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Masks and in-person learning: Where Idaho schools stand

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Posted at 3:37 PM, Sep 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-08 23:24:13-04

IDAHO — Schools in Idaho are back in session, but some schools and districts are starting to require masks or are back to remote learning. Idaho News 6 has put together a list of schools and what they are doing in regards to masks and in-person learning.

Boise School District

Masks are required for students and staff at schools in the Boise School District while indoors and at events where physical distancing is not possible.

Caldwell School District

Students in the Caldwell School District are required to wear face masks through October 14. The mandate when into effect on September 1 and applies to school transportation.

Emmett School District

Carberry Elementary will not be in session on September 9 and 10 due to an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases and a large number of quarantines. School will resume for students on September 13.

Parents are asked to keep their students home if they have a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19. Carberry Elementary is the only school that will be closed at this time. The district says it will send out more information if the closure needs to be extended.

Mountain Home School District

Mountain Home students, school staff and visitors are now wearing masks on buses and inside school facilities at all times except lunch, during physical activity and when outdoors. The district says they will re-evaluate the policy at the end of the month.

The only exceptions will be for some special needs students and/or with a valid doctor's note. No staff or student quarantines will be required unless they show symptoms of COVID-19.

Parma School District

Face coverings are required at schools in the Parma School District when inside and where social distancing is not possible. The masking requirement is in place for the next three weeks and ends on September 24.

Payette School District

Payette High School is moving to online learning through September 13 to allow for students to stay home and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days. Athletics and activities may continue to practice outdoors or in well-ventilated areas, with pre-practice screenings, masking when appropriate, additional spacing and staying in small groups rather than full team interaction.

West Ada School District

West Ada School District revoked an opt out option for its mask policy and is now temporarily requiring all students, staff and visitors wear face coverings beginning September 10.