Reynolds signs bill mandating full-time classroom option

FILE- In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds appears during a news...
FILE- In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds appears during a news conference in Johnston, Iowa. A new disclosure report shows an owner of a large pork production company that disproportionately benefited from an Iowa coronavirus aid program recently donated $25,000 to Reynolds' campaign last month. Mary Ann Christensen, board member of Christensen Farms and part of the family that owns the company, made the donation Dec. 29, according to the filing made public Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)(Charlie Neibergall | AP)
Published: Jan. 29, 2021 at 6:56 PM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed into law a bill that requires school districts to provide full-time in-class learning to parents who request it.

She signed it just hours after Republicans in the Iowa Legislature approved the measure, handing her a victory in her effort to get children back in school even as coronavirus infection rates remain high.

Reynolds and fellow Republican lawmakers rejected an outcry from teachers and other education professionals who say it is dangerous to require school staff who have not received the coronavirus vaccine to be in classrooms.

Districts offering partial online learning likely will go to fully in-class learning once the bill takes effect on Feb. 15. Online learning will still be a choice for families who choose it.

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