Des Moines Register: Students at Des Moines Public Schools could return to in-person classes starting next month, but only if local coronavirus numbers meet guidelines being established by the district. The Des Moines board of education approved a hybrid model Monday night that school officials said would bring the district into compliance with a state mandate that at least half of classes be held in person this fall. The plan would be phased in, starting Oct. 12 with preschool students. Elementary schools would reopen Oct. 19 and middle schools on Oct. 26. High school students would attend their first in-person classes on Nov. 10. However, those start dates depend on metrics the district has not yet approved, and board members clashed Monday night over how restrictive they should be.