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Steckman, Ragan weigh in on Gov. Reynolds 'Return to Learn' plan

Brett Bachtle
Updated: August 03, 2020 08:59 PM
Created: July 31, 2020 07:12 PM

(ABC 6 News) - This week, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds finalized her ‘Return To Learn’ plan and now two North Iowa politicians are sharing their thoughts about sending kids back to school this fall.
 
 Sharon Steckman is not only a state representative but also an educator of nearly three decades. She says that the governor’s guidance is unsafe and unrealistic. 
 
 "For the Governor to come out and say 15% of your county has to have positive cases before you can even ask to close your school or shut down for two weeks – 15% in Cerro Gordo County would mean 6,300 people would have to be tested positive for COVID with our population. To me, that's impossible,” said Steckman.
 
 State Senator Amanda Ragan agrees that placing students back in the classroom may also put them in danger.

"I think that's unrealistic. I mean, we're talking about the health of children, our future, and our families,” said Ragan.

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Ragan says it's about finding a healthy balance between emotional and educational growth.
 
 "You've got a lot of parents that want their kids back in school because that is the best learning experience, but we also know that their health is critical as well. So you've got to figure out a system that you can manage both of them,” Ragan said.
 
 The politicians believe the decision should be localized, like in Minnesota, and not left in the hands of the governor because they say children’s lives should not be politicized.


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