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The Boise Independent School District opted to wait another week after the New Year holiday before beginning another semester. Adding extra caution, the district opted to begin the semester in a remote-only environment. School officials say, with any luck, they'll resume a hybrid schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 19 and take it from there.

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The uncertainty and rapidly changing landscape for kids returning to school is creating a lot of stress and anxiety for families. And providing a place — whether it’s at home or at school — where children can safely thrive educationally and emotionally has never been more challenging. 

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Every year, thousands of people attend lectures and take classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State University. But like everything else, the courses — which are open to folks who are at least fifty-years-old — moved online in March. 

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Many international college students in the United States panicked Monday, when the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced anyone in the country on a student visa would have to leave the county if their institutions were not holding in-person classes this fall.

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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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School is officially back in session for most Idaho kids, but it sure looks different today than it did just a few weeks ago. 

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Mar 21, 2018--Idaho Virtual Academy (IDVA), an online public charter school, is now accepting enrollment applications for the 2018-19 school year. IDVA is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade statewide.

Rural Idaho Community Divided Over Failed School Levy

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A school superintendent in northern Idaho says the reason his district hasn't had music classes in more than a year, and will soon switch to virtual gym classes, is as much about the difficulty of attracting and retaining qualified teachers in rural areas as it is about funding.

The story of Lapwai School District's  funding problems has been picked up by just about every news outlet in the state.

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High school students in a north-central Idaho town will have to take gym classes through an online program this year after a school levy failed.

Lapwai School District Superintendent David Aiken told the Lewiston Tribune the district can't afford to hire a physical education teacher, so students will have to take PE through the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, a state-sponsored online school. Students will have access to the school gym and equipment, but Aiken said the teacher would be on the other side of the computer.

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Idaho high school students won't have to take online classes to graduate. The State Board of Education repealed a rule Monday that required them.

Voters rejected the Students Come First laws on November 6 but one of those laws had a twist. It required the board of education to set the online class requirement, which it did. That requirement was still in place despite the laws' repeal.  The Idaho Legislature still has to sign off but, board spokesperson Marilyn Whitney says students should consider it gone.

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Two thirds of Idaho voters Tuesday rejected a law to increase technology use in schools. Of the three propositions voted down, it was Proposition Three that failed by the widest margin. That one repeals the technology component of the Students Come First laws. But one of the most well-known parts of that law will remain in place.