Iowa City Community School District Denied Injunction for Virtual Learning

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Iowa City Community School District is being denied an injunction in its lawsuit challenging the state's requirement for in-person classes.

A judge denied the Des Moines Public School's request for online classes earlier today. Lawsuits from school districts including Des Moines, Iowa City, and Ames argue that the state doesn't have the authority to require in-person learning.

Current state guidelines require students to spend at least 50% of class time in person unless a school district has been granted a waiver due to rising cases of COVID-19.

The Iowa State Education Association released the following statement after the Iowa City Community School District's injunction was denied:

"The ISEA is disappointed in the court’s decision. However, we know this is just an initial step in a longer process. We will continue to review our options and determine the best way to move forward. In the meantime, we will persist in our efforts to ensure our students, school employees and communities are safe. We are undeterred in this commitment."

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