Decorah Community School District

 Michael D. Haluska, Superintendent
Cathy Dietzenbach, Director of Business Services
Lois Kuennen, Administrative Assistant
Darlene Woodhouse, Board Secretary/Director of Human Resources
Kristi Roffman, Food Service Administrative Assistant

 510 Winnebago Street, Decorah IA 52101 • Phone: (563) 382-4208 • Fax: (563) 387-0753

Decorah Community School District is committed to creating a student-centered environment where individual needs are addressed, cooperation and teamwork are valued, competent professionals lead, community partnerships flourish, a commitment to excellence prevails, and lifelong learning continues.  It is the goal of the District to provide a guaranteed and viable curriculum for every student in the Decorah Community Schools.


Friday, August 26 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!

DCSD first day of school will be Friday, August 26!

ALL Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten students will begin on Friday, August 26.  There will be NO STAGGERED START.

Early Childhood classrooms will begin on Monday, August 29th as originally scheduled.

Friday Night Football Information:

Students must remember to bring their activity ticket.  If they haven’t purchased one and would like to, they must talk to the administrative assistant at their building and pay $35.00 for the pass.

Admission for adults AND students will be $5.00.

Fans are asked to access the game through the MAIN TICKET ENTRANCE to the south of Viking Stadium by the baseball field.  The west ticket access by the softball field will not be open due to standing water from the recent flooding.  

The planned Decorah Viking Athletic Booster Club Tailgate Blitz has been postponed to a later date.


The Decorah Community School District will begin classes on Friday, August 26, 2016 at the regularly schedule time.  Buses will run on their regularly scheduled routes as conditions will allow.  If you are aware of road conditions that will not allow the bus to reach you, please notify your driver or call the Central Office at 382-4208.

We at the schools are certainly cognizant of the range of emotions all will be feeling tomorrow — everything from the joy of the first day to the agony many are feeling, both students and staff, with the sense of loss.  Yet it’s our hope that, for the vast majority of both students and staff, getting back into a routine will be helpful.

We likewise know issues will exist.  There will be buses permanently parked, for the time being, around Carrie Lee and the Middle School due to flood-related issues at the bus barn.  Please consider this when dropping off or picking up your children for appointments during the day.  It’s entirely possible buses won’t be able to reach all students on their routes or may run late due to washed-out roads or bridges.  We’ll do our best to make those children feel as welcomed and special as they deserve when they arrive, whether that be after school begins on Friday, or even next week.  If you know of displaced families who may need to be picked up at a new location, have them call the Central Office (382-4208) and we’ll do our very best to get them on a bus and to school.

For parents of students in TK (Transitional Kindergarten) and Kindergarten, all will come to school on Friday as was originally planned.  All other Early Childhood classes at West Side Early Childhood Center will still begin on Monday as previously scheduled.

If any further questions exist, please call the Central Office at 382-4208 or the respective buildings:

Decorah High School:  382-3643
Decorah Middle School:  382-8427
Carrie Lee Elementary:  382-3771
John Cline Elementary:  382-3125
West Side Early Childhood Center:  382-4451

Wednesday One (1) Hour Late Starts

Each Wednesday, beginning Wednesday, August 31st, will begin with a one(1) hour late start for Professional Learning for the Decorah Community School District staff. 

SchoolMessenger Opt-In Form

ONLY use this form if you DO NOT have PowerSchool Parent Portal access.

Please follow the link for the Opt-In Form for school notifications from DCSD.

If you are NOT receiving text messages from DCSD, please send a new text message to 68453 with the message of Yes

Early Dismissal and School Calendar

We’ve had the question arise on our early outs and whether or not they affect our required days of attendance. The simple answer is ,“No.” As per a rewrite of the legislation, all late starts or earlyouts due to weather are treated in the same fashion they always have been; they count as a full day of school. In other words, early releases due to weather have no effect on our school calendar.

Local radio and TV stations for school related closings:
KVIK - 104.7
KDEC/DC - 100.5 FM & 1240 AM

Lunch Accounts

Click here to log in to your Lunch Account.  Please note, there is a 3.49% fee for all on-line payments!  This is a fee the credit card and on-line service providers charge and not Decorah Community School District.  Payments via e-checks are not available at this time.

Online Payments

Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards are now accepted however e-checks are not available at this time.

Please note, there is a 3.49% fee for all
on-line payments!  This is a fee the credit card and on-line service providers charge and not Decorah Community School District.  Payment via e-checks are not available at this time, but will also incur the 3.49% fee through the on-line store.

Please be aware you are always welcome to make any payment by check or cash or via your personal banking e-checking program.

The on-line payment through RevTrak is provided as an option and convenience for those who choose to utilize that feature.

Backpack Program - Food

The BackPack Program is a free program that provides kid-friendly, non-perishable food for students most in-need, to eat over weekends and breaks when school meals are not available and there may be little or no food to eat. Please carefully consider your family’s economic status and determine if this program is something needed by your children. If the BackPack Program is something your family depends upon, please complete the registration form. If you are able to make do without this assistance, please allow this program to be used by others.  Registration Form in Spanish

It is the policy of the Decorah Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator, Ms. Leona Hoth, Decorah Middle School Principal, 405 Winnebago Street, (563) 382-8427,
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