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Gov. Reynolds signs bill requiring 100% in-person learning option in Iowa schools

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) - Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill at the Iowa State Capitol Friday giving Iowa parents the option to send their kids back to school full-time.

Under this law, school districts not previously offering 100% in-person learning must now offer it. According to the Iowa Department of Education, 82% of Iowa school districts were offering full on-site learning in early December.

This requirement comes after the Iowa House and Senate passed the bill Thursday night. The Senate passed it 29-18 and the House passed it 59-39.

During the signing ceremony, Reynolds said online learning will still be a choice for families who choose it.

"The bill does not deny any family, the option to keep their children home for 100%t remote learning, nor does it prevent schools from offering a hybrid model," said Reynolds. "It simply offers a choice for those families who knew that, who know that for their children, being at school every day with their teachers and peers is best for their overall growth and development."

Districts must start notifying parents and give them at least five days to make a decision. The requirement covers this school year and districts have until Feb. 15 to begin offering the 100% in-person option.

Iowa school districts can still apply to go temporarily online for all students if their COVID-19 positivity rates were high enough.

"It's time to put local control into the hands of parents where it belongs so that they can choose what's best for their children. Today. I am so pleased to sign Senate file 160, a bill that requires school districts to provide an opportunity for parents to select full-time in-person instruction, unless explicitly waived in a disaster proclamation," said Reynolds.

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