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8:15 a.m. A few cars are lined up in front of Jackson Elementary School, kids piling out with backpacks. The walking school bus strolls up and drops off a handful of kids while older students zoom by on bikes.

The Hole Scroll

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

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Good morning health readers, 

As I mentioned in last week's newsletter, behavioral healthcare professionals are continuing to unpack the results of this summer's community needs assessment, which gave everyone a better understanding of mental health, substance use and the impact of the pandemic. 

At the same time, an impassioned email exchange between town councilors Jim Rooks and Jessica Sell Chambers went public, revealing some of the difficulty in addressing a personal issues, especially in the public eye. 

Their story is about more than just one email chain; it demonstrates the way internal biases can make us judge one another and ourselves. It also comes at a time when Jackson Hole residents are grappling with the collective grief and trauma of the pandemic, and raises questions about how community members will care for each other going forward. 

Also this week, read about the effort to stop the spread of the flu (spoiler: more shots are required). And hear how the hospital used a public relations consultant to tell the story of former CEO Will Wagnon's departure. 

If you have a story related to the pandemic or other health challenges impacting valley residents, email — Evan

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In this week's paper we published the Jackson Hole Woman special section, featuring some of the valley's youngest emerging leaders on the cover.

Skateboarding across the cover, that is. Thanks to a collaboration between Jackson nonprofits Girls Actively Participating and Carving the Future, young girls were able to shred the pavement alongside their adventurous classmates.

In the feature story, GAP executive director Elly Garrett explains how opportunities for bravery help people realize their potential.

We also covered some of the health leaders in the community who are working to keep students safe. On the sidelines, private practice physical therapists have stepped up to treat in-game injuries while the district searches for a full-time athletic trainer. And behind the scenes, nurses are collaborating with the public health department to track COVID-19, and now influenza, in the valley's youngest residents.

We wrote about how to get your flu shot this season, and we will have more information on COVID vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 in the coming weeks.

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Stay safe, and enjoy these last few weeks of fall — Evan

Alta Elementary work begins

Minor construction has started at Alta Elementary School, and it may continue into the school year.

The small school needs more storage for items that are not used on a regular basis, Teton County School District No. 1 Information Coordinator Charlotte Reynolds said. The things in question are gym and athletic equipment and a stage that is used when the school puts on performances.