Iowa schools to close for remainder of school year

The extended closure requires districts to provide learning opportunities for students.

Hanah Kitamoto, Reporter

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced in a press conference held on April 17 that Iowa schools will remain closed for the rest of the year due to increasing concerns of COVID-19. Although schools will be closed, districts are required to provide continuous learning opportunities for students until the end of the regular school year.

“Closing schools through the end of the year is not an easy decision and we do know the challenges this creates, but we also know that this decision is necessary to ensure the health and safety of those we serve,” said Department of Education Director Ann Lebo during the press conference.

The closure also includes the cancellation of spring sports season and school activities. More information about the summer sports season will be released by June 1.

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