Return to Learn: Think Differently. Teach Differently. Learn Differently.

Central Rivers AEA is available to collaborate with districts to create individualized plans for each LEA, intended to meet the DE requirements for “Return to Learn” plan (due July 1) and help schools transition to a learning environment that allows seamless movement between face-to-face and distance learning (snow days, credit recovery, closures, extended student illness/medical condition, etc.).

To that end, Central Rivers AEA is gathering resources around Return to Learn plans and for reopening schools in the fall.  This page is constantly being updated so check back often.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jen Sigrist, Executive Director of Media & Innovation ( or Dr. Julie Davies, Executive Director of Educational Services (

Resources for Return to Learn

Resources for reopening schools

The following documents have been released by the DE

Preschool Resources

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave and expanded family & medical leave for specified reasons related to Covid-19. These provisions apply through December 2020. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program allows states to issue Food Assistance benefits to households with children in Pre K-12th grade who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures.

An email template is available to help district leaders notify their staff of the FFCRA and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Resources provided by Iowa School Finance Information Services