SCHOOL NEWS

Letter to Parents | 8/13/2020

Updated: Aug 16

To the parents of students in the Buhl School District


Monday, August 17th marks the start of an historic opening of schools here in Buhl in the midst of a pandemic. The administrators and staff of the Buhl School District are looking forward to having students in their classrooms once again. We are starting with a modified schedule of alternating days for students. We want to provide the safest possible environment for your students and the school staff. To that end we are implementing several of the recommended strategies to help prevent the spread of the virus including focusing on social distancing, emphasizing hand sanitizing, and disinfecting the facilities and classrooms frequently. Face coverings are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED but not required. These strategies (masks, social distancing, hand sanitizing, and regular cleaning) are the most recommended strategies to mitigate the spread of the virus.


The modified schedule will be in effect from August 17 to September 11.


Today (Aug. 13) South Central Public Health Department released its first risk level

assessments for the counties within its jurisdiction. Twin Falls County has been placed

in the “Moderate Risk” category overall with two of the indicators (positivity rate, and

average new cases) in the High Risk level. Here is link to that information:

https://www.phd5.idaho.gov/images/Coronavirus-Page/Risk-Levels/8-13-2020_Risk-Assessment.pdf


That designation falls within our plan’s guidelines, Category 2, Moderate Risk, and

affirms our plan to open with a modified schedule.


We will try to make decisions about any changes in the school schedule far enough in

advance to help parents and staff make plans, preferably not less than one week prior to

a change.


To clarify the opening school schedule, your children have been identified as being in

either Group A or Group B based on the last name of the oldest student in your

household. If you have questions, please contact the building principal where your

oldest child attends. Students will come on alternate days according to the group they

are assigned.


Teachers will have activities and assignments for students for the days they are not in

attendance. There are several days in the schedule identified as “Distance Learning

Days”. Teachers are working with their administrators to determine what these days will

look like. As soon as each building’s plan for those days is finalized, they will contact

you.


Here is what the opening school schedule looks like:


Mon., Aug. 17:

  • Popplewell Group A open house and orientation for students and parents; MS and HS Group A students start school

Tue., Aug. 18:

  • Popplewell Group B open house and orientation for students and parents; MS and HS Group B students start school

Wed., Aug. 19:

  • Popplewell Group A students start school, Wakapa Group A students start school, MS and HS Group A students attend school

Thur., Aug. 20:

  • Popplewell Group B students start school, Wakapa Group B students start school; MS and HS Group B students attend school

Fri., Aug. 21:

  • Distance Learning Day – all students

Mon. Aug. 24:

  • Group A students all buildings attend school

Tue. Aug. 25:

  • Group B students all buildings attend school

Wed. Aug. 26:

  • Group A students all buildings attend school

Thur., Aug. 27:

  • Group B students all buildings attend school

Fri., Aug. 28:

  • Distance Learning Day – all students

Mon., Aug. 31:

  • Group A students all buildings attend school

Tue., Sept. 1:

  • Group B students all buildings attend school

Wed., Sept. 2:

  • Distance Learning Day – all students

Thur., Sept. 3 to Mon. Sept. 7:

  • School Closed for Fair and Labor Day

Tue., Sept. 8:

  • Group A students all buildings attend school

Wed., Sept. 9:

  • Group B students all buildings attend school

Thur. Sept. 10:

  • Group A students all buildings attend school

Fri., Sept. 11:

  • Group B students all buildings attend school


One final note.

On behalf of the Buhl Board of Trustees, as well as the administrators

and staff of the Buhl School District, I’d like to extend our appreciation to Mayor

McCauley, the Buhl City Council, and Chief Engbaum for deciding to continue their

support for having a School Resource Officer (SRO) on the force and assigning that

officer, Rusty Hawkins, to continue to work with the students of the school district. It

has been my experience that a SRO is an invaluable resource in schools; they build

meaningful relationships with kids, they help prevent many problems before they occur,

and they help keep kids and the community safe.

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