Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

As COVID-19 cases spike in Teton County, school trustees have canceled a Monday special meeting.

The board had planned to discuss sending elementary schoolchildren to their classrooms five days a week.

The meeting’s cancellation comes as Teton County reported 21 new cases Thursday, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. That brings active cases to 82, nearly triple the 30 reported less than two weeks ago. The seven-day rolling average of new daily cases per 100,000 people has also climbed into the “red zone,” as set by the Harvard Global Health Institute.

From discussions in previous meetings, some Teton County school trustees had hoped K-5 students could soon return to full-time in-person learning. But with cases rising, said Charlotte Reynolds, district communications director, they decided talking about it Monday was “too early.”

The board will have a chance to discuss the subject at its next regular meeting, set for 6 p.m. Oct. 14. To provide public comment, email schoolboard@tcsd.org by noon Oct. 9. Commenters can speak during the meeting, too.

This story has been updated to show public comment is due by noon Oct. 9. — Ed.

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.

(1) comment

Melanie Harrice

Time to switch to online learning. Please trustees think outside the school district bubble. We have a community wide problem here.

Thank you 😊

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