Boise Schools releases possible reopening plan, asks for parent input

The Boise School District is asking parents to chime in on a proposed plan for reopening schools in the fall.

The district released its draft reopening plans Wednesday. Parents and district patrons have until Monday to weigh in before the board considers the plans, and public comment, at its June 18 meeting.

The district hopes to start school on Aug. 17. But exactly what that will look like depends on the severity of coronavirus concerns in Ada County. The draft reopening plans say that even if schools reopen for instruction five days a week, all students will have the option of enrolling in school online if they don’t feel comfortable returning in person.  The district will recommend that students and staff wear face masks.

Boise surveyed parents earlier this spring and 70 percent of survey participants said they would send students back to school if they believe the school is adhering to “reasonable precautions” to make sure kids are safe.

Nearly 15 percent of parents said they would only send students back if health guidelines were “strictly enforced.” Ten percent of parents weren’t sure yet whether they would send their kids back to school.

The district outlines proposed health measures in its newly released plans, including requiring school visitors to schedule appointments; asking bus drivers to check their temperatures before shifts; and requiring students to use personal water bottles instead of drinking fountains.

Boise students, patrons and staff members can read the draft plans below and submit comments to the school district here. 

Elementary  school plans:

Secondary school plans: 

Transportation plans:

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Reporter Sami Edge, a University of Oregon graduate, joined Idaho Education News in 2019. She is a 2019 Education Writers Association fellow reporting on Latino student outcomes in Idaho. She also is a 2019 American Press Institute fellow. She can be reached at [email protected].

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