Craig Woods

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I’m so excited that we are starting school Monday, August 31, and I’m sure many of you are as well. It may not be “normal” but it is pretty close to normal, especially when you think about how fast COVID cases were rising earlier this summer, or when you think back to March when everyone distanced learned from home.

I was excited that our Emmett High School football team played its first game Thursday night. Two months ago, I wasn’t sure our athletes would be able to play.

Yes, we are opening in “Orange,” but if the Covid numbers continue to trend downwards, we should be able to move to “Yellow” or even “Green” as early as September 14.

But it all depends on infection rate. Please make sure to check with your children daily to make sure they are not sick or running a fever. We won’t be taking temperatures at the schools. Like you’ve done for most of this year, please remind your children how important it is to wash their hands frequently. We’ll reinforce the safety protocols at the schools. It really does take a whole community to work together to reduce COVID spread.

Opening in “Orange” means a hybrid schedule for secondary students and a regular schedule for students in K-5. If you want details on the Orange Category, I outlined it here in this letter, and it is included in the Emmett School District Reopening Plan

The Board of Trustees and I both agreed that the best place for students is in school, but we also recognize that some safety protocols are important. Students and staff will be expected to wear masks in cases where safe social distancing is not possible for a period longer than 15 minutes.

There are so many exciting things to share with you:

• Our staff district and school administrators collaborated throughout the summer for a successful school year.

• Teachers trained through the summer, under the leadership of Assistant Superintendent of Federal Programs Isa DeArmas, to focus on the “why” our job is important to the success of students.

• Teachers returned to campus August 19 and have worked diligently with their principals and they have their classrooms ready for students.

• Butte View Elementary reopens with four new classes of students.

• We had an overwhelming number of students enrolled in the Emmett Remote Academy and waiting lists have been created.

• Our school websites have a new refreshed look.

• We’ve made several repairs and updates throughout the school district in our buildings including:

o The walking path at Carberry Elementary is complete.

o The high school track was replaced.

o New doors and signage have been installed at Butte View Elementary.

o We’re installing a security system at the High School. Doors will be locked and visitors will be buzzed into the building.

o Several COVID related sanitizing steps will be taken to keep our schools and buses free of germs.

If you have any questions, please ask your child’s teacher and the school’s principal. And if you have any questions, feel free to email me at cwoods@isd221.net.

I wish you could feel the excitement in the air here in our Emmett Schools and our District Office. We’ve missed your children. We hope they are excited, too. Let’s make the 2020-2021 school year a great success and make it one for the memory books!

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