The Iowa Department of Education on Monday announced that 506 school districts and accredited nonpublic schools submitted plans to offer continuous learning opportunities for students this week while their brick-and-mortar buildings are closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Continuous learning encompasses a variety of approaches used to extend learning beyond brick-and-mortar district buildings — online learning, e-learning, distance learning, including paper packets, and virtual learning. All 327 public school districts in the state submitted plans. Of those, a majority — 285 — will offer voluntary educational enrichment opportunities, while six will provide required educational services and 36 will offer a combination of the two. Among 179 accredited nonpublic schools that submitted plans, 73 will offer voluntary educational enrichment opportunities while 80 will provide required educational services and 26 will offer a combination of the two. For more information, visit the Iowa Department of Education’s COVID-19 Guidance and Information webpage.