MASON CITY, Iowa (FOX47) — Iowa school districts are bringing students back to the classrooms full-time this week.
On Jan. 29, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a law requiring school districts to offer a five-day, in-person learning option to families. That went into effect on Monday.
Previously, the governor required schools to provide at least 50% of instruction in-person.
Before the change, students with Mason City Community Schools had in-person instruction four days a week. Wednesday will continue to be an early dismissal day, according to the district’s website.
The Forest City Community School District is also returning to five days of in-person instruction. Wednesday had previously been designated as a distance learning day.
Starting this week, students will be in school on Wednesdays with early dismissal times. That’s 1:40 p.m. for elementary students and 1:50 p.m. for secondary students.
For students in both districts, distance learning remains an option for families.