Des Moines Schools to Decide Next Week on Learning Plan

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Des Moines School Board will meet over the weekend to further discuss it’s learning plan after a work session Thursday night.

Board members plan to vote next week on whether to continue with online classes into November.They would then make a decision in six weeks on whether to hold in-person classes.

Des Moines is the only district in the state currently not in compliance with state guidelines for in-person classes.

Some board members are concerned about the safety of having the district’s 33,000 students and 5,000 staff members in buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A judge denied the district’s request to temporarily block the state’s requirement for half of all classes to be held in-person.The district still has a lawsuit against the state, which will go to trial.

Students will get credit for online classes and can graduate at the end of the year.But the district could lose accreditation and state funding if it doesn’t complete 180 days of instruction.

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