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Gov. Reynolds' Proclamation Creates More Uncertainty About Fall Schooling

Kim Reynolds
Charlie Neibergall
Gov. Kim Reynolds has proclaimed that at least 50 percent of schooling must occur in-person.

A proclamation signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds states that at least 50 percent of learning in core subjects must occur in-person.

This comes weeks after the Department of Education required schools to submit "return to learn" plans for the fall.

The news is causing many districts to wonder about the legality of the proclamation. It's also sent districts into a whirlwind of re-planning; some, like the Iowa City Community School District, planned to begin the year remotely.

On today's episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with IPR reporter Grant Gerlock about what Gov. Reynolds' proclamation means for Iowa schools. Later in the hour, Luke Shogren of UnityPoint Health discusses the changes in hospital foodservice due to COVID-19.


  • Grant Gerlock, central Iowa reporter, Iowa Public Radio
  • Luke Shogren, food services general manager, UnityPoint Health
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River