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 January 22–28, 2022

Recent News from January 15–21, 2022

Iowa News

Statewide
Iowa Sets One-week Record for COVID Cases; Nearly 1,000 in Hospitals

Statewide
Omicron Surge Leaves No Segment of Iowa Unscathed: Police, Schools, Restaurants Deal With Record Wave of Cases

Statewide
Bill to Bar Cities, Schools From Requiring COVID Shots for School Attendance

Statewide
Governor Reynolds Says She Hopes Senate President Misspoke and Corrects Remarks About Teachers

Statewide
Here’s How the Latest COVID-19 Surge Is Impacting Education, Rural Healthcare and Press Access in Iowa

Statewide
Staff, Students, Parents Ask Iowa Board of Regents for More COVID Mitigation Measures in Open Letter

Statewide
Iowa Legislature Braces for Heated Debates on Library Books, Private School Scholarships

Statewide

This Week: Jailing Iowa Teachers Over the Books in School

Statewide
‘It’s Terrifying:’ Teachers Upset Over New Iowa Child Care Bill

Statewide
Last Week at the Iowa Legislature

Statewide
Iowa Department of Education Releases Annual Report on Iowa Community Colleges

Statewide
Op-Ed: State Sen. Liz Mathis: Bonus Checks Will Not Solve Teacher Shortages

Statewide
Op-Ed: Reynolds’ Disappointing and Dangerous Tax Cut Focus

Statewide
IA Lawmakers Urged to Prioritize Equity Over Controversy

Statewide

Many Iowa School Districts Still Below Pre-Pandemic Enrollment Levels

Regional
For Eastern Iowa School Leaders, Calling a Snow Day Starts at 4 a.m.

Regional
Eastern Iowa Schools Stop Notifying Families, Staff of Positive COVID Cases

Ames

Iowa State Officials Say They’re Prepared for the Semester as COVID-19 Cases Soar

Ankeny
Voluntary Mask Policy Continues for Ankeny Schools

Cedar Falls/Waterloo
Waterloo, Cedar Falls Schools Look at Employee Incentives as They Grapple With Staffing Shortages

Cedar Rapids
CRCSD Superintendent Explains District Policy on School Delays

Charles City
Mask Mandate in Effect for Charles City High School

Des Moines
Des Moines Students Use MLK Jr. Holiday To Give Back to Community

Des Moines
‘Passion Is Leading to Exhaustion’: DMPS Educator Shares Thoughts on Teacher Shortages

DeWitt

DeWitt Teacher Receives Iowa STEM Teacher Award

Dubuque
Dubuque Public Schools To Offer New Mental Health Rooms for High School Students

Mason City

Mason City School Board Approves New District Logo Design

Midland
Midland Elementary Closed Friday Due to Spike in Illnesses

Ottumwa
Ottumwa Schools Cancel Classes for Friday Due to High Absentee Rate, Illnesses

Pleasant Valley
Pleasant Valley Schools Sued Over Student Video that Depicts the Beating and Execution of a Black Slave

Sioux City
SCCSD School Board Mulling Over Policy Change To Implement Mask Mandates by Per-building Basis

Sioux City
Sioux City Public Schools Superintendent Explains How He’d Implement Mask Mandate

South Tama

South Tama To Hold Public Sessions on March Bond Vote

Waukee
Waukee Schools Encourage Parents to Carpool, Make Back Up Plans in the Face of Bus Driver Shortage
 

National News

Nationwide
As Schools Battle Omicron, Billions of Federal Relief Dollars Remain Unspent

Nationwide

Students Walk Out Over COVID-19 In-Person Learning Conditions in Schools

Nationwide
COVID Precautions in the Cafeteria? 1 in 5 Educators Say Schools ‘Not Doing Anything’

Nationwide
No, CDC Guidance on Canceling ‘High-Risk’ Sports and Activities Is Not New

Nationwide
Report: COVID-19 Cases Among Kids Have ‘Spiked Dramatically,’ Nearly Topping 1M in a Week

Nationwide
With a New Surge in Cases Comes Another Fierce Debate About In-Person Learning

Nationwide
Few Substitute Teachers Left Two Years Into Pandemic: ‘Anyone Who Could Retire Did'

Nationwide
New Research Shows How Bad the Pandemic Has Been for Student Mental Health

Nationwide
Vulnerable Students, Districts at Greater Risk as Natural Disasters Grow More Frequent

Nationwide
Meet the 4 Finalists for the 2022 National Teacher of the Year

Nationwide
95% Of Teachers Say Mentors Make a Difference for Students

Nationwide
How De-Escalation Strategies Can Reduce Disruptive Classroom Behaviors

Arkansas
Every School District in Arkansas Now in ‘Red Zone’ or Above

California
Murder Charge Upheld Against Ex-long Beach School Security Officer in Teen’s Death

Colorado
Denver Students Join Nationwide Protests, Classroom Walkouts Over COVID-19 Safety

Connecticut
Seventh Grader Dies After Apparent Fentanyl Overdose at School in Connecticut

Connecticut
Hartford Plan To Address Student Mental Health and Drug Use To Include Narcan in Schools, Resources for Students and Community

Florida
Student Shoots, Wounds Another Teen at Florida High School

Florida
Florida Committee Passes Bill Stripping School Board Members of Salaries

Illinois
Can Chicago Schools Get 100% of Students Signed up for COVID Testing?

Illinois
CPS Sees Huge Spike in Students Signed up for COVID Testing Since Teachers Walked Out

Massachusetts
Massachusetts To Provide At-Home Tests for Schools

Massachusetts
COVID Cases in K-12 Massachusetts Public Schools Drop By Nearly 30%

Michigan
Michigan Rushing More Rapid COVID Tests to Schools

Michigan
Michigan Superintendent Calls Claims in Lawsuit Over High School Shooting ‘Irresponsible and False'

Missouri
Missouri Attorney General Threatens Lawsuits Over School Mask Mandates

Nebraska
Proposal Would Eliminate State Board of Education, Put Department Under Nebraska’s Governor

New Jersey
N.J. Mandates Teaching Asian American and Pacific Islander History in Schools

New Mexico
New Mexico Asks Guard to Sub for Sick Teachers Amid Omicron

Oregon
Portland School Nurses Call Into Question COVID-19 Safety Plans

Pennsylvania
Philly Schools Partner With Black Doctors Consortium To Get More Black and Latino Students Vaccinated

Pennsylvania
Student Dies After 2 Shoot Into School Van at Dismissal Time

Pennsylvania
North Penn School District Says It Was ‘Unacceptable’ for a Teacher to Tape a Mask to a Student’s Face

Tennessee
Federal Judge Denies State’s Request To Overturn Own Order on School Mask Law as Appeal Continues

Tennessee
Dozens of Tennessee School Districts Close Due to Staff Shortages Brought on by Illness

Virginia

Order to End School Mask Mandates Gets Pushback in Virginia

Utah
Utah Teachers Prepare for Challenges of Online and In-Person Classes This Week

Vermont
Vermont Schools Are Running Out of Rapid COVID Tests

Vermont
Vermont Is No Longer Collecting School COVID Data

Virginia

Lawsuit Accuses Loudoun School Officials of Flouting Virginia Public Meetings Laws

Washington, D.C.
D.C. Measure Would Require Schools To Tell Parents About COVID Cases Within 24 Hours

West Virginia
Public School Parents Sue Over Private School Voucher Law

West Virginia

West Virginia Lawmakers Seek to Ban School Mask, Testing Requirements