distance learning

Reynolds signs bill requiring all schools to offer 100% in-person attendance

BY: - January 29, 2021

Gov Kim Reynolds on Friday signed her first bill of the 2021 legislative session, giving Iowa school districts until Feb. 15 to offer a choice of 100% in-person class attendance to students. Reynolds proposed the bill in her Condition of the State message Jan. 12 after hearing from parents around the state who worried about […]

Legislature moves to require schools to offer 100% in-person classes

BY: - January 28, 2021

Iowa schools must offer 100% in-person instruction under a bill passed by the Iowa Legislature on Thursday. Senate File 160 gives Iowa schools two weeks after enactment to develop a 100% in-person option for students. Parents can decide to send their children back to school full-time or remain in a hybrid or online program. The […]

Grinnell poll: Majority of Americans consider schools unsafe due to COVID-19

BY: - September 2, 2020

A new Grinnell College National Poll released Wednesday found that a majority of Americans think it is unsafe to send  students to class in person, a touchy subject in Iowa.  Gov. Kim Reynolds has insisted that local school districts primarily hold classes in person, arguing that it is important to the mental health of Iowans, […]

Reynolds commends Indianola school’s handling of COVID-19 during first week of classes

BY: - August 11, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds held up the Indianola school district as a success story Tuesday after a COVID-19 case was confirmed in an elementary school there four days into the new school year. “They did exactly what they needed to do and you know, we know that this is going to be part of the process […]

Reynolds: Iowa schools will not reopen this school year

BY: - April 17, 2020

The school bell has rung for the last time this spring.  Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday she will require schools to remain closed for the rest of the school year. Spring sports and activities will also be canceled. A decision about when summer sports and activities may resume will be made by June 1.  […]

Pandemic highlights gaps in internet access

BY: - April 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are urging congressional leaders to prioritize emergency funding for high-speed internet access in upcoming coronavirus relief legislation. More than two dozen lawmakers sent a bipartisan letter April 6 asking Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House and Senate to set aside funding for a temporary emergency relief fund at the Federal Communications […]