The Idaho Falls School District will stick with in-person teaching and learning after at least 11 students and six staffers tested positive for COVID-19.
The cases, which surfaced recently in eight of the district’s schools, prompted another 150 students to self isolate, the district told parents in an email Friday.
Those infected include:
- Two siblings at Edgemont Elementary School.
- Two siblings and one teacher at Fox Hollow Elementary School.
- Three students at Skyline High School.
- Four students and a “contract” employee at Idaho Falls High School.
- One administrator at Eagle Rock Middle School.
- One teacher at Taylorview Middle School and one at A.H. Bush Elementary School.
- A clerical staffer at Compass Academy.
Idaho Falls spokeswoman Margaret Wimborne told Idaho Education News Monday that the cases won’t impact the district’s current four-day, in-person learning model.
“We’re constantly evaluating conditions, but, at this point, we are not looking to make any changes,” Wimborne said.
Idaho Falls trustees last month approved a four-day, in-person learning model for the district’s nearly 10,000 students — with a caveat that the district may adopt a fully in-person model or one with a heavier emphasis on remote learning.
The Idaho Falls teacher’s union opposed the mostly in-person model.
Schools across Idaho continue to monitor and adapt to the coronavirus. Here is a map of what’s happening across the state.