Weekly Absence Data
Update # 4
Fall is arriving and the blue, smokeless skies are returning. I hope you are able to get outside this weekend to enjoy this wonderful weather.
Not surprisingly, we have seen some COVID-19 cases in our schools. Masks have been an important layer of protection against spread within the schools. I am pleased to report that nearly all students are doing a terrific job of wearing masks throughout the school day. As a reminder, we alert parents and families when students have had a potential close contact with a COVID positive individual. We do not alert the entire school, only those potentially impacted. This is the same protocol we followed last year and will continue to follow this school year.
Students are asked to stay home if they have any COVID-like symptoms. Students should also remain home if a member of the family has tested positive for COVID unless they have met the quarantine requirements.
Our nursing team has been working with the Wyoming Department of Health to secure surveillance testing options. For the general school population participation in testing is optional. If you are interested in having your student participate in this testing, please complete the Curative and Cue Opt In Form.
Testing for school activities will again be required. Nurses will randomly select 10% of each team to be tested each week. Tests will be provided to the students at practice and they will be expected to complete the test within the week. Any student participating in the activity who does not take the test by their testing deadline will not be allowed to participate until a test is taken.
Vaccine clinics are available for students 12 and older. Please visit the Teton County Health Department website to schedule an appointment. Times and days of the week are posted below.
If you have not already signed up for student device (iPad or laptop) insurance please sign up today. To purchase insurance, select the link below associated with the grade level of your student. The deadline to register for insurance is October 5th.
Congratulations, you made it through the first week of the 2021-2022 school year.
It was an exciting week and I hope students had fun, got to know their new teachers, connected with old friends and started making new friends.
As you are likely aware, this week the Teton County Board of Commissioners and the Jackson Town Council approved the extension of the temporary health orders requiring masks be worn indoors through December 31, 2021 unless the community drops below the “orange” risk level. This order applies to all schools so our district will be requiring masks for all staff and students as required under this order.
Last week our country suffered a tragic loss of 13 members of our military in Kabul Afghanistan. One of those service members was a TCSD student and 2019 Summit Innovations School graduate, Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum. Our deepest condolences go out to Rylee’s wife, father and sisters. We know our entire community joins us in recognition and support of his family and honoring his service and his sacrifice.
If you have not yet signed up for insurance for your district issued devices (Macbook or iPad), and you would like to do so, please use the appropriate school link to sign up:
All TCSD Elementary Schools
Jackson Hole Middle School
Jackson Hole High School
Summit Innovations School
On Wednesday, August 25th the Board of Trustees approved the Smart Start & In-person Learning Plan with slight adjustments from the previous versions posted below. This version of the plan outlines that masks are required for all students and staff while Teton County is in the "red" or "orange" risk category, regardless of vaccination status. The risk categories are determined by the Teton County Department of Health, using CDC metrics. The Board will review the Plan at their Regular Meeting on Wednesday, September 8th.
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful and relaxing summer. The visitors in Jackson seem to be loving our small town and the wonderful mountain scape we are fortunate to call home. While it is a massive inconvenience at times, I am grateful to call Teton County my home and the benefits surely outweigh the inconveniences.
We are finalizing plans and preparing to welcome students on Monday, August 30th for the first day of the 2021-2022 school year.
As you are likely aware, the county is experiencing an uptick in COVID cases. If you are not vaccinated, we join the health care community in encouraging eligible individuals to get vaccinated. The CDC and the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released new guidelines which we are reviewing with our county and state health officials. We are also updating the district’s Smart Start & In-person Learning Plan which is linked here for your review. At this time, the question we receive most frequently is “Will masks be required this school year?” What we know right now is that per federal regulations masks are required while riding on a school bus, so we know that part of the day, bus riders and activities participants will be wearing masks. A determination regarding mask wearing at school will be made in the next couple of weeks.
Data from standardized assessments is coming in and we are analyzing the data and developing plans to focus on areas where students may have some learning loss. Over the summer, please encourage your student to read every day. This is a major factor in helping students learn to love reading and improve comprehension and fluency. Listening to a book while driving, reading a book as a family and chatting about it while hiking are a few tips that will help students improve reading. Summer school is in the second week and we are grateful to the entire team, including facilities staff, food service, teachers, paras, aides, office staff, and drivers for ensuring our students have opportunities to close learning gaps and have a great time while doing it.
During the upcoming 2021-2022 year our schools will have modified schedules on some Fridays (see the table below with dates) throughout the year. These modified Fridays are full instructional days, but student learning may include in-person instruction, virtual instruction or some combination of in-person/virtual instruction targeted towards individual student learning needs.
In addition to providing students with intervention and enrichment opportunities, these Fridays will provide additional opportunities for teacher in-service/professional development that are part of every school year calendar.
Additional programming and transportation information will be provided by your child’s school closer to the start of the school year.
We are excited that meals will be offered for students in the 2021-2022 school year free of charge. Please take time to complete the free and reduced lunch application as the data are used to qualify the district for federal and state grants. All personal information provided is confidential and not distributed to any one outside the district.
The district is working on a long range strategic facility plan as we monitor enrollment in all schools and associated district needs. We are expecting an increase in students, especially at the high school which is predicted to have about 850 students. A long range facility plan to update, rebuild, or build new facilities is important as we look to the future of the district and use the limited funding available to ensure the physical structures are safe and conducive to learning.
You may have noticed that we currently have several projects underway including a remodel and addition to Jackson Hole Middle School that includes a new secure entrance, removal of pinch points in the hallways, expansion of the kitchen and cafeteria and new classrooms. The newly installed synthetic turf at the two fields by JHHS and McIntosh Stadium looks terrific. Work is underway on the track to repair the damage done by roots from the nearby cottonwood trees. The trees had to be removed so the view of the scoreboard looks a little different than before. While work is being done on the track we implore the community to avoid the area to ensure safety and avoid any impacts to the track while it is being repaired. The trailers at CES are being removed to make way for a new playground. All elementary school playgrounds will be evaluated during the 2021-2022 school year.
Please mark your calendars to come have some fun at the Fund for Public Education’s Fall Fest on August 28 from 11am - 2pm in the parking lot and field areas of the District Office. District programs will have booths, school supplies will be handed out, in addition to great prizes, fun games, and food. Admission is free so invite your friends, family and neighborhood to come out for this fun event. We are thankful to our community groups who are supporting us and the Fund for Public Education for putting this event together.
We look forward to everyone returning for the first day of school on August 30. Should you have any questions in the meantime, you are welcome to contact me and I will be sure your questions are answered. All the best for a continued safe and relaxing summer.
Gillian Chapman, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
TCSD District Office 307.733.2704
Jackson Hole High School 307.732.3700
Summit Innovations School 307.733.9116
Jackson Hole Middle School 307.733.4234
Alta Elementary 307.353.2472
Colter Elementary 307.733.9651
Jackson Elementary 307.733.5302
Kelly Elementary 307.733.2955
Moran Elementary 307.543.2438
Munger Mountain Elementary 307.733.3020
Wilson Elementary School 307.733.3077