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Iowa School Administrators And Parents Adjusting To School Closures

Taylor Wilcox
Iowa schools that are closing for at least the next four weeks because of the COVID-19 outbreak are going to be able to serve free meals to children.

On this “news buzz” edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Iowa State University economist Chad Hart and outlines the impact COVID-19 is likely to have on the Iowa economy.

Later in the program, IPR's Eastern Iowa reporter Kate Payne shares concerns over prison safety with the community spread of COVID-19 and Superintendent of the Storm Lake School System, Stacy Cole, describes the enormous challenges public schools are facing with closures lasting at least 4 weeks.

Katie Peikes, IPR's Western Iowa reporter, also joins the program to talk about parents adapting to having kids at home throughout the day.


  • Chad Hart, associate professor of Economics at ISU
  • Stacey Cole, superintendent of Storm Lake Community School District
  • Kate Payne, IPR eastern Iowa reporter
  • Katie Peikes, IPR western Iowa reporter


Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River