Iowa Governor updates back to school plan

Fri 7-31-2020

(Des Moines, IA) -- Governor Kim Reynolds says Iowa school districts given permission to conduct classes online due to high COVID case counts may do so for only 14 days. Districts then have to get state permission to extend the online learning time. Reynolds says online learning is an essential component of teaching kids -- but says it can't make up for the critical role schools play in the development of social and emotional skills.

The governor says online learning also may exacerbate the achievement gap for underprivileged students who don't have access to high-speed internet or the devices necessary to do their schoolwork.

The president of the Iowa State Education Association says the governor's back-to-school guidelines show she has "an outlandish notion" of when it's safe to reopen schools.