Iowa Senate discussing bill to give students option to go back to classroom full-time

Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 9:43 PM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) -The Iowa Senate Education subcommittee is scheduled to discuss a bill that would give students the option of being back in the classroom 100% of the time.

School districts would need to make this an option along with any hybrid or online option they currently offer.

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver said it is time to get students back in the classroom, where they learn best.

“To me, it’s just immoral to let our kids fall a whole year behind because of this pandemic and we have to balance safety with the desire to make sure our kids are being educated and we know from studies as well as anidotal evidence that our kids are falling behind,” Whitver said.

The bill would still allow for a waiver process through the Iowa Department of Education if there was an increase in virus activity

If the bill passes the Republican-led legislature, it would take effect no later than the second Monday after the governor signs it into law.

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