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Updated 4/15/20, 10:00 AM

The Board of Directors for the Idaho Bureau of Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind met on April 15th. At that Board meeting, we reaffirmed that it is important, as an educational community, that the welfare of our students, staff, and families who we serve, is vital to what we do. As a result, we have decided to extend the “soft closure” of our campus program, the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind (ISDB) for the rest of remaining school year. It is expected and hoped for, at this time, that we will resume our regular on campus program next school year, beginning August 24 th 2020.

I am heartbroken that we will not have students in the hallways and that our Seniors’ last classes to meet graduation requirements, will finish at a distance. However, given the statewide service that we do, it is imperative that we do our part to not put our Students, Families and Communities at risk. I am very proud of how our Students and Teachers have responded to our new venue of providing instruction.

Although it is not an ideal educational situation for either population, we are working hard to fulfill our mission of providing “Education, Communication and Independence for life”. To our team of stakeholders, partners, families, staff and board members – Be well, be safe, and WE GOT THIS!

The Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind continues to monitor the situation for this as well as current Influenza A and B threats. If an identification or suspicion of a student or staff have been exposed to COVID-19 we will follow the protocol as directed by The South Central Public Health District. You are encouraged to follow, (and ask that you encourage others to follow), basic hygiene practices to help prevent the spread of this and other viruses. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  1. Wash your hands often, using soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  4. Stay home when you are sick
  5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

View updates periodically before and during travel, as the situation is evolving. The most up-to-date information can be found on the State of Idaho’s Coronavirus website. Campus resources are available to help Staff and Students navigate concerns, practice self-care and/or provide assistance to others who may have concerns about the virus through our infirmary/nursing department. We care about the health and wellbeing of all students, faculty, and staff and will communicate if the threat to any of our school locations changes.