Des Moines Schools want to delay school year start

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Des Moines Public School District wants to push back the start of it's school year until after Labor Day.

Superintendent Thomas Ahart says they're planning to ask the Iowa Department of Education for the delay, as well as permission to start classes fully online.

He says the request comes as the district anticipates a spike in COVID-19 cases in Central Iowa at the end of August.

Ahart says the district will ask the Department of Education to let elementary and middle schools to start the year completely online, hoping to move to a mix of online and in-person classes later in the year.

The plan calls for high school classes to go fully online for the entire school year.

Right now, Des Moines schools are set to start August 26th.

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