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 AUGUST 1–7, 2020

Iowa News

Statewide
Support for Gov. Reynolds' Response to COVID-19 Crashing, Poll Finds

Statewide
Iowa Governor Insists on State Control of In-School Learning

Statewide
Gov. Kim Reynolds Sets Thresholds for When Schools Can Close Due to COVID-19

Statewide
Education Director Updates Iowa Back-To-School Preparations; Reynolds Clarifies COVID-19 Testing Data

Statewide
Reynolds Accuses Virtual 'Return to Learn' Plans of 'Defying the Law'

Statewide
Iowa Governor Vows to Crack Down on Schools That Defy State In-Person Mandate

Statewide
Reynolds: Concern Over Sick Kids, Teachers Is ‘Scare Tactics’

Statewide
Reynolds: Schools Going Online Without Approval Won't Get Credit for Instructional Time

Statewide
Reynolds: Schools That Choose Virtual Learning Without Permission Are Breaking the Law

Statewide
Some Central Iowa School Districts Decide Not to Follow State Guidance, Aim to Start Semester Fully Online

Statewide
Six Counties at or Above 15% Positivity Threshold for Potential Remote Learning

Statewide
Iowa State Education Association "Disappointed" With Gov. Reynolds Back to School Guidance

Statewide
Iowa Teachers Are Morbidly Trolling the Governor by Sending Her Their Self-Written Obituaries Ahead of the School Year

Statewide
Op-Ed: State Must Share More Data on Kids and COVID-19

Statewide
Op-Ed: Petition to Kim Reynolds: Return Local Control to School Districts

Statewide
Iowa State Board of Education Moving Forward on Rule Changes for Seclusion Rooms

Statewide
State Says School Districts Will Receive a Response on Moving Fully Online Within 48 Hours

Statewide
Here’s What Will Happen If a Student or Teacher Tests Positive for COVID-19 at an Iowa School

Statewide
Some Teachers Say They Have Concerns About Returning to Classroom

Statewide
What Are the Coronavirus Safety Protocols for Iowa School Employees?

Statewide
COVID Positivity Rates Key to If Iowa Schools Can Go Virtual

Statewide
State Waivers for “Remote Learning” in Iowa Will Be for 14-Day Duration Only

Statewide
Here Are the Iowa High School Health and Safety Guidelines for Fall Sports

Statewide
Iowa Stymies Public Information Requests in Pandemic

Statewide
Iowa Department of Education Rewarded Over $17 Million Grant to Support Education During Pandemic

Statewide
Op-Ed: Students, Teachers, Families and Administrators Want to Return to Learn. Here’s How Congress Can Work Together to Help.

Statewide
Op-Ed: As Reynolds Insists on In-Person Instruction, Iowa School Districts' Best Choice May Be: Ignore Her.

Regional
Eastern Iowa Superintendents Join Virtual Roundtable to Discuss Challenges in Returning to the Classroom

Regional
Dallas County School Districts Set to Go Rogue, Reject Reynolds’ Rules

Regional
Linn County Teachers Receive Help Preparing Living Wills Before School Year Begins

Regional

Smaller Siouxland Schools Still Preparing Return Plans Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Ames
COVID-19 Tests, Face Masks Among Changes to Move-In Day at ISU

Bettendorf
Bettendorf School Board Approves ‘Return to Learn’ Plan

Calmar
Northeast Iowa Community College to Offer Face-To-Face Option When Classes Resume

Cedar Rapids
CR School District Officials Detail “Return to Learn” Options, Substitute Teacher to Offer Homeschooling

Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids Schools Gives Parents 3 Options for Back-To-School

Charles City
Charles City School District Answers Questions About Their ‘Return to Learn’ Plan

Council Bluffs
Council Bluffs Community School District Outlines Pandemic Adjustments

Council Bluffs
Custodians Armed With Germbusters for Battle Against Coronavirus

Council Bluffs
Op-Ed: Alternate-Day School Might Create Gaps for Some Families

Davenport
Davenport School District Offering Internet Assistance for Qualified Families

Decorah
Decorah School Superintendent Mark Lane Says the District Picked a Hybrid Learning Model This Fall With an Eye Toward Long-Term Success

Des Moines
What Could Happen If DMPS Plan to Delay Start of School or Begin Online Is Rejected by the State?

Des Moines

Op-Ed: Open Letter From Des Moines Superintendent of Schools

Dubuque
Dubuque Schools Superintendent Suggests Delay for Extra Time to Prepare for Coming Year

Iowa City

Iowa City-Area Educators Grapple With State's 'Return-To-Learn' Guidance

Iowa City
Lucas Elementary Investigation Results in Plan to 'Restart' School Culture

Iowa City
Iowa City Schools Delay Start Date Until September

Iowa City
State Denies Iowa City School District’s Request to Start All Classes Online; Iowa’s COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 900

Johnston
Reopening Schools: Johnston Teacher Shares Fears Classroom COVID-19 Outbreaks

Mason City
Teachers and Parents Thank Mason City Community School District for Mask Mandate

Mason City
Mason City Teachers Assemble in Support of Mask Requirement

Pleasant Valley
Pleasant Valley Schools Address Issue of Teacher's Profane Social Media Post

Storm Lake
Storm Lake Superintendent Comments on Iowa Governor’s Guidelines on Schools Reopening

Urbandale
First School Defies Iowa’s Order to Resume In-Person Class Immediately

Urbandale

Urbandale School to Continue Online Learning After State Denies Proposal

Waukee
Waukee School District Disputes Reynolds' 'Return to Learn' Mandate, Citing Iowa Code

Waukee

Waukee Community School District Superintendent Reacts to Return to Learn Guidelines
 

National News

Nationwide
How Safe Is Your School's Reopening Plan? Here's What to Look For.

Nationwide
CDC: Children Might Play 'Important Role' in Spreading COVID-19

Nationwide
As the Coronavirus Comes to School, a Tough Choice: When to Close

Nationwide
Kids Less Likely to Die From Coronavirus, but Schools Could Become Hot Spots for Spread

Nationwide
Here Are the Early-Opening U.S. School Districts Already Battling Cases of the Coronavirus

Nationwide
Getting Young Students to Wear Masks Is Challenging — but Not Impossible

Nationwide
Most Teachers Concerned About In-Person School; 2 in 3 Want to Start the Year Online

Nationwide
Fauci Discusses Reopening Some Schools, Mask Mandates

Nationwide
Educators Face New Cases and Shifting Guidance as They Try to Reopen Schools Safely

Nationwide
U.S. Teachers Protest School Reopenings, Coronavirus Cases Down in South, West

Nationwide
Teachers, Parents to Protest School Reopenings Without Adequate Funding

Nationwide
Overwhelmed, Stressed, Scared: School Nurses Brace for the Fall Semester

Nationwide
Teachers Are Wary of Returning to Class, and Online Instruction, Too

Nationwide
Survey: 73% of Parents May Make Major Professional Changes If Schools Don't Fully Reopen

Nationwide
Schools Seeking Alternative to Remote Learning Try an Experiment: Outdoor Classrooms

Nationwide
Parents Struggle as Schools Reopen Amid Coronavirus Surge

Nationwide
Parents Are Scared About the Coronavirus and Other Insights From the Schooling in America Survey

Nationwide
The Difference a Zip Code Makes in Public Education

Nationwide
We Need to Talk About What School Closures Mean for Kids With Disabilities

Nationwide
Schools Returning to In-Person Learning Face Bus Driver Shortage

Nationwide
School Buses Adapt to Keep Kids Safe During COVID-19 Crisis

Nationwide
Should All American Kids Get a Free School Lunch? The Pandemic Might Make That a Reality.

Nationwide
How Should Schools Prepare for Increased SEL Needs Amid Reopenings?

Alabama
33k Laptops Meant for Alabama Distance Learning Are Stuck in Customs, Could Be Held Until October

Arkansas
Arkansas: Schools Must Be Open 5 Days a Week Despite Virus

Georgia
260 Employees in Georgia School District Have Tested Positive for COVID-19 or Been Exposed

Georgia
Images of Student Crowds Raise Questions in Georgia Schools

Georgia
Two Students Say They Were Suspended From Their Georgia High School for Posting Photos of Crowded Hallways

Georgia
Georgia Teachers Honk Horns in Protest of Return to School

Illinois
Chicago Teachers Union Mulls Strike Vote for Remote Learning

Illinois
Chicago Schools to Begin Fall Remotely, Dropping Hybrid Plan

Indiana

Indiana Student, School Staff Member Test Positive for Virus

Louisiana
Could $50 a Week Empower High School Students to Set and Meet Education Goals? This New Orleans School Aims to Find Out.

Michigan
Court Orders Release of Teen Detained Over Schoolwork

Michigan
‘It’s Going to Spread,‘ -- Teachers Protest Return-To-School Plans in Lansing

Mississippi
As Cases Rise Fast, Mississippi Governor Mandates Masks and Delays Start of School

Mississippi
Over 100 Students Quarantined in Mississippi School District After Several Individuals Tested Positive for COVID-19

Ohio
Ohio Joins New Jersey in Ordering Most Students to Wear Masks at Public Schools

Tennessee

One of America’s First States to Reopen Schools in Person, Tennessee Serves as ‘Experiment’ in COVID Safety
 

Recent News from JULY 25–31, 2020

Iowa News

Statewide
Iowa Counties Must Hit a 15% Positive Coronavirus Test Rate Before Schools Can Go Online-Only, Governor Says

Statewide
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds Releases Additional Guidance on ‘Return to Learn’ Plan

Statewide
Iowa Rules Set High Hurdle for Online-Only Classes

Statewide
Iowa Won’t Allow Long Term Plans to Move Schools Online and Hasn’t Created Guidance Yet to Move Online

Statewide
COVID Positivity Rates Key to If Iowa Schools Can Go Virtual

Statewide
Iowa Teachers Association Rejects Governor's Coronavirus School Reopening Plan

Statewide
Infectious Disease Specialist Reacts to Iowa's School Guidance

Statewide
36,000 Iowans Sign Petition Asking Gov. Reynolds to Reverse Proclamation for In-Person School

Statewide
Hundreds Protest Governor's School Re-Opening Requirements

Statewide
Read It Yourself: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds Extends Public Health Emergency Declaration

Statewide
Iowa Department of Education to Rule on In-Person School Appeals

Statewide
Iowa Department of Education Receives $17.68 Million Federal Grant

Statewide
Part Two: Executive Director of Iowa Association of School Boards Wants More Guidance from the State

Statewide
'In Limbo': Awaiting State Guidance, Some Iowa School Districts Revise Reopening Plans; Others Resist

Statewide
Iowa Board of Regents Approves $65.4 Million in Cuts to State's Public Universities

Statewide
'Surge in Enrollment' for Home Schooling as Iowa Families Seek to Limit Exposure to Coronavirus

Statewide

Thinking of Home Schooling During the Pandemic? Here's What You Need to Know.

Statewide
Iowa High School Music Association Releases Return to Learn Guidance for Music Classes

Statewide
Iowa High School Football Season Shortened Due to COVID-19, Extended Postseason

Statewide
Iowa Woman Sews up Masks for Students, Teachers in Need

Statewide
Upcoming Webinars Will Focus on Social Justice Issues, Education Equality

Statewide
Op-Ed: Iowa Is Showing the Nation How Not to Resume Sports

Statewide
Op-Ed: Gov. Reynolds Has a Cart-Before-Horse Problem. First: Order Masks to Reduce Virus Spread. Then Open Schools.

Statewide
Op-Ed: Let’s Be Clear: Iowa Parents Are Not Required to Send Their Children to School

Regional
Eastern Iowa Teachers Travel to Des Moines to Rally in Hopes of Bringing Local Control to Return-To-Learn Plans

Regional
Area Schools Start to Roll Out Return-To-Learn Plans

Ankeny
Ankeny Community School District Plans a 'Hybrid' Return to School in August

Carlisle
Carlisle Mother Starts Mask-Making Group to Help Students Return to the Classroom Safely

Cedar Rapids
Op-Ed: C.R. School Board: Gov. Reynolds' Plan Puts Students and Staff at Risk

Cedar Rapids
Contracting the Virus Is Top Concern for CRCSD Families and Staff, According to Survey

Cherokee
Cherokee Schools ’Return to Learn’ Plan

Council Bluffs
Council Bluffs School Board Approves Return to Learn Plan

Council Bluffs
Bluffs Board Approves Return to Learn Plan; Murillo Favors Hybrid Phase for Fall Start

Davenport
Davenport Families Prepare for Upcoming School Year

Davenport
Davenport Community School District Releases Updated Return to Learn Plan

Davenport
Davenport School Board Monday Night Largely Supported Seeking Waiver to Allow Fully Virtual Classes

Decorah
Top Story: Decorah School District Will Start the Year With a Hybrid Class Model

Decorah
Decorah Superintendent Mark Lane Shares His Thoughts as the Beginning of the Unprecedented School Year Draws Near

Des Moines
Des Moines Area Teachers Protest Reynolds’ ‘Return-To-Learn’ Plan

Des Moines
Quilting Group Stepping up for Des Moines Students; Des Moines Public Schools Has Requested 12,000 Masks by Aug. 15.

Des Moines
Residents File Lawsuit to Block Des Moines Public Schools Stadium at Drake University

Iowa City
Iowa City Schools Consider Delaying First Day of School Until September

Iowa City
Iowa City School Board Considers Delayed Start, Lacking Clear Answer From State

Iowa City
Iowa City School Board Taking Steps to Address Racial Inequality

Mount Vernon
MVCSD Board Approves Several Elements of Return to Learn Plan

Norwalk

Goodbye, Spear and Feather in Norwalk: How Iowa High Schools Are Responding to the National Mascot Debate

Oelwein
Oelwein School Board OKs Plan for Returning to School

Osage
Osage Schools Lays Out Return to Learn Plan

Pleasant Valley
Pleasant Valley School District Shares Updated Return to Learn Plan

Sioux City

Sioux City Schools Hold Graduation Ceremonies

Sioux City
Teacher Writes Own Obituary in Protest of Schools Reopening

Solon
Return to Learn: Solon Community School District

West Hancock

West Hancock School Board OKs Return to Classroom
 

National News

Nationwide
School Closures in the Spring Saved Lives, Study Asserts

Nationwide
Children May Carry Coronavirus at High Levels, Study Finds

Nationwide
Open Schools Are the Exception, Not the Rule, Around the World

Nationwide
Educators Losing Confidence in Trump, DeVos, Some Governors; Support for Mask Requirements Rising

Nationwide
Schools That Don’t Physically Reopen Would Lose Out on Most Funding Under Republican Stimulus Bill

Nationwide
Feds Give $180 Million in E-Learning Grants While DeVos Pushes In-Person Instruction

Nationwide
‘It’s Too Late’: Stimulus Can’t Save Schools From a Chaotic Start

Nationwide
Serena Williams Helps to Donate 4.25 Million Face Masks to Schools in Need

Nationwide
Teacher Unions Across the US Say They're 'Extremely Fearful' About In-Person Classes and Demand States Take More Measures to Keep Them Safe

Nationwide
Panicked Teachers Explain Why They Are Creating Wills Before School Starts

Nationwide
Teacher Union's 'Safety Strikes' Threat Ramps up Pressure on Superintendents Making Reopening Calls

Nationwide
Op-Ed: A Pandemic Is No Time to Undermine Public Education

Nationwide
Guidance for Masks in Schools Differs Widely Across US

Nationwide
Teachers Are Organizing to Protest School Reopenings Before the Coronavirus Is Under Control

Nationwide
Anthony Fauci to Teachers: You'll Be 'Part of the Experiment' in Reopening Schools

Nationwide

Trump: Schools in 'Hot Spots' May Need to Delay Openings. What Counts as a Hot Spot?

Nationwide
Fauci Responds to DeVos’ Claim That Kids Are ‘Stoppers’ of Coronavirus

Nationwide
Amid Virus, Uncertainty, Parents Decide How to School Kids

Nationwide

Teachers Are Growing More Concerned About COVID-19 Exposure, Poll Finds

Nationwide
As the Coronavirus Pandemic Wears On, a Need for Routine Child Vaccines

Nationwide

Fight for Police-Free Schools Has Been Years in the Making

Nationwide
Here's How Back to School Might Look in the New Normal

Nationwide
ICE Confirms New Foreign Students Can't Take Online-Only Course Loads in the U.S.

Nationwide
The Pandemic’s Toll on Children With Special Needs and Their Parents

Nationwide
GAO Report: Two-Thirds of Nation's Schools Lag on Accessibility

Nationwide
Schools Want to Hire More Counselors Amid Budget Woes

Nationwide
Homeschool Pods Are Gaining Traction Amid Worries About School Reopening; Here’s How Parents Are Getting the Finances to Work

Nationwide
Principals: The Voice Too Seldom Heard in the Reopening Schools Debate

Nationwide
How Safe Is It to Take the School Bus This Year?

Nationwide
Op-Ed: Why Can’t We Just Have Class Outside?

Nationwide
Op-Ed: What Will Schools Do When a Teacher Gets COVID-19?

Nationwide
Op-Ed: I’m an Occupational Therapist. Here’s Why Students Should Be Learning Outdoors This Fall.

Nationwide
Op-Ed: Rafal-Baer: Why Aren’t There More Female Superintendents? the Not-So-Subtle Sexism That Keeps Women Out of Education Leadership

Nationwide
Op-Ed: Does the COVID Pandemic Spell the End of Public Schools?

Nationwide
Op-Ed: Teachers and Students Shouldn't Be COVID-19 Experiments in the Fall

Florida
Hundreds of Bayside High Grads Asked to Quarantine After COVID-19 Case Linked to Graduation

Florida
DeSantis Touts the Return of In-Person Classes as Schools Say They’ll Go Online

Georgia

Georgia Replaces Cash Public Schools Gave to Private Schools

Idaho
As Transgender Rights Debate Spills Into Sports, One Runner Finds Herself at the Center of a Pivotal Case

Kentucky
Gov. Andy Beshear Recommends Kentucky Schools Postpone In-Person Instruction

Michigan
Report: Here’s How Michigan Could Protect Vulnerable Students From COVID Budget Cuts

Michigan
Citing COVID Concerns, Detroit Union Leaders, Community Organizations Call for Full Virtual Learning This Fall

New York
Most Teaching Will Remain Virtual This Fall. Is NYC Working Fast Enough to Improve It?

Texas

Texas Fifth and Eighth Graders Won't Have to Pass STAAR Test to Move on to the Next Grade

Texas
His Last Social Media Post Was on Bullying. Mom’s Lawsuit Blames Texas School in Death.

Wyoming

Wyoming to Distribute 500,000 Face Masks to Schools