Public Notice

The IESDB Board of Directors will be holding a Special Board Meeting, Monday, June 24th, 2021 to consider the Fiscal Year 2022 budget. The meeting will begin at 9:00 am, with the location yet to be determined.

Welcome to Our Site

Brian Darcy, Agency AdministratorTo all of our Friends and Families of IESDB out there, welcome to our webpage. We are winding down our school year for our campus program (the ISDB) and schools are preparing for graduation. We have been “in person learning” since January 3rd. We are excited to be ending the year in a more traditional manner than we did last year.

The school year is reaching its close, it does not, however, mean that education is taking a “summer break” as well. We are excited to partner with several other Idaho agencies to offer ongoing educational experiences. Our “Learn to Earn” or “Ready, Set, Go – to work” summer program is in full swing for both populations. This gives students an opportunity to learn what it takes to get a job, maintain a job – and actually go to work and earn some money! We also have our Sawtooth Summer camp for younger Deaf students and our BVI “Experiences” camp being offered this summer. (BVI “Experiences” will be a camp in a box this year – the rest are in person). We are planning on offering most of these camps in person, while following COVID protocols. Summer playgroups – although not as large as in the past, will also be offered in our regional programs. These are great opportunities for our students to interact and families can connect as well. We will be having several professional development opportunities for all teachers and professionals working with our students, so keep an eye out for those, as well.

Lastly, we know this past year has been a burden on many of our families and friends. Although we are not all the way through the tunnel, we see a great ray of hope for return to normalcy. Vaccinations, masking, washing hands, and keeping appropriate distance are going to be the way we continue to battle to provide a solid, in-person, educational experience. Thanks to the support of our Board, the Governor’s office, the Legislature, our families, and all our partner agencies, we believe that we can continue to provide the best educational opportunity for Idaho children. Have a safe and educational summer!Brian Darcy - I.E.S.D.B Administrator

cash cab costume with passenger, driver and two helpers

If you had stopped by ISDB on October 31, you would have seen the Elementary and Special Needs students thrilled to be dressed up in all sorts of creative costumes. Their teachers use the opportunity of this day to make the traditional Trick or Treat custom come alive in the school building, which includes teachers having goals for their students to stretch their skills to communicate with multiple adults in the school as they stop in offices to ask for “treats”. (None of them were really planning for any “tricks”!)

Before heading out from their own classrooms, the teachers intentionally practice the expectations for the communication needed for the typical Trick or Treat interaction-- with their students, some of whom are learning to use alternative modes of communication. The staff around the school gain great joy in supporting the students in these communication opportunities, as the students come in to show off their costumes and ask for that treat! This photo features a young preschooler whose desire was to be “a fish” for Halloween. His teacher, Jodie Hamilton, obliged him preparing a variety of details for the full costume--- she was the fisherwoman and he was the fish! Wherever they went in the school, staff and other students were treated to see them “act out” Fisherwoman Jodie swooshing her fish net to “catch” her student. He was delighted every time!