Des Moines Public Schools may offer online elementary school plan

The Des Moines school board on Tuesday will decide whether to reverse course and offer an online option for elementary school students now that coronavirus delta variant is spreading widely. 

The school board is expected to decide whether to award a $495,000 contract to Edgenuity Inc. during its Tuesday meeting as part of the consent agenda, items that generally attract little debate and unanimous votes. The curriculum will be open to students in kindergarten through fifth-grade.

Preschool students will only have an in-person option. Preschool is not required in Iowa. 

Central Campus is seen on April 29, 2021 in Des Moines.

The contract with Edgenuity will differ from the district’s Virtual Campus. The district opened Virtual Campus, originally an online high school, up to students in kindergarten through 12th-grade as an alternative to in-person learning during the 2020-21 school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This coming school year, Virtual Campus will only be open to middle and high school students. 

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