Many Iowa Falls-Alden students and teachers, hungry for some form of learning, are back together this week, even if it’s not in person.

Monday was the first day of the districts’ voluntary extended learning program. The schools have been closed since March 16, when Gov. Kim Reynolds recommended classes be canceled for four weeks to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in Iowa. On April 2 the governor extended that closure through the end of the month. But while schools weren’t required to provide any education during the first four weeks and won’t have to make up that instructional time, with the extension they’ll have to provide some kind of learning or face making those days up once school’s back in session. The state gave school districts three choices:

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