Boise School District Update
September 17, 2021
Please review the following important information about some of the District’s procedures & information.  
Food Service Menu Changes Starting October 4th: Our Food & Nutrition Services Department is experiencing difficulty getting the food and supplies needed to provide basic meal services, despite bidding supplies last March. Nationwide, pandemic-related labor shortages are currently impacting all aspects of the food supply (harvesting, processing, packaging, transportation, etc.). In response, starting October 4th, we are simplifying our school menus to reflect what is reliably available to purchase until the nationwide supply chain starts functioning again. Highlights of the changes we are making include:

  • Simplified menus - one lunch entree choice per day in elementary, two lunch entrees in secondary
  • More locally sourced items - Franz bread, fresh produce, eggs and dairy, Domino's Pizza
  • Fewer frozen and canned items (processed); more scratch prepared items
  • There is a non-pork entree available daily 
  • Secondary sites have a vegetarian entree offered daily; elementary a vegetarian entree is available most days
  • Updated allergy menus are being developed now and will be communicated with nursing and families soon
  • Website menus will be updated before October 4th
  • Breakfast menus will be updated after lunch production is adjusted

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause your children and families.

Free Grab-And-Go Meal Services: Boise School District will begin free Grab-And-Go meal services on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Trail Wind Elementary School, 3701 E. Lake Forest Dr., for any child who does NOT have access to the National School Lunch Program or who attends Boise Online School. Lunch and breakfast will be available for pick up Monday through Friday with an advanced order only. Learn more…

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Providers: Anyone 12 years and older may receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals can directly reach out to local vaccine providers. If you have questions about vaccines or need help being connected to a vaccine provider, you may call Central District Health’s COVID-19 Information Call Center at (208) 321-2222, M-F, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics In Boise Schools: Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center will provide mobile COVID-19 vaccinations for any eligible students with parental consent, employees or community members on the following dates. Additional information about how to sign-up and consent forms will be sent out in the upcoming weeks.  
COVID-19 Testing Resources: COVID-19 tests are available with no out of pocket expense at local health centers and select pharmacies. COVID-19 diagnostic testing is done to find out if you're currently infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Review COVID Testing Resources in the Treasure Valley. If you are an employee or a student in the Boise School District, you are eligible to access RT-PCR testing at Boise State University. Currently, the turnaround time for results provided by Boise State’s testing facility are significantly shorter than other testing facilities. Please bring your insurance card when testing at Boise State. For District students and staff, there are no co-pays for those who are insured, and testing is free for those who are uninsured. 

Seasonal Flu Clinics: Boise School District is partnering with Central District Health to provide the following seasonal flu clinics available to kids six months to 18 years of age. No appointment is needed and there is no cost. Parents/Guardians have the option to complete their paperwork online and submit their form electronically. Learn more…