Iowa City School District Seeks Waiver To Start School Year Online


In an effort to keep the Iowa City Community School District's plan in place for online only learning when students return to class next month, the school board has applied for a waiver.

The decision comes despite a proclamation from Governor Kim Reynolds requiring at least 50 percent in-person learning.

The district had already opted to start classes online when Governor Reynolds issued the proclamation last week. Districts can ask for a waiver, and leaders in Iowa City say they are going ahead with that plan.

“I believe we’re going to stay together in trying to get to that end,” Charlie Eastham, one of the district’s board members, tells KCRG-TV 9.

Eastham says they want students to start the school year 100% online. “That’s the advice we’re getting and that’s the advice I want to follow,” Eastham says. “I’m not necessarily looking at myself as an expert, I’m trying to follow the advice of people who are experts.”

Two other plans are being considered if the waiver is denied.

(Photo: KCRG-TV 9)