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Boise School Board to decide on start of school in early August

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Posted at 2:49 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 21:14:35-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Boise School Board held a virtual workshop session with Central District Health (CDH) and public health officials about COVID-19 Thursday. The group discussed potential impacts to the start of the upcoming school year.

During the workshop, CDH Program Manager Gina Pannell reported the Idaho Division of Public Health is working on school-specific guidance to help schools in determining whether to open doors for the start of school. The guidance is expected in early August.

Board President Nancy Gregory said the Board will work with CDH, other public health care providers and District administrators to monitor and evaluate the changing conditions related to community spread of the coronavirus. On August 3, two weeks before school is scheduled to begin, the Board will hold a special meeting to determine whether the Boise School District will start the year by having in-person classes.

“At that time, we will make the best decision possible for the safety and health of our students, staff and community,” said President Nancy Gregory.

The August 3 meeting will be held virtually. The meeting agenda, including the start time and link to attend, will be posted on the Boise School Board Meeting website when available. Public testimony will be allowed. If you wish to testify on agenda items, email Sharon Mast at sharon.mast@boiseschools.org ahead of the meeting.