Teton County School District No. 1

Teton County School District No. 1 has a message for parents: You are not homeschooling your children.

That message was front and center in an update the district sent parents Thursday on what they should expect when school resumes Monday after spring break.

Though everyone is in uncharted territory with remote education, “You are not expected to homeschool your student, trying to replace the talented, professional teachers hired to help our students learn and grow,” the update said.

Gov. Mark Gordon’s order that public places and nonessential businesses remain closed through at least April 30 includes schools.

When students fire up their computers and tablets Monday, their school-work will look much as it did the week before spring break.

The short-term plan the district devised to cover that week will be in effect next week as well. Then, teachers will roll out a new adapted-learning plan to start April 13.

The Wyoming Department of Education recently approved 48 such plans for districts around the state. Plans are valid for the rest of the school year should facilities remain closed.

Principals from each school will give parents information on the logistics of remote education and how they are set to change.

“Please know that we will do our very best to support students virtually, while providing as much structure and as many learning opportunities as possible,” the update says.

Families without reliable internet access can borrow portable hot spots from the district that were donated by the Fund for Public Education and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. For more information, contact district information coordinator Charlotte Reynolds at creynolds@tcsd.org.

Elementary school students who need iPads can borrow them from the district by contacting their teachers.

As the coronavirus outbreak continues, more families may be pinched as parents’ work hours are cut or jobs lost. Families experiencing income reductions may qualify for free and reduced lunch. The district provided the application with its latest update.

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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