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Gov. Reynolds: School district ‘did exactly what they needed to do’ by moving first-grade class online after positive COVID-19 test

Gov. Kim Reynolds had planned to have the superintendent of the Indianola Community School District speak at her press conference on Tuesday, so he could explain what the district has done since its Irving Elementary School confirmed a case of COVID-19 four days after starting classes, but postponed the superintendent’s appearance to have more time […]

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COVID-19: School districts push back against Gov. Reynolds’ reopening plans; three more deaths reported in Johnson County

Saturday, Aug. 8 marks five months since the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Iowa, and on Friday Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office published an open letter from the governor about the pandemic, in which she said “we’re all working toward the same goal.” “Now is not the time to let our guard down,” Reynolds […]

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Reynolds warns schools not to switch to all online classes without permission, criticizes COVID-19 ‘scare tactics’ used by media

“I want to be very clear,” Gov. Kim Reynolds near the beginning of her press conference on Tuesday. “Schools that choose not to return to school for at least 50 percent in-person instruction are not defying me, they’re defying the law.” The governor said that if a school moved to all online instruction without first […]

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UI says it won’t test students moving into residence halls for COVID-19, announces five more cases in Athletics Department

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The University of Iowa announced on Monday it will not test students for COVID-19 before they move into residence halls. “Poorly administered mass testing can result in damaged or inconclusive results and excessive false negative,” the university said. In a statement posted on its COVID-19 information page, UI said that although such testing “may provide […]

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