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Southern Idaho school districts, schools make schedule changes amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Published: Mar. 15, 2020 at 4:44 PM MDT
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UPDATED (March 24):

On Monday, the Idaho State Board of Education has ordered that public schools be closed statewide until at least April 20 in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

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INITIAL STORY:

Several school districts are closing following the confirmation of COVID-19 in Idaho. Here's a list of how and which school districts are implementing new policies to prevent the potential spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in the community. KMVT will continue to update this with updates.

(Updated Sat, Mar, 14, 2020):

Blaine County School District Board Chairman Keith Roark and Superintendent Dr. GwenCarol Holmes announce that all schools and facilities are closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16 extending through Sunday, April 5.

This follows the announcement from the South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) that a case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has been confirmed in Blaine County. BCSD Board of Trustees Chairman Roark stated, “We are working in coordination with SCPHD and decided in an abundance of caution to close schools. We realize this will cause hardship for many of our families in regards to childcare and daily nutrition. We hope to announce plans for providing nutrition services soon.”

All schools are closed until Monday, April 6. This includes the BCSD Community Campus.

(Monday, March 16):

will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17 through March 30.

(Updated Sun, Mar, 15, 2020):

Cassia County School District Board of Trustees will close all county schools Tuesday March 17th through March 29th, 2020.

(Updated Sun, Mar, 15, 2020):

Still in session.

"There are daily meetings with the state and local health districts should the situation in our immediate area change." says Lyle Bayley, Superintendent of Castleford School District. We will be working with the staff and students this week to prepare to take our current classes on-line should the need arise to do so."

Monday, March 16th, students and staff will prepare for closure by working to organize learning materials and access to digital curriculum. Monday is a previously regular early release day.

The Cassia County District Office will remain open during the closure. School staff will also report March 17th-20th to ensure that ongoing educational services are ready and functioning. Spring Break takes in the week of March 23-27.

Trustees would like to emphasize the need for caution over panic. School administrators and officials will work with families to address learning and food needs. As this is a developing situation, more information and details will be communicated to the community as they become available.

(Tuesday, March 17)

The Dietrich School District sent students home Tuesday afternoon with a letter to parents. School is out until further notice. The district will reevaluating where things are at at the end of next week. Students were sent home with school work. Secondary students can do work online after spring break.

(Updated Sun, Mar, 15, 2020):

It has been with careful thought and consideration that Gooding School District has determined it will be best to remain in school March 16th and 17th. School will not be in session on March 18th and 19th.

(Updated Sun, Mar, 15, 2020):

Hagerman is in school Monday March 16th, according to a post on their Facebook page.

"The CDC and South Central Health Department advised us today March 15, students are as safe in school tomorrow as they were last week. We receive daily notices and will notify parents if their position changes. Allowance will be made for students marked absent starting Monday March 16th. Parents please call the office to report your child's absence because of illness or if you plan to keep them home. Thank you."

(Updated Sun, Mar, 15, 2020):

Open this Monday through Wednesday.

"Hansen School District is planning to be open this week (Monday-Wednesday). Spring break is the following week, with school resuming March 30th. Our student and staff's health and well being is our top priority. In the event we do close for an extended period of time, parents will be notified immediately."

(March 16)

The Idaho Educational Services fro the Deaf and the Blind has suspended bringing students from across the state to the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind residential campus, specifically those who use pubic transportation. On Monday, March 16, staff will prepare to provide distance education in the event of a prolonged shut down. Residential students will continue classes on Tuesday, March 17. Spring break begins in the afternoon of March 19. Parent-teacher conferences will be conducted via teleconference. More information will be on the school's website.

(Updated Mon, Mar, 16, 2020):

Due to the changes in CDC recommendations and guidance from President Trump today, Jerome School District will close all schools beginning Tuesday through the end of Spring Break. Students may stop by their school to pick up any personal belongings they may need over break. Staff will report and begin work on a possible extension that goes beyond spring break.

(Updated Monday, March 16):

The Kimberly School Board of Trustees, in close coordination with the Superintendent, have decided to close all schools starting Tuesday, March 17. Return to school date is unknown at this time. At this time, all classroom instruction, athletics, club sports, preschool, enrichment programs, etc. are closed. All rental/use of our facilities is canceled as well. Staff is currently working diligently on plans to disseminate remote educational materials and services starting on March 30.

(Updated Sun, Mar, 15, 2020):

Closed through Friday.

(Updated Sun, Mar, 15, 2020):

The Minidoka School District will have no school from March 18 - March 20, and Spring Break will start early, according to their website.

(Updated Sun, Mar, 15, 2020):

According to a community letter from the district, school will be in session.

(Updated Sun, Mar, 15, 2020):

According to their website Shoshone School District will continue to keep hold schools in session.

"However, we will be cancelling non-instructional activities, including parent teacher conferences, sports, and practices. We will also be implementing phase 2 of the preparedness plan, which will include some distancing activities at school, encouraging those with symptoms to stay home, and continued basic hygiene."

ST. EDWARD SCHOOL (Updated Sun, Mar, 15, 2020):

Closed through Friday.

SYRINGA MOUNTAIN SCHOOL (Updated Sun, Mar, 15, 2020):

Closed through Sunday April 5.

(Updated Sun, Mar, 15, 2020):

School will be closed until March 30. TFSD schools will be closed for students this week, while staff members are asked to report to work as normal to prepare for the possibility of a more extended closure.

"Until the end of spring break (March 30), all classroom instruction, athletics, club sports, preschool, child care, enrichment programs, etc. are closed. All rental/use of our facilities is canceled as well. We know that child care is a top concern for families and we will be working with our local health care agencies to return to normal operations as soon as would be advisable. We will be working with custodial staff to thoroughly clean and disinfect our buildings prior to students returning from spring break. Staff members need to continue to check their email for more information. "

For more information on the Twin Falls School Districts soft-closure click

TWIN FALLS CHRISTIAN (Updated Sun, Mar, 15, 2020):

Closed through Sunday March 29

(Updated Sun, Mar, 15, 2020):

Due to concerns with the COVID-19 Virus All Schools, Buildings, and Activities in Wendell are CLOSED/PROHIBITED until March 29th.

School resumes on March 30th.

XAVIER CHARTER SCHOOL (Updated Sun, Mar, 15, 2020):

Closed through Friday the 20th

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