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SF160, an education bill passed by the legislature early in session and signed by Governor Reynolds January 29, is fully in effect today. The bill requires all schools that were only offering hybrid instruction — a mix of virtual and in-person learning — to also give parents or guardians the option of enrolling their students in fully in-person classes every day of the week. Schools can still provide fully virtual and hybrid options.
If the Governor allows it through a public health declaration, schools can still request waivers from the Iowa Department of Education. The measures would require the department to factor issues into the decision such as the number of teachers quarantining due to the virus, and shortages of substitutes, food service workers and school bus drivers.
If schools do not comply, the hours and days of instruction would not count toward their instructional time.
The overall number of vaccines administered is 477,497 an increase of 67,176 since Friday, with 233.909 receiving their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 121,794 receiving their second dose. To find vaccine providers in your county, click here or scroll to the bottom of the vaccine dashboard.
Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 329,297 Iowans have tested positive, up 1,305 from our update Friday morning, with a total of 1,514,925 tested. 40 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 5,236 deaths. Now 302,160 Iowans have recovered. The total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 7.9% the past 7-day average is 6.1%. The latest on hospitalizations, including how many patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours can be found here. There are currently 242 hospitalized patients.
School district statistics including positivity rates by county can be found here. Currently 1 (of 99) county is at or above a 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days. Click here to search county data for today.