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Articles from 04/2020

Director Ann Lebo: Forging ahead

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
To say that this spring has brought some unexpected challenges is definitely an understatement. Instead of getting to know my colleagues at the Iowa Department of Education in person, I spent my first day on the job at the State Emergency Operations Center. Rather than welcoming students back from spring break, our sch…

From completely foreign to ‘somewhat’ normal

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Monday, April 27, 2020
A district plunges head first into uncharted waters At some schools, cars lined the street for two blocks waiting to receive their Chromebooks. “We are all dealing with this really foreign territory. It requires patience and it requires grace.” That’s how Jane Lindaman, the superintendent of …

Volunteers sought for ever-growing needs during COVID-19

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Friday, April 24, 2020
The demand for volunteers during the COVID-19 epidemic is growing exponentially, especially at the state's health-care facilities and food banks and other free food providers that are overwhelmed with requests. Gov. Kim Reynolds is asking for health-care professionals, particularly nurses but even chaplains, to volu…

In crisis, teachers learn the importance, joy of teamwork

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
Isaac Blandin, a student on the robotics team at Central DeWitt High School, has been creating ear savers with the team’s 3D printer.” WAUKEE – When Andrew Hauptmann got a call asking if he could help the state’s frontline medical personnel, he didn’t think twice. Hauptmann, an industrial te…

Iowa schools to extend closures through end of school year

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Friday, April 17, 2020
Schools will continue voluntary and required continuous learning plans while school buildings are closed DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education announced today that all school districts and nonpublic schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year and will continue to offer…

Congratulations to Iowa’s U.S. Presidential Scholars semifinalists

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
The state of Iowa has seven semifinalists for the prestigious 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars program. They are: Matthew Ding, Johnston High School, Johnston Animesh Suyash Joshi, Valley High School, West Des Moines Elizabeth Catherine Meyer, Heelan High School, Sioux City Cynthia Salinas Cappellano, Thomas…

More than 500 school districts and nonpublic schools submit plans for continuous learning

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Monday, April 13, 2020
DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Education today announced that 506 school districts and accredited nonpublic schools submitted plans to offer continuous learning opportunities for students this week while their brick-and-mortar buildings are closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Continuous learning encompasses…

Waiver gives Iowa school districts flexibility to best meet needs of students

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Monday, April 6, 2020
DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Education today received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education allowing for flexibility in the use of federal funds to best meet the needs of students and educators during the COVID-19 national emergency.  The new flexibilities, authorized under the Coronavirus …

Notice for public comment regarding CARES Act Waiver of Funding Flexibility

Date: 
Monday, April 6, 2020
The U.S. Department of Education is providing states with funding flexibilities to best meet the needs of students and educators during the COVID-19 national emergency. The new flexibilities, authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, allow schools to repurpose existing K-12 educat…

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