote learning pathway.

Remote Only Learning Pathway

What is Remote Only Learning Pathway? 

In the Remote Only Learning Pathway, all students learn 100% online every day. Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) will receive accommodations and modifications specific to that student’s plan.

While the students are at home, some ideas can be implemented to help establish an environment for learning.
Below is a graphic from educator Sean Junkins with some ideas for families supporting learning at home.


What can we expect in the Remote (All Online) Learning Pathway?

For more details on what to expect from Remote (All Online) learning, click here: Remote (All Online) Learning Pathway What to Expect

How will remote (online) learning now be different from this past spring? 

Attendance, participation, and grading are all required in online learning. Students will receive instruction on course and grade-level standards.

If my child has an IEP and we go to online learning will there be an option for my child to have face-to-face time with his teacher? 

Please contact your student’s teacher or your building principal for more information.

What happens if my student gets sick while we are in the Remote Only Learning Pathway? 

If your student gets sick, please report the illness to the school nurse. This information will be forwarded to your student’s teachers for attendance purposes.

Will free meals still be available for all students? 

Yes, free curbside meals for all students will be available. Details to come.

Health Evaluation and Face Coverings


What safety mitigation strategies will be implemented? 

We will continue with our current safety mitigation strategies, with a few adaptations:

  • All efforts will be made to provide social distancing, however, a traditional on-site model will not always allow for the recommended distance. It will be implemented to the extent it is possible.
  • We’ve increased our cleaning efforts by contracting a 3rd party cleaning company to disinfect all school buildings during non-school hours.

Continuation of current safety expectations include:

  • Students and staff should screen for symptoms prior to leaving home. If any illness symptoms are present, you may not attend school.
  • Students should bring personal water bottles: drinking fountains are turned off. Hydration filling stations remain on and we encourage students to use them to stay hydrated.
  • Students and staff will follow the Southeast Polk Health Services  The Use of Facial Coverings as posted on our Website: The Use of Facial Coverings 

What happens if there’s a COVID-19 diagnosis in a school building? 

If a Southeast Polk student or employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, the district will work with local health officials to determine the appropriate next steps. Additional information can also be found at the following link: “Evaluating Sick Students and Staff”

Evaluating Sick Students and Staff

Community Transmission Levels 

What happens if my child gets sick at school?

Using guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health, school nurses will evaluate all sick students and determine the next steps.  Below are documents our nurses send home in a packet to parents when their students are sent home sick.

Parent Letter for Ill Students COVID 19 Symptoms of COVID 19 10 Things Quarantine vs Isolation

If my child forgets to bring a face covering to school, will one be provided for them to wear?

The district will provide one cloth face covering to each student. The district will also have a supply of disposable face coverings on hand in the event that a student forgets to bring one to school.

Do you expect preschool, kindergarten, and similarly young children to wear face coverings all day? When face coverings are removed I assume children will be able to wash their hands immediately?

Please refer to the information provided in the SEP Return to Learn Plan, Face Coverings Guidelines, or click here.

What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation? 

Here’s a graphic to help explain the difference between quarantine and isolation.Quarantine Vs Isolation 7.22.20


My student rides the bus. How will that work this year?

All students will be required to wear a facial covering at all times while riding the bus, and will be assigned at two students per seat.

For more information, please watch these videos about new Transportation Procedures for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

SEP Seating Procedures

First Time Riders

SEP Bus Cleaning and Disinfecting

Bus Stop Safety 

How do I let the District know that my student NO LONGER needs transportation?

If you signed up for busing services and no longer wish to use this service, please complete this form:

Transportation Cancellation

Other Return to Learn Questions

How do these plans impact extracurricular activities? 

Extracurricular activities may take place based on guidance from several state and local agencies, including the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa High School Athletics Association,  Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, and the Central Iowa Metropolitan League.

How will lunch be served? Can students still bring their own lunches? 

Each building will provide families with information about how meals will be served. Students will be able to bring their own lunches. However, outside food like pizza parties or birthday snacks will no longer be allowed into the buildings.

Please contact your building principal if you have any questions regarding how lunch will be handled since it may vary depending on the facilities, the number of students, etc.

How will you enforce social distancing during recess?

Please review the District’s Return to Learn Plan, Outdoor Spaces. 

Could the learning model change during the school year?

Our Return to Learn Plan includes a flexible approach, understanding that as information becomes available about health and safety, we may transition to a different model.

General Information

How can I stay informed with the latest updates and information? 

The best way to stay up-to-date with COVID-19-related and Return to Learn updates from the district is on the SEP website at


o   IDPH

o   Zip Code Data

o   SEP Dashboard

o   CDC

o   IA Dept of Ed

o   Polk County Health Department