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Back-to-school guidance and child well-being on the decline

July 8, 2020

On the podcast: Iowa's wishy-washy back-to-school guidelines

What will school in the fall look like? It’s a question Iowa families, educators and administrators are asking. But with only six weeks until classes begin, the answer is still unclear. Late last month, the state’s education and public health departments issued their strikingly brief back-to-school guidance that leaves school districts largely on their own in keeping students, teachers and staff safe.

Mike Beranek, president of the Iowa State Education Association, talks with Anne about challenges districts face, how the state guidance falls short — and ideas for a more robust back-to-school plan in the fall.

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