Ms. Reynolds has stated she is prioritizing the wants of essentially the most weak college students, and the state’s Schooling Division has threatened to require Des Moines to increase its college yr — at a price of about $1.5 million a day — if it doesn’t adjust to state laws.
However the native college board has argued that the excessive caseload in Polk County, which incorporates Des Moines, makes it unsafe to carry in-person lessons.
Of the greater than 80,000 coronavirus instances in Iowa, Polk has greater than 15,000, essentially the most of any county within the state by far, according to a New York Times database.
The Des Moines college board on Monday voted 6 to 1 to start out phasing in a “hybrid return to be taught” plan. Preschool college students will start returning on Oct. 12, adopted by elementary, center after which highschool college students by Nov. 10, the Des Moines Register reported.
Nevertheless, the board delayed setting an an infection price that might pressure the district to revert to distant studying, deciding as an alternative to ask public well being points to offer steerage on the topic at a subsequent assembly. Which means the deliberate return to class might nonetheless be delayed.
Iowa officers have stated that 15 p.c of a county’s coronavirus assessments have to be constructive over a two-week interval earlier than its faculties can shut their doorways — a threshold that’s not less than triple what many public health experts have recommended. The foundations additionally say that districts in counties that stay beneath 15 p.c should supply not less than 50 p.c of their lessons in individual.
In two weeks throughout late August and early September, Polk County had a mean positivity price of about eight p.c.
Reporting was contributed by Livia Albeck-Ripka, Stephen Fortress, Troy Closson, Ben Dooley, Marie Fazio, Rick Gladstone, Abby Goodnough, Andrew Higgins, Jan Hoffman, Mike Ives, Anatoly Kurmanaev, Sharon LaFraniere, Apoorva Mandavilli, Victor Mather, Patricia Mazzei, Patrick McGeehan, Raphael Minder, Claire Moses, Aimee Ortiz, Campbell Robertson, Simon Romero, Dagny Salas, Anna Schaverien, Christopher F. Schuetze, Megan Specia, Sheryl Homosexual Stolberg, Eileen Sullivan, Noah Weiland, Katherine J. Wu, Elaine Yu, Carl Zimmer and Karen Zraick.