BCSD 101 responds to governor’s order

By Superintendent Jan Bayer

Today, Governor Brad Little moved Idaho back to a modified Stage 2 COVID-19 recovery level under the Idaho Rebounds Plan. You can read about Idaho Rebounds and the various stages here.

You might be asking, “What does this mean for our schools?”

We continue to prioritize the safety and health of our students, staff and community members. Here is what we know at this time:

Schools will continue to operate in the color identified at the November 5 board meeting:

  • Mount Hall, Valley View, Boundary County Middle School and Bonners Ferry High School are in Yellow, Category 2 (hybrid model); and
  • Naples in the Green, Category 1.

We are waiting on guidance for our extra/co-curricular activities from IHSAA. At this time, teams will continue to practice and play, but spectators will be extremely limited.

Any meetings should be scheduled remotely through Google Hangout or Zoom, if there is a chance more than 10 people will be present.

We will continue to keep you informed as more details develop. Our priority is to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment and our goal is to keep our students in school.

As a community we need help to slow the spread, so our hospitals and medical professionals can provide the care patients need. Hospitals are at capacity. Please help us slow the spread by practicing preventative measures:

  • Social distance a minimum of six feet;
  • Wash your hands often;
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes;
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces;
  • Stay home when sick;
  • Wear a mask when social distancing is not possible;
  • Sleep to rest your mind and body;
  • Eat healthy;
  • Stay hydrated; and
  • Exercise.

We continue to make very difficult decisions, but we believe in our students, our parents/guardians, and our community. Working together and continuously practicing preventative measures in and out of school will help us keep our students, parents/guardians, and community healthy and safe. By doing so, we can keep our school doors open, continue the learning process, and maintain our extra/co-curricular activities.

Thank you for practicing preventative measures, understanding our priority to maintain healthy and safe learning environments, and supporting our kids in schools.