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What is the latest guidance for Iowa schools?

Local 5 is breaking down the latest information from state education leaders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week, the Iowa Department of Education released new guidance for how school districts can share coronavirus information.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Schools and public health officials can exchange information about a positive student or staff members, which allows them to investigate other possible exposures.
  • School districts are advised not to share case counts when there are fewer than 100 students in the total population. Schools that have five or fewer cases shouldn't give out a specific number of cases.
    • Some districts have already released that information about their student and staff populations.
  • The Iowa Department of Public Health and state education leaders said in a memo this week they will continue to monitor the situation and are ready to change this approach if needed.

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