BOISE, Idaho — Editor's note: The above video discusses how local school districts are tracking COVID-19 cases.
The 2021-2022 school year is underway for many Idaho schools, but some have gotten off to a rocky start due to COVID-19.
Some schools have implemented mask mandates after positive cases were discovered, while others have transitioned from in-person to remote learning due to an outbreak.
The COVID-19 pandemic shifted the way schools operate last school year and may continue to do so this year as cases and hospitalizations are near record levels.
Many Idaho schools have said they will review their COVID-19 safety plans and will make changes if needed to keep students and staff safe, which may include closing schools temporarily.
Here is a list of Idaho schools that are temporarily closed due to COVID-19:
Note: School districts will be listed in alphabetical order. Only schools that are closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak will be listed.
Salmon River Joint School District
A member of the elementary school staff tested positive for COVID-19 and several others have reported feeling sick. Due to a shortage of substitutes, Riggins Elementary School will be closed from Sept. 13-14.
No illnesses have been reported at the middle and high schools in the district, so the schools will be open on these days.
The school plans to monitor the situation closely and monitor students and staff for symptoms.
Wendell School District
Wendell Elementary School will be closed due to COVID-19 for the next three days; Tuesday, September 14, Wednesday September 15, and Thursday September 16. Officials say they do not have enough adults to teach the children.
During the days off, the school will undergo a deep cleaning. A grab and go snack will be provided for any elementary school students who is in need from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. The middle school and high school will remain in session.
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