With schools closed by Coronavirus, West Ada announces start date for online learning

Posted at 2:27 PM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 01:03:27-04

This story was originally published by Rachel Roberts of the Idaho Statesman.

The West Ada School District sent an email to parents on Saturday announcing the start date for remote learning.

Idaho shut down all of its public schools until at least April 20 to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. Districts across the Gem State have since been scrambling to find ways to continue student education outside the traditional classroom setting.

West Ada plans to begin remote learning for all students on Monday, April 13, according to the email. Teachers will return to work between March 30 and April 1, depending on their work assignment.

“Every effort will be made to complete the school year as close to the end of the school year that is currently in the school calendar approved by the Board of Trustees,” the email reads. “Information about the exact date the school year will end will be provided after the Board of Trustees approves an amended school calendar for the remainder of this school year.”

West Ada’s school lunch program will continue. Meals are available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13 schools.

The Boise School District is set to begin online learning Monday. Boise also is extending its grab-and-go meal services to serve students Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to noon at six locations.

The Nampa School District will start online instruction Tuesday. Nampa’s lunch program runs Monday through Friday for children ages 1 to 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at seven schools.