Ann Lebo Press Conference May 5, 2020

Director of the Iowa Department of Education Dr. Ann Lebo speaks at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston, Iowa, on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Lebo spoke about the requirement that school district submit Return to Learn plans to the state by July 1, 2020.

The Hardin County community will have to wait a couple more weeks to learn the details about how schools in the area will begin the new academic year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

School districts throughout the state were required to file a “Return to Learn” plan with the Iowa Department of Education on July 1. But the “plans” – little more than a list of yes or no assurances and acknowledgements of policies – don’t provide the kind of information many parents and students are looking for. Will learning be in-person or online? Will students’ everyday activities be different? Will masks be required? Those details, area superintendents have said, are still be worked out.

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