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Resources for Schools

NOTE: The State Department of Education is open for business. However, to help stop the spread of coronavirus our lobby is closed. If you require in-person assistance, please call (208) 332-6800 to schedule an appointment.

Schools can play an important role in efforts taken by health officials to prevent the introduction and spread of coronavirus.

The U.S. Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have encouraged state and local education agencies to share crucial information about the disease and its potential transmission to students, families, staff and community members.

Should state and local health officials deem it necessary to take additional steps to stop the spread of COVID-19, schools are in a unique position to help.

Assessment & Accountability

A pandemic during the school year raises questions about all aspects of education, in Idaho and beyond. Among these are standardized testing and school accountability.

SDE Contact: Karlyn Laraway, 208-332-6976, (visit website)

Child Nutrition Programs

Numerous resources are available to provide guidance and information on the emergency’s impact on school meals, summer food service and related programs.

SDE Contact: Colleen Asumendi Fillmore, 208-332-6823, (visit website) (visit Feeding Site Locator)


Online Education Resources

More Idaho schools are seeking to deliver classes and content online during the coronavirus emergency, and families also have numerous resources available to them.

The principal at iSucceed Virtual High School, Clayton Trehal, has developed a quick-start guide to help traditional brick and mortar schools who are using Google Suites quickly create rudimentary online schools.

Idaho’s school districts and charter schools, during one of Superintendent Ybarra’s weekly webinars, requested resources for evaluating teachers providing online instruction:

Parents & Students

The resources in this guide are intended to help parents, guardians, and families understand how schools and the state education system are responding to the expanding coronavirus outbreak.

The CDC has also published Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and encourages schools to continue to continue promoting these time-tested everyday disease prevention strategies:

  • If you are sick, stay home from school.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are already sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.

Public School Finance

Idaho State Department of Education Guidance: Our focus is to provide schools with maximum flexibility for schools facing potential school closures or reduced attendance due to potential or actual coronavirus exposure events, holding schools harmless financially for funding related impacts.  Waivers for the calculation of average daily attendance (ADA) in the event of school closures are available for school districts and charters as provided by Idaho Code 33-1003A.  Waivers for instructional hours are provided by Idaho Code 33-512(h).

SDE Contact: Tim Hill, 208-332-6843, (visit website)

School Boards

To safeguard the health of the public and their elected representatives, Gov. Brad Little has signed a proclamation allowing school boards and other governing bodies to hold public meetings during this state of emergency without having audience members physically present.

Schools General Information

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Meeting on 3-23-2020

Student Data

Maintaining student privacy is always the top priority in collecting and sharing data, and the coronavirus pandemic raises additional considerations.

Student Engagement & Safety Coordination

SDE Contact: Dr. Eric Studebaker, 208-332-6961, (visit website)

Webinars & Conference Calls

Superintendent Ybarra

Child Nutrition Programs

Special Education

State Board of Education

Student Transportation

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