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Iowa City School District sticking with return to learn plan, seeks waiver from state

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - The Iowa City Community School District says it will not adjust its return to learn plan for this fall after Governor Reynolds announced Friday that school districts must reopen in some capacity unless they have a public health emergency.

In a special school board meeting, Superintendent Matt Degner, announced they will stand by their original plan.

"We want to state that we affirm our plans and our commitment to them. We still feel that this is our best approach to August 24th. The district will be seeking permission to start with our off-site environment and our hybrid plan," Degner said.

This original plan consists of the school district beginning all online within the first two weeks of the year.

The Iowa Department of Education filed a FAQ's sheet for parents on continous learning. The department indicated a district can decide to submit a waiver that will be evaluated on the state level.

The Iowa City Education Association President, Brady Shutt, says the school district should qualify for a waiver.

"We might be in a somewhat unique position. With the emerging arrival of University of Iowa students, we are excited to have them back on campus. They provide a vibrance to our community that we all love, but that provides a certain set of circumstances," Shutt said.

Parents will get to verify their student's learning style whether it be online, hybrid or in-person when registering for the school year.

Information for online student registration can be found within a week.

The school district has not made any decisions yet on fall sports.

Read more about Iowa City School District's return to learn here.

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