Just last week, Iowa school systems like Osage and New Hampton had no plans on cancelling classes – as the world and state hung in ambiguity. The rules tightened quickly, as Sunday night, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced she was “recommending that all Iowa schools close for a period of four weeks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
Hours following this announcement, Osage Community Schools, which was previously adamant about continuing classes, cancelled school for a minimum of 30 days. A release on Facebook read:
“Parents, please be patient with our schools and teachers in the next few days. We want to educate our kids, but things just changed in a hurry, and we are trying to figure out the best plan moving forward. Our administrators will hopefully get more guidance tomorrow from our governor and legislature about our options. This is new for all of us and our staff will work to create the best plan we can. We will update you when we have more information!”
New Hampton Schools also decided to adhere to the governor’s plan and cancel for 4 weeks. A release on their page reads:
“New Hampton Schools has continually followed the Governor and/or the Iowa Department of Public Health’s guidance on whether to have school or not. Tonight, the governor recommended all schools in Iowa close for four weeks. We will follow those recommendations starting tomorrow. Please follow our page for additional updates.”
These schools and many more around the state are gradually choosing to close for 4 weeks or more. These school cancellations will surely affect childcare in the coming weeks – and also push these children deep into June for their eventual summer breaks.
To keep up with coronavirus related cancellations in North Iowa, go to: http://kchanews.com/weather-announcements/