Teton County School District

Do you have things you'd like to say to the school board?

Judging by the amount of public comment the Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees has received recently, you might have some things to say if you're a parent. The board is launching a "listening tour" over Zoom in the next few weeks to give parents a chance to talk to trustees directly.

Principals will send out information for the meeting login beforehand. Each session is a half hour, and after brief introductions, parents will be able to provide the trustees with feedback on how they think school is going. The schedule for the listening tour is:

Dec. 17

5:30 p.m. Moran Elementary School

6 p.m. Alta Elementary School

6:30 p.m. Kelly Elementary School

7 p.m. Wilson Elementary School

Jan. 6

5:30 p.m. Jackson Elementary School

6 p.m. Summit Innovations School

6:30 p.m. Jackson Hole High School

Jan. 7

5:30 p.m. Munger Mountain Elementary School

6 p.m. Colter Elementary School

6:30 p.m. Jackson Hole Middle School

In addition to the listening tour, the district said in a recent update that it would like students to be tested for the coronavirus before they return to school Jan. 4 after winter break. School nurses are sending home signup sheets so students can receive a Vault Health at-home test. 

"We strongly encourage all students to take home a test and use it over the winter break," Superintendent Gillian Chapman wrote in an email to parents.

The Vault tests are administered over a Zoom call and then sent to lab. Results are generally received within 72 hours.

The district also has a rapid-result test for people experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. The BinaxNOW COVID-19 test must be taken within seven days of symptoms developing and is less accurate than the Vault tests.

It is also not available during winter break because it is administered by school nurses, so the Vault tests are the only option for people to test before returning from the holiday break.

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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