Specific measures Independence High School is taking to combat the spread of Coronavirus:


  • Our teachers are giving students direction concerning hand washing, sanitation and sharing of personal items.

  • Sanitation and disinfectant wipes are available in each classroom and teachers are asking students to wipe off desks and chairs each day.

  • Our staff is spraying desks and chairs each day with a sanitation/disinfectant.

  • Liquid hand sanitizer is available in each classroom so students can disinfect their hands after classroom activities or when students request it.

  • IHS custodial staff is wiping door handles, light switches and phone receivers each day.

  • Our nursery staff is diligently wiping and spraying disinfectant on exposed surfaces.

  • IHS is offering “Independent Study Courses” to those students who are too sick to attend school.


If you have questions or suggestions please feel free to contact us.  We are very concerned about the Corona Virus outbreak and are taking steps to lessen its impact on your students.


Thank you,



Mark Kartchner


Below are state and national information resources with web links about Coronavirus (COVID0-19). (Click underlined links for more information.)


The following information has been sent to schools from the Idaho State Department of Education in regards to the Coronavirus.


Schools can play an important role in efforts taken by health officials to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID0-19, Coronavirus.  The U.S. Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have encouraged state and local education agencies to share crucial information about the disease and its potential transmission to students, families, staff and community members.  Should state and local health officials deem it necessary to take additional steps to stop the spread of COVID-19, schools are in a unique position to help.
The Idaho State Department of Health and Welfare maintains a web page with current Idaho-specific COVID-19 information, as does the CDC for the entire nation:

The CDC has also published Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). and encourages schools to continue to continue promoting these time-tested everyday disease prevention strategies:

  • If you are sick, stay home from school.

  • Avoid close contact with those who are already sick.

  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.

Schools may also share relevant CDC fact sheets to help students, families, and staff understand COVID-19 along with steps they can take to protect themselves: