Hornet Nation News

October 1, 2021

COVID-19 Updates

Expectations If Your Student is Quarantining at Home

The Boise School District follows CDC school protocols when a student is exposed, tests positive or has symptoms of COVID-19. The Exposure and Illness Decision Trees along with more COVID-19 information is available on our Boise School District Website.

If your student is quarantining at home, they are marked as “virtual learning”. Virtual learning means that students will be accessing each teacher’s Google Classroom to see what assignments they need to work on while at home if they are feeling well enough. Teachers will not be teaching via a Google Meet on-line while we are full-time in-person. If there is an assignment the student does not understand, they are encouraged to email their teacher for clarification. If the teacher can not explain things via email, they may set up a Google Meet to help the student with the assignment. If at any time you or your student is not understanding something, please reach out to their teacher.

Boise School District Announces New COVID Communications Protocol

Our commitment to you and our public is to provide the most transparent, timely and relevant COVID-19 data possible, and our COVID-19 tracking website is the best resource for this kind of information.

Currently, Boise School District notifies all parents and staff at a school of a positive or presumed positive COVID-19 case. In order to increase the relevance of the information that you receive, beginning Monday, October 4, 2021, only students and staff who have been identified as a close contact of a positive or presumed positive COVID-19 case will be specifically notified.

For those who have not been identified as a close contact of a positive case, but wish to continue to track positive and presumed positive cases by school, please refer to our COVID-19 Positive & Presumed Positive Case Data website. In addition to daily COVID-19 counts, the site provides links to a host of COVID-19 resources, including quarantine procedures, state and national recommendations, as well as current district and school-by-school health and safety protocols.

Thank you for your support of our COVID-19 mitigation strategies and our ability to continue to offer high-quality, in-person learning experiences for our students every day.

Picture Retakes - October 8th

Dorian Studios will be here October 8th for picture retakes. Below are a few tips for retake day:

  • If this is the 1st time you're taking pictures this year, please give your picture order envelope to the photographer - envelopes are available in the office or order online
  • If you are retaking your picture from August, please bring back your photo packet you received - you will get the same packet you originally ordered with your new photo
  • Student ID cards will not be reprinted with new photos, only students that are having their photo taken for the 1st time will receive ID cards

Parent Teacher Conferences

October 15th is the last day of our First Quarter. Our Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the evenings of October 19 and 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Once again, all eight junior high schools in the district will be holding Parent/Teacher Conferences virtually. This will prevent large gatherings of hundreds of people in our gyms when meeting with your teachers.

By next Friday, October 8, you will be receiving an email from your teachers on how to sign up for a 5-10 minute virtual conference. Due to the limited number of time slots each teacher has, please remember that it is not necessary to schedule a conference if your child is doing well in class or if you do not have any concerns at this time. You do not need to feel obligated to schedule a conference. However, our teachers are always available to meet with you any time of the year if a concern arises. You can also communicate with your teacher through email. We will send out more information about our Parent/Teacher Virtual Conferences next Monday, October 4.

Southern Idaho Conference (SIC) - Athletics

SIC Issues Statement Regarding Crisis Standards of Care: The Southern Idaho Conference, of which Boise School District is a member, has issued a statement regarding the recent decision by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to expand Crisis Standards of Care statewide due to the current surge in COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization. Read the statement here.

Cross Walk Safety

Attention Students Crossing Warm Springs - please make sure you are using the designated cross walk, pressing the button, and waiting for the lights BEFORE you cross the street. We have had many calls regarding students crossing without taking the necessary precautions.

Click the button above for surveys for the Yearbook! Participants will be entered into prize drawings!

NJHS Meeting

NJHS Meeting Monday, October 4th during 9th grade lunch in the small gym. Attendance is mandatory, please bring your lunch to the gym with you.

Upcoming Events


  • 6 - 8th grade tennis vs. Les Bois; 8th/9th grade A volleyball vs. Les Boise; 8th/9th grade B volleyball @ Les Bois; heavyweight football @ Les Bois; lightweight football vs Les Bois

  • 7 - Cross country @ Barber Park

  • 8 - Picture retakes; 8th grade tennis @ Fairmont; 8th/9th grade A volleyball @ Fairmont; 8th/9th grade B volleyball vs. Fairmont

  • 12 - 8th tennis vs. North; Girls basketball begins

  • 14 - Cross Country City @ Ann Morrison; 8th grade tennis @ Hillside

  • 15 - End of First Quarter

  • 15 - 8th grade tennis @ Riverglen

  • 18 - 8th grade tennis City Tournament;

  • 19 - Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • 20 - Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • 21 - Wrestling begins

  • 22 - No School


  • 2 - Election Day and all schools will be Virtual Learning