Iowa schools will now be closed through the end of April.
Governor Kim Reynolds continued her public emergency health declaration on Thursday, extending the closure of schools and some non-essential businesses through April 30th.
West Delaware Superintendent Dr. Kristen Rickey says they had been anticipating that decision.
Schools have been closed since the Governor’s initial announcement on Sunday night, March 15th. These past three weeks have been unprecedented times for schools across the state.
Schools will have to make up missed classes for the final weeks of the school year unless they come up with plans to conduct classes online. Consistent with any continuing learning guidance from the Department, such a plan may offer Voluntary Educational Enrichment Opportunities or provide Required Educational Services and must be submitted through the Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA) system. And Dr. Rickey says they can decide a different level of educational experiences depending on the grade level.
And as high school graduations near, Dr. Rickey says they want to reassure parents of West Delaware seniors.
School districts have until next Friday, April 10th to submit their plans for the remainder of the school year to the state.