Spokesperson Char Jackson said more important than the mask opt-out numbers is contact tracing and keeping an eye on coronavirus case counts. INSIDE: A school-by-school percentage of students opting out of wearing masks.
The majority of the student body comes from Eagle, Meridian and Rocky Mountain schools in West Ada. Owyhee opened with about 1,500 students and has a capacity of 1,800 students.
At least 13 Idaho districts and charters are requiring masks. West Ada decided to require staff to wear masks and students can opt out with a parent’s permission.
The southeast Idaho district’s new superintendent is in charge of a virtual school that’s added thousands of students in recent years.
With an immunocompromised sister at home, 16-year-old Lili will move in with her grandparents so she can attend school in-person during her junior year.