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Debate Over Online Vs. In-Person Learning For Iowa Schools This Fall Continues

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Many schools are still deciding how to adjust their plans based on the evolving pandemic and state guidelines.

A new national poll of teachers finds overwhelming trepidation about returning to the physical classroom.

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by IPR reporter Grant Gerlock, State Senator Herman Quirmbach, Superintendent Brad Buck of Waukee and public health expert Fred Gerr to discuss the online versus in-person learning mandate.

Matthew Alvarez produced this story as part of the America Amplified initiative using community engagement to inform and strengthen local, regional and national journalism. America Amplified is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Guests:

· Grant Gerlock, Iowa Public Radio reporter

· Sen. Herman Quirmbach (D), Ames, ranking member of the Senate Education Committee

· Fred Gerr, professor of occupational and environmental health, critical care and occupational medicine

· Brad Buck, superintendent, Waukee Community School District

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