Cedar Rapids Schools will reopen Tuesday following threat

Cedar Rapids Community School District returns to school after threat
Published: Oct. 1, 2023 at 8:58 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Students will return to the classroom Tuesday for the Cedar Rapids Community School District, with a greater police presence at schools.

The district sent a letter to parents late Monday afternoon. It reiterated the district was working with Cedar Rapids Police, state agencies and the FBI on this.

They stressed the safety of students, saying they will not be allowed to bring backpacks or purses with them and lunch boxes will be searched. Students can use a clear bag to hold some items, like their Chromebooks.

The District also says while schools will start on time, there will only be one or two entrance points into school buildings. Those, they say, will be marked.

There will be no early bird classes or morning practices Tuesday.

KCRG-TV9 spoke to a school safety expert who said these threats are more common than they used to be.

According to an official with the Cedar Rapids Community School District, the Cedar Rapids Police Department is continuing to investigate, but also they have “completed the majority of their work.”


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The Cedar Rapids Community School District has closed all schools on Monday, October 2nd. The closure is due to a threat made on social media that is under investigation.

This includes all school sites. Therefore, there is no Champions Daycare and no morning athletic activities. Staff who work at the Educational Leadership and Support Center have been told to report to work.

In an email to families and staff the Cedar Rapids School District said “We understand that the news of school closure due to a threat made on social media by an unidentified person may concern you. We assure you that the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community is paramount to us. Our dedicated team at CRCSD and the Cedar Rapids Police Department in conjunction with state public safety agencies and the FBI, has been working over the last 24 hours to investigate this threat.”

The district will have more information on Monday afternoon.