The Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees will convene Wednesday for its monthly meeting, and at least one item that was supposed to be on the agenda has been removed.

At its September meeting, the board tabled a discussion about sending kids back to the classroom full time, in part because the meeting was just a week after school started. It agreed to host a special meeting Oct. 5 to discuss elementary school students going back five days a week, and it said it would have that same talk about middle and high school students at its regular meeting Wednesday.

Since that September meeting, coronavirus case numbers have climbed, and the board scrapped the special meeting. According to Wednesday’s agenda, it has also decided not to consider sending secondary students back full time.

Instead, it is looking at standard school board business, like school improvement plans and changes to the rules for when executive session is appropriate. It is not, however, considering some of the coronavirus precautions that the board has discussed before, like surveillance testing of students.

The board voted down surveillance testing of athletes and blanket testing of students at the beginning of the year, and despite pushes from Trustees Annie Band and Kate Mead, the board has not returned to the topic. Though the board will discuss COVID-19 with school administrators and Teton County Health Department representatives during the meeting, unless one of the members attempts to add either a change to student schedules or testing to the agenda, the district will maintain the status quo on the bulk of its viral precautions.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Public comment, both on agenda items or things not slated for discussion, will be taken during the meeting. Information for logging in virtually to give comments can be found at

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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