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Boise School District Brings In-Person Classes Back Full Time

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After a year of remote and hybrid learning, the Boise School District is opening its classrooms for five-day-a-week in-person lessons.

Earlier this month the district brought kindergarten through sixth grade and all special education students back. Today, they’re adding grades seven through 12 for in-person learning.

The school district’s website says it will follow masking, sanitizing and distancing guidelines and is working with the Central Health District to contract trace cases.

Dr. David Pate of Idaho's coronavirus task force says schools need to be cautious, especially because the UK variant was detected in Boise last month. This week he told Idaho Matters that many schools in Europe had initially kept the spread under control, but are now experiencing big outbreaks they've tied to the variant.

“They're now having to close schools, " he said. "They're warning the United States that with the U.K. variant it's distance, distance, distance.”

The District says it will monitor and adjust school operations as needed. Online school students will continue learning through the web.

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