Idaho governor urges vaccinations to keep schools open

Idaho Gov. Brad Little holds a press conference at Nampa High School on Thursday, Aug. 12. (Kelcie Moseley-Morris/Idaho Capital Sun)

NAMPA - Amid a surge of cases of COVID-19 across Idaho and school starting in some districts next week, Gov. Brad Little held a press conference Thursday to urge Idahoans to get vaccinated so students can attend school in person this year. 

Little is also making $30 million in federal stimulus dollars available to school districts to step up coronavirus testing efforts come fall. The federal dollars are from a segment of funding that was authorized by the Legislature in 2020 to be used for general purposes statewide in addressing COVID, Little said. While he said he would have preferred the money came from American Rescue Plan Act relief funds, the Legislature rejected that $40 million . . .