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Coronavirus Information

08/10/20

Registration this year for our district is going to be a little different. Registration for all students in the Soda Springs School District is now online for your convenience and social distancing purposes. Please complete your child’s registration by August 20th.

If your child is currently enrolled in the Soda Springs School District an email will be sent to the address, we have on file, with instructions of how to complete online registration. Parents will be asked to update any information through their Parent Portal account through PowerSchool. /- We ask that you update any information that has changed.

Any NEW STUDENTS who are NOT currently enrolled in the Soda Springs School District may register online at www.sodaschools.org. A certified copy of your child's birth certificate and a complete immunization record is required for your child to enroll in school. Birth certificates can be uploaded on our registration website. Immunization records will need to be emailed, faxed, or dropped by your child’s school Monday-Thursday 730-4:30 P.M. Certified birth certificates are available from the Idaho Bureau of Vital Statistics and can be ordered online at www.vitalstatistics.com. Immunizations are available at the Southeast Idaho Health Department. Please complete all forms to the best of your ability.

School supply lists are posted on our District website at www.sodaschools.org

The district has added an online payment feature for High School and Middle School fees this year. You may access the online payment feature at www.sodaschools.org/parents then choose the appropriate school. This will be a great deal easier for parents along with district staff.

Hallway lockers will not be available this year for either TMS or SSHS.

Soda Springs High School:

Pictures have been rescheduled to August 27th starting at 8 am.

Students that need to change their schedule may meet with Mrs. Ledbetter per the schedule below (student and a parent/guardian only please). We will follow strict social distancing protocols. Students may come only during their scheduled times.

Wednesday August 12

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Seniors with last name starting with A-K

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Seniors with last name starting with L-Z

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Juniors with last name starting with A-K

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Juniors with last name starting with L-Z

Thursday August 13

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Sophomores with last name starting with A-K

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Sophomores with last name starting with L-Z

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Freshmen with last name starting with A-K

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Freshmen with last name starting with L-Z

New students will register by appointment with Mrs. Ledbetter on Monday, August 17th. Please call the school at 208-547-3205 to schedule an appointment.

Thirkill Elementary parents will be invited to attend technology training for parents by your individual teachers. Due to the restrictions with COVID-19 Thirkill will not be having Meet and Greet prior to the first day of school. Your child will need to bring their supplies August 24.

TMS- Parents just a reminder all 7th graders will be needing booster Immunizations prior to school beginning.

5/14/20:

Soda Springs Joint School District #150 will continue their lunch/breakfast service through June 25, 2020.

There will be NO lunch service May 25, 2020 which is Memorial Day.

Drive Up lunch service will be from 11:00am-12:30pm Monday-Thursday.

Home deliveries will continue as they are now.

Lunch/breakfast is free for all children ages 1-18 years.

The program will stop if numbers served don't support the running of the program. Participants will be given 3 days notice prior to closure of the program.

This program is made available by obtaining a waiver through the USDA for community eligibility and non-congregate feeding.

This Institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Idaho State Board of Education

School District and Charter School
Re-entry Criteria (Return from Soft-Closure)


This document is the Idaho State Board of Education minimum re-entry criteria for school districts and charter schools to return to normal operations. In order to move from soft closure operations to normal operations for staff and students, school districts and charter schools shall consider relevant local factors to their situation in addition to meeting the minimum re-entry criteria established by the Idaho State Board of Education. This minimum re-entry criteria document was completed in consultation with state and local public health officials. Social distancing criteria are based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health authority guidelines.


Idaho State Board of Education Minimum Re-entry Criteria:
1. No statewide or local social distancing restrictions, including stay-home orders or extensive closures of businesses are in place.
a. Exceptions to the soft closure should continue to be considered for staff and student needs, on a case by case basis, as determined at the local level (e.g. small groups of students that can be distanced in a way that meets the social distancing criteria for the purpose of proctoring exams or working one-on-one with special education students, as long as the school district or charter school has sufficient capacity to maintain hygiene and sanitation).


2. The peak of the state infection curve has passed, as determined by the State Department of Health and Welfare, and a minimum of 14 days have passed from the identified peak. In those instances where local community spread has occurred, the local infection curve will be evaluated for determining the 14 consecutive days. School districts and charter schools located in counties that have experienced no community spread at the time state restrictions are lifted may have the 14 consecutive days criteria waived with approval by the local public health district.


3. Approval by the local public health district, after review of school district and charter school cleaning and disinfection protocols.


4. Re-entry plan approved by the local board of trustees identifying minimum school protocols (see list below).


Required Minimum School Protocols
a. Cleaning and disinfection protocols.
b. Identify and plan for vulnerable staff and students with a special emphasis on people over age 60 and those who are medically vulnerable.
c. Identify and plan for staff duties which require close contact.
d. Absenteeism plan for staff and students whose parents do not feel comfortable returning their student to school and for students who show symptoms of the coronavirus.
e. Communications plan for informing parents and staff of the school district and charter school response plans, protocols, and policies to manage the impact of the coronavirus.
f. Verify point of contact for each school district and charter school for effective communication and collaboration with the local public health officials.
g. Reopening plans are reviewed in consultation with local public health officials.


These re-entry criteria are subject to change in order to adapt to changing circumstances. Additional criteria will be developed for a fall start of the school year, based on conditions at the time.

 

Idaho COVID-19

GUIDANCE FOR GOVERNOR BRAD LITTLE'S AMENDED STATEWIDE STAY-HOME ORDER

ALL residents of Idaho must self-isolate and stay and work from home as much as possible, unless 
you work in healthcare, public safety or an identified "essential business" as defined in order.

Residents can leave homes to obtain or provide essential services. People at higher risk (over 65 
and/or health- compromised) should avoid leaving their homes.

Employers that do not provide essential services as defined in order must take all steps necessary 
for employees to work remotely from home.

coronavirus.idaho.gov

Continue to self-isolate

"Essential" facilities & services still open

Grocery stores, healthcare facilities, gas stations, pharmacies, essential state and local 
government functions, laundromats/laundry services, financial institutions, residential and 
home-based care, veterinary services, hardware stores, limited child care for essential workers, 
infrastructure, and other businesses essential to the safety and well-being of the residents as 
defined in the order remain open. Restaurants open but only for drive-thru, carry-out, or delivery.

Facilities & services can open for curbside & delivery

Any facility or service (including formerly "non-essential" businesses) can begin to operate via 
curbside services, drive-in, drive-through pickup, mailed services or delivery services.

Must remain closed: indoor gyms, recreational facilities, nightclubs, bars, entertainment venues, 
convention centers, hair and nail salons, public events and gatherings, dine-in restaurants 
(drive-thru, carry-out, delivery to continue), and other facilities and services not included in 
"essential" businesses as defined in order.

No gatherings

Out-of-state travelers limited

Limit public transit & travel

Only to provide or obtain essential services. Idaho residents continue to cease all non-essential 
travel.

Non-residents must self-quaratine in Idaho for 14 days after coming into the state.

Does not apply to those performing essential services or those who live in one state and work or 
gain essential services in another state.

Limit all non-essential gatherings of any number of individuals outside the household.

Outdoor activity OK

Outdoor activity is not prohibited but residents should keep distance of 6-feet from others not in 
their household.

Practices social distancing, wash hands, don't touch your face, clean high touch surfaces, cover 
coughs and sneezes, and do not shake hands. Wear protective face coverings in public places and 
gloves as necessary.

Ramp up personal hygiene

Amended Order in effect through April 30, 2020.

Governor Little

After April 30, 2020

Governor Little also said “non-essential” businesses should prepare to reopen after April 30 as 
long as they prepare

operational plans over the next two weeks to:

- maintain social distancing for staff and patrons

- provide adequate sanitation and protective coverings for employees, vendors, and patrons

- offer curbside and pickup delivery

- limit number of people in business at a time

- direct flow of people in the operation

Criteria for opening will be posted to coronavirus.idaho.gov when completed.

This excludes some “non-essential” businesses where people simply cannot safely social distance, 
such as nightclubs, bars, and restaurants for dine-in; indoor gyms and recreational facilities; 
hair and nail salons; convention and entertainment centers; and public events and gatherings.

He noted that may not occur if there is an upward trend of severe COVID-19 cases in Idaho between 
now and April 30.

Updates from the school district

 

Thank you to our patrons who offered support and encouragement this week. We are grateful for the many acts of kindness, as well as for your patience.

4/16/20:

Current Closure Dates Clarification

Governor Little Issued Stay Home Order for all Idahoans  extended until April 30

President Trump extended social distancing guidelines until April 30

Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE) issued a soft closure of all Idaho schools until end of school year unless health criteria are met. Criteria will be released April 13, 2020. 

4/9/20:

The State Board of Education (SBOE) issued a historic directive Monday to extend its statewide K-12 public school closure through the end of the academic year in an attempt to protect families and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Local school officials can re-open this year if local social distancing guidelines are lifted; if the school meets a list of criteria the board will present April 13; and if local health officials approve a reopening. The specific criteria for reopening has not yet been finalized.
The State Department of Education joined the SBOE by encouraging school leaders to submit waivers if their attendance has been affected, so that funding won’t be diminished.
The State Board passed a motion Monday afternoon asking for Little to use his executive authority to waive instructional hour requirements, as well as requirements regarding the civics test and the Idaho Reading Indicator test. More information 03/13/2020.

4/9/20: 

If you or your child are in need of a local counselor please contact one of the local counselor's listed below. 

Portneuf Valley Family Center (208) 547-4470)           

   Inner Light Counseling, Sherie Ann Flagg LCSW RPT (208) 425-6932 

   Bear Lake Memorial Hospital Counseling Services (208) 847-4464 Shaun Tobler MSW, LCSW

4/8/20:

 

Current Closure Dates Clarification

Governor Little Issued Stay Home Order for all Idahoans until April 15

President Trump extended social distancing guidelines until April 30

Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE) issued a soft closure of all Idaho schools until end of school year unless health criteria are met. Criteria will be released April 13, 2020. 

More information will be sent out next week following SBOE meeting.

 

4/1/20:

Thank you to all that have been coming to our drive-thru lunch/breakfast service. It is a learning experience for us all. We continue to add more lunches/breakfasts daily as our count continues to grow. We have been pretty close on our guesses but have had to turn a very small number of persons away. Don't stop coming! As stated already, we add daily to the number of meals we prepare. 

If your children are in need of meals but cannot come to the drive thru lunch, please contact Mrs. Wells at wellvale@sodaschools.org

We will continue to serve lunch/breakfast Monday-Thursday 11:00am-12:30pm at Thirkill. Lunch is free for children ages 1-18. We will serve until 12:30 or when we run out of lunches. 

Thank you,

Soda Springs District Lunch Staff

This institution is an equal opportunity provider

 

3/31/20:

Current Closure Dates Clarification

Governor Little Issued Stay Home Order for all Idahoans until April 15

President Trump extended social distancing guidelines until April 30

Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE) issued a soft closure of all Idaho schools until April 20. 

Currently, the Soda Springs School District is closed until April 20th as per the SBOE. The SBOE will revisit this date at their meeting next week. The Governor may weigh in with a different date as well. 

 

3/27/20 update:

At this time, Soda Springs Joint School District #150 will continue to serve free meals to children ages 1-18. This is to ensure that the needs of at risk children are met. We are operating under the Nationwide Non-Congregate Feeding Waiver. 

On March 25, 2020 a nationwide waiver was signed allowing parents to pick up meals for children.  Under this waiver, Program operators in a State with an approved waiver allowing non-congregate meal distribution during COVID-19- related operations may distribute meals to a parent or guardian to take home to their children. Children no longer need to be present to acquire a meal. 

If your income status has changed or employment has ceased , please submit an application for free and reduced lunch. Applications can be found online at www.sodaschools.org. Applications can be mailed in, emailed to Mrs. Wells at the address below or dropped off at the district office. If you have an application on file and are eligible for reduced meals or are full pay and your income has decreased please contact Mrs. Wells at the email address below. 

If you are in need of meals but unable to come get meals due to lack of transportation, you are at high risk, someone in your family has contracted the virus or you yourself are ill, please contact Mrs. Valee Wells ( Food Service Director) for more information at wellvale@sodaschools.org

Meal service times are Monday-Thursday 11:00am-12:30pm at Thrikill Elementary 60 E 4th S, Soda Springs, ID.

**This Institution in an equal opportunity provider**

 

Latest update 3/24/20:

COVID-19 SCHOOL OPERATIONS GUIDANCE (Approved 3/23/20) The State Board of Education appreciates the hard work and dedication of school leaders, educators, and other school staff statewide during this difficult time. After consulting with the Governor, the Governor’s K-12 Emergency Council members, and the Department of Health and Welfare on the ongoing extent of this crisis and the impact to our school districts and charter schools, it is now time to set a statewide framework for responding to extended school closures and reopening. This guidance will allow local districts and charter schools to respond to their unique populations and community needs, while still assuring for the continuity of services and learning to our Idaho students. Our local school district and charter school leaders will need to be prepared to make decisions and set priorities based on their current situation in their respective communities, and they must be able to do so within a common framework. This will help to establish stability and common expectations for our school districts and charter schools across Idaho.

Idaho’s state constitution and statutory framework authorizes the State Board of Education with governance and oversight over all publicly funded education. Idaho’s constitutional obligation to a general, uniform, and thorough system of school is going to be challenged in this crisis.

Given the current situation, the State Board of Education directs that all school districts and charter schools implement a soft closure through Monday, April 20. During this soft closure period, local districts shall follow national CDC guidelines pertaining to large gatherings and social distancing. While students are not permitted in schools, the State Board expects efforts to continue facilitating essential services and student learning. The Board will reassess this timeline as circumstances dictate.

During this soft closure period, the Board expects that school districts will continue to provide these educational and essential services to the best of their ability. The school districts and charter schools are asked to focus on the following:

1. Develop and implement a continuation of essential services to your local communities. At a minimum, plans should include providing food service to Idaho’s underserved populations and childcare for our community members that provide critical services, with a focus on meeting the needs of local communities and supporting wider state emergency plans.

2. Implement and/or develop remote learning strategies that will benefit all K-12 students in school districts and charter schools. These plans should be designed in the event that a community needs to maintain closures for an extended period or the remainder of the school year.

3. School districts and charter schools shall develop a plan on delivering special education services, following recent federal guidelines, which may include revisions of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 Plans. The U.S. Department of Education has provided new guidance on revising IEPs and delivering remote education to special education students which can satisfy federal requirements.

 Over the next few weeks, the State Board of Education will work with Idaho’s public health officials and the Governor’s K-12 Emergency Council to develop criteria that districts and charters can use to inform their reopening decisions.

Additionally, the State Board and the State Department of Education will continue to evaluate current state mandated educational requirements, and will make decisions to increase flexibility over the coming days and weeks as specific areas are better identified.

The Board will schedule regular meetings throughout this crisis so that they can act quickly and nimbly to the needs of or our Idaho students.

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE BOARD

Graduation Requirements

  • The board waived the graduation requirement in IDAPA 08.02.03.105.03 for the college entrance exam for seniors who would have taken it during the 2020 administration.
    • The board will include in the 2021 rule-making an exemption for juniors in the 2019-2020 school year from the college entrance exam graduation requirement.
  • The board waived the graduation requirement in IDAPA 08.02.03.105. 04, requiring the completion of a senior project for students on track to graduate at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Statewide Assessments

  • The board waived the requirement in IDAPA 08.02.03.111 for the administration of the Idaho Standard Achievement Test (ISAT) and alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities, in English Language Arts, Math and Science, in grades 3-8 and high school for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • The board approved the submission of Idaho’s waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education from administering statewide assessments, accountability and school identification requirements and certain reporting requirements detailed in the state’s ESSA plan.  The waiver was submitted by my office to the U.S. Department of Education late this afternoon.

Student Transportation

  • The board approved revisions to the Standards for Idaho School Buses and Operations with the addition of the following language:

 NATIONAL, STATE, OR LOCAL EMERGENCY PROVISIONS: In the event of declaration of a national, state, or county emergency, mileage related to but not limited to the delivery of food, delivery of instructional materials, and other trips supporting the continuation of educational services are considered reimbursable mileage. Guidance on tracking miles during an emergency declaration will come from the State Department of Education.

 

3/19/20

For the last two weeks, we have been planning for the arrival of COVID-19.  We have been in contact with local safety and health officials, as well as closely following the CDC guidelines for sanitation. As the pandemic has unfolded, information and recommendations have changed rapidly. The Governor encouraged Idaho Superintendents to work closely with local health care providers in making this decision. As a school district, we feel it is in the best interest of our community to close schools at this time. 

Starting Thursday, March 19, 2020 all Soda Springs School District Schools and buildings will be closed through April 2, 2020. There will be instructional curriculum available to students as follows:

  • Monday, March 23rd & Tuesday, March 24th Instruction and curriculum provided
  • Spring Break will be Wednesday, March 25 & Thursday, March 26th no instruction will be provided
  • Monday, March 30th - Thursday, April 2, Instruction and curriculum provided 

After this scheduled break we will reevaluate the situation. This closure will include the cancelation of all athletic sports competitions and practices, as well as all other activities. Students and staff are encouraged to isolate as much as possible.

Building principals and staff will be communicating through PowerSchool Alerts, email, and Remind 101.  Individual teachers will be sending instructional information home for students during this time via packets or electronic formats. General information will be posted to the district webpage and Facebook page as is appropriate.  Students requiring special services and access to food service will be contacted.

Public health authorities encourage social distancing to isolate the spread of COVID-19. We are hopeful that as a community we can do what we can to help slow the progression of the disease to protect our most vulnerable populations. We are focused on what is best for our students, families, and our community. Things are rapidly changing; the District will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed.

 Here is what we are working on today: 

  • We continue to sanitize the buildings and encourage sick students and employees to remain at home. We are following the CDC   guidelines

  • Each building principal and staff are working on solutions to provide educational resources to students so that we can provide uninterrupted services to all students if the need arises for long term school closures.     

  • We are evaluating all future large group gatherings.   

  • We are monitoring district-wide attendance. 

  • Building principals will provide information to parents and students as it becomes available. 

  • More information from the SDE and the State of Idaho can be found on this website

  • CDC Recommendations for School Closure  are found here. 

  • We listened to the Governor's recommendations today and will meet with local health entities Monday to assess the community's risk and needs. 

March 17, 2020

Soda Springs Jt. School District 150

Memorandum

FEEDING STUDENTS DURING CLOSURE

03/17/2020

Soda Springs Joint School District #150 will offer free breakfast and lunch on the following days of the school closure. March 23, 24, 30,31, April 1 and 2. Meals are available to children ages 1-18 years of age.  This is to ensure the needs of at-risk children are met.

Contact to persons will be limited as meals will be served takeout style from the Thirkill Cafeteria southeast door from 11:am-1:30pm. No person will be allowed entry into the cafeteria. Children must be present to receive a meal. You cannot take meals home to children. Breakfast items will be served with the lunch.

The Sponsor (Soda Springs School District #150) will follow all Idaho State Child Nutrition and USDA standards and guidelines.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

3/23/20

Feeding the Students During Closure Reminder.

Free meals

Ages 1-18

Thirkill Drive Thru delivery

Children must be present to get meals

11am-1:30 or until meals run out. 

Breakfast for the next day is served with lunch