The health and safety of all Culdesac School students continues to be our first priority in the wake of the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are writing today with a number of important updates for all students and families. While situations are changing daily in schools around the country, Culdesac School administration is following the guidelines of the CDC and the Idaho State Department of Education. We will send further updates as they happen.
As we are seeing other districts around the country experience extended school closures, we are busily preparing for the possibility that school closures could happen here. We are asking our parents to please participate in the following survey regarding the ability of our students to take part in computer based learning.
The health and safety of all students, staff and families is our first priority. For our Parent Teacher Conferences next week, we are offering the ability to meet either in person or via telephone. If you would prefer to meet via telephone, you can let your child’s teacher know that. Your child’s teacher will contact you to find out your preference. To get ready for Parent Teacher Conferences, families can access their child’s grades through PowerSchool at:
If you do not yet have a PowerSchool account, please contact the school office and we can get you set up with one.
We appreciate your flexibility at this time. This change helps us to promote the health and safety of our students and their families, while ensuring that these conferences with your childs’ teachers still occur.
We have received a few phone calls or emails asking about the potential closing of school. Here is what we have shared.
- We are monitoring updates related to this recent health concern and should the need arise, we would certainly close our school. As with snow, ice, etc., we would communicate that information with staff and parents as soon as decisions were made. Currently, there are no plans to close our schools.
- If we were to close school, we would determine the best course of action for maintaining educational services for our students. Many factors would affect that decision, including: duration of the school closing, guidance from our state agencies, how best to serve each grade, etc. Those details would be determined by our staff and communicated as soon as decisions were made.
- There may be times when school is in session that a parent determines their child will not be attending. We always respect a parent’s decision-making to keep a child home and we will work with parents to make sure academic progress is still being made.
- There has been discussion in the media about on-line learning should schools be closed for an extended period. Virtual learning would be more manageable for high school students and more challenging for our youngest learners. We have resources in place, but our district still places great value on the teacher in the classroom and interaction with students. We could certainly devise temporary solutions, should school be closed for an extended period of time.
These regular protocols remain a priority for the health of our students.
- Wash your hands often with soap and waterfor at least 20 seconds. Hands need to be washed before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your sleeve/arm, not your hand.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfacesusing a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- If children are feeling sick, do not send them to school.Allow for proper time to rest and recover to help prevent infecting other students and/or their families.
- Students who have had a fever of 100 or greater, diarrhea or vomiting must be symptom-free for 24 hours, withoutthe use of symptom reducing medication, prior to returning to school.