Reopening Guidelines

Reopening Iowa's Schools Safely and Responsibly

This guidance was written by the Iowa Department of Education (Department) in consultation with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and is intended to help districts (1) determine when to use each of the Return-to-Learn models they have planned for during the 2020-2021 school year, and (2) handle potential and/or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in schools. This guidance should be read in conjunction with prior guidance on Return-to-Learn supports, Senate File 2310, and Reopening Guidance. Please consult the Department's Return-to-Learn Google site for the latest supports for schools.

Read the IDOE & IDPH - PDF

American Academy of Pediatrics: COVID-19 Planning Considerations

The purpose of this guidance is to support education, public health, local leadership, and pediatricians collaborating with schools in creating policies for school re-entry that foster the overall health of children, adolescents, staff, and communities and are based on available evidence.

Go to the AAP website to learn more


This page provides the reopening guidance from the Iowa Department of Education. Please note that the IDOE's "reopening guidance" is different than their "Return-to-Learn" plans. Also, this guidance is from the IDOE but it is not mandated.

Read the PDF on IDOE's Reopening Guidance Here

Community Transmission/Strategy Chart

This is a chart showing community transmission, suggested strategies and the return to learn models that go with each stage.

Read the IDOE & IDPH - PDF

COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines - Frequently Asked Questions - Updated 6/30/20

This set of frequently asked questions is meant to be read with the Iowa Department of Education's (Department) Reopening Guidance for Schools, written in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). This document may be updated with additional questions or if IDPH releases new recommendations in the future, so make sure to look for the most recent publication date.

Read the PDF on Frequently Asked Questions on IDOE's Reopening Guidance

ASK an Expert Webinar with Dr. Barb Guy - Published August 2020

Dr. Guy provides an overview of Return 2 Learn concepts and guidance, orients the audience to the department's Return 2 Learn resources, and provides answers to some of the questions families most frequently contact the ASK an Advocate Helpline about regarding Return 2 Learn.

Watch the ASK an Expert Video

COVID-19 Webinar Recording for PK-12 School Administrators in Iowa

Information on reopening guidance created in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) as a resource for administrators to safely open districts and nonpublic schools and resume all school activities starting July 1.

Click here to watch the 6/25/20 IDOE Webinar

Community-Based Organizations COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit Educating Communities on the Importance of COVID-19 Vaccines

CDC has designed this toolkit to help community-based organizations (CBOs) educate communities and promote this important prevention tool. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is now available for everyone 12 years of age and older. New materials have been added to the toolkit to help answer frequently asked questions.

Visit the CDC Website