Idaho’s second-largest school district will move to online-only classes after the end of next week because skyrocketing coronavirus cases have forced nearly 1,600 students and staffers into quarantine.
The Boise School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move into virtual schooling until Jan. 15th. The district is currently using a hybrid teaching model, alternating online and in-person learning days to allow for social distancing within school buildings, and students will continue hybrid learning until Thanksgiving break begins on Nov. 23rd. When classes resume Nov. 30th, they’ll be held entirely online.
Deputy Superintendent Lisa Roberts says coronavirus-related quarantines have already forced 5 or 6 special education programs to temporarily close, and 1,580 students and staffers are in quarantine because they’ve been infected with COVID-19 or exposed to someone with the virus. There also aren’t enough substitute teachers to cover for missing staff. (AP)