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School Calendar Public Hearing

At its meeting on Monday, Aug.10, at 5:30 p.m., the School Board will hold a public hearing to consider moving the school start date to the original date of MONDAY, AUG. 24.

The meeting is open to the public with a small number of seats available in person at the Forum, 2300 Chaney Road, or with virtual access via Zoom.

The event passcode is: DCSD@2300!
Full Zoom details are below.


Passcode: DCSD@2300!

Or Telephone:
US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 819 7553 8813
Passcode: 5333643655

School Playgrounds Reopen Today, June 22

Beginning today, Monday, June 22, all school playgrounds will reopen for community use.

Individuals who have a diagnosis of COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms of illness (i.e. fever of 100.4 or higher, cough or shortness of breath), or have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days should not use district facilities.

Additionally, we recommend the following when using one of our playgrounds:

  • Bring hand sanitizer to use before and after your time on the playground
  • Bring your own reusable water bottle
  • Follow social distancing guidelines with people not from your household

We stand together.

On this Juneteenth holiday, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Liberation Day, we recognize the incredible significance current events will have in our nation’s history as we join in commemorating the end of slavery in the United States 155 years ago.

As a public school district, our mission is to equitably provide each and every student we serve with the resources and support they need to be successful.

We continue to stand in support of and solidarity with our Black students, families, teachers and staff.

Now, and always, we unequivocally stand against racism.
We stand for acceptance and racial equity.
We stand together in the fight to end injustice.

As a district, we have not and must not simply stand. We must take action.

Rooted in our strategic plan that seeks success for all students,
we are continually focused on the important work of breaking down barriers,
of enhancing support, and of being constant advocates for our Black students,
and all students in underrepresented groups.

We see them. We hear them. We firmly pledge to both continue this important work and, at the same time, to do better, faster.

As educators, we know that knowledge truly is power and that education plays a critical role in bringing about positive change.

As we all seek ways to take action, our Director of Equity Taj Suleyman has compiled a set of resources to assist students and families in navigating these times.

We must continue to stand, and act, together.

Stan Rheingans
Superintendent of Schools



  • Teaching Juneteenth
    The history of Juneteenth acknowledges hard history while also empowering students to be advocates for change.
    Source: Teaching Tolerance




We stand together.

June 12 – Graduation Update

We are excited to celebrate the Class of 2020 at graduation in a few short weeks!

Graduation is scheduled for Saturday, June 27.
If there is inclement weather that prohibits the event to happen as scheduled, the rain date will be Sunday, June 28.

Hempstead High School’s ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
Dubuque Senior High School’s ceremony will begin at 3 p.m.

READ FULL EVENT DETAILS IN THE GRADUATION SAFETY PLAN, developed following consultation with the City of Dubuque Public Health Department.

Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets for guests to attend. Ticket pick-up for graduates will be held the week of June 22. WATCH FOR INFORMATION DIRECTLY FROM YOUR SCHOOL REGARDING PICK-UP TIMES AND PROCESS.

2020 Special Education Delivery Plan Public Comment Sought

Every five years, the Dubuque Community School District updates its Special Education Service Delivery Plan, which outlines how the district implements services for students eligible for an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

As part of this process, public comment is sought on the draft version of then plan.

View the Draft Special Education Service Delivery Plan

Comments on this draft are being accepted through Tuesday, May 5, using the form below.

District Sees Strong Performance on State Profiles

The Iowa Department of Education recently released the 2019 Iowa School Performance Profiles, which is the statewide school accountability system. Based on the results of this year’s release, the Dubuque Community School District is pleased to see a great deal of growth and progress in this year’s results.

“We know that no accountability system can show the entire picture of a school’s culture, accomplishments and success,” said Superintendent of Schools Stan Rheingans. “At the same time, we are encouraged by our results on this year’s report and we are thankful to our staff, families and the many community partners who work tirelessly on behalf of our students and their success.”

The performance profiles include a complex set of data to provide a measurement of school performance. An overview of the total score and the overall designation for each school in the district is below.


in Score
in Level
Audubon 47.17 63.79 ▲ 16.62 Needs Improvement High Performing UP
Bryant 64.69 65.86 ▲ 1.17 High Performing High Performing SAME
Carver 57.17 59.66 ▲ 2.49 Commendable Commendable SAME
Eisenhower 50.43 56.86 ▲ 6.43 Acceptable Commendable UP
Fulton 39.75 49.64 ▲ 9.89 Priority Acceptable UP
Hoover 55.15 60.91 ▲ 5.76 Commendable High Performing UP
Irving 55.13 62.96 ▲ 7.83 Commendable High Performing UP
Kennedy 63.89 58.66  -5.23 High Performing Commendable DOWN
Lincoln 42.09 46.47 ▲ 4.38 Priority Needs Improvement UP
Marshall 55.02 57.84 ▲ 2.82 Commendable Commendable SAME
Prescott 45.48 47.38 ▲ 1.9 Needs Improvement Needs Improvement SAME
Sageville 55.41 58.77 ▲ 3.36 Commendable Commendable SAME
Table Mound 55.18 63.49 ▲ 8.31 Commendable High Performing UP
Roosevelt 56.48 61.23 ▲ 4.75 Commendable High Performing UP
Washington 53.29 54.67 ▲ 1.38 Acceptable Acceptable SAME
Jefferson 45.68 54.75 ▲ 9.07 Needs Improvement Acceptable UP
Senior 50.54 52.61 ▲ 2.07 Acceptable Acceptable SAME
Hempstead 53.78 54.48 ▲ 0.7 Acceptable Acceptable SAME

** Designations levels (from lowest to highest) include: Priority, Needs Improvement, Acceptable, Commendable, High Performing, Exceptional Based on last year, the first year of the performance profiles, a number of district schools were considered targeted for support in meeting the goals for a variety of student subgroups.

This year’s report indicated that the following schools MET THEIR GOALS in identified 2018 targeted areas:

  • Eisenhower Elementary School met its goal for the targeted area of Low Socio-Economic Status (FRL)
  • Irving Elementary School met its goal for the targeted area of Students with Disabilities (IEP)
  • Prescott Elementary School met its goal for the targeted area of Low Socio-Economic Status (FRL)
  • Table Mound Elementary School met its goal for the targeted area of Students with Disabilities (IEP)
  • Roosevelt Middle School met its goal for the targeted areas of Black/African American and Students with Disabilities (IEP)
  • Washington Middle School met its goal for the targeted area of Black/African American
  • Jefferson Middle School met its goal for the targeted areas of Black/African American, English Learners (EL), Low Socio-Economic Status (FRL), Hispanic, Students with Disabilities (IEP) and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

This year, the following schools received new targeted designations. As part of the district’s ongoing school and district planning process, schools will develop and implement plans working toward meeting the goals in these areas:

  • Eisenhower Elementary School is now targeted for Students with Disabilities (IEP)
  • Prescott Elementary School is now targeted for Students with Disabilities (IEP)
  • Dubuque Senior High School is now targeted for Students with Disabilities (IEP)
  • Washington Middle School is now targeted for Students with Disabilities (IEP)
  • Hempstead High School is now targeted for Low Socio-Economic Status (FRL) and Students with Disabilities (IEP)

“As a district, we will continue to analyze this data and many other data sources in the district as we work to reduce barriers and bolster opportunities for each and every student we serve,” said Rheingans. “We have much work to do, but we will do so purposefully and strategically together – and always with the best interest of students in mind.”

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Dubuque Schools See 2019-2020 Enrollment Growth

The Dubuque Community School District saw an overall increase of 56 students for the 2019-2020 school year, as compared to last year, according to the district’s tentative certified enrollment numbers. The numbers will be reviewed and finalized by the Iowa Department of Education by November 1.

Certified enrollment is the benchmark formula that districts across the state use to report student attendance – and is the key factor in determining the amount of funding districts receive. Because of the complexity of a district’s student makeup, it is also the most accurate indicator and uniform measure of student attendance in the state.

This year, the district’s tentative certified enrollment is 10,486 students across 18 schools as well as the district’s Alta Vista Campus, which houses the Alternative Learning Center, Summit Program, HEART Program and the district’s new Cornerstone Academy.

“Rising enrollment numbers are a positive sign for the district, even with the increase being small,” said Stan Rheingans, superintendent of schools. “We hope to see this trend of incremental growth continue moving forward and, as always, remain committed to providing the highest-quality education to each and every student who walks through our door.”

6th- and 9th-Grade Orientation Start Times

Families of 6th- and 9th-grade students — We are excited to welcome you for Orientation Day this Friday, Aug. 23!

This will be a full day for your student, with the day beginning at your school’s normal Monday through Thursday start time.

Start times are as follows:

Jefferson Middle School
Building opens at 7:20 a.m., classes start at 7:35 a.m.

Roosevelt Middle School
Building opens at 7:30 a.m., classes start at 7:38 a.m.

Washington Middle School
Building opens at 7:25 a.m., classes start at 7:40 a.m.

Dubuque Senior High School
Building opens at 7 a.m., classes start at 7:35 a.m.

Hempstead High School
Building opens at 6:45 a.m., classes start at 7:35 a.m.

If your student is eligible for school bus transportation, buses will run on the normal Monday through Thursday route times listed in the transportation letter your family received.

If you have any questions, please contact your school office. We can’t wait to see you Friday!