Boise, Valley County schools moving to category 2 after increase in COVID cases

Boise, Valley County schools moving to category 2 after increase in COVID cases
Posted at 1:15 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 10:19:54-04

BOISE, Idaho — Central District Health (CDH) announced Monday that schools in Boise and Valley counties are moving to Category 2/Yellow. Schools in Ada and Elmore counties have already been in the yellow category.

The categories are updated every Monday by 2 p.m. According to the CDH website, if category destinations are adjusted, schools and families should expect transition time as changes may or may not be immediate.

In the yellow category, school buildings are open, but there is limited/staggered use of them with physical distancing and sanitation. Currently, there are no schools in the green or red categories.

According to CDH, the categories are only recommendations and final decisions are made by local school boards. Private and charter schools should use the category based on the address of their building and associated school district boundaries.

In Boise County, there have been 58 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 15 probable cases for a total of 73. The county is also reporting two deaths.

Valley County is reporting 90 confirmed cases and eight probable, for a total of 98 cases. The county has one death listed, according to the state's coronavirus website.

The Boise School District moved into phase two of the four-phase in-person learning plan Monday. 3rd through 6th-grade students will now join pre-K through 2nd graders in an alternating daily learning schedule.