Update March 17

Last Updated: 3/17/2020 11:49 PM

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I know the last few days have been particularly challenging for our students, parents and staff as we’ve had to made decisions quickly in response to the evolving situation around COVID-19.  Our district leadership team has been meeting throughout the day on our plans for a possible extended closure.

Our goal is to allow students to continue learning through the end of the school year by providing lessons linked to key content- or grade-level standards. These lessons would be designed to help students develop critical skills such as reading, writing and mathematics. A priority is to ensure seniors complete the necessary requirements to graduate. To help in that planning, please take a minute to complete this short survey. HomeTechSurvey

At this point, D91’s schools will be closed through the end of Spring Break. However, we plan to propose to the Board of Trustees that schools be closed to students the week of March 30 so teachers can finish work on the best ways to deliver those lessons. The board has a work session tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. We are planning to stream that meeting because of the guidance that not more than 10 people gather at one time. We will send more information out on that tomorrow.

In accordance with that guidance on gatherings, please note our school buildings will be closed until further notice. This closure applies to all sports teams, groups and outside entities and organizations. As you know, the IHSAA on Monday suspended all sanctioned spring sports and activities for all member schools through April 6.

We understand the incredible strain an extended closure could have on many of our families and we are exploring the best ways to support them. Our Child Nutrition Department is developing plans to provide students with breakfast and lunch during a closure. We will have more details later this week.

As our community continues to come to terms with the spread of the virus, we encourage all students, staff and families to continue following CDC’s guidance on the best way to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19:

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick

·         Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

·         Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

·         Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care

·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

For more information, go to the Eastern Idaho Public Health at: https://eiph.idaho.gov/ We will continue to provide updates as we receive new information and finalize plans.

Thank you.
George Boland