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Iowa City school district plans on requiring face masks this fall

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - The Iowa City Community School District is still deciding what percent of its staff and students will be brought back on-campus but the ones that are will be required to a wear a face covering.

ICCSD submitted its Return to Learn Plan to the Iowa Department of Education Tuesday and it was approved the same day. State officials confirmed the district had enough resources to continue online learning opportunities if necessary but plans for bringing back students will be handled internally.

During a special board meeting Tuesday afternoon, board members and district officials discussed 4 possible learning models:

  1. An on-site plan where as many students as possible are brought back to their school buildings but families who want to keep their kids home will have a learn-from-home option.
  2. A primarily off-site plan where only 25% of students return for in-person learning. The district says these would be the students with the most need for in-person education.
  3. A hybrid model where the student body is split in half (by last name but also not splitting up members of the same household) and students alternate days they're on campus.
  4. A hybrid model where all Pre-K through fourth grade students attend in-person class every day, and students in grades 5-12 alternate in two large groups.

Regardless of which they choose, the plan states that "students and staff will be required to wear a face covering (i.e. facemask or face shield) while attending school and participating in school activities."

The district does say, though, that exceptions will be made for students with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask.

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Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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