Positivity Rate Tops 15% as ICCSD School Board Will Discuss Move to All Online School

Paris Fuller, News Editor

The Iowa City School District has applied for a waiver on November 7th to move students all online due to the rising rates of Coronavirus in Johnson County.  Johnson County’s 14-day positivity rate topped 15.1% on November 9th according to the ICCSD Covid-19 Dashboard.  The school board will discuss whether to move online tonight at the November 10th meeting.  The board meeting will be Zoomed to the public at 5 p.m. at this link.

This new online waiver lasts for two weeks.  After two weeks ICCSD would have to apply for additional two weeks.  It is unknown how this will effect post-season fall sports and winter sports.

Eleven school buildings and districts have been approved to go online in November according to the Dept. of Education website.

According to the Iowa City Schools COVID-19 dashboard, 121 students are positive or presumed positive for Coronavirus and 25 staff members are currently positive or presumed positive. Because of the school’s contact tracing anyone who has been exposed to students with Coronavirus are to quarantine for two weeks.

The total number of students in quarantine now is 462. This does not include 121 students that have tested positive.