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

student poses with scarecrow

The ISDB staff for the Blind and Visually impaired took their students to visit a nearby Pumpkin Patch in October. The Crismore’s Pumpkin Patch in Buhl welcomed the ISDB group on a sunny Fall day. The students walked through the pumpkin patch to search for their special pumpkin to bring back to school. In addition, many of the students romped and explored the corn maze, and had their pictures taken on the hay stacks with the scarecrow!

The trip was capped off with lunch in the Buhl City Park, before returning to school with their pumpkins in hand! At school the teachers used the pumpkins for some exploratory activities—carving pumpkins (with lots of help!), feeling and removing the seeds, and roasting the seeds in the oven.