Teaching and schooling from home

Jackson Middle School sixth-grade student Ellie Stubbs meets with her councilor Stephanie Sloan on an iPad from her bedroom.

If you're free at 6 tonight, tune in to find out the latest information about Teton County School District's reopening plan.

The district's Board of Trustees holds monthly workshops to hash out ideas and projects outside the strictures of its monthly meetings. This month's workshop may be of particular interest to parents because the board will discuss the plan for reopening and what costs may be associated with it.

School district administrators will give a summary of the plan, and board members will be able to ask questions about it. The workshop will be broadcast over Webex. A link is available at TCSD.org.

Attendees can also participate and ask questions. The district has provided a public comment form to be filled out beforehand, then people will have three minutes each to speak.

The School Superintendent's Association estimated that it could cost districts nearly $1.8 million to reopen. Teton County's costs will likely be lower due to a smaller student population and having fewer schools, but in estimates provided by administrators, it could still costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to prep schools for a safe reopening.

The school board is considering four options: a full reopening that would put students back in the classroom as in a normal school year, with extra cleaning precautions; a partial reopening that would include some in-class time and some at-home work; a continuation of the Adapted Learning Plan that guided distance education this spring; and an intermittent reopening, which would involve starting the school year in the classroom, then doing distance education for the bulk of the cold and flu season.

Click here to see details on each option.

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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