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IEA calls for immediate closure of all schools

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IEA President Layne McInelly

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Idaho Education Association (IEA) is calling on the state to close all schools for at least three weeks, including spring break. The teachers' group also encourages ongoing evaluations to help address the COVID-19 health crisis.

“Education leaders are uniquely positioned to help “flatten the curve” and stave off a massive health crisis,” says Layne McInelly, President of the Idaho Education Association. “Recognizing that school buildings often hold more than 250 people, five days a week, we must close our schools immediately for the health of our communities, students and staff.”

McInelley added that closing schools will help keep the disease from peaking, which would severely compromise the rest of the health care system. He pointed out that schools are an environment where viruses can spread exponentially. "The time to act is now," he said.

IEA said its board of directors will be issuing an additional statement with recommendations this week.

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  1. i think it is not good to close schools, most parent dont have anywhere for the kid to go if not for school, and the schools are are cleaner the daycare and the youth centers if the get slammed with all the kids. at least in school there can be some isolation in classes, in daycare and the youth centers they are in bigger groups.

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