Covid-19 Response - Updated 9/18/20, 10:00 AM

Stakeholders, Parents, and Community Members,

Our leadership team met yesterday afternoon (09/17/20) to discuss the next step as outlined in the plan adopted by our Board on August 11th. The leadership team examined the most recent COVID facts, analyzed the data provided through the district health websites, CDC, and consultation with Medical professionals, statewide, to come to our conclusion to proceed with the next step in the plan. We have agreed as a leadership team to proceed with the following schedule to open up the ISDB campus:

  • September 28th - D/HH preschool-elementary (up to 5th graders) will return to in person education.
  • October 5th - All BVI students will return to in person education. (Cottage Students will travel October 4th)
  • October 12th - The rest of our D/HH students will return (Middle School/High School)

All students and staff (those who can put on and take off masks unassisted) will be required to wear PPE within the CDC recommendations

Because we serve the entire state, we recognize the responsibility of transporting kids from areas that may have higher COVID rates than others. We take very seriously the recommendations outlined by the Governor, State Board of Education, State Board of Education, and the Department of Health and Welfare. As a result, we are proceeding cautiously through our reopening plan.

Lastly, we have many parents, students, staff, and teachers who have wanted us open and in person for a while. I, personally, really miss those little faces on campus, but I still feel that we have made the right decision in progressing the way that we are. I welcome any input or feedback you might have. Thank you again for all of your support.

Be Well, Be Safe, We got this!!!

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santa waves and holds a christmas list with a student on his lap

Santa came to the Region 5 Christmas get-together held on the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls….and Matthew was ready! Matthew brought his 7-page Christmas list, handwritten in dark marker. Jill Andrus, IESDB Consulting Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired, reported that during his braille instruction time, he practiced writing items from his list.

Matthew, along with his mom, dad, and sister, were one of seven families that attended, with 40 people in all. Children with a hearing and/or vision loss and their families were invited. Santa (a.k.a. John Philips who works at Seastroms) chatted with children using sign language. Matthew asked about Mrs. Clause and types of cookies Santa preferred (chocolate chip) with Kristy Buffington, Elf, interpreting (she is also the IESDB Post-Transition Coordinator). Matthew listened closely, asking follow-up questions as needed (is warm or cold milk the best?).

santa and his elf talk with student

Lorna Irwin, Hands and Voices Coordinator, oversaw a popular craft activity: making ornaments with plastic beads and a heated iron. Other crafts were cookie decorating and coloring Winter pictures with our IESDB Consulting Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Heather Burgen and Tammy Wilhoite. Jenny Hirai (IESDB Consulting Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired) had a table of pipe cleaners, fruit loops, noodles and string for original creations.

Happy Holidays to all! Matthew, we look forward to hearing what Santa left under your Christmas tree this year!