IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - The Iowa Department of Education has denied the Iowa City Community School District's application to begin the year in a completely off-site model, according to district administrators.
ICCSD submitted this application on Tuesday, when Johnson County was at a COVID-19 positive test rate of 7.13%. Governor Kim Reynolds has said school districts can only offer more than 50% of teaching online with a rate above 15%.
"While this is not the outcome that we were hoping for, we have been preparing for this possibility. We plan to discuss our next steps with the Board during their meeting on Tuesday, August 11," Interim Superintendent Matt Degner said in a letter to district families Thursday.
Another administrator told KWWL the district does plan on submitting more applications for online schooling this year.
The school board delayed the start of school by two weeks at a special board meeting on Tuesday.