COVID cases are rising again as Iowa schools start the new school year

A new school year is set to start just as COVID-19 cases are once again on the rise, sending school leaders and parents scrambling to add familiar safety precautions so many hoped would be unnecessary this fall

Hamstrung by the state that prohibits schools from imposing masks rules, educators have few options to mitigate the risks of the new highly contagious delta variant that has gripped most of the nation all over again. 

While severe COVID cases among children are still rare, children remain a large bloc unvaccinated and highly susceptible to the new delta strain, national experts worry.

To provide parents with some comfort, many schools are encouraging students to wear masks, increasing sanitation efforts, and providing new online learning options. 

Here’s a sample of what school districts in the Des Moines area and across central Iowa are doing to prepare for the new school year. 

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