Device insurance

The Teton County School District No.1 is offering parents the chance to buy into a district device insurance policy to cover their children’s district-issued laptops and iPads.

School start times shift

Classes start Tuesday, so you have about a week to make sure you have all of the back-to-school supplies your child needs, from new shoes to pencils.

Teton County School District No. 1 announced in an email to parents Aug. 16 that start times at three elementary schools will change to accommodate bus schedules.

Colter Elementary School’s day will run from 8:05 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Munger Mountain Elementary School will start at 8:10 a.m. and go until 3 p.m., and Wilson Elementary will begin classes at 8:15 a.m. and end at 2:55 p.m.

The district said in the email: “With increased traffic, road construction, ridership and weather issues, these changes allow us to safely and efficiently ensure students arrive at school on time.”

Insure iPads and computers

For evidence that we live in the 21st century, look no further than your child’s backpack.

Gone are the days of carrying a stack of heavy textbooks. The tomes have been replaced by sleek pieces of technology that can access infinite amounts of research, information and interactive lessons.

But with the advent of digital education comes a new worry: the cost of losing or damaging a device.

Back in the day, a lost textbook might cost $100, usually less, but a broken iPad or computer could result in a much bigger replacement bill. Since the Apple products are a necessary part of learning in Teton County School District No. 1, parents might want to consider device insurance for their children’s district-issued hardware.

Like similar coverage on a personal phone, device insurance covers theft and all manner of damage, including submersion. The policies run $75.35 for a 13-inch Macbook laptop and $26.79 for an iPad with no deductible, and they cover the entire school year.

Parents must sign up through the district policy, not individually, at My.SafeWare.com.

Policy changes move forward

The Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees approved the first reading of a slate of policy changes at its Aug. 14 meeting. The changes cover everything from public records requests to administering medicine to students.

“Some are cleanup policies, some are updates because state statute changed,” Superintendent Gillian Chapman told the board. “Others are ones that we have wanted to talk about and address for some time.”

Administrative changes include codifying Communications Coordinator Charlotte Reynolds as the compliance officer in regard to nondiscrimination policies, as well as adding her as the “designated custodian” of public records. The public records policy stipulates that “absent good cause, the district has 30 days to comply with a response after the acknowledged date of receipt.”

At a workshop before their July meeting, the trustees debated changes to the recess policies, particularly in light of recent research that has shown the mental and physical health benefits of daily time spent outside. One sticking point in the old policies was a teacher’s ability to make a child miss recess as a punishment.

The amended policy now reads, “Loss of recess may be considered when the safety and welfare of the student or others is a concern.”

Trustee Annie Band suggested the board encourage teachers to use restorative consequences such as helping a teacher clean up after class.

State law dictates the board must wait at least 45 days after the first reading to pass the policy changes on second reading. To read the changes go to TCSD.org/board and click on the Board Docs logo. Click on the Policies drop-down menu and go to the draft to read the pending amendments. Changes will either be underlined or highlighted in yellow.

Public comment on the policy changes can be directed to the trustees at any time before their Oct. 9 meeting, when the policies will come up for a second reading.

Email comments to schoolboard@tcsd.org.

— Tom Hallberg

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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