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.
Filer School District
The Filer School District announced on Sept. 22 that is temporarily closing its schools for a week because of a shortage of teachers and substitute teachers. Schools will close of Friday, Sept. 24 and reopen Monday, Oct. 4.
The announcement includes a note saying that anyone interested in becoming a substitute teacher should contact the district. School officials say the lack of teachers is only partially due to COVID-19 issues.
There about 1,600 students in the Filer School District.
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.
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