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Twin Falls School District to limit crowds, change parent conferences to prevent spread of coronavirus
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Twin Falls School District to limit crowds, change parent conferences to prevent spread of coronavirus

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Children play tetherball during recess Nov. 28, 2017, at Pillar Falls Elementary School in Twin Falls.

TWIN FALLS — Parent-teacher conferences will take place over the phone and crowds will be limited as Twin Falls schools work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. 

Twin Falls School District announced a series of precautions to be immediately adopted in an email to parents and staff on Thursday.

"Other restrictions and precautions may be implemented when cases are identified in Idaho based on recommendations from the Governor and South Central Public Health District," the statement says. "We are also in the process of identifying strategies for distance learning should we have the need to close school."

No cases of the disease have been confirmed in Idaho. 

The district is halting indoor gatherings in confined areas (gyms, auditoriums, cafeterias, etc.) of more than 250 people at any time in any district building, including school and community events. 

"This may require schools to stagger lunches, cancel assemblies, postpone events, etc.," the statement says. 

Additionally, all parent-teacher conferences will take place over the phone and there will be no face-to-face conferences. Out of state travel for students and staff — such as senior trips, conferences, field trips, etc. — is suspended until further notice. The suspension may be extended to out of district travel in the future. 

The district is also suspending attendance policies related to credits, finals, awards, etc., though student absences must still be verified. 

Outdoor activities will continue until further notice. 

Staff or students with symptoms of the illness will need to be cleared by medical personnel before returning to school.

"As the situation changes, and new recommendations come from the local health officials, we will keep our staff and parents informed," district spokeswoman Eva Craner said. "This is an important time for parents to check with their child's school to make sure we have their correct contact information. 

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