In case of an emergency school closure due to weather, power, or water failure, the announcement will come from the District Office to area radio and television stations via the educational Service District 101 Alert System for Media Notification Services. Parents should listen to Spokane television and radio stations or visit the District Web site if they have reason to suspect any school closure. School closures will also be announced locally on KOFE Radio.
Modified Reopening Plan
In order to provide face-to-face instruction while the COVID-19 rates are high, the Trustees of St. Maries Joint School District modified the School Reopening Plan, that was initially approved in August of 2020. The original plan limited instruction to Blended Learning if the COVID-19 transmission rates were in the Red category as defined by the health department. The new modified plan allows for face-to-face instruction while in the Red category with a mask requirement for all students and staff. Face-to-face instruction will resume at all District schools on Monday, November 30.
The Trustees made their decision after reviewing the recommendations of the School Reentry Task Force. That task force is comprised of parents, patrons, and staff of St. Maries Joint School District. The School Reentry Task Force used information gathered from both the parent/guardian survey as well as the staff survey. A copy of the Modified Reopening Plan is attached.
These are not easy decisions for anyone involved. The Trustees and the Task Force strongly believe that face-to-face instruction is an important option for students. Blended Learning will continue to be an option for those students that are medically fragile, have family members that are medically fragile, or cannot comply with the mask requirement.
Working together we can be successful during these unprecedented times. We thank you in advance for your support.
Alica M. Holthaus, Superintendent
St. Maries Joint School District
ST. MARIES JOINT SCHOOL DISTRICT REOPENING PLAN
IDAHO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION FALL SPORTS COVID GUIDELINES