Governor Kim Reynolds has announced Iowa schools will NOT reopen in May and the traditional school year is over.
The governor says she’ll make this order official on May 1st. Reynolds has waived the mandatory school start date that falls in the final week of August — so schools may begin the next school year earlier. Iowa Department of Education director Ann Lebo says school districts must present a “Return to Learn” plan to the state by July 1st to help students catch up for lost time in the classroom.
The governor and the Iowa Department of Education announced that the state of Iowa will:
- Waive instructional time requirements for the remainder of the 2019-2020 regularly scheduled academic year for schools that continue to provide continuous learning through one of two approved options, voluntary educational enrichment opportunities, required educational services, or a combination of the two.
- Require schools to submit a Return to Learn Plan to the Iowa Department of Education by July 1 outlining ways they will address disruptions to learning as a result of COVID-19. This could include summer school, enrichment activities or other opportunities to address the needs of learners.
- Waive the requirement that schools start no earlier than Aug. 23, allowing school districts and nonpublic schools to make local decisions about the length of their 2020-2021 academic year.
West Delaware Superintendent Dr. Kristen Rickey says they’ll be taking the next steps to figure out a plan for their district.
Spring sports are also now cancelled. State officials will notify schools by June 1st about the status of summer sports.
Governor Reynolds says she made the decision to not re-open schools in May because Iowa has not yet hit the expected peak in COVID-19 cases. The state report released Friday shows 191 new cases have been identified, along with four new deaths. Twenty-four additional cases were reported in Linn County on Friday. Dubuque, Jones and Fayette counties also reported one additional case each. You can find more information about the cases and COVID-19 situation in Iowa online at coronavirus.iowa.gov.
story courtesy of Radio Iowa