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Bonneville School District 93 cancels classes Friday


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IDAHO FALLS — Bonneville Joint School District 93 has canceled in-person learning Friday due to a high number of employee absences.

Elementary students will not have school while those in 7th to 12th grades will participate in half-day online learning.

“On Thursday, we had 112 absent faculty and were only able to fill 58 of those positions with substitutes,” a letter from D93 to parents says. “For Friday, we have about 100 absences requested and expect 25-30 more before tomorrow morning.”

Superintendent Scott Woolstenhulme tells that teachers, paraprofessionals, aides and principals have done their best to fill the gaps for sick employees but there are too many absences to cover on Friday.

“Our teachers have done an incredible job the past two weeks of covering for each other,” Woolstenhulme says. “We’ve had principals in classes, paraprofessionals helping, aides stepping in – everyone working their guts out to cover for the absences.”

Teachers and staff will report to school Friday to work on plans to prepare for a possible longer closure in the future. Classes will not be held Monday due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Woolstenhulme says the district “has every intention” of returning to in-person learning for all students on Tuesday.

District 93 is asking anyone who can help substitute teach to contact Nancy Peterson via email or at (208) 557-6821.