Moving for school: Coronavirus transplants overwhelm Idaho school district
Officials say dozens of families have moved to the small mountain town of Garden Valley, Idaho to enroll their kids in the school there due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it's putting a major strain on resources.
among Boise County lies the city of Garden Valley, nestled along Highway 17. But recently the city is seeing some new residents, and it's the school that's attracting them. We delayed school from starting yesterday to start next Monday, mostly due to the large amount large number of enrollees 79 students to be exact, Garden Valley Superintendent Vicky Chandler says. That's a 35% increase from their average student body, says number. ISS is patient, everybody to the seams, and they aren't coming from far. A majority of them are coming from the Valley. The Origin Middleton area, a majority of them honestly have either perp spurt purchased homes and have moved up here from Some have second homes up here, so they're moving up because of their Stephan homes. And they can go to school in school, which is something that parents really wanted. And that sudden influx of students is presenting some challenges. We have a one on one device ratio for our cars. In no way shape or form would be 24 79 students, which is why the school district pushed back the start of school by one week to make sure the incoming students have everything they need, mainly technology. We are at or over capacity and a lot of our classroom, Superintendent Chandler says. Typically, Garden Valley school classes consist of 15 to 20 students, but right now that number is looking more like 28 to 30 students, at least in the elementary school. We have one teacher per grade and true a one classroom, and they're just getting big, so there's not a lot of rooms. So if they wanted to come enjoy the small class, we're not right. We're not there anymore. While Chandler understands why parents may be attracted to Garden Valley, she says the district can't handle much more. I would really like to say Please, please don't do it but we have to were very welcoming community in school and people are welcome. It would be very hard for us to be well prepared. Very many more students if they were coming in with school starting on Monday,