Skip to main content

What's New at Dubuque Community Schools

New 7th- and 12th-Grade Vaccination Requirement for 2017-2018

An administrative rule change by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Bureau of Immunization, REQUIRES MENINGOCOCCAL (A, C, W, Y) VACCINE FOR STUDENTS ENROLLING IN 7TH AND 12TH GRADES STARTING IN THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR in addition to other vaccination requirements.

Read More

District-Wide Update 7

IN THIS EPISODE: Dubuque Senior High School’s speech and coding clubs unite for an All-State performance; elementary students participate in Two-by-Two Character Development; professional musicians mentor Hempstead High School student musicians for “Spamalot”; and Prescott and Kennedy Elementary students bring lessons to life with living museums.

Get TEXT ALERTS from Dubuque Schools!

To better inform our families about schedule changes, the Dubuque Community School District will begin offering text messaging for weather-related and emergency alerts from the district. The service is offered through School Messenger, the system the district currently uses for mass email messages and automated phone calls.


  • On TUESDAY, FEB. 21, between approximately 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. all phone numbers on file for families and staff will receive a text message asking them to opt in.
  • If your phone has SMS or text messaging capability, you will receive the initial message.
  • When you receive this text, REPLY “Yes” or “Y” to confirm that you’d like to continue receiving text messages.
  • That’s it! You will then receive text messages for weather and emergency alerts.
  • You can opt out of these text messages at any time by replying to one of our messages with “Stop”.

PLEASE NOTE: The district will only use text messages for weather-related or emergency purposes, not for general district information. Subscribers are responsible for any applicable text messaging charges from their carrier.

District-Wide Update 6

IN THIS EPISODE: Dubuque Senior High School students learn economics through dodgeball, the Star Lab mobile planetarium visits Table Mound Elementary School, Fulton Elementary Schools students develop character through roller derby, and Washington Middle School dedicates Roling Auditorium.

2017-2018 Preschool Registration Begins Monday, Feb. 6

Registration for 2017-2018 free four-year-old preschool in the Dubuque Community School District will begin on Monday, Feb. 6. This includes Dubuque’s 13 public schools offering preschool through the Statewide Voluntary Free Preschool Program.

Parents and guardians may register students in person at the selected site, beginning when that site’s office opens on February 6. Proof-of-age, preferably a birth certificate, is required to register a student. A passport or signed immunization record will be accepted if necessary. Initial paperwork can be found online at
Read More

ALERT: Two-Hour Delay, Thursday, Jan. 26

The Dubuque Community School District will operate on a two-hour delay, Thursday, Jan. 26, due to icy conditions on roadways and black ice in the northern portions of the district.

All district-run morning pre-school is cancelled.