DISTRICT: TSD 401 will follow last night’s state Board of Education directive regarding a soft closure of schools through April 20. That means students will not be allowed in schools and will continue home-based learning. Teachers may work from their classroom or home, if they are healthy.

For Thursday’s School Board meeting (6 pm, March 26), if you have a public comment to make to the board, please submit it to the board clerk’s email: [email protected]. These messages will be forwarded to the school board members, but will not be read in the board meeting. A specific form is not needed. This follows a direction from the Idaho School Board Association.

Reminder: Neither students nor staff are expected to do school work on Friday, March 27, (previously on the calendar as Parent-Teacher conferences) nor through Spring Break, March 30-April 3.

TETON HIGH SCHOOL: Students, parents and staff are learning what is working and what is not. Parents may let teachers know directly what their concerns are or may contact Mr. Zogg with feedback.

BASIN HIGH SCHOOL: Hello Basin Students and Families! We miss seeing everyone but we hope you are all healthy and doing well. The Guinea Pigs and Teton say Hi!! As a reminder: Students should plan to complete 4-6 hours of academic work on each school day to stay on track. Teachers are available M-F; 8-3PM by call/txt to the BHS Cell, Email, or leaving a message on the classroom phone. Parents requesting detailed progress reports should contact Ms. Lord [email protected] or Mrs. [email protected] [email protected].

TETON MIDDLE SCHOOL: Students and parents can pick up packets through this Thursday. Teachers have been helping students with home-based learning assignments and will be available throughout the week. If you have a question about a specific class, please reach out to the teacher of that class. If you need to reach out with a general question, please email your advisory teacher and they will call you right back. If you need something, they will make arrangements to get you what you need and will leave it in the front entry of the school.

RENDEZVOUS UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Staff meeting. Teachers continue to check in with parents/students, helping with packets and digital resources. Planning for long-term instruction. Most packets have been distributed. Phone and digital conferences set up for students who need help with packets and digital resources.

DRIGGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: No change. Teachers informed about Imagine Learning training.

TETONIA ELEMENTARY AND VICTOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Google Meet at 9:00, TES and VES staff meeting together. 10:00 –Support Staff Google Meet. All packets picked up! Online meetings taking place with students! VES staff taking shifts going into old VES to label materials and furniture we still need to bring over. Phone and digital conferences set up for students who need help with packets and digital resources.

Coming up TOMORROW! Tetonia Elementary Teacher Parade at 10:30 am and Victor Elementary Teacher Parade at 2:00 pm. Look for a couple of school buses cruising through the neighborhoods (with very few teachers of course — we’ll be practicing social distancing) and a few cars to follow. Our staffs at both TES and VES miss our students, so we are going to honk and wave. Make signs, dress in costume, but stay in your yard or your parent’s car to see your favorite teacher and staff members!

MAINTENANCE AND TRANSPORTATION: Crews are making repairs to buses, doing 60-day inspections, sanitizing TMS and THS, cleaning spare buses, and cleaning out old VES.

FOOD SERVICE: Free meals for those aged 1-18 will be provided during Spring Break, March 30-April 3; stay tuned for more details.
* TSD 401 provided 558 free meals today. The link to sign up for meals for this week is through the district’s website (tsd401.org) — please remember to choose your pickup location.

INFORMATION/TECHNOLOGY- Troubleshooting different issues as they arise, finalizing phone set up, helping in whatever way is needed. Working to secure mobile hotspots to provide Internet to students who do not have the internet at home. Addressing IT needs throughout the district including replacing teacher computers, installing new network equipment in THS and TMS construction areas.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: SpEd case managers continue to work through service delivery methods relating to IEP goals and meeting via conference call and Zoon. Daily updates, from the State DOE, the Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho Special Education Support and Technology Assistance, are being provided to teachers and providers.