Des Moines Public Schools Expecting Longer Closure Over COVID-19

DES MOINES, Iowa - Des Moines Public Schools (DPMS) says it's expecting school closures to continue past the April 13th date recommended by Governor Kim Reynolds.

The district cited President Trump's extension of federal guidelines, including social distancing, through the end of April in response to COVID-19.

The school district says it has been considering options for the possibility of a longer closure, and is waiting for additional guidance from the state of Iowa.

It informed residents in an update sent out Monday that a longer closure is possible, although no final decision has been made. The district said it will announce any decisions as soon as it can.

DMPS further said it's committed to making sure that high school seniors graduate on time. It announced that its sending a survey to all seniors to confirm access to technology and the internet if classes will have to be completed online. It asked that the surveys be completed by Wednesday.

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