Boise State won’t switch to online learning despite White House coronavirus task force recommendation

The university said in a statement it is increasing testing and contact tracing, adding that the classroom is the safest place for a student.

BOISE, Idaho — A White House Coronavirus Task Force report is recommending Boise State University and two other universities switch to online or remote learning.

The Task Force is making this recommendation due to the high positivity rate among college age students in the counties where the universities are located in.

Boise State University released a statement on Friday stating it will not be switching to online learning. However, the university does plan on ramping up testing, education on preventing the spread of COVID-19, and contact tracing.

The main reason why the task force report recommended a switch to online learning for the school is because of the rate of 18-24-year old’s testing positive for COVID-19.

In Ada County, the report states the test positivity rate

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Boise School District readies for move to ‘red’ category, will continue in-person learning

District officials say the hybrid model – with two days of in-person instruction and three days of virtual learning – will continue through the end of the semester.

BOISE, Idaho — The Boise School District will continue moving forward with its phased plan to bring students back to the classroom in person, even as health officials say Ada County will likely move into the “red” category of coronavirus infection rates.

Previously, Central District Health had recommended that schools opt for remote learning over in-person instruction while in the “red” or Category 3 level.

But CDH officials said Friday morning during the Boise School District’s board meeting that they support Boise schools continuing to allow students back into the classroom.

CDH Program Manager Gina Pannell said that teachers and staff in the Boise School District have done “an incredible job” so far keeping kids distanced and enforcing mask-wearing and other safety

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