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In-person learning still the norm for Sioux County students, despite county reaching 30% positivity rate

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SIOUX COUNTY, Iowa (KTIV) -- As of Thursday afternoon, there are fourteen Iowa Counties reporting a positivity rate of more than 15%. That's up from 10 counties on Monday.

Positivity means the sum total of positive cases divided by the sum total of individuals tested. And Cherokee County is the latest to join the list of Iowa Counties with COVID-19 Positivity exceeding 15%.

Many of the counties on that list are in Siouxland, they include Woodbury, Ida, Plymouth, Sac, Crawford, Lyon, Osceola, and Sioux.

That 15% is the magic number when school districts can apply for hybrid learning. But crossing 15% is not an automatic trigger, rather schools need to petition the Department of Education, based on the rate of cases in their district.

Sioux County still leads the way with 30.5% positivity. That's higher than any other county in the state.

Because of those high numbers, several schools in the area have the ability to pursue hybrid learning, but few have done so.

The following schools are following a normal, in-person school plan.

  • Boyden-Hull
  • MOC-Floyd Valley
  • Rock Valley
  • Sheldon
  • Sioux Center
  • West Lyon
  • Remsen-Union (Pre-K to 9th grade)

Only one school, Marcus-Meridan-Cleghorn Remsen-Union High School is under "Hybrid" learning.

KTIV reached out to school officials from George-Little Rock and West Sioux and we have yet to receive a response.

Experts can't pinpoint the source of the outbreak in Sioux County, so people are encouraged to keep following COVID-19 best practices.

Those include washing your hands, wearing a mask, and social distancing whenever possible.

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