NewsClips

IASB collects and compiles news clips as a service to members, to help Iowa school leaders stay in the loop on education-related news and learn from other districts' successes and challenges. Note: The articles compiled in these emails come from independent media sources who are solely responsible for their content and IASB does not necessarily endorse the content of the articles. Some articles may be available only by subscription.

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Breaking News from March 28–April 3, 2020

Iowa News

Statewide
Reynolds Orders Iowa Schools Remain Closed Through the End of April

Statewide

Op-Ed: Schools, the Heart of Iowa’s Communities, Step up to Coronavirus Challenges

Statewide
'Perfection Is Not the Standard': Iowa Fast-Tracks Efforts to Expand Online Learning, but Some Worry Students Will Be Left Behind

Statewide
6 Stories From Across the State That Prove 'Iowa Nice' Exists

Statewide
Here's How People Are Celebrating Students and Their Teachers During COVID-19

Statewide
Learning Resources Available Online for Parents Homeschooling During COVID-19 Outbreak

Statewide
State Offices, Legislators Working Hard to Help All Through Crisis

Statewide
Iowa Schools Brace for Extended Shutdown as COVID-19 Infections Near 500

Statewide
Some Iowa Schools Could Require Students to Finish Classes Remotely Through Coronavirus Closures

Statewide
Iowa K-12 Schools May Grade, Give Credits for Online Courses

Statewide

Universities in Iowa Give Students a Grading Option Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Statewide
Online Classes Are New Normal for College Students

Statewide

Frank Garza Creates ‘Let the Peacock Fly’ Scholarship for Iowa Teachers

Statewide
Kept Apart by Coronavirus, Iowa Teachers See Their Students in Social-Distance Parades

Statewide/Clear Lake
Gov. Reynolds Asks Iowans to “Hang in There”

Regional

School Districts Roll out Free Meal Program During COVID-19 Closure

Ames
Virtual Higher Ed Rushes to Make the Grade as Coronavirus Quarantines up Demand

Ames
Petition Starts for ISU to Waive Bills After Students Lose Jobs Due to COVID-19

Ames
Iowa State Students 3D-Printing Face Shields for Iowa Hospitals

Ankeny/Johnston

'A Good, Positive Vibe': Ankeny, Johnston Teachers Connect With Students During Drive-By Parade

Bettendorf/North Scott
North Scott, Bettendorf Superintendents Respond to Extended Iowa School Closures

Carroll
Keeping Calm and Doing the Math

Cedar Rapids

Iowa Teacher Vows to Dye Hair Pink to Get Kids to Read

Cedar Rapids
Kirkwood Community College Moving Lecture Classes to Online Format

Council Bluffs
Council Bluffs High Schools Cancel Traditional Proms Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Council Bluffs
Council Bluffs Schools Kindergarten Roundup Postponed

Council Bluffs
College View Elementary Teachers, Staff Parade Past Students' Homes to Stay Connected

Council Bluffs
Iowa Teen Talks About Her COVID-19 Case

Decorah
Decorah School Superintendent Mark Lane Reacts to Governor Kim Reynolds' Decision to Keep Schools Closed Until the End of April

Des Moines
'We Should Not Be Reopening Schools for the Remainder of the Year': Des Moines Public Schools Concerned for Public Safety If District Reopens

Des Moines
Des Moines Intends to Close Schools for Rest of Year, Shift to Online Classes

Fairfield
Fairfield Superintendent Weighs At-Home Learning Options for Students

Fort Dodge
Iowa Central to End Spring Semester Online

George-Little Rock

George-Little Rock Pupils Take CNA Course

Hudson
Teachers Parade Past Students' Homes as Second Week of School Shutdown Ends

Indianola
Iowa Teacher Helps Homeschool Students in Neighborhood While Districts Are Closed

Iowa City
Iowa City Schools Add New Locations for Meal Pick Up

Iowa City
Exclusive: Iowa City Family Has Talent That Lifts Spirits for Those Stuck at Home

Knoxville
Knoxville Community School District Continues to Serve Students While Buildings Are Closed

Marion
Local Teachers Find a Creative Way to See Students, While Social Distancing

North Polk
North Polk 'Teacher Parade' Shows Students the Love During Quarantine

Osage
Osage Parents, Kids Learn Homeschooling During COVID-19

Oskaloosa

School Board Forgives 97 Hours of Missed Learning

Pella
City, School District Close Playgrounds

Sheldon
All NCC Classes Move Online Due to Virus

Sioux City
School Buses, Administrators Deliver Meals to Kids While Schools Are Closed

Spencer

School Board Continues Coronavirus Discussion

Waterloo
Hawkeye Community College Going Online for Remainder of Semester

Waterloo
This Iowa Community Is Rallying Together to Find Medical Supplies for Local Hospitals Facing a Dire Shortage

West Delaware

With 50 Cots, Manchester High School Transformed for Potential Use by Hospital Staff

West Delaware
West Delaware Passes Pandemic Response Resolution

Western Dubuque
Western Dubuque Schools to Continue Paying Hourly Employees During Extended Shutdown
 

National News

Nationwide
9 out of 10 Children Are out of School Worldwide. What Now?

Nationwide
DeVos Weighs Waiving Special Education. Parents Are Worried.

Nationwide

$31 Billion in Federal Coronavirus Relief Coming Soon to Schools, College Students and Universities

Nationwide
What Will It Take for Schools to Reopen?

Nationwide
Friday Morning Update: 45 States Have Closed All Schools Because of the Coronavirus

Nationwide
Coronavirus Squeezes Supply of Chromebooks, iPads, and Other Digital Learning Devices

Nationwide
Growing Number of States Say They Are Closing Schools for Rest of 2019-2020 Year

Nationwide
Fierce Debate as DeVos Weighs Schools' Obligations to Students With Disabilities

Nationwide
Many Schools Are Not Providing Any Instruction Amid Closures

Nationwide
Here's What the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Means for K-12 Education

Nationwide
Op-Ed: After Coronavirus Subsides, We Must Pay Teachers More

Nationwide
Teachers and Parents Are Coping With 'Distance Learning' by Making Memes, TikToks, and YouTube Videos

Nationwide
Wi-Fi and Hotspots 'Still Won't Work' for Rural Districts Lacking Connectivity

Nationwide
As Schools Close to Coronavirus, Special Educators Turn to Tele-Therapy

Nationwide
No Online Learning? With Schools Closed From Coronavirus, These Teachers Air TV Lessons

Nationwide
Coronavirus Is Pushing Teacher Hiring Online. Here’s What That Means.

Nationwide
Distance Learning: Online Education Classes for Every Age and Grade

Nationwide
DeVos Floats ‘Microgrants’ for Students, Teachers as Coronavirus Upends Schooling

Nationwide
U.S. Schools Trying to Teach Online Highlight a Digital Divide

Nationwide

USDA to Provide Flexibility for Families Picking up Meals for Children

Nationwide
How US Schools Are (And Aren’t) Providing Meals to Children in the COVID-19 Crisis

Nationwide
What Spending in Schools Looks Like During the Coronavirus

Nationwide
Coronavirus Closures Present Districts Opportunities to Rethink Schedules

Nationwide

With Schools Closed, Kids With Disabilities Are More Vulnerable Than Ever

Nationwide
High School Students Miss End-Of-Year Traditions as Coronavirus Spreads

Nationwide

Holding Class on Zoom? Beware of These Hacks, Hijinks and Hazards

Nationwide
FBI Issues Warning About ‘Hijacking’ of Online Classes by Intruders After Schools Report Serious Disruptions

Nationwide
Colleges Extend Decision Deadline Due to Coronavirus as New Students Reconsider

Nationwide
The Virus Is Bad Enough Without the Bias: Department of Education Offers Guidance on the Protection of Student Civil Rights

California
California Food Banks Partner With Schools to Serve Families of Students

California
15,000 L.A. High School Students Are AWOL Online, 40,000 Fail to Check in Daily Amid Coronavirus Closures

Colorado
Colorado Drops School-Day Minimums, Won’t Make Districts Recoup Time Lost to Coronavirus Shutdown

Florida
Children With Mental Health Needs Get Help via Telemedicine. ‘A Lifesaver,’ Says Mother.

Hawaii
Public Schools Seek to Waive Graduation Requirements for Class of 2020

Idaho
Idaho Governor Signs Into Law Anti-Transgender Legislation

Illinois
State Education Officials Say School Districts Must Start Remote Learning Tuesday

Illinois
Chicago Public Schools Aims to Deliver 100,000 Computers to Students as It Plans Shift to Remote Learning, Won’t Rule out Longer School Closures

Michigan
3rd Graders Were Supposed to Be Held Back If They Couldn’t Read. Then COVID-19 Hit.

Michigan
Settle In, Kids. Gov. Whitmer Says It’s ‘Very Unlikely’ Schools Will Reopen This Year.

New York
Bronx School Told Teachers to Hide Coronavirus Case: ‘Staff Can Be Fired’

New York

City Teachers Union Suggests Health Department Did Not Follow Coronavirus Protocols for All Schools

Ohio
Court: Ohio School Workers Must Have Training to Carry Guns

Pennsylvania
Campus Is Closed, so College Students Are Rebuilding Their Schools in Minecraft
 

Recent News from March 21–27, 2020

Iowa News

Statewide
Governor Closes Salons, Spas, Tattoo Parlors; Asks for Opening of Day Care Centers for Children of Essential Workers

Statewide

Iowa School Administrators and Parents Adjusting to School Closures

Statewide
Schools Keep Access in Mind as They Share Ways for Students to Stay Sharp

Statewide
'I Am Not Gonna Make Any Projections': Iowa Works to Adjust to a Coronavirus-Outbreak World

Statewide
Virus Exposes Iowa’s Broadband Weaknesses

Statewide
COVID-19 Isolation Is Hard to Bear: Read Stories of Hope

Statewide
Iowa Lawmakers Consider Plan to Help Students With Dyslexia

Statewide
By the Numbers: Statistics Show COVID-19 Could Overwhelm North Iowa Resources

Regional
Des Moines, Norwalk and Urbandale Schools Report Cases of COVID-19

Regional

Grant Wood Area Education Agency Release List of Local Schools Offering Students Meals

Regional
Some Central Iowa Schools Share Distance Learning Plans

Regional
Local Cities Open up Rec Centers for Essential Employees' Children

Regional
Coronavirus Disrupts Life in N'West Iowa

Regional

NICC Announces Changes in Operations Due to COVID-19 Virus

Regional
List: Council Bluffs, Southwest Iowa Cancellations, Postponements and Closures

Audubon/Coon Rapids-Bayard
Audubon to Continue Sharing Superintendent

Belmond-Klemme
B-K Leads the State in Online Learning During Virus Closure

Cedar Falls
Cedar Falls Schools Prepare for Possible Online Learning During Coronavirus Outbreak

Cedar Falls
Cedar Falls Preschool Teacher Takes Home ‘Tools for Schools’ Award

Cedar Rapids
College Community Schools Doing Meal Service for Kids

Charles City
COVID-19 Updates from Charles City Community Schools

Council Bluffs
Council Bluffs Childcare Providers Collaborate, Offer Free Childcare Service to Essential Workers

Davenport
Davenport Schools Working to Get Students Meals

Des Moines
Schools Keep Access in Mind as They Share Ways for Students to Stay Sharp

Dubuque
Dubuque Community Schools to Donate Thousands of Gloves to Health Care Providers

East Sac County
ESC Board Approves Four Weeks of Pay for All Employees

Forest City/West Hancock
Forest City, West Hancock Schools Close, Work on Contingency Plans

Fort Dodge
FD District to Pay Employees During School Closure

Fort Dodge
Lunch Is Served: FDCSD Providing ‘Grab-And-Go’ Lunches to All FD Kids Regardless of School, Income

Fort Dodge
Open Letter to the Class of 2020

Iowa City
Iowa City Community School District Begins Delivering Meals to Four Neighborhoods

Iowa City
'Uncharted Waters:' The Move to Online Education Is Not so Easy for Iowa City Schools

Iowa City
Iowa City Community Schools Providing Laptops, Internet Access to Students at Home

Iowa Falls

Iowa Falls Will Pay Hourly School Employees Through Shutdown

Marshalltown
Teacher Spotlight: Hannah Pfantz

MOC-Floyd Valley
MOC-Floyd Valley Closes Doors to Schools

Mount Ayr

Dolecheck Backs School Day Requirement Wavier

Oelwein
Iowa K-12 Schools Aren't Heading Online Just Yet, for a Reason

Oelwein
Oelwein School Board to Reconsider Decision to Not Pay ‘Non-Essential’ School Staff During Closure

Okoboji
Okoboji Schools Hear Concerns About Sale

Osage
Osage Community School District to Provide Meals to Students During School Break

Osage
Osage School Districts Turns to E-Learning Among COVID-19 Pandemic

Pella

Pella Superintendent: Not Expecting to Return This School Year

Sioux City
Sioux City Public School Hourly Workers to Be Paid During Coronavirus Closure

Storm Lake
April 13 Reopening Date Written in Chalk

Waterloo
Waterloo Schools Update Parents on Contacts & Meal Plans

Waterloo/Cedar Falls
Waterloo Schools Begins Meal Distribution Program, Cedar Falls Starting Tuesday

West Lyon

Teacher Trying to Brighten Students’ Spirits With Song

Western Dubuque
Western Dubuque Offering Curbside Pickup for Student's Breakfast & Lunch
 

National News

Nationwide
School Closures Skyrocket, Nearly 54 Million Students Sent Home

Nationwide
Getting Your School Board on Board for Educational Tech

Nationwide
COVID-19 Stimulus Directs Aid to Schools, Suspends Student Loan Payments

Nationwide/Abroad
Harry Potter at Home: Temporary Open License for Teachers

Nationwide
17 Teachers Who Deserve an A+++ for Their Efforts to Educate Their Students in Quarantine

Nationwide
Flood of Online Learning Resources Overwhelms Teachers

Nationwide
Trump, Asked About Timelines, Says School Closures 'Up to the Governors'

Nationwide
DeVos to School Districts: Don’t Let Disability Law Concerns Stop You From Educating Kids

Nationwide
Op-Ed: Teachers Deserve More Respect

Nationwide
Librarians Helping Teachers, Parents Find Resources During Coronavirus School Closures

Nationwide
Could Coronavirus Push More Colleges to Test-Optional Admissions?

Nationwide
Education Dept. Makes Changes to Standardized Tests, Student Loans Over Coronavirus

Nationwide
U.S. Department of Education Temporarily Suspends Wage Garnishments, Collection Actions for Student Loans

Nationwide
Redesigning College Admission: COVID-19, Access and Equity

Nationwide
Coronavirus and Its Impact on Education

Nationwide

Schools Race to Feed Students Amid Coronavirus Closures

Nationwide
How Will Schools Provide Special Education During the Coronavirus Crisis?

Nationwide
'Know and Trust Your Judgment': Being the Superintendent in the Coronavirus Crisis

Nationwide

GOP Proposes Suspending Federal Student Loan Payments, Extending New Powers for School Waivers

Nationwide
US Justice Department: Don't Treat Trans Athletes as Girls

Nationwide
A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus

Nationwide
Teachers of Newcomer Students Try to Keep Them Connected as Schools Close, Routines Shift

Nationwide
How Coronavirus Is Jeopardizing Teacher Pay Raises

Nationwide
After Uproar, USDA Says Parents Can Pick up School Meals Without Kids Present

Delaware
Teachers Organize Car Parade to Lift Students’ Spirits

Hawaii
Hawai‘i Public School Students Will Not Undergo Federally Mandated Testing

Idaho
Idaho Board of Education Orders All Public Schools to Start 'Soft Closure' Until April 20

Illinois
Chicago Public Schools Put Its School Ratings on Hold. but Will the Coronavirus Disruption Propel a Push to Overhaul Them?

Kentucky
'My Moms Getting Stressed Out': Mom Shares 8-Year-Old's Hilarious Journal Entry About Home School Fail

Michigan
Online School Instruction in Michigan Doesn’t Count Toward Learning Requirements During Coronavirus Shutdown

Michigan
Support Builds for Giving Students Credit for Online Learning

Michigan
‘It Happened so Quickly’: Detroit Area Advocates Scramble to Help Vulnerable Students. but First They Have to Find Them.

New York
‘A Really Big Experiment’: Parents Turn Teachers Amid Virus

New York
School Boards Association Wants to Postpone Vote on Budgets

New York

‘Blood on Their Hands:’ Teachers Say de Blasio and Carranza Helped Spread Coronavirus

New York
Will Campus Closures Cost NYC Schools State Funding?

New York
Teachers Across New York City Are Getting a Lesson in “Zoombombing”

New York
She’s 10, Homeless and Eager to Learn. But She Has No Internet.

North Carolina
NC Public Schools Will Remain Closed Through May 15

Ohio
Ohio Schools Looking at Massive Funding Cuts Due to Coronavirus Pandemic Response

Pennsylvania
Bill to Shorten PA. School Year, Ensure School Employees Get Paid Goes to Governor

Utah

Utah Public Schools Dismissed Through May 1

Utah
School Districts Get Creative to Keep Bus Drivers, Support Staff Employed

Vermont
How Vermont School Districts Are Providing Hundreds of Meals a Day

Virginia

All Virginia Schools Are Closed for the Rest of the School Year

Washington, D.C.
D.C. Mayor Bowser Announces Fund to Get Students Wifi