Caldwell School District Update

From Superintendent N. Shalene French

October 2, 2020

En español


In this update


  • We're open - now let's stay open with every one able to attend!

  • Caldwell have you seen the news

  • Board approves changes to October calendar; Parent Teacher Conferences go virtual

  • Free meals for students during the hybrid schedule

  • A reminder about school immunizations

  • Strong Families, Strong Students Grant Opportunity

Caldwell Stay home when sick

We're open! Now, to stay open, we all need to do our part

Dear Caldwell Families,


Welcoming our students back for in-person learning and watching our athletes compete again, has been so exciting.


This past week, our students have been doing a great job wearing their masks, physical distancing, and even helping sanitize their learning spaces.


We are thrilled to be "open," but we need your help to keep our students coming to school. We do not want students to lose learning time because they have to quarantine at home or because a school needs to close because of outbreaks.


Please pay attention to your health, the health of your children, and stay away from others when sick.


The second day we were open, we were notified that an older student tested positive for COVID and was staying home quarantining. We also learned this student had left their home to care for younger children for a relative. These younger children -- who are not sick but exposed -- must now stay at home away from school for at least 14 days.


We need your help.


Please don't:

  • Send your child to school if he/she is sick.

  • Send your child to school if someone in your household is sick or waiting results from a COVID test.

  • Send your child to school if he/she is waiting results from a COVID test.

  • Care for others outside of your household if you are sick.


We are tracking COVID in our schools and below you'll see a snapshot of positive cases among our staff and students. The full report is available for download just below the photo.

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Board approves changes to October calendar; Parent Teacher Conferences go virtual

On Monday, the Caldwell Board of Trustees approved two changes to this month's calendar. Previously, there were two Fridays scheduled as "no school days" for students. October 16 and October 23 are now school days for elementary students and for our "B" schedule secondary students. You may find the updated calendar on the Caldwell School District website.


Under our blended learning model, Parent Teacher Conferences are virtual. Please know, however, that you do not have to wait until October 21 to speak to your child’s teachers. Please contact teachers and schools now to speak about your child's progress. Your teachers and your school administrative teams are also reaching out to you and they will continue to do so. Our partnership is vital.

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Free meals for students during our blended learning schedule

Free meals (breakfast, lunch) is available for our students in our blended learning model:


  • Elementary - Students receive meals when at school. Wednesdays families may pick up a meal curbside from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Secondary - Students receive meals when at school and may pick up meals on days they are not in school curbside from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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A reminder about school immunizations

Idaho School Immunization Rules requires all students (preschool and grades K-12) attending a public, private (including parochial schools), or charter school in Idaho to meet minimum immunization requirements, have a conditional admission form, or a valid exemption on file before attendance in school.

NEW IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

The new 12th grade immunization requirement for meningococcal vaccine takes effect for the 2020-2021 school year, and each year thereafter. In addition to the required immunizations for Kindergarten, 1st, and 7th grade, 12th grade students must meet the following minimum immunization requirements prior to admission:

  • Students who received their first dose of meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine before the age of sixteen (16) must have two (2) doses of meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine.

  • Students who received their first dose of meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine at sixteen (16) years of age and older, or those who have never received a dose, must have one (1) dose of meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine.

If parents have questions about where they can take their children to be vaccinated, may contact the Southwest District Health Department https://phd3.idaho.gov/

Strong Families, Strong Students Grant Opportunity

In our last Facebook recording, I spoke about Governor Little’s Strong Families, Strong Students Grant. We were informed that more information would be available the first of October. This grant will be available to families who need assistance supporting their child’s learning during the COVID Pandemic. As we receive more information, we will share it immediately.

Superintendent N. Shalene French

Committed to Caldwell School District's mission, vision, and values to ensure equity and access for all students.