Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Our newsroom is determined to provide you with the most recent and relevant information available on how the coronavirus is impacting our schools, communities and state. We will try daily to get updates and answers from state and school leaders.

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Analysis: Little stays on message, and loses the room

West Ada elementary students to return for daily in-person learning next month

IEA on Idaho coronavirus response: ‘We are in a crisis’

Little moves Idaho back to Stage 3 of coronavirus reopening plan

West Ada says sickout might have violated teachers’ contracts

Campus coronavirus roundup, 10.26.20: Numbers spike at NIC, decrease at several other schools

This week’s coronavirus trendline (10.23.20 edition)

Analysis: Trustees have the power to reopen schools. And everything that comes with it.

State Board of Education modifies school reopening plan

Lewiston schools adopt a temporary mask mandate

In-person school set to resume Wednesday in West Ada

Amid reopening controversy, West Ada goes public with coronavirus numbers

West Ada cancels school again for Tuesday

Campus coronavirus roundup, 10.19.20: Classes return to normal at U of I

This week’s coronavirus trendline (10.16.20 edition)

West Ada cancels school on Monday with massive teacher sick day looming

Episode 230: West Ada teachers union plans massive sick day in protest of in-person learning

West Ada approves in-person learning on alternating days for all grades

Little plans to stay the course on school reopenings

Boise plans to let secondary students back in schools on Monday

West Ada Education Association urges teachers to call in sick en masse

As schools reopen, children’s coronavirus case numbers double in two months

Twin Falls’ shift to hybrid instruction draws criticism

Health officials move West Ada, Boise and Kuna schools to red COVID-19 risk classification

BYU-Idaho threatens suspensions for students intentionally contracting COVID-19

Campus coronavirus update, 10.12.20: Cases, testing ramp up at U of I

This week’s coronavirus trendline (10.09.20 edition)

Idaho poised for historic $530 million budget surplus

Boise to continue with hybrid learning; CDH says plan is OK even in the ‘red’

Analysis: Boise State faces a financial reckoning

Want a state grant to offset online learning costs? Stay tuned

First shipment of new COVID tests arrives, but details remain scarce

Ybarra’s SDE offering free suicide prevention training

Parents launch recall against West Ada trustees

U of I coronavirus cases continue to increase

Campus coronavirus update: 10.05.20

This week’s coronavirus trendline (10.02.20 edition)

Colleges and universities receive another $6 million in coronavirus aid

Thousands of teachers and staff to be tested for coronavirus in the coming months

Emmett sets up makeshift coronavirus testing clinic

Analysis: Will parents get the K-12 coronavirus data they need and deserve?

Boise to advance to second phase of in-person learning plan

Health and Welfare officials monitoring COVID outbreaks at colleges and universities

U of I coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket

National report: Higher education enrollment down 1.8 percent

Campus coronavirus update: 9.28.20

Idaho’s virtual college fair starts Tuesday

This week’s coronavirus trendline (9.25.20 edition)

Boise trustee resigns after criticizing government COVID response

The state extends window to test reading

ISU teams up on project to step up coronavirus testing

Analysis: The feds’ COVID campus aid fills some gaps, but only some

Middleton school employee dies from COVID-19

Teacher bonuses announcement delayed for another month

Health and Welfare: School-by-school coronavirus reports could come soon

CSI launches free online-learning program designed for teachers and parents

U of I reports spike in coronavirus cases

U of I research study looks at the psychology of quarantining

This week’s coronavirus trendline (9.18.20 edition)

Little says there is no issue using federal money to offset state holdbacks

NNU reports slight enrollment increases

Analysis: ‘The best we have for now.’ Reopening hinges on limited test numbers.

Tromp: Job cuts, program cuts inevitable at Boise State

Bonneville High to close after student tests positive for COVID-19

McGeachin expresses concern over education funding proposal, then skips vote

U of I to open Boise campuses Sept. 28

CARES Act: A $313 million federal cash infusion into Idaho education

College acceptance letters will be available online starting Tuesday

Lawmakers push West Ada to fully reopen

This week’s coronavirus trendline (9.11.20 edition)

State could use federal dollars to reverse $99 million in K-12 cuts

DeVos tells states to plan on administering standardized tests

Analysis: West Ada and Boise are reopening, but ‘the hard part is staying open’

IEA calls on Little to reverse education budget holdbacks

Campus coronavirus update: Case numbers decrease at U of I

State revenues beat projections as budget picture improves

For West Ada and Boise schools, yellow means go … gradually

Days after opening their doors, Kuna schools report coronavirus cases

This week’s coronavirus trendline (9.4.20 edition)

Episode 224: School Reopening is Local Control in Action

Analysis: The school year gets off to a chaotic start, but that was the plan

Little says he’s in no rush to change school closure authority laws

Boise schools could begin reopening Sept. 21 — but gradually

West Ada will allow full in-person classes for youngest students first — but not yet

Little urges Idahoans to continue to fight the virus so schools can reopen

U of I reports 24 new coronavirus cases; positive test rate unchanged

After years of rapid growth, CWI faces an enrollment drop

Ybarra seeks to ‘unfreeze’ teacher pay

CDH sticks to online learning recommendation for West Ada

This week’s coronavirus trendline (8.28.20 edition)

Episode 223: A Wild Special Legislative Session Plays Out During the Pandemic

Boise State suspends fraternities, students over large gatherings

West Ada virtual school enrollment jumps after Tuesday board meeting

Boise district reports 32 coronavirus cases

Analysis: Lawmakers wish away a pandemic

Little signs liability immunity bill into law

Legislature passes liability protection bill, wraps up special session

Audience member clashes with police at Statehouse, delaying liability hearing

Large crowds, protestors turn out for special session

This week’s coronavirus trendline (8.21.20 edition)

Episode 222: It’s Been A Shaky Start As Idaho Heads Back to School

Little pushes for safety as schools face reopening challenges

SDE identifies learning management system vendors

Analysis: Boise’s school year begins, with a rocky online rollout

Little calls special session to address the election and liability protection

‘The expectation is that we’re all in this together:’ Idaho State reopens its campus

School leaders report staffing concerns as they prepare to reopen

This week’s coronavirus trendline (8.14.20 edition)

Legislative working group amends liability proposal ahead of special session

Episode 221: Latino Families Are More Wary of Sending Kids Back to School

Reclaim Idaho suspends education funding initiative

Fall semester is looming. So, how many students will come to campus?

ISBA director urges school boards to follow public health guidance

No fall sports in the Mountain West: coronavirus news roundup, 8.10.20

Legislative working group wants to change school closure authority

This week’s coronavirus trendline (8.7.20 edition)

Episode 220: School Reopening Realities and School Reopening Rhetoric

Little said he expects COVID-19 school closures to be short

Analysis: For Idaho higher education, a pandemic makes old problems worse

U of I president on prospects for football: ‘I don’t know’

Little to call special legislative session for week of Aug. 24

Video: Health officials speak on West Ada’s school reopening plan

Boise students will start the school year at home

West Ada delays school year — and pushes for some face-to-face classes

Idaho’s governor continues to urge schools to reopen for in-person instruction

Administrators to gather for in-person conference this week

Virtual chaos: Technical problems put Boise’s school decision on hold

Boise, West Ada and Kuna schools placed in highest COVID-19 risk category

State Board waives college entrance exam admissions requirement for 2021-22 year

Reopening schools revolves around two issues, says district health program manager

This week’s coronavirus trendline (7.31.20 edition)

Episode 219: Idaho’s Evolving School Reopening Debate

Analysis: In a long, simmering summer of coronavirus, Boise trustees wrestle with reopening

Legislative working group calls for special session to address liability issues

Kuna implements blended-learning model

Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties should not expect to see schools in lowest risk category

State department gearing up for full round of tests

Ada County mask mandate will apply to schools

This week’s coronavirus trendline (7.24.20 edition)

State OK’s $31 million in school coronavirus aid

Boise sets date to decide on in-person vs. online learning

Little on school reopenings: ‘I think the answer is, it depends.’

Idaho reports another one-day peak in coronavirus deaths

Pocatello-Chubbuck mandates masks for students and teachers

Health officials sound alarm about coronavirus test rates

Our kids are ready to be back in school. We’re struggling with our options.

Caldwell delays start to school year, shifts to blended learning because of coronavirus

Coronavirus roundup: Lawmakers look at reopening issues, skeptics grill Little

Public health officials to help define school reopening categories

This week’s coronavirus trendline (7.17.20 edition)

Analysis: The disconnect between the realities and the rhetoric of reopening

Teachers express safety concerns as first day of school draws closer

Bonneville, Pocatello-Chubbuck shape reopening plans around COVID-19

State Board approves blended learning recommendations

State reports one-day peak in coronavirus cases, and deaths

Game on? High school activities association director says yes — for now.

No splash for cash: West Ada foundation cancels water park fundraiser

SDE distributes hand sanitizer, masks to schools ahead of reopening

This week’s coronavirus trendline (7.10.20 edition)

Sports can mean everything to teens. They did to me.

Little, State Board of Education push for schools to reopen

President Trump sent a clear message to public schools and universities: Get open

Little: Ignoring health guidelines jeopardizes school reopening

Fall sports could significantly complicate reopening schools amid pandemic

Little’s school reopening committee plans to release guidance Thursday

Boise State reopens campus to some employees

Little’s school reopening committee cancels meeting, delays action on draft guidelines

Coronavirus cases hit another single-day peak

This week’s coronavirus trendline (6.26.20 edition)

State pushes toward appeal in Reclaim Idaho lawsuit

Episode 216: State Responds To Increase In Boise Coronavirus Cases

Coronavirus response: 6.26.20: Boise State extends campus closure

Analysis: Bar closings, school openings and local control

Idaho reports one-day record increase in coronavirus cases

Little expresses concern over increase in COVID-19 cases

Coronavirus case spike prompts Boise State closure

Coronavirus: Ada County closes bars, bans gatherings

Education news roundup, 6.22.20: School reopening committee plans tight deadline

Little’s critics organize ‘special session’ of Legislature. But will it even be a session?

This week’s coronavirus trendline (6.19.20 edition)

Episode 215: Local School Districts to Develop Fall Reopening Plans

Boise approves fall reopening plan

State Board will allow local school boards to develop reopening plans

Thermometers, sanitizers and masks: reopening school during a pandemic

Little urges caution as Idaho advances through reopening plan

The coronavirus trendline (6.15.20 edition)

Episode 214: A Closer Look at Idaho’s Coronavirus Response

State Board requests CARES Act funding to develop blended learning system

Idaho coronavirus response, 6.9.20: Ybarra says questions remain about return to school in the fall

Reclaim Idaho sues Little over ballot initiative

This week’s coronavirus trendline (6.5.20 edition)

Surveys say: Parents want children to return to school in the fall

Little plans to move to a regional response to coronavirus pandemic

Idaho State announces fall reopening plan

State Board issues emergency relief funding recommendations

This week’s coronavirus trendline (5.29.20 edition)

Episode 212: A Glimpse Into What School Might Look Like This Fall

Idaho to advance to stage three of reopening plan

Superintendents discuss strategies for returning to school in the fall

Smart thermometer partnership seeks to track coronavirus in schools

Idaho coronavirus infection rate shows signs of slowing

Little says schools reopening in the fall is a top priority

USA Today: Parents, teachers are apprehensive about reopening schools

This week’s coronavirus trendline: (5.22.20 edition)

COVID testing task force unveils suggestions

Educators head into a tight and uncertain negotiation season

Analysis: A novel virus exposes an old rift within Idaho’s GOP

Idaho’s all-star teachers share ups-and-downs of distance learning

Little addresses questions, reservations about reopening

Unfamiliar math strategies complicate distance-learning for parents and teachers

Little eases coronavirus restrictions — and urges Idahoans to remain vigilant

Analysis: In keeping with the times, Idaho holds an unpredictable primary election

Colleges and universities hope to bring students back in the fall

State Board declines to stream strategy meeting to the public

Little plans to use federal dollars to offset tech budget cuts

Idaho coronavirus response, 5.12.20: SDE plans webinar to address budget holdbacks

Map: More Idaho school boards approve reopening plans

Facing coronavirus crunch, University of Idaho seeks furloughs

Colleges, universities roll out emergency student aid

Minico plans May 21 public graduation ceremony

This week’s coronavirus trendline (5.8.20 edition)

Episode 210: Some Closure On School Closures

Public charter school eyes May 18 reopening

State revenues fell short of forecast by 60 percent amid coronavirus pandemic

Analysis: School reopening question is answered — but only for now

Nampa Christian: a school reopening outlier

Ybarra, Khan Academy founder discuss online learning strategies

Idaho coronavirus response, 5.5.20: Ybarra calls for transforming education

A private school reopens; public schools plan small gatherings to help kids

State Board revises school reopening criteria

College of Idaho plans to reopen campus for fall

“A helpless feeling”: Hundreds of children unaccounted for in the switch to distance learning

The coronavirus trendline: The week in review (5.1.20 edition)

Little allows his stay-home order to expire; Idaho’s economic reopening begins Friday

Some schools hope to reopen in May

Idaho’s spike in coronavirus test numbers, explained

Remote learning in rural Idaho: A closer look at the transition

Little prepares to reopen Idaho’s economy

Trump: States should ‘maybe get going’ on reopening schools

State Board considering new statewide system to facilitate distance learning

In response to coronavirus crisis, Boise State will phase out staff contracts

Meet the students who are working your essential jobs

The coronavirus trendline: The week in review (4.24.20 edition)

Episode 208: Education Leaders Brace for Another Round of Budget Cuts

Analysis: Like K-12, higher education struggles to shift to remote instruction

Little unveils a plan to reopen Idaho’s economy

Nampa cheers on seniors with drive-by cap and gown pickup

Administrators split on reopening school this spring

Ybarra tells school leaders to brace for new spending cuts of up to 5 percent

Highlights from our interview with Debbie Critchfield

Little: ‘I see no anticipation of increasing taxes’

Coronavirus crunch forces furloughs at Boise State

Los niños salen al campo después del cierre de la escuela

U of I shifts into coronavirus research project

Children take to the fields following school closures

The coronavirus trendline: The week in review (4.17.20 edition)

Episode 207: What it takes to reopen Idaho schools

IHSAA cancels spring activities

Analysis: From the reckoning to a long, slow reopening

Schools revamp grading policies amid shift to remote learning

State Board approves criteria for reopening schools

Join us Tuesday for a live remote conversation with Debbie Critchfield

Colleges, universities prepare to send out coronavirus student aid

Little extends statewide stay-home order through April 30

Idaho Business for Education collects computers for kids

‘No longer my life’: A pandemic through sixth-grade eyes

Idaho coronavirus update, 4.14.20: Little poised to extend restrictions

Tribune: Early signs point to paltry turnout for spring primary

Idaho coronavirus update, 4.13.20: Pass/fail grading systems debate; stimulus funding update

Little will discuss — and likely extend — stay-at-home order Wednesday

ISU president outlines bleak budget outlook

Educators help fill demand for personal protective equipment

The coronavirus trendline: a week in review

Idaho coronavirus update, 4.10.20: Federal stimulus will provide $56 million for Idaho higher education

Analysis: An existential crisis looms over Idaho’s vacant college campuses

Short-term campus cashflow issues could set the stage for a fiscal crunch

Boise votes to close schools for the rest of the year

Idaho’s two largest districts call tens of thousands of families to map Internet access

Coronavirus news, 4.8.20: Ybarra leaves grading decisions to local school leaders amid pandemic

Little forms committee to oversee coronavirus stimulus spending

Little says stay-home order about to pay dividends

With the door to schools still ajar, district leaders ponder their next steps

State Board extends school closure through the end of the academic year — with a caveat

A high statewide rate, with big fluctuations: Reading Idaho’s coronavirus numbers

Idaho coronavirus update, 4.6.20: Business group seeks laptop donations

“Most of us don’t have places to go”

Statesman: Boise State students who violate stay-home order could face eviction

Coronavirus cases in Idaho: the trendline

Idaho coronavirus update, 4.3.20: State Board not discussing holding students back due to extended closures

Another state shutters its schools for the year

Idaho Coronavirus update, 4.2.20: SDE assures schools they won’t lose funding due to closures and attendance

Widespread uncertainty transforms teaching

Analysis: After one long month of March, 2020 resembles 2008

Idaho coronavirus update, 4.1.20: State cancels high school SAT Day

Advice from an online educator

Nampa connects with kids who don’t have reliable Internet, or a home

Little urges Idahoans to adhere to stay-home order or risk spike in COVID-19 cases

At the heart of Idaho’s coronavirus outbreak, Blaine County officials ponder the future

Idaho coronavirus update: 3.30.20: State Board to consider extending school closures

Denney wanted to delay the primary, but that won’t happen

West Ada to launch districtwide remote learning on April 13

Little orders budget cuts — affecting K-12 and higher education

Idaho coronavirus update, 3.26.20: Educators are essential; first three deaths confirmed

The coronavirus stimulus bill: the stakes for schools

Boise State cancels spring commencement

“A lot of uncertainty”: Planning for special education in the age of coronavirus

Analysis: How Little has approached this unfathomable crisis

Little issues statewide stay-home order

Shutdown order poses daunting challenges for local educators

Little faces questions about coronavirus response, lack of statewide closures

Coronavirus prompts districts to reconsider funding requests

Tracking the coronavirus: Why Idaho’s numbers don’t match

Blackfoot buses meals to kids at home

State Board orders four-week school closure

Little signs proclamations; declines to order school, restaurant closures

More Idaho colleges call off spring commencement

DeVos urges educators to instruct kids remotely

03.21.20 Coronavirus News: Middleton district visitor may have been contagious

Boise State closed to general public after staffer tests positive for coronavirus

DeVos gives the green-light to cancel state testing

Boise State, U of I announce cancellations and closures

State to issue isolation order for Blaine County

Resources: Free meals, internet for children across Idaho

Statehouse roundup, 3.19.20: House votes down motion to adjourn amid coronavirus pandemic

Nampa schools preparing to teach online

“It’s quite lonely”: Educators brace for extended breaks

Little urges Idahoans to avoid groups of 10 or more and to work from home

Coronavirus news, 3.18.20: Blaine County plans coronavirus screenings

Analysis: The 2020 Legislature goes from surreal to scary

Thursday updates: School closures across Idaho

Coronavirus thrusts Idaho schools into uncharted instructional territory

Wallace and other small districts keep schools open for now

Idahoans express concern over coronavirus testing

How do families adjust to school closures amid a pandemic?

On the first day of school closures, Boise tries to help families in a bind

Ybarra announces several changes in response to concern over the coronavirus

IHSAA shuts down high school sports, other activities

Little declines to call for statewide school closures; leaves decision to local leaders

UPDATED: Governor to discuss closing schools with top education leaders

Idaho’s first coronavirus case is linked to ISU-Meridian campus

CDC: Short, early school closures probably won’t slow the spread of coronavirus

Coeur d’Alene and Blaine County School District announce coronavirus closures

Idaho colleges, universities shift coursework online amid coronavirus pandemic

Idaho’s first coronavirus case confirmed in Ada County

Little issues emergency coronavirus declaration

Lawmakers push toward adjournment amid coronavirus concerns

Idaho State University closes Meridian campus; other institutions shift coursework online