#271 News & Notes

2020-21 School Year

Coeur d'Alene Public Schools — August 15, 2020

Two administrators selected for new online school

We are pleased to announce the leaders of CDA eSchool, our new student-centered online learning community dedicated to innovative, collaborative and authentic learning experiences that build strong relationships, trust and student agency.

Bryan Kelly has been named Principal of the K-12 online school, and Becky Miller has been named Principal Assistant.

Mr. Kelly has been Assistant Principal at Lake City for three years, as well as Principal at the Kootenai County Juvenile Detention Center for two years. His administrative and secondary experience, his skillset and conviction about building community and relationships, his background in remote learning, and his understanding of high school credits and graduation requirements, among other talents and experiences, make him well suited to be principal of this school.

Mrs. Miller has been an instructional coach in our District and comes with a long list of credentials as well. She has elementary and secondary experience, and has taught as a special education teacher for five years. Her last professional years as an instructional coach and facilitator working alongside teachers and leaders in every school in our District have made her exceptionally strong in areas like adult learning, leadership coaching, and skilled facilitation.

We believe it will take two administrators to do the tremendously important work of establishing this exciting new school and making it a great success. Mr. Kelly and Mrs. Miller are in the process of selecting the instructional team for our eSchool.

e-school registration deadline is August 24

Families have until 8 a.m. on Monday, August 24, to register their students for CDA eSchool. That is one week beyond the original registration deadline.

The eSchool option appeals to families whose top priorities this school year are complete continuity of schedule and learning conditions, as well as student or family health concerns. The eSchool will operate fully online five days a week for the entire year. Our other schools may need to shift between instructional models (in-person, blended learning, or fully online), depending on the level of COVID-19 activity and risk level in our community.

Because it is our intention to guarantee a high quality eSchool experience, we must hold to the Aug. 24 registration deadline. This will ensure that our schools, administrators, teachers, and families are able to make the necessary staffing and educational program arrangements with the time necessary to do those things well. Waiting longer will not give us the time needed to make good decisions for the eSchool and other schools that will experience enrollment and staffing shifts.

Once the school year has begun, families who make the decision to transfer their student into or out of the eSchool will able to do so quarterly, at the end of each nine-week grading period.

More than 600 students are now registered for the eSchool. About half of them are in elementary school, a quarter in middle school, and a quarter in high school. Parents and guardians of students registered for eSchool will receive a letter soon with details about the timeline for the launch of eSchool.

More details, including curriculum by grade level and answers to frequently asked questions, can be found here on our eSchool page.

Students will receive Chromebooks this fall

As school starts, our schools will check out Chromebook laptops to students by class.

Middle and high school students will be able to take their devices home immediately after checkout, while elementary students will keep their devices at school until needed at home.

If students already have a dedicated, Internet-connected device with webcam and keyboard, families may opt out of checking out a device. However, this will give students a consistent device that can be serviced by District staff.

Student device checkouts are governed by policy 3275, as well as our student technology use agreement.

Our Chromebooks are high-quality devices that are three years old or less, typically with touchscreens. They will not be offered for sale for $25 at the end of the school year, as some of our older devices were last spring. If you still have a device or hotspot that you checked out in the spring, please return those to our District Office, 1400 N. Northwood Center Court, as soon as you are able. Thanks!

Looking for Internet access? Several options now available

Coeur d'Alene Public Schools is working with several area Internet access providers to bring Internet and Wi-Fi to student homes.

Additionally, the District will have mobile hotspots available for checkout (must be in Sprint or Verizon service areas). Please complete this form if your family needs Internet access.

Several companies also offer reduced-cost or free Internet access to families in need: visit this document for more information.

As a last resort, all of our schools have Wi-Fi access available on the outside of the buildings. View this page for more information.

new student registration: August 20 for elementary, August 25 for middle school

Thursday, August 20, is registration day for elementary students new to the Coeur d'Alene School District. All new K-5 students may register at their home school between 12 noon and 6 PM.

Canfield, Lakes and Woodland middle schools will register students new to our district on Tuesday, August 25, between 12 noon and 6 PM. This is for new students only. Returning students, including incoming sixth graders, do not need to come in, unless it's to complete the Online Verification process.

If you are unsure which school to register at, find our new attendance zone maps here, or use our School Site Locator to find your home school.

Records you will need:

  • Current proof of residency in the Coeur d’Alene School District (such as a utility bill or lease/rental agreement with your name on it)

  • Student’s current immunization records

  • Student’s original, state-certified birth certificate

Visit our New Student Registration page for additional details.

Student check-in dates set for Lake City, Coeur d'Alene High School students

Fall check-in for high school students is coming up soon. Students will sit for a student ID photo (please dress appropriately and follow our dress code) and pick up their fall schedule. Students also may pay their optional fees (including ASB cards and yearbook), but we encourage you to pay those fees online. Check-in is for all students, including those who have registered for eSchool. Each school has emailed check-in details to families of registered students.

Coeur d'Alene High School (Aug. 20-21)

Thursday, August 20: Returning students

  • Seniors: 8-10 AM
  • Juniors: 10 AM-12 PM
  • Sophomores: 1-3 PM

Friday, August 21: Freshmen and new students

  • Last name A-K: 9-11:30 AM
  • Last name L-Z: 11:30 AM-2 PM

Lake City High School (Aug. 24-45)

Monday, August 24: Juniors and seniors

  • Last name A-L: 9 AM-12 PM
  • Last name M-Z: 1-5 PM

Tuesday, August 25: Freshmen and sophomores

  • Last name A-L: 9 AM-12 PM
  • Last name M-Z: 1-5 PM

Pay student fees online:

Log into your eFunds account or Skyward Family Access. (In Skyward, click on "District Links" in the upper right corner, and then "On-Line Payments - eFunds" to log in, create an account, or make a one-time payment.)

Can't make it?

For students unable to attend their check-in, please contact the school registrar:

CHS: bhensley@cdaschools.org

LCHS: ttanner@cdaschools.org

Before visiting our schools, please check for symptoms, and bring your face mask

For student registration and check-ins, we request that you wear a face mask when visiting our schools, in compliance with the current Board of Health emergency restriction order for Kootenai County.

Also, please remember to:

  • Follow social distancing protocols (6 feet) when faced with a line.

  • Check your temperature and make sure you and your children do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, we ask you not to attend and contact a health provider.
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Online Verification for returning students must be completed by Friday, August 21

Returning students do not need to register, but we do need parents and guardians to complete the Online Verification process for each student no later than Friday, August 21. Online Verification reduces paperwork and provides schools the best information to serve your student in the new school year.

If your students attended any school in the District last year, now is the time to verify their enrollment for the 2020-21 school year. This includes students returning to the same school or moving to a new school.

Through Online Verification, you confirm that your information in Skyward Family Access is current and accurate. This includes student health information, contact information, and emergency contacts. You also can submit an application for free/reduced-price meals for this school year. (You will be prompted to submit an application or decline if you do not qualify.)

If you submitted an elementary transfer application during our Open Enrollment window in April, please note that decisions on elementary transfers will be made in late August. The school listed on your student’s online verification is not an approval or denial of your transfer application.

new testing dates for SAT, PSAT

The statewide SAT test day for juniors was canceled this past April due to the soft school closure. The makeup SAT test day for the students (this year's seniors) is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14. (That will be a NO SCHOOL day for students in grades 9, 10 and 11.)

Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 will take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 28. (That will be a NO SCHOOl day for seniors.)

The spring SAT test date for this year's juniors is Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

These revisions have been added to our 2020-21 family calendar.

Other SAT updates: The August 29 SAT test date for the Coeur d'Alene High School Test Center has been canceled. The September 26 SAT test date (tentative) will be limited to no more than 100 test takers. Fall test dates are subject to change due to COVID risk levels.

Back-to-school supplies

Looking for those back-to-school student supplies lists? Our lists are available here.

Please remember to provide your student a fresh disposable mask or clean reusable mask each school day for in-person instruction.

School PLUS registration will open soon

Fall registration for our School PLUS child care program will open after the District announces the instructional model and schedule for our fall opening.

When registration opens, families may register here for before-school and after-school K-5 child care.