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Student opposes Reynolds' school mandate

I am about to start 7th grade this fall. I go to school in one of the districts that decided to start school fully online, until Gov. Kim Reynolds announced schools must have mostly in-person school.

This decision is not OK. School should be online, for everyone’s safety. It is hard enough being in junior high or high school. With COVID-19, it is way too risky for teachers, students, bus drivers, cleaning staff and people who work at the school to be together.

I was so relieved when I learned that school would be online. I was the first one in my family to get the news alert, and I immediately shared it. Going online was the best decision for Iowa City — that’s why our school board made the decision. Why do school boards need Gov. Reynolds’ special permission to have school online? Being a governor is supposed to mean putting the people in Iowa first. This decision amounts to forcing people to go to school.

If I was a teacher, I would refuse to work. As a student I can’t just sit around and let this happen. I am not willing to be quiet when the governor puts people at risk. There is a pandemic. Leaders work together and offer help. Reynolds’ decision ignores what our community has done to make us safe, and it feels like she is trying to hurt us.

Please change your mind, Gov. Reynolds. If you really care about Iowans, you will do so.

Greta Gromacki

Iowa City

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