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Friday Night Football Updates/Parking Info (2021)

We are excited to kick-off this year’s high school football season with a district match-up between the Dubuque Senior Rams and the Hempstead Mustangs!

With Dubuque Senior High School currently under renovation, there are a number of updates regarding spectator entrances and parking for all Friday football games this season.


Due to construction, parking will be limited for football games this year with a portion of the main parking lot unavailable and the school’s upper lot (off North Grandview Ave.) no longer accessible.

We wanted to notify spectators of parking options if you plan to attend an upcoming Friday night football game hosted by Hempstead or Dubuque Senior. Please remember to allow yourself enough time to find a parking spot prior to kick-off.

Parking is available in the following locations:

  • Dubuque Senior Main Parking Lot
  • Dubuque Senior Lower Parking Lot (off Rosedale Street)
  • Clarke University Parking Lots
  • St. Anthony’s Church Parking Lot
  • Residential side streets following City of Dubuque parking regulations

Spectator Entrances

Map of Dalzell Field Spectator Entrances

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Spectators will be able to enter Dalzell Field through each of the normal entrances:

  • East Spectator Entrance – located off the main parking lot of the stadium
  • Visitor Spectator Entrance – located on the visitor side of the stadium
  • West Spectator Entrance – a walking path will be provided through the construction area off North Grandview Ave.Download a printable map of Dalzell Field entrances

Live Streaming

This Friday, August 27, Senior/Hempstead varsity football game will be live streamed courtesy of Mediacom MC22. The live-stream link will be available shortly before kick-off on the district’s official social media pages at and

We look forward to seeing you under the Friday night lights! Thank you for your continued support of Dubuque Community Schools and our athletic programs.

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Return-to-Learn Update: August 19, 2021

Dear Families and Staff,

As we welcome students back to our schools in upcoming days, we will begin the third consecutive school year that has felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, as was reported in the Telegraph Herald, we continue to see COVID-19 cases in Dubuque county increase at a rate that is concerning to our area’s public health officials and infectious disease experts.

The number of positive cases in Dubuque County has increased over the past several weeks, primarily made up of the more highly contagious Delta variant. Local experts warn that the data indicates that our community may be on track to see the same significant impact that has been seen in the other parts of the United States.

At the same time, there is some data that suggests that the impact of the Delta variant may not be long lasting and can see a reasonably quick decline after hitting its peak – so acting now to prevent its spike may be our key to having as little disruption to school operations as possible.

To help communicate the impact of COVID-19 in our schools, we will again have a COVID-19 dashboard to help families make informed decisions. We are currently working on the timing of the dashboard as we learn how and when data will be reported to us from the county/state, but expect it to be live sometime next week.

As we see our area data rise, we look back to the success of our COVID-19 mitigations efforts last year, which included the wearing of masks in school.

While by Iowa law masks cannot be required at school, I encourage families and staff to consider wearing a mask indoors to begin the school year in order to prevent the spread that we anticipate may be on the horizon based on the data.

While mask recommendations have changed over time, and will continue to change, based on current Dubuque data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Dubuque County Board of Health all currently recommend masking indoors in a school environment.

Our goal in this request is simple – to work together to keep students and staff in school.

Regardless of your choice or your family’s choice to wear a mask or not, we respect that choice and will support each of our students, families and staff in the choices they make.

As always, we will continue to closely monitor the situation and will adjust accordingly. Know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our priority and we are thankful for your support as we begin the school year.

Stan Rheingans
Superintendent of Schools

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Return-to-Learn: August 12, 2021

In just over a week, we will welcome students back for the 2021-2022 school year. We know that this is a time of both great excitement and anxiety as our community is still feeling the effects of COVID-19. Our goal remains to create a safe learning environment for students and staff, while also ensuring a high-quality, vibrant educational experience.

As we begin the year, there is a great deal of information available from a variety of sources regarding COVID-19 and its impact on our community.

Without consistent guidance from the federal, state and local level, it is impossible for the district to align with all guidance provided from each of these agencies.

Recognizing that guidance is inconsistent, we strongly recommend all families review the latest from each agency (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Iowa Department of Public Health) in order to make the most informed decision you can regarding personal mitigation efforts as we start the year.

Below is an update on the latest information available regarding COVID-19 in the Dubuque community and an overview of mitigation efforts that will be in place as we begin the school year.

We have worked to compile answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding mitigation efforts as we begin the year. While this message is lengthy, we ask that you please take the time to read it completely.
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