District personnel want kids in schools

By Superintendent Jan Bayer

First and foremost, our Boundary County School District 101 teachers, principals, support staff, superintendent and Board of Trustees want our students back in school. Posted on the district website is our Reopening Plan and our Educational Learning Choices for the 2020-2021 school year.

We have worked diligently to be prepared for each and every category to best serve our students, parents/guardians, and community.

We also understand that parents/guardians must make very difficult choices to best support their students and families, and we will respect their decision.

We will bring students back to school in-person when it is safe to do so. Each week, Panhandle Health officials and I confer. Panhandle Health determines the Category we are in using a multitude of data points and the Board of Trustees decides what categories we will operate under and how. Information from a variety of levels determines how Panhandle Health decides a category:

  • Input from our hospital partners;
  • Trends in COVID-19 testing, including positivity rate and turnaround time of test results;
  • Supplies of Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare providers/first responders;
  • Epidemiologic investigation capacity; and
  • COVID-related hospitalizations & deaths.

Panhandle has four categories based on the different plans created by different school districts across the State. We operate under three categories based on our resources available. Below are the metrics for each category:

We have asked for patience and flexibility as we work closely with Panhandle Health to determine what level we will operate. As of this writing, we are in Category 2.

This decision is examined every week, so we can maximize our contact time with students in a safe and healthy environment. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact your school’s principal and/or the superintendent at (208) 267-3146.