September 10, 2022
What an amazing week at TCSD #1 as we started the 2022-2023 school year, with the added celebration of being able to welcome families in the buildings. Over the coming weeks there will be Open House events across the district and I encourage you to to engage in those opportunities to get to know your child’s teachers, visit their classrooms and engage in the school community.
I understand there was some confusion and miscommunication this week about the food service program and paying for meals. The online payment system we use, myschoolbucks.com, is experiencing technical issues, preventing some parents from being able to electronically add money to their student’s meal account. We believe the issues have been mostly resolved and hope that any lingering glitches will be fixed in the coming days. We will communicate with families when we are confident that the system is functioning properly. Until then, we encourage you to send your child to school with a check made payable to your student's school with their name in the memo line. We understand that for some families this is inconvenient so we will continue to allow students to purchase breakfast and lunch, second entrees and up to two snacks (chips, juice boxes, etc) even if they do not have funds in the school meal account. Please know that costs will still be incurred and any outstanding balance will need to be paid when the online payment system is working again. If you still have questions, please contact our food services manager, Danny Reed at email@example.com.
As a reminder, the State of Wyoming has a set of required vaccinations for students based on grade level/ages. To support families in obtaining these vaccinations the Teton Health Department is offering a vaccination clinic on Friday, September 16th. For more information, click here. Wyoming does provide a Religious/Medical Vaccination Waiver option for families. Please visit this website for more information.
All TCSD students are assigned a device to be used for school purposes. Jackson Hole High School and Summit Innovations School students receive a laptop while elementary and middle school students receive an iPad. Younger students typically leave their device at school while secondary students typically bring the device home, unless parents/guardians inform the school that they prefer the device be left at school. All families are required to complete a Responsible Use Agreement that outlines appropriate use of the device and consequences for not following the use requirements. If you have not already completed this form for your student, please do so as soon as possible.
Damaged devices are covered under the District's AppleCare agreement. Please refer to that attached fee structure for details about fees associated with damage devices. AppleCare does cover the cost to replace stolen devices. If you would like to purchase optional theft insurance please complete the insurance enrollment by October 1, 2022.
As we all adjust to new routines please remember to set a regular schedule at home including a bedtime that allows students to get the amount of sleep they need, have a healthy breakfast and reach out to your child’s school with any questions.
As you enjoy these last days of summer, our team of dedicated principals, teachers, nurses, counselors, psychologists, social workers, bus drivers and food service workers, secretaries and paraprofessionals, custodians, maintenance staff, IT staff, coaches and district office staff have been working tirelessly to prepare for the start of this school year which starts on Tuesday, September 6th.
The federal free meals for all students has ended, which means that students will again have to pay for school meals unless the family applies and qualifies for free or reduced meal costs. We STRONGLY encourage all families to apply for the program. Applications in English and Spanish are available in your student’s school office or you can apply online at myschoolapps. Applications must be completed, signed and sent to Danny Reed, Box 568, Jackson, WY. 83001 or given to lunchroom staff. You may apply any time during the school year. All applications are kept completely confidential and not shared with any outside agency.
For those who do not quality for free meals, the 2022-2023 costs are as follows:
Lunch $3.25 full pay, Lunch $0.40 reduced price
Breakfast $2.10 full pay, Breakfast $0.30 reduced price
Lunch 3.50 full pay, Lunch $0.40 reduced price
Breakfast $2.25 full pay, Breakfast $0.30 reduced price
Lunch $3.75 full pay, Lunch $0.40 reduced price
Breakfast $2.50 full pay, Breakfast $0.30 reduced price
My School Bucks is an online system that allows parents/guardians to monitor student meal accounts and make payments online. Questions? Email Danny Reed, Food Service Director, or call at 307-732-3757.
TCSD is in the process of transitioning to a new district-wide notification system. Families do not need to do anything to receive text messages, emails or phone calls through this system but please be aware that text messages and phone calls may come from a different phone number than in previous years. If you have not done so already, please make sure your child’s school has current contact information on file. You can do this through the online registration process.
We are very hopeful that the impacts COVID had on our school is behind us. If our community does experience an increase in cases, we will work with local and state health officials to review CDC recommendations to determine the district's response based on their most current guidance. Here are the current recommendations from CDC.
For students who will be riding the bus, information about student bus routes is included in your student’s online registration materials. It is also available on the transportation webpage. If you have any questions about bus route information please contact your student’s school. Please take a few minutes to review the 2022-2023 Letter to Families and the transportation handbook with your student. These documents include important information about school transportation services and expectations. Requests for alternate bus stops can be made on the transportation webpage and will be granted based on space availability.
All TCSD students will be assigned a district laptop (grades 9-12) or iPad (grades K-8) for school use. Devices are insured through AppleCare for damage. There is a per incident fee for damaged devices for repair or replacement. Fee structure information is provided here.
Please talk with your student about the proper care and handling of the device. Cases are provided for all devices and should not be removed. This will limit the chance of damage. Stickers or writing on the case is not permitted.
Thank you for all you do to support your student(s), teachers and staff and the district. We are looking forward to seeing you on September 6th!
Gillian Chapman, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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