Iowa Gov. orders children in school for at least half the week

One state has just announced an “important milestone” in its recovery from the coronavirus.

The Washington Examiner reports that Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) okayed an order that will require students this fall to be in class in person for at least 50 percent of the school week.

In so doing, Reynolds, according to the Examiner, supplanted a decision by local school districts that would only have required students to physically be in the classroom once a week.

Uncertainty remains

With August closing in fast, discussions are picking up regarding the 2020-2021 school year. Here in America neither parents nor students really know what to expect, as the coronavirus surges on in various parts of the country.

Back in the spring, when the coronavirus really got going, students were sent home and schooling was carried out online.

The cause for this was not so much a fear of students contracting COVID-19, since from the start data – with a few outliers – seemed to indicate that the coronavirus just didn’t really target children. But, it was a fear that children could be carriers and thus spreaders of the illness.

With this fear looming large, many have argued for delayed starts to the school year and the continuance of online learning. But, the Trump administration is trying not to let this happen, and now the governor of Illinois is taking action.

She’s making it happen

On Friday, Reynolds announced her mandate requiring students to be physically in school for 50 percent of the week. The plan will take effect at the start of the school year, which in Iowa is August 26th.

“One of the most important milestones in our recovery effort is getting Iowa students back to school,” she said. “And while we all know this school year will be different than ever before, it’s critical that we prioritize bringing Iowa’s children back to the classroom safely and responsibly.”

A local district could seek a waiver from the order if it sees a rise in coronavirus cases. But, it looks like schools are a go in Iowa.

Good news

As to be expected, Reynold is receiving some blowback for the decision. We’ll have to see whether someone tries to legally challenge her order. But, Reynolds and the Trump administration now have the support of a recent study, reported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, that found that children rarely transmit COVID-19.

So, it now appears that children are rarely targeted by the coronavirus and that children are rarely transmitters of the coronavirus. What’s going to be the next excuse for not resuming in-person schooling?

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