Eldon and Oskaloosa School Districts Modify Plans to Protect Students from COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to spread in Iowa, two local school districts change their intial Return to Learn plans
OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Though the academic year began only a few weeks ago, rising COVID-19 cases across the area are causing some school districts to change their Return to Learn plan. Last week, Albia Community School District changed to a hybrid model, and now, two more districts are pivoting as well, to help stop the spread of the disease.
First, in Eldon, Iowa, students will have to come to school wearing masks on Tuesday. It’s a sudden change, coming only since last Thursday’s board meeting. But the decision follows the recommendation of Wapello County Public Health and Emergency Management. The district will provide masks for students without them, but suggests parents find masks for students. Eldon is also creating a dashboard that keeps track of cases in the district.
But Eldon isn’t the only school changing its original guideline. Oskaloosa Community School District, which originally set up a mask mandated, full time face-to-face model, is switching its high school over to a hybrid model. However, this change will only affect Oskaloosa high school students. The district cites its data, saying it’s for the health and safety of teachers, staff, and students. Oskaloosa Community School District plans to return high schoolers back to full face-to-face on September 18th.
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