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Originally published Jan. 18 on KTVB.COM.

The Nampa School District is the latest district forced to cancel classes amid widespread COVID-19 infections.

The district announced Tuesday on Facebook that five schools will be closed down, with all classes canceled, through the end of the week. The schools affected are:

  • New Horizons Dual Language School
  • Gateways Alternative School
  • Nampa Early Childhood Learning Center
  • East Valley Middle School
  • Centennial Elementary School

The decision comes as school officials grapple with “extremely high levels of illness” that resulted in 170 staff out and 72 unfilled classrooms on Tuesday, the Facebook post read.

“This is the highest rate of illness we have seen so far this year,” the Facebook post states. “We have deployed all available staff and had numerous volunteers step up to assist in covering classrooms and duties, but we are still short of meeting our needs.”

Classes at the five schools affected will resume Monday, Jan. 24.

Horseshoe Bend School District and Wilder School District have also canceled school or moved classes to remote learning over widespread COVID-19 infections.

The school district’s Facebook post said the hope is that the closure will allow the sick teachers enough time to recover and return to their classrooms. The district elected to make masks and face coverings optional ahead of this school year.

“While regrettable, closing these schools will allow staff to get healthy and help us redeploy substitutes to other schools,” the Facebook post read. “We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.”

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