Most people saw it coming. But now, it’s official. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on April 17th, that all Iowa schools would be closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
She gave one main reason: Iowa hasn’t reached it’s COVID-19 peak yet.
This means pain for many of the senior athletes in the state. As their final track, tennis, and golf seasons are officially over and gone. Soon, the state will also access the summer sports seasons.
In terms of continued learning, schools will be asked to continue their voluntary or mandatory online opportunities. As long as they do this, nobody will need to make up any schooling in the summer months.
Schools will get to choose when to come back during the 2020-2021 school year as well.
And finally, Reynold’s team believes this means no graduation and prom for the 2020 class.
Locally, however, Justin DeVore the Communications Director for the Charles City School system promises that the class of 2020 a graduation ceremony:
“Charles City Community Schools continue to guarantee there will be a graduation ceremony for the class of 2020. We also are weighing options for prom. Neither events have been cancelled for the Charles City Community Schools.They will not look the same as they have in the past, however it is important to recognize the years of dedication the Class of 2020 has put in.”