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Tech Problems Force Boise School District To Delay Vote On Virtual Start To The Year

Jay Peeples

Boise School District’s Board of Trustees postponed an emergency meeting Monday night to decide whether students would physically return to the classroom in just a few weeks.

The meeting began with technical difficulties that blocked hundreds of parents who had hoped to testify, or simply stream the proceedings.

Then, about 45 minutes after the meeting was supposed to start, the program Boise School District was using limited the number of people who were able to watch.

Trustees ultimately decided to postpone the meeting until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Viewers who were able to watch the stream stayed in the meeting and blasted the district.

One, who claimed she was a student, said she wanted to go back to the classroom this fall. She said she was worried about being prepared for college and for the toll the pandemic had taken on students’ mental health.

Others quipped that the botched meeting was a preview of what parents could expect an online education could be for their kids.

Earlier in the day, public health officials classified the Boise, Kuna and West Ada school districts as operating in areas with the highest risk of spreading the coronavirus. Under the state’s back to school guidelines, full online education is recommended – but individual school boards have the final say on whether they will reopen their doors.

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