Group Holds News Conference, Asks Des Moines Schools for In-Person Classes

DES MOINES, Iowa - Some parents want Des Moines Schools to move to a combination of online and in-person classes.

A group of parents and students held a news conference at Edmunds Elementary School along with the local NAACP Monday to ask the school board to move to a hybrid learning plan.

The parents says online classes don't work for the most vulnerable students, including minorities and those who speak English as a second language.

Difficulties with technology and child care were some of the problems students and parents cited with online classes.

The Des Moines School Board meets Tuesday night, and some of its members have indicated a decision could be made then about in-person classes. Des Moines is the only district in the state which continues to defy the state's requirement for half of classes to be in-person.

The district has a lawsuit against the state over its back to school guidelines.

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