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Iowa governor says Des Moines students need to return to classrooms


JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) -- Gov. Kim Reynolds criticized the Des Moines school district for not ending its online learning program and returning its more than 33,000 students to classrooms.

Reynolds said that every other public school district in the state has managed to meet her requirement for in-person learning. As of Wednesday, the state has an 8.6% positivity rate.

Education Department Director Ann Lebo said officials would begin a process to potentially punish the district for not being in compliance. Lebo also affirmed the possibility Des Moines students could be required to take additional classes after school usually ends next spring.

Des Moines officials argue it's too risky for students and staff to return to classrooms under Reynolds' order.


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Posted by KTIV News 4 on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

JOHNSTON, Iowa (KTIV) -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds held a news conference Wednesday at 11 a.m. from Johnston, Iowa.

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The news conference came one day after Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation that reopened shuttered bars and night clubs in four central and eastern Iowa counties.

The new proclamation allows bars, night clubs, wineries, breweries and similar businesses, in Black Hawk, Dallas, Linn, and Polk counties, to reopen.

Those businesses, in a total of six Iowa counties, were closed almost three weeks ago as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

But, in two of those six counties -- Johnson and Story -- those businesses will remain closed for the time being.

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