Des Moines board OKs plan to meet governor’s classroom order

Iowa News

FILE – In this Aug. 4, 2020 file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference in Johnston, Iowa. The refusal of Gov. Reynolds to require Iowans to wear masks in public has prompted at least three cities and a county to impose their own local ordinances setting up what could be a legal battle over whether local officials have the authority to impose such demands. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines school board approved a plan to return to in-classroom learning, but it included metrics for allowable coronavirus infection rates that the district doesn’t currently meet.

That makes it unclear if students will actually return to school as planned. The board voted 6-1 on Wednesday night to gradually implement a hybrid learning plan, starting with prekindergarten on Oct. 12.

Students can choose to remain in all remote learning or opt for 50% instruction in classrooms.

Despite approving a plan to return to classrooms, the board set several metrics for coronavirus infection rates as well as student and staff absences.

If school were to begin immediately, the district would not be in compliance with at least one of those standards.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss