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The conundrum of reopening Iowa's classrooms


July 23, 2020


H-M-S students recite "The Pledge of Allegiance" on Veterans Day in 2016.

In addition to a COVID-19 vaccine, reopening schools is a lynchpin in getting the economy back on track. Parents need to work, and that's difficult to do when kids are stuck at home forced to learn from a laptop.

There is no silver bullet right now. In Iowa, most rural schools like ours are forging ahead with plans to reopen while other districts in larger metro areas are staying closed until the fall. This is a double-whammy of hurt. Parents will once again be forced to work from home while juggling their childrens' lesson plans. This is by no means ideal for the kids either, as you can't...

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