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Masks required in city’s buildings

Masks required in city’s buildings

The City of North Liberty now requires masks in its public, indoor spaces. These spaces include the Community Center, City Hall and Council Chambers. This requirement will be in effect while Johnson County sees substantial and high levels of community coronavirus transmission.

This policy, in line with public health guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Johnson County Public Health, is targeted to help protect the community from the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, which is responsible for increasing hospitalizations, including among children.

While the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant is concerning, vaccines provide excellent protection against serious illness and help protect others who are vulnerable to the disease. The best way to protect yourself, your family and your community from COVID-19 is to get a free vaccination, available for those 12 and older at local pharmacies and hospitals. Visit to find a site for a free, safe and effective vaccination convenient for you.

The city’s approach to its public health policies are a dial, not a switch, as we provide targeted mitigation in line with guidance from our public health partners. As guidance and conditions change, we will update our policies.

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School’s Starting, and We’re All Getting Ready

The start of the school year is just around the corner, with ICCSD and CCA schools both beginning Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, and private schools in the area are starting soon, too. City staff, school districts and families are all getting ready for the new year, some returning to in-person learning after a year away or for the very first time.

Whether it’s dropping kindergartners off for the first time, attending a new school, pandemic anxiousness or adjusting from their summer schedules, everyone, including parents, bus drivers and educations are getting back into the swing of things.

A little preparation — and patience — from everyone will go a long way to kids getting to school safely.

Speaking of safety, the City of North Liberty encourages students and educators and others in schools to wear masks to help keep kids healthy and in school.

School Start Times

The opening school bells coincide with times that already see heavy traffic. While everyone works out their fall routines (and snaps first-day-of-school photos to share on Facebook), commuters are encouraged to leave home a little earlier, travel carefully in school zones and be patient and courteous throughout North Liberty.

While getting the kids gathered for back-to-school photos, please take photos at home rather than at school to ease congestion around the buildings.

  • 7:55 a.m. for students at Penn (230 N. Dubuque St.), Garner (80 Birch St.), Van Allen (170 Abigail Ave.) and Grant (1000 Centro Way) elementary schools
  • 8:15 a.m. for students at North Bend Elementary School (2230 St Andrews Dr.)
  • 8:50 a.m. for students at North Central Junior High School (180 E. Forevergreen Road) and Liberty High School (1400 S. Dubuque St.)

School speed zone signs begin flashing 30 minutes before elementary schools start and end and will stop flashing 30 minutes after school starts and ends, based on the schedules of nearby schools. Drivers should obey the posted speed when signs are flashing.

Crossing Guards 

City staff and contractors have been busy repainting lines and crosswalks and getting trails cleaned up to the start of school. City crossing guards are stationed at the following intersections:

  • Stewart and Penn streets
  • Dubuque and Cherry streets
  • Front and Birch streets
  • Front Street and Abigail Avenue

Guards are there to help kids cross safely, not direct traffic, and drivers are required to obey their signals.

North Liberty’s population is young with a lot of families with school-age kids, so starting back to school is a big deal. Have a great school year, and thanks for helping start it off right.

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