Last week we shared D91’s plans to roll out remote learning for students beginning April 6. The importance of this work has been made very clear in the last 48 hours as the state has acted to try and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
On Monday, the State Board of Education ordered schools to do a “soft closure” of all classroom facilities until April 20. Schools were directed to continue providing essential services like food services. Today, Gov. Brad Little issued a statewide stay-at-home order, which will be in effect for 21 days.
I know our parents, patrons and staff have lots of questions about these actions. We have a lot of questions, too. As we work together to find answers, I want to assure you we will continue doing whatever we can to support our students, families and staff during these unprecedented times. For now, I have the following updates:
- Based on the direction we’ve received, our Grab ‘n Go meal service is considered an essential service so we will continue providing meals Monday through Friday until further notice. For a listing of those locations go to www.ifschools.org or see the posting on the D91Proud Facebook page.
- Our instructional staff is continuing the monumental task of identifying key content- and grade-level standards that need to be covered by the end of the school year, and determining the best way to deliver those lessons.
- We are preparing to roll out lessons remotely beginning April 6 and plan to offer remote instruction until further notice.
- Lessons will probably look different from school to school and between grade levels and content areas. They could include packets, online learning or a combination of both.
- We are exploring a number of ways to address the technology needs of our families.
- Watch for more information about these plans next week, along with updates on how students can access school buildings to retrieve personal items.
- D91 last week unveiled an online Learning Center that includes resources and tips for learning at home. We encourage families to use these resources while our teachers finish the challenging work of preparing remote instruction. You can access the Learning Center on the district website at https://www.d91.k12.id.us/Content/2226
I ask all students, parents, patrons and staff to do their part to try and slow the spread of the virus by following the stay-at-home order and current guidance from local health officials. For the latest information on COVID-19’s impact on eastern Idaho please go to Eastern Idaho Public Health District at https://eiph.idaho.gov/ or to the State of Idaho’s COVID-19 page at: https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/
Please take care of yourself and your families.