BOISE, Idaho (CBS2) — The Emmett Board of Trustees adopted the Emmett School District's reopening plan Tuesday to create a new online K-12 program and make no decision on masks until further notice.
The 2020-2021 plan includes the creation of a new online K-12 program called Emmett Remote Academy (ERA).
ERA is an open enrollment online school. It will provide an option for parents who aren’t comfortable sending their students to a classroom environment.
The program will be used if the coronavirus situation evolves into the absolute need for a fully online school. However, the program is designed to continue even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.
The program will give students a diploma at the end of their senior year and will allow students to participate in sports and extracurricular activities.
The trustees also chose not to make a decision on masks, because it would "upset patrons, and equally upset others if no masks are required. According to a school spokesperson they said, "It’s a no-win situation."
The school district will open Aug. 26. The state’s stage does not necessarily dictate what the school district will do.