Boise School District will continue with remote learning; creating a phased plan to get students back in the classroom

Posted at 2:07 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 10:45:21-04

BOISE — The Boise School District Board of Trustees voted to keep the district in Category Red and continue with remote learning until Central District Health moves them to Category Yellow.

Category Red means there is significant community spread of COVID-19 while Category Yellow means there are minimal to moderate levels of community spread.

The Board of Trustees gave authority to the district administration to decide when and how it will bring students back to classrooms for in-person learning once CDH moves the district to Category Yellow, saying it will be a phased and slow approach.

"We cannot, and I think it would be irresponsible of us to just throw open our doors and have 1600 kids at Boise High or 800 kids at West Junior High come flooding into our schools without some kind of plan," said Boise School District Superintendent Coby Dennis.

The Board says it will need two weeks to reopen schools once the CDH moves the district into Category Yellow. The next CDH Board of Health meeting is set for September 1.