Students in Iowa City will start the school year online following an unanimous vote by the school board Tuesday night, reports the Corridor Business Journal. The board had considered “hybrid” and in-person instruction on campus, but members ultimately decided the risk of COVID-19 being spread by children and staff was too great, the Press-Citizen reports. Some students may be allowed back if community infection rates decline, but the board did not establish a specific standard for reopening. Interim superintendent Matt Degner called the decision to move education online “devastating” for learning but necessary for safety, according to the Press-Citizen.