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Yesterday, one of Idaho’s biggest school districts returned to the virtual classroom after the holiday break. The Boise School District is home to nearly 25,000 students and about 4,500 employees. 

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The Boise School District board met with local health professionals last night to discuss the spread of COVID-19 in schools, as cases surge statewide.


Boise parents, educators and the Boise School District’s youngest students will resume in-person instruction next week. George Prentice reports.

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To say 2020 has been a challenging year is a significant understatement. Indeed, there has been plenty to provoke or disturb us. But what annoys you? More specifically, who annoys you?

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Voters in the Boise School District Tuesday will choose among three candidates to fill two seats on the board of trustees.


The school year has started for many Idaho children, and the reopening plans have varied widely from district to district, even within counties with high levels of COVID-19 community spread.


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Wednesday, The Idaho High School Activities Association reaffirmed a previous decision to open the high school sports season statewide August 10. Treasure Valley Schools have decided to delay that one week, with games unlikely before September 8.

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School Boards of Trustees for Boise and West Ada districts met Tuesday, deciding when and how to reopen schools to students this fall.

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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.

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After initially planning to re-open Boise schools for in-person instruction, the district’s board of trustees will now consider a virtual start to the year for students.

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The Boise Independent School District has yet to officially decide whether in-peson instruction will be possible when a new school year begins on Monday, August 17.  That said, officials will need to be nimble when (and if) school doors swing back open.

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With every passing day, the likelihood grows that Idaho K-12 schools won’t reopen this academic year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, school officials across the Gem State are moving at lightning speed to roll out an unprecedented level of at-home online instruction.

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A couple of Boise elementary schools have been piloting a pre-K program since 2015. Four years later, the program is expanding. In fact, twice as many Boise schools are now offering pre-K.


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A new class action lawsuit was filed last week challenging the way some Idaho school districts charge parents fees for sending their children to all-day kindergarten. Currently, the state only provides funding for half-day kindergarten. Some school districts including West Ada and Boise offer all-day, but charge parents fees to defray the cost.


We talk with Idaho Falls attorney Jason Wood, one of the plaintiffs in the case. He says the fees violate Idaho's constitution and discriminate against students in poverty. 



The Nampa School District recently announced they will provided tuition-free, full day, five-day kindergarten for residents of that district. Idaho Matters talks with the Boise district about upcoming kindergarten expansion plans and the Association for the Education of Young People about the role kindergarten plays in early childhood development and families economies.

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An internationally-recognized environmental health expert says the Boise School District is taking the right first steps to purge lead from school water sources – but that more needs to be done to protect the health of students and staff.

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The leader of Idaho’s second largest school district  is retiring. Don Coberly started his career in the Boise school district more than 30 years ago. Wednesday, he announced he’ll retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year in May.


Elevated levels of lead found in a Boise school in October led to further testing throughout the district. Nearly one in six samples tested positive for unacceptable lead levels in 26 area schools. We'll look at lead levels in school drinking water on Monday's Idaho Matters.

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