Teacher in-service days will look a bit different for Jackson Hole public school students next year.
CREST days will be no more, but, Teton County School District No. 1 information coordinator Charlotte Reynolds said, the district will come up with a replacement.
“We will continue working with our community partners,” Reynolds said. “We’ll know what it will look like at the start of next school year.”
CREST stands for “Community + Recreation = Enrich Student’s Time.” Community partners like the Teton Raptor Center, the Art Association of Jackson Hole and others provided programming for students at Munger Mountain Elementary School. The last one was held Friday, with 288 students in attendance, which Reynolds said was one of the largest since the program began.
Since the 2016-17 school year, the number of days the district has offered CREST programming has fluctuated with the number of teacher in-service days. Next school year’s schedule has just one in-service day, Feb. 12, in which students would otherwise be in school.
Part of the reason for the change is that CREST requires a big lift from the district and the community organizations. Bus schedules are altered to move kids to the middle school, and the outside groups have to create curriculum.
But though CREST is no more, Reynolds said, the district hopes to maintain the relationships with the groups that have provided programming in the past.
“We’ve had great support with them,” she said, “and we look forward to working with all of them again.”
The change isn’t a huge stretch in part because the 2020-21 schedule has just one in-service day that affects students’ schedule. Other in-service days, which are required by the state, fall outside the normal schedule, either during summer or on holiday breaks like Thanksgiving.
That may not hold true in the future, because the district doesn’t tailor the schedule to avoid such days. Even if other school years call for more in-service days, the district anticipates offering something to keep students busy and engaged, though what that will be remains unclear.
“It’s tough for families to have safe, engaging educational programming on those one-off teacher in-service days,” Reynolds said. “It really benefits our working families.”