The most challenging of school years is coming to an end. I am very proud of all the hard work teachers, parents, patrons and staff have done over the last few weeks to ensure our students keep learning during this difficult time. It is incredible to think about what we have accomplished together over the last few weeks.
- We shifted from in-person instruction to remote learning for more than 10,000 students in about 10 days.
- Our Child Nutrition Department organized a Grab ‘n Go Meal program in a week or two. The staff is now serving an average of about 1,300 breakfasts and lunches Monday through Friday.
- We distributed thousands of Chromebooks to families who needed them. We also worked with community partners like Idaho Business for Education to provide hotspots and expand Internet access for families.
- Schools organized parades and other special events to give students a chance to connect with teachers, and to let teachers cheer on their students.
- We celebrated the Class of 2020 with four unique graduation ceremonies this week at the Motor Vu Drive-In Theatre. (Special thanks to IFHS Principal Bob Devine for leading this effort as well as supporters of the D91 Education Foundation, which covered the costs of these special events.)
We have much to be proud of, but our work is not over.
- Our Grab ‘n Go food program will continue through June 30. Meals will be available from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Linden Park, Hawthorne, A.H. Bush, Dora Erickson and Temple View elementary schools; Eagle Rock Middle School and Emerson High School. They also will be available at Sunnyside Acres from 9:15 a.m. to 9:35 a.m. and the Sunset trailer court from 9:50 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.
- We are offering a summer program for students in grades 1-3 who need additional help with reading. Students will receive one-on-one online tutoring several times a week to address their individual needs. The program will run July 6 – Aug. 14. Watch for more information from your school.
- We are pleased to report about 80 percent of high school students successfully completed all their end-of- course assessments. For students who are still trying to earn those credits we are offering a number of summer school options. The options include online sessions beginning June 8 and face-to-face sessions beginning June 22. Check the D91 website for more information.
As we wrap up the year, we have started planning for a return to school in the fall. The hope is we can resume regular face-to-face instruction, but there are so many unknowns and variables that we are establishing advisory committees to look at several potential scenarios. Until a vaccine is widely available, our priority is to minimize the risk of spreading the virus to students and staff. We will be collecting input from parents and staff in the coming weeks, and I will provide updates throughout the summer.
Thank you again for your support during this unprecedented time. I think we can be incredibly proud of how our D91 community has rallied together to support students and families. Have a wonderful summer!