August 25, 2020
Dear TCSD Families,
As you enjoy these last days of summer, TCSD staff are working hard preparing for the 2020-2021 school year. While I know we are all excited to get back to school and a sense of normalcy, this will not be a normal year. We know that in all likelihood COVID-19 will be impacting us for many more months, quite possibly the entire school year. This virus is impacting how we attend school, it is impacting how we participate in extracurricular activities, it is impacting how we interact and engage with one another. Recognizing the challenges in returning to school in these unprecedented times, we know that engaging our students and families is essential in their success regardless of the attendance model you selected for your student. Our team will be finding new and creative ways to get to know you and your child over the next several weeks.
Our team of dedicated principals, teachers, nurses, counselors, psychologists, social workers, bus drivers and food service workers, secretaries and paraprofessionals, custodians, maintenance staff, IT staff, coaches and district office staff have been working tirelessly to prepare for the start of this school year. Provided here is a quick checklist of the actions we have been taking district wide to prepare your schools to open on September 1st. Also provided here are some response flowcharts outlining how TCSD will respond to COVID, in coordination with the Teton County Department of Health.
In addition to the dedication of our TCSD team, we will need the support of students, families and the community at large to keep our students and staff healthy and safe. Face coverings will be required throughout the school day. Please talk to your student about the importance of wearing their face coverings while at school, maintaining distance from their peers and following the directions of teachers and school staff. Health checks will occur during the day and any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home. While we always ask students to stay home if they are not feeling well, this year it is essential that students not come to school if they are sick.
If you have not yet registered your child for school, please do so by August 27th. Having accurate student enrollment information is essential to ensure proper staffing at each of our schools and having updated registration forms provides us with important information about your child. Returning students should have received registration directions via email last week with directions to complete the online registration forms. If you did not receive that email, please contact your student’s school.
For students who will be riding the bus, we will not be mailing postcards with bus route information. This information was included in your student’s online registration materials. It is also available on the transportation webpage. If you have any questions about bus route information please contact your student’s school. Please take a few minutes to review the 20-21 Letter to Parents and the transportation handbook with your student. These documents include important information about school transportation services and expectations. While the district is doing its very best to adhere to all public health recommendations, families should be aware that we cannot guarantee physical distancing will be maintained on the school bus. Parents/guardians who are able to provide self-transport for their student are encouraged to do so. The Activity Bus service will not be offered for at least the first two weeks of school. Requests for alternate bus stops can be made on the transportation webpage and will be granted based on space availability.
All TCSD students will be assigned a district laptop (grades 9-12) or iPad (grades K-8) for school use. We strongly encourage families to sign up for device insurance to cover costs if a device is damaged or stolen.
Elementary Insurance Information
Middle School Insurance Information
High School Insurance information
Please talk with your student about the proper care and handling of the device. Cases are provided for all devices and should not be removed. This will limit the chance of damage. Stickers or writing on the case is not permitted.
Remember to sign up for My School Bucks, at www.myschoolbucks.com. You can view your student’s meal spending and replenish your student's lunch account. Families are encouraged to apply for free or reduced meals at www.myschoolapps.com. Paper copies of the application are also available at your student’s school office. Remember that new applications are required every year and only one application per household is required. The information provided on the application is used only to evaluate income eligibility for the program. All applications are kept completely confidential and not shared with any outside agency.
Thank you for all you do to support your student and the district. Please continue to do your part to keep the number of COVID-19 cases in our community low so that we can keep our schools open and our students engaged in the attendance model selected by each family in our district. The Board of Trustees and the entire TCSD team is hopeful we will be able to return to full time, face to face learning for all students very soon but until then, we will do our best to adjust to the current learning environment while providing a high quality education for all students.
Gillian Chapman, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Jackson Hole High School 307.732.3700
Summit Innovations School 307.733.9116
Jackson Hole Middle School 307.733.4234
Alta Elementary 307.353.2472
Colter Elementary 307.733.9651
Jackson Elementary 307.733.5302
Kelly Elementary 307.733.2955
Moran Elementary 307.543.2438
Munger Mountain Elementary 307.733.3020
Wilson Elementary School 307.733.3077