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The Sioux City Community Schools District’s new virtual learning academy the “Vibe Academy” uses the slogan “Learning Without Limits”. However, one local advocate says some students with disabilities are left out of equation. 

During Wednesday's special school board meeting surrounding masks in the Sioux City Community School District, some citizens talked about a virtual option for parents to send their children. However, as Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reports that option is not available to all.

One member of the Sioux City Community School Board says he is concerned about how the school district wants to spend CARES Act Money.

Dan Greenwell says there is too much emphasis put on virtual schooling.

The Sioux City Community School District was awarded more than $20 million in federal emergency relief money due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, the district unveiled a draft budget to the district’s finance committee. Greenwell is part of that group .

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The Iowa Legislature is deciding the future of an education agenda brought forward by Governor Kim Reynolds this year. One proposal allows school choice. This includes charter schools and tuition scholarships for students in under-performing schools.  The other requires school districts to provide an option for 100% in-person learning.

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reached out to the Superintendent of the Sioux City Community School District, Dr. Paul Gausman, for his thoughts on both issues.

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The Iowa Department of Public Health reports three more COVID-19 related deaths in Woodbury County on Monday for 171 since the start of the pandemic. 

In one week, Iowa added 247 deaths and more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases.  In Woodbury County, there were 17 additional cases and a 14-day test positivity rate of 15.5%.  That is up two-percent points from a week ago.

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West High School Counselor Bernie Scolaro talked to SPM's Sheila Brummer about her personal battle with COVID-19 and thoughts on school safety.

Scolaro has worked at West High School for more than 20 years and also spent time at Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools and at Catholic Charities as a counselor.  She is the current Vice President of the Siouxland Uniserv Unit for teachers and is the Past President of the Sioux City Education Association.

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The debate continues on K-12 education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Iowa’s Governor wants to keep students in class.  A recent survey teachers in the Sioux City Community School district showed only 10% wanted to continue with in-person learning.  Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer explores the issue with a couple of long-time educator, union leader and school administrator.

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Emotions run high when it comes to education during COVID-19; parents with varying outlooks, teachers' unions worried about safety and school leader trying to balance health and education.  Siouxland Public Media reached out to members of the Sioux City Community School District's Board of Directors for their opinions.

Statement from Sioux City School Board Member Dan Greenwell:

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says the state has reached a point of serious community spread of COVID-19. 

During a news conference today, she issued a partial mask mandate for social gatherings to slow the spread of the virus.  She also extended the public health emergency for another 30 days with more restrictions. 

“If we want to protect our health care workers, keep our businesses, schools and hospitals open now is the time for every Iowa to carefully decide what you can to stop the virus and stop from spreading it.”

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Former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, the U.S. Ambassador to China, will step down early next month.  This will end  a three-year tenure marked by a trade war and increasingly bitter relations between the world’s two largest economies. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing says Branstad confirmed his decision in a phone call with President Donald Trump last week. It did not give a reason for his departure.

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Today Nodland Elementary School moved a second grade class to emergency response virtual learning, after multiple individuals from one classroom either tested positive for COVID-19 or experienced symptoms.

The Sioux City Community School District says it plans to return the class to on-Site Learning on Wednesday, September 23.

  El Distrito Escolar de la Comunidad de Sioux City informa una docena de casos positivos de COVID-19 de estudiantes y personal esta semana. Cinco estudiantes y siete miembros del personal, según una actualización semanal.

Distrito de Salud de  Siouxland, realizó un rastreo de contactos y se le ha dicho a cualquier persona en contacto cercano que se aísle o se ponga en cuarentena.

Los funcionarios escolares no hablarán sobre casos específicos o escuelas afectadas.

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Coming up on The Exchange, the Trump administration is suing Woodbury, Linn and Johnson Counties for prepopulating absentee ballot request forms, because of concerns about voter fraud. However, Roxanna Moritz, the president of the Iowa Association for County Auditors, says there are several checks and balances that prevent voter fraud, and mail-in voting is safe in the era of COVID-19.  

Thống đốc bang Iowa Kim Reynold nói khi năm học bắt đầu tháng tới, học sinh phải dành ít nhất một nửa thời gian để học về các môn học chính.

Một số khu vực đã lên kế hoạch cho học sinh dành hầu hết các ngày trong các lớp học trên mạng để đề phòng vi khuẩn corona. Một tuyên bố được ký bởi Reynold cho phép chuyển đổi tạm thời sang việc học từ xa chỉ khi nó được Bộ Giáo dục tiểu bang phê duyệt.

Reynold nói rằng sự cô lập kéo dài có thể gây hại cho học sinh về cảm xúc và hoạt động xã hội.

Gudoomiyaha gobolka Iowa Kim Reynolds ayaa sheegay in marka sanad dugsiyeedku billowdo bisha soo socota ay tahay in ardaydu ugu yaraan kala bar waqtigooda ku bartaan maadooyinka shaqsiyan ah.

Degmooyinka qaar waxay qorsheyn jireen ardayda inay ku qaataan maalmaha badankood fasalada loo yaqaan 'Virtnavirus' si looga digtoonaado cudurka 'coronavirus'. Bayaan uu saxeexay Reynolds wuxuu u oggolaanayaa ku-meelgaar ku-meelgaar ah oo loogu gudbiyo waxbarashada fog markii ay oggolaato Waaxda Waxbarashada ee Gobolku.

Iowa governor Kim Reynolds akka jetetti wayta school ji’a dhuftu keessa banamu barattooni yeroo isaani qixxee olii barumsi kan barbaachisu kophaati barachuu qabaan jette.

Schooli gariin akka karoora baafatanitti guyyaati se’aati dheera class adda taa’aniti dabarsuu sababa coronavirus. Labsiin kan malatteefame Reynold dhaan ammaaf kuni yeroo gabaabaati murtii warra schoolatu murteessa.

Reynolds akka jetteti barattooni qophaa baasani teesisun ijoole meedha guddaan  kan akka social life fi emotional jaraa miidha.

የአዮዋ ገዥ ኪም ሬይኖልድ የትምህርት አመት የሚቀጥለው ወር በሚጀምርበት ጊዜ ተማሪዎች በግማሽ ጊዜ ስለ ዋና ዋና ትምህርቶች በግላቸው መማር አለባቸው ፡፡

አንዳንድ ዲስትሪክቶች ኮሮናቫይረስን ለመከላከል ቅድመ-ሁኔታን ለማስጠናት ተማሪዎች አብዛኛውን ቀናትን በምናባዊ ክፍሎች ውስጥ እንዲያሳልፉ ታቅደው ነበር ፡፡ በሬይኖልድስ የተፈረመ አዋጅ በክልሉ ትምህርት ዲፓርትመንት ከፀደቀ ብቻ ጊዜያዊ የርቀት ትምህርት የርቀት ትምህርትን ለመቀየር ያስችላል ፡፡

ሬይኖልድስ ረዘም ላለ ጊዜ መነጠል የተማሪዎችን ማህበራዊ እና ስሜታዊ እድገት ሊጎዳ ይችላል ብሏል ፡፡

አዋጁ ቤተሰቦች የርቀት ትምህርትን እንዲመርጡ ያስችላቸዋል ፡፡እንደ ምትክ አስተማሪ ማን ብቁ ሊሆን እንደሚችል እና ለምን ያህል ጊዜ ሊሞሉት ይችላሉ?

La gobernadora de Iowa, Kim Reynolds, dice que cuando comience el año escolar el próximo mes, los estudiantes deben pasar al menos la mitad de su tiempo aprendiendo sobre las materias básicas en persona.

 

Algunos distritos habían planeado que los estudiantes pasaran la mayoría de los días en clases virtuales como medida de precaución contra el coronavirus. Una proclamación firmada por Reynolds permite un cambio temporal al aprendizaje remoto solo cuando es aprobado por el Departamento de Educación del estado.

 

This fall, Sioux City public school students could be attending class in-person, use a hybrid model or learn online.  That was the decision made at the meeting of the Sioux City Community School Board Monday.  The board approved a “Return to Learn” plan for this fall.  Concerns about the spread of COVID-19 closed schools in mid-March, and they never reopened. The spread of the coronavirus would determine the level of in-person schooling.  Board president Jeremy Saint said the vote for a “skeleton” plan means more work needs to be done.