Eagle High School switching to remote learning for remainder of week

Posted at 12:46 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 12:44:27-05

EAGLE, Idaho — West Ada School District is moving Eagle High School into full-time remote learning starting November 18 through November 20.

Students will continue the alternate day schedule on November 30 after Thanksgiving break. School district leaders have been watching case numbers, absences and other data over the past few days to see when and if the school needed to be closed and moved to remote learning, according to a post on the West Ada website.

"At this time, Eagle High School is unable to sustain operations with the current amount of absences in office and teaching staff," the post stated. "Continued trend of positive cases and quarantine numbers at this site are also on the rise."

The district's pandemic plan enables leaders to look at the circumstances of classrooms, programs or schools when deciding about moving into remote learning. Seven data points are considered:

  • Impact of virus on community - Idaho Health & Welfare cases per 100,000 and impact on local resources
  • Overall impact of virus on West Ada School District – Cases per 100,000 by District/Level
  • Number of positive cases - Student and staff
  • Impact on students - Quarantines due to COVID/overall student absences
  • Impact on staff - Quarantines due to COVID/overall staff absences
  • Extent of the exposure risk
  • Case Surveillance - Distinct/Cluster/Outbreak

According to the COVID-19 dashboard on the West Ada website, there are 30 student and staff cases at Eagle High School and 258 students are in isolation.