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Iowa Dept. Of Education Issues Guidelines For Re-Opening Schools

Fri 6-26-2020

(Des Moines, IA)  --  The teachers union is disappointed new state guidelines for re-opening Iowa schools says face coverings should be allowed, but not required. 

Iowa State Education Association president Mike Beranek said, "with the explosion of cases being identified in various parts of our country, I simply cannot understand why we, as a state, would not recommend P-P-E for our staff and our students."  Beranek is urging local school boards and administrators to not only require face coverings, but to ensure there’s adequate physical separation of students inside classrooms. 

Districts may set their own rules, but state officials say parents must be notified if district standards are stricter than the state guidelines.

The Iowa Department of Education recommends against screening students and staff as they arrive at school as people can be sick without having a fever. Beranek says he believes districts around the state will do the right thing.

(Courtesy Learfield Wire Services)