IC school board targets 9/28 as return to hybrid leaning model


The Iowa City Community School District is targeting September 28th as the date it can return to its hybrid learning model, allowing sports and other extracurricular activities to resume.

During its meeting Tuesday night, the board came to an agreement that it would resume 50% in-person classes a week from Monday if the 14-day COVID-19 positivity rate is 10% or less by the end of this week. Last week the state granted Iowa City schools a second two-week waiver to teach students completely remotely after Johnson County reported a 14-day COVID-19 positivity rate of 20.4%. Governor Kim Reynolds had already granted a waiver to Iowa City schools for the first two weeks of the school year due to a spike in coronavirus cases in Johnson County.

The positivity rate at which the state can grant a waiver is 15% or higher. As of Tuesday the Johnson County rate was 13.45%.

An announcement on the district’s decision is set for Friday.

The district is also planning to add a COVID-19 dashboard to its website, iowacityschools.org, which will track the district’s reported COVID-19 cases among students and staff.

Tuesday night the school board also voted to appoint Dromi Etsey to fill a board vacancy.