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Articles from December 2015

Dubuque Community Schools Receive Financial Reporting Award

The Dubuque Community School District has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. The award is for the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending in 2014.

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Dubuque Community School District Auction, Sept. 17, 2015

The Dubuque Community School District’s annual surplus auction will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, outside the district’s buildings and grounds office at 2300 Chaney Road. The auction, conducted by Hess & Johnston Auction Service, begins at 4 p.m. and is open to the public.

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Elementary Fun Run, Sept. 19

The Dubuque Community School District will host its annual Elementary Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at Dalzell Field. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and all ages are welcome to participate in the free event. An adult must accompany participating children to the event.

The event, hosted as part of the district’s wellness education program, is designed to provide a fun morning of recreation while promoting lifelong wellness in the community.


Senior Phone System Restoration Update

Dubuque Senior High School will unexpectedly become the first school in the district to implement the district’s new phone system following a lightning strike that took down the first system. The transition will take place this weekend.

The district was scheduled to begin implementation of the new system on September 28 in one of the district’s smaller elementary schools. After determining that the current equipment at Senior (scheduled to be placed in a matter of months anyway) would be costly to repair, staff instead began preparing to move directly into the new system to restore phone service in the building.

District technology staff will be working with Heartland Systems, the firm helping manage migration to the new system, to get Senior up-and-running on the new system this weekend.

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Senior High School Phone Update

Main Number and Attendance Number at Senior Operational, Other Lines Still Down

The main phone number at Dubuque Senior High School (563-552-5500) and the school’s attendance office number (563-552-5502) are now operational and accepting multiple calls simultaneously on a limited number of lines. For the time being, all calls to Senior should be directed to these numbers, as additional numbers are still not operational.

Technicians are continuing to address the problem and an updated timeframe for restoration of service should be available tomorrow.

The phone system went down this morning from a suspected lightning strike.

Phone System Down at Dubuque Senior High School, Sept. 10

Due to a suspected lightning strike from the recent storm, the phone system at Dubuque Senior High School is currently down. Technicians are working to analyze the situation and a timeframe for restoration will be shared as it becomes available.

Those needing to contact Senior in an emergency, should contact the Dubuque Community School District main offices at 563/552-3000.

Here’s to a great school year!

Last week was a great start to the school year! Check out our video recap of the first day of school, with footage from every school across the district. Still have a first-week photo or thought to share? Use #DbqBackToSchool on social media. Enjoy!

Two-Hour Early Release Tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 4

Due to the forecast for excessive heat, combined with heat build-up in schools, the Dubuque Community School District will operate on a two-hour early release tomorrow, Friday, September 4. Afternoon preschool will be canceled. Temperatures in some district classrooms today reached heat-index values of over 105 degrees.

After carefully considering all scheduling options, and realizing that families and childcare providers have already made Friday morning arrangements, tomorrow’s late arrival will be held as scheduled. As a reminder, this means school will start one-hour later than the Monday through Thursday start time.

In the past, it would not have been possible to have both a late start and early release because the time would not have counted as a school day. Now that the district tracks time in hours, tomorrow’s time will still count toward completion of the school year. Know that our building teams will work to ensure that this shortened day is still an educationally valuable one.

Two-Hour Early Release Today, Thursday, Sept. 3

Due to the forecast for excessive heat combined with heat build-up in schools, the Dubuque Community School District will operate on a two-hour early release today, Thursday, September 3, 2015.

Afternoon preschool will be canceled. All middle school practices will also be canceled. High school athletes will receive more information from their coaches about rescheduled practice times, if necessary.