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Iowa City schools to begin classes online-only amid pandemic

The move comes after the state granted the district a waiver earlier in the week allowing for the virtual instruction.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — One of the largest school districts in Iowa is starting the school year with online-only instruction. 

KCRG reports that the Iowa City school board voted Saturday to conduct all classes virtually for the first two weeks. Classes in the 12,000-student district begin on Sept. 8. 

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The move comes after the state granted the district a waiver earlier in the week allowing for the virtual instruction. The 14-day average positivity rate in Johnson County, where the district is located, was 13.9% on Wednesday but had risen to 21.1% by Saturday. 

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The threshold Gov. Kim Reynolds has established for schools to seek online learning instead of required classroom lessons is 15%.