Distance Learning

The Howard-Winneshiek CSD Learning Plan closely follows guidance from the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Health, and includes input from staff, students and district families.

The plan prioritizes the health and safety of students and staff, recognizes the importance of in-person learning opportunities — especially for our younger learners — and emphasizes stability of instruction delivery no matter the learning model in use. 

School districts will use one of three models: in-person, hybrid and/or distance learning. Howard-Winneshiek CSD will work closely with experts from Iowa and Howard County Department of Health to decide if and when we need to shift between models depending on the progression of the virus in the Howard community.

During Monday night’s May School Board Meeting the decision was approved by the school board that starting today Tuesday, May 18 the requirement to wear a face mask would be optional for all students and staff. 


As a district we will support the decision individual students and families make regarding the wearing or not wearing of face masks and ask that others be supportive of those choices as well.

Howard-Winneshiek Learning Model  
Location      Learning Plan                      
Crestwood Early Childhood Center


Crestwood Elementary (Grades TK - 6th)

Face-to-Face Learning: Starting Monday, December 7th

Crestwood Junior High (Grades 7th - 8th)

Face-to-Face Learning: Starting Monday, December 7th

Crestwood High School (Grades 9th -12th)                               

Face-to-Face Learning: Starting Monday, December 7th

Click on the blue hyperlink to read more about the specific building-level plan. Plans will be updated as the school year progresses, so check back often. The Howard-Winneshiek Learning Model may need to change in as 24 hours. In case of a learning model change, students, families, and staff will be notifies through our school messenger in addition to posts on social media on our website.