19 March 2020
Subject: Official declaration of building shut down due to COVID -19 observance.
Dear Parents, Community, and State Department,
In a meeting of the South Lemhi #292 (SLSD) School Board held on March 18th, it was decided to close district buildings for a period of two weeks beginning on March 23rd with a tentative return to school date of April 6th. This decision was not an easy one to make, considering the potential consequences that coincide with a transition from school-based to home learning. Ultimately, the choice was made because of health-related concerns for our community, notwithstanding the logistical matters centered around the school building.
Staff has been/will continue to train and prepare for the expected seamless transition from the school classroom to the home classroom. This transition is by no means an easy task. There are many variables involved, so it is imperative that the community as a whole realize what we are attempting to achieve during this time of local/state/national/worldwide awareness. For more details regarding COVID-19 and Schools, please refer to https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/resources-for-schools/.
SLSD requests that our community be understanding and patient throughout this ordeal. Having never attempted this scope of transition, there are bound to be errors made as the stress levels rise. SLSD is attempting to create a sense of normalcy in order to continue the pursuit of education in the best manner possible considering the circumstances. The district is transitioning for two main reasons: the first is to maintain student progress under trying conditions…second, to comply with the required days of school attendance, as directed by the State Board of Education, with the intent that SLSD will not need to “make up days” at a later time.
SLSD requests that the community adhere to the isolation policies established by the CDC, National, and State officials and remain calm and appreciate what we are working to accomplish as citizens of this great nation. Thank you.
Kevin Ramsey, Superintendent SLSD #292