Des Moines students return to hybrid learning after state denies waiver request

Des Moines Public Schools is one of the first in the state to be denied a virtual learning waiver.
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 7:58 AM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) - Students in Des Moines Public schools returned to the classroom Monday after the state denied the district’s waiver request for virtual learning.

That makes the district one of the first in the state to be denied virtual learning.

The district applied for the waiver to remain virtual this week. Students had been learning remotely since early November.

Nearly 60 percent of students opted for hybrid learning, while 40 percent are choosing to stay virtual.

A school staff member said they were hoping the waiver would be approved to buy time in case of a possible spike in cases following the holiday break.

But one parent with a child at Hubbell Elementary said they’re glad to have their child back in the classroom.

”The difficult decision that families have to make is, ‘do I feed my family and go to work or do I stay home with small children who need supervision,’” parent Bobby Stanley said.

The Polk County 14 day positivity rate is at 12.9 percent.

The school district said they will continue to monitor the numbers closely.

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