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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West Ada School District prepares for a possible move to category red

A spokesperson for the district said they’re currently gathering survey results from parents and will work with CDH on a plan if Ada County is downgraded.

MERIDIAN, Idaho — As coronavirus cases continue to soar in the Gem State, so do Ada county’s chances of moving into the red category next week. West Ada School District sent out a survey to parents Thursday night asking how they feel about in-person learning if Central District Health were to move the county into the red category or stay in yellow.

Central District Health will make its recommendations to the school board on Monday at 2 p.m. The survey will be open until the middle of next week. 

Char Jackson, a spokesperson for the West Ada School District, said they will then evaluate parents’ responses from the survey with Central District Health to come up with a plan to operate in category red.

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Goodwin Aademy teacher Kirsty Gaythwaite wins silver in Outstanding New Teacher of the Year category of Pearson National Teaching Awards

A surprise tea party was laid on for a Dealteacher who has earned accolade for her commitment to changing the lives of the children she works with.

Kirsty Gaythwaite received her silver award in the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year category of the Pearson National Teaching Awards.

Goodwin Academy teacher Kirsty Gaythwaite bumps elbows with principal Simon Smith in celebration of receiving a silver award in the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year category of the Pearson National Teaching Awards
Goodwin Academy teacher Kirsty Gaythwaite bumps elbows with principal Simon Smith in celebration of receiving a silver award in the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year category of the Pearson National Teaching Awards

Selected from thousands of nominations, the Goodwin Academy teacher is one of just 76 silver award winners across the country.



She is now in with a chance of winning just 14 gold awards later in the year, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC.

Ms Gaythwaite initially joined the school as a learning support assistant to help vulnerable pupils, but was quickly identified as having a

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