The Legislature will get the final say on standards in just over a year, during the 2022 session.
The State Board also approved new nursing and cybersecurity programs at Boise State University and Lewis-Clark State College.
The State Board resolution is in response to pressure on school districts, and reports of districts violating Gov. Brad Little’s “Stay Healthy” order.
Students and state leaders said they need access to more counselors, and collaboration between agencies and communities.
Changing to a temporary rule gives the Legislature more options and allows the state to review corrected enrollment data expected to be available in January.
For instructors and staff at Idaho’s colleges and universities, the wait could stretch into early to mid-summer.
The Legislature will consider the rule during the 2021 session that begins in January.
In other action Monday, the State Board approved Online Idaho as the name for the higher education digital campus the state is developing with federal CARES Act funding.
The State Board added an additional risk category and did away with the recommendation to move to full remote learning in the highest risk category.
In other news, a longtime education leader plans to retire next month.