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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

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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…

Resources now available to support student learning at home

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Education today released a host of optional resources for families and educators to use as they support student learning during school closures due to COVID-19. The resources are available on the Iowa Department of Education’s website and include interactive games, virtual field tr…

Notice for public comment regarding ESSA Waiver of Assessment and Accountability Requirements

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Monday, March 30, 2020
Due to the extraordinary circumstances created by COVID-19 and resulting school closures, the U.S. Department of Education notified states of an optional waiver for the 2019-2020 school year, of the assessment requirements in section 1111(b)(2) of the ESEA, the accountability and school identification requirements in s…

Flexibility for families picking up meals for children during COVID-19 school closures

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Thursday, March 26, 2020
DES MOINES – In an effort to ease the burden on Iowa families and get food out to the students who need it at this critical time, the Iowa Department of Education has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides flexibility for schools and organizations distributing meals through…

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