Governor Kim Reynolds has signed into law a requirement that Iowa’s K-through-12 schools hold all classes in-person by February 15th.
Reynolds says it’s an important step in the state’s recovery from the pandemic.
Most Iowa schools have returned to everyday in-person learning for the second semester, but there are fifteen public school districts currently offering classes virtually or through a hybrid model with students in classrooms every other day.
Earlier this month, Reynolds called on legislators to pass a bill requiring full-time in-person instruction in Iowa schools. Republican lawmakers approved the bill Thursday and the governor signed it Friday.
Democrats who voted against the bill say forcing face-to-face instruction for all students will be difficult for large schools without space for social distancing. They also suggested resuming in-person classes should wait until teachers and staff are vaccinated. Reynolds says the state has face shields, hand sanitizer and other pandemic essentials on hand, ready to ship to school administrators who ask for supplies.
Reynolds made brief remarks in the statehouse rotunda late Friday morning and then signed the bill into law in front of a small crowd of supporters.
story courtesy of Radio Iowa