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Classic Case of BSD bait and switch??

Updated: Dec 1, 2021

Is the Boise Schools District doing the ole' bait and switch on us parents?

Here's a couple of examples we couldn't ignore.

May 2020 Boise School District (BSD) poll Indicates over 80% of families support in-person school for Fall 2020.

Summer 2020 BSD leads families to believe that school will start in-person for those who want since online school will be offered.

August 3, 2020 BSD decides to start the in-person year virtually.

July 12, 2021 BSD drops mask mandate, in line with the wishes of 70%+ students and staff.

August 3, 2021 (one week before school begins) BSD re-instates mask mandate.

November 8, 2021 BSD recommends waiting until 2 weeks after Christmas break to re-evaluate the current COVID policy. This is halfway between two board meetings so that means, unless a special meeting is called (it won't be) that February 14 is the soonest BSD will evaluate the COVID policy while other districts have lifted their mask mandates.

See the responses to BSD parent surveys here.

BSD claims to be "slow and steady", "follow a process" and "avoid knee-jerk reactions" in all decisions. It seems like "knee-jerk reactions" are acceptable for removing authority from parents and staff, but "slow and steady" is only necessary when it's time to consider returning that authority.


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