Idaho EdNews Chronicles The Disconnected In Idaho's Distance Learning

Idaho school districts are wrapping up a semester unlike any other. Shuttered since early April, most districts reported early success in then-untested distance learning techniques for hundreds of thousands of K-12 students. That said, there still have been hundreds (at least) of other students who have gone "off the grid."

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Idaho High Schools Send Off Seniors From A Distance

May 23, 2020
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Most high schools in the state are celebrating graduates with some form of a physically distanced ceremony. 

Boise High School hosted its event last week.


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The deadline to request absentee ballots was extended until Tuesday, May 26 at 8 p.m. after Idaho Congressional candidate Nicholas Jones won a federal court case against Secretary of State Lawerence Denney. 

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Many Idaho campgrounds are opening up just in time for Memorial Day weekend. But if you’re venturing into nature this year be prepared to be self-sufficient, with services limited by the pandemic.


StoryCorps, the Morning Edition fixture which preserves and share's the stories of our lives, is directing its microphones toward Idaho this month. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, the iconic StoryCorps MobileBooth needed to "shelter-in-place" this spring; but Idahoans are indeed still participating in a once-in-a-lifetime moment via the history-making StoryCorps Virtual.

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This Monday is a day to remember those who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery usually hosts one of the largest Memorial Day ceremonies in the Treasure Valley.

But not this year.


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Editor's note: This post has been updated with new information following Gov. Little's press conference on the state's testing strategy.


In late April, a testing task force formed by Gov. Brad Little met for the first time.


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If you want a hearty breakfast in the small town of Thompson Falls, Montana, Minnie's Montana Cafe has you covered. 

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In a 7-2 ruling, the United States Supreme Court has denied Idaho’s appeal to halt the sex reassignment surgery of a transgender inmate.

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Industries across the world are being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. In the U.S., one sector facing significant uncertainty is agriculture. In Idaho, family farms have had to adapt to a constantly changing set of dynamics, creating challenges and opportunites in the local food system. 

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When it comes to keeping Idaho's agriculture sector strong during the pandemic, Latino workers have been essential. Without them, there would be significant disruption in Idaho's food production industry: crops would go unharvested, food would expire and never reach stores.

But while Idaho's food system relies on these workers, are there systems in place to keep these workers safe and healthy?


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What Should Idaho Businesses Do When Workers Test Positive For The Coronavirus?

Two weeks ago, the Fry Foods processing plant in Weiser shut down after employees started testing positive for COVID-19. The company Fry Foods makes products like onion rings and mozzarella sticks and the majority of its employees are Latino.

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