What a momentous week this has been. It’s hard to believe that in less than a month we’ve closed up schools and rolled out a remote learning program for 10,000 plus students. I know we have all faced challenges this week, and I’m sure there will be more challenges ahead, but please know D91’s teachers and staff are here to support our students and families. We are all in this together!
As this first week of remote learning comes to an end, I wanted to provide you with some updates:
- PACKET/FOOD PICKUP: We are changing pickup procedures in order to keep our staff as safe as possible as they provide essential services to our students and families
- In keeping with guidance from health officials, we want to maintain that social distancing of 6 feet so food packages and learning packets will now be set out on tables for pickup.
- We ask that you exit your vehicle to pick up those items.
- If you are unable to leave your vehicle, let staff know and we can try to set them in your trunk or backseat.
- CHILDREN NO LONGER NEED TO BE PRESENT FOR MEAL PICKUP: We have received a waiver from some of the USDA rules around our food program so children no longer need to be present for meal pickup. We do ask families to follow these expectations:
- The person picking up food will acknowledge the student lives with them. (Child nutrition staff will document the name of the picking up meals and the number of meals they need.)
- Collect only one meal package per child per day. (Each meal package includes a breakfast and lunch.)
- Do not travel to other sites to pick up additional meal packages on the same day.
- Families that do not follow these expectations may be refused meals in the future.
- Children may still pick up meals without a parent, guardian or older sibling present.
- HELP IS AVAILABLE: We know this is a difficult and stressful time for families. I encourage you to reach out for help if you have questions or feel overwhelmed.
- Office Hours: All teachers, staff and principals have office hours from 10 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday. They work throughout the day, but during this time they are available to answer calls, emails, respond to questions and provide support.
- PowerSchool Help Hotline: If you need help logging into PowerSchool, our tech team is available Monday through Fridayfrom 7:30 am to 5 pm at (208) 524-7816. If you get a voicemail, our techs are helping other students and parents, just leave a message and they’ll call you back.
- Tech Help Hotline: If your family needs help with computer devices or other technology issues, our Tech Hot line is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5 pm at (208) 525-7556.
- WILL SCHOOLS REOPEN? The State Board of Education has extended the soft closure through the end of the school year. The State Board gave local school districts the discretion to reopen if they meet certain criteria, which the State Board will discuss Monday. Once that criteria are set, D91’s school board will review it in consultation with local health officials to see if it makes sense to reopen schools.
- BE THE LIGHT: Like many school districts, D91 is taking part in the Be The Light Event TONIGHT to celebrate our Classes of 2020. The lights at Ravsten Stadium will be turned on for 20 minutes beginning at 8:20 p.m. If you’d like to participate, please enter the parking lot on the north side of Idaho Falls High School, drive by the stadium and exit onto Tiger Ave. Come out and show your support, but please stay in your cars in accordance with the need for social distancing.
- BIOLOGY CURRICULUM ADOPTION: D91 is moving forward with the adoption of new Biology curriculum to align with Idaho’s new science standards. In light of the unusual circumstances, the board has extended the comment period through April 20. Go to www.ifschools.org to review materials. The board is expected to adopt the materials at its special meeting on April 22.
We know you may have other questions about the closure so we have created an FAQ, which is available on the district website. We are constantly reviewing the plans and programs we have in place and are making adjustments as needed to best serve our students. We appreciate your patience as we work to keep D91 students learning. And, again, I applaud our staff for the tremendous work they have been doing.