Iowa school closure extended through the end of April

Photo by John Pemble/Radio Iowa

In a press conference today, Governor Kim Reynolds ordered that schools, non-essential businesses and medical procedures will remain closed through April 30.  While schools will remain closed for at least another month, Reynolds also said that it is important that school districts do their part in providing continuous learning opportunities.

She says that school districts know best what will work for their students, so those decisions will be made locally by districts.

School districts will be required to select the best continuous learning options for their students, and inform the state of that decision by April 30. School districts that decide not to provide continuous learning will be required to make up the instructional time lost beyond what has been waived by the legislature.

Reynolds also announced today’s update on Iowa’s COVID-19 numbers:

  • The Iowa Department of Public Health has been notified of 66 additional COVID-19 positive cases  in Iowa, for a total of 614 positive cases.
  • There have been two additionl COVID-19 related deaths in Iowa, for a total of nine.
  • There have been a total of 8,054 negative tests to date
  • Ability to test 1,018
  • 74 hospitalized, 144 have recovered