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Students have a little more time after school this week.

As part of its decision to move to virtual education for this week, the Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees also suspended all school-led sports and activities. Given that fall sports are pretty much wrapped up now that the Broncs’ bid for the state football championship has ended, the pause impacts only winter sports practices and other activities.

Though in-school transmission has been low, as far as contact tracing has been able to find, extracurriculars have shown more evidence of transmission, Colter Elementary Principal Bo Miller said at the board’s Wednesday meeting.

Some community organizations run afterschool activities, and Superintendent Gillian Chapman told the school board that she hopes they will follow suit.

“I would urge our community partners that do actual activities to cease those activities for [the] week,” she said.

The switch to virtual education was to allow teachers and staff who are in quarantine right now to finish that and then be ready to return to the classroom. If the board feels comfortable with students coming back Nov. 30 as planned, then activities could resume.

If the board chooses to keep students learning from home longer, it’s likely the moratorium on afterschool activities will continue, too.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

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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