Winter Break COVID-19 Resources

Winter Break COVID-19 Resources
Posted on 12/21/2020
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Winter Break COVID-19 Resources


Given the level of community spread of COVID-19 in Ada County and with the Winter Break nearly upon us, here’s information and COVID-19 resources for you and your family: 


How can I keep myself and others safe during the holiday season? Gatherings during the upcoming holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe. The CDC offers information to slow the spread of COVID-19 during small gatherings.

Review a virtual panel Q&A featuring Boise School District students representing our high schools asking questions of local medical professionals about COVID-19, including how you can stay safe during Winter Break (December 23, 2020 -  January 8, 2021).


Are you experiencing symptoms that could be COVID? The symptoms are very similar to seasonal allergies, cold, and flu. However, symptoms may also present as a headache, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, loss of sense of taste or smell, etc.

How do I know what to do? If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, the Illness Decision Tree for Schools can guide you in knowing what steps to take.


Were you at-risk? Have you been within 6 feet of another person with or without a mask? Were you together for 15 minutes or more? Did you learn they are awaiting test results OR tested positive within 48 hours? Depending on your answers, check the COVID-19 Exposure Decision Tree to see if you may need to quarantine. If you or a family member needs to quarantine, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Quarantine Guidelines will help you understand how many days to quarantine and what it means to consider isolation.

Are you, a friend, or family member considering taking a COVID test or waiting on your result? It is very important to let friends and family know this. It is important to stay home and distance yourself if you are awaiting test results. If you are not the only one in your home, please quarantine in your room and do not share common spaces (bathroom, kitchen, etc.) if at all possible. Wear a mask when you come out of your room. Maintain social distance of 6+ feet in your home.
Where can I get a test? There are a number of options for COVID-19 testing in the Treasure Valley. Prices, eligibility and type of test available do vary, so please review the list carefully before deciding which option is best for you and your family.


If you need any assistance or have any questions, please reach out to your nurse at your child’s school. Please enjoy the upcoming holiday safely and responsibly. We thank you in advance for doing everything possible to help lower the level of spread in our community.