Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds laid out guidance for how public health officials will respond when students or school staff suspect they might have the coronavirus.

Des Moines Register

The Iowa Department of Education granted a 14-day remote learning waiver for the entire Ankeny School District on Thursday.

The 14-day period granted by the state starts Nov. 23 and lasts until Dec. 7. During this period of time, the district is also required to cease any in-person extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities may continue in an online or virtual manner.

The Ankeny school board voted Monday night allow the district’s administration to apply for the 14-day waiver following the most recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the state. 

On Monday, the school district returned to a hybrid model for all elementary school students after the board voted to do so in a special meeting on Nov. 9. 

As of Nov. 12, 40 students and 12 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, 336 students and 34 staff members are in quarantine. Currently the five-day average absence rate is 2.9% for students and 9.1% of staff.

Melody Mercado covers the eastern Des Moines metro for the Register. Reach her at [email protected] or Twitter @melodymercadotv

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