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Iowa governor allowing school districts damaged by derecho to begin the year primarily online

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - Governor Reynolds plans to update her existing disaster proclamation in order to accommodate for Iowa schools still dealing with the aftermath of last week's derecho.

The governor provided an update to Iowans this morning from the emergency management center in Johnston.

In total, 14 school districts are reporting storm damage to school facilities, according to Reynolds. The updated proclamation will permit damaged districts to move to primarily remote learning in the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

Previously, schools were only allowed to move to remote learning when the positivity rate had gone above 15% if there's 10% absenteeism.

However, the governor has adjusted that requirement. Also saying if the damage prevents schools from being able to start remotely, they can apply to the Department of Education for limited time instructional waivers.

Reynolds toured and assessed the damage at Cedar Rapids Kennedy last week. She said 20 of their 31 buildings sustained some kind of damage.


JOHNSTON, Iowa (KTIV) -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday at 11 a.m.

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