Districts, Parents Anticipating Gov Reynolds Address on School Plan

DES MOINES, Iowa - Governor Kim Reynolds is holding a press conference Thursday on the state's Return to Learn plan.

The plan passed by the state legislature and set forth by Reynolds calls for 50 percent of classes to be held in-person.

School Districts have been making arrangements to follow that requirement, or find alternatives.

After one elementary school in Urbandale was given temporary approval to start classes completely online, the Ames and Iowa City districts were told to wait for further guidance before seeking the same approval.

It's not known what guidance Reynolds will offer in her news conference, which starts at 11 am.

A tweet from Reynolds Wednesday said the plan will safely reopen schools, give flexibility to districts and let parents choose what's best for their students.

Members of at least one school board, Ankeny, expressed frustration this week that the state hasn't provided more support for opening in-person classes safely.

Two activist groups are staging a march Thursday afternoon in Des Moines to demand that Governor Reynolds leave decisions about school year plans up to the districts.

The march organized by Youth Alliance for People’s Justice and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement takes place at 5 pm at Central Academy and proceeds to Terrance Hill.

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