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September 1, 2021

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Planning Facilities For The Future

Idaho Falls School District 91 is renewing efforts to create a long-term facilities plan that will include recommendations for much-needed updates and improvements to schools. The board plans to revisit recommendations that were presented to the board in November 2019 after 10 months of study, community meetings and community input. The board was beginning to review the recommendations and plan next steps when the pandemic hit, and the work was put on hold.

The recommendations included: change to a K-5 configuration in the elementary schools and a 6-8 configuration in the middle schools; renovate, demolish and build new parts of Idaho Falls High School on the current site; renovate and build parts of a new Skyline High School on the current site; build a Career-Technical Education Center; rebuild Temple View and Linden Park elementary schools and repurpose Theresa Bunker as an early childhood center.

The board has asked Cooperative Strategies to revisit these recommendations and conduct additional research, review current enrollment trends and gather more community feedback. Cooperative Strategies is expected to present a proposal to the board at the board’s next business meeting on Sept. 8. Stay tuned for more updates and opportunities to get involved in this effort as we work to develop a plan the whole community can support.

Working To Create High Reliability Schools

D91 is focused on student learning and increased student achievement, and our goal is to have 35 percent of our schools certified as Level 1 High Reliability Schools by the end of the school year. High Reliability Schools use a 5-level framework to ensure schools have:

  • A relentless focus on student learning, skill by skill, student by student
  • A creative, collaborative culture to achieve common goals
  • A passionate and persistent focus on results and improve learning for ALL students

HRS’ five levels include: a safe, supportive and collaborative culture; effective teaching in every classroom; a guaranteed and viable curriculum; standards-referenced reporting and mastery based education.
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), which teachers work in during Late Start Friday, are an integral part of this HRS work. During those PLCs, teachers meet to discuss how they can best meet individual students’ learning needs. We’ll continue to provide updates on this exciting work!

Review D91's Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority. As part of our efforts to prepare students and staff in the event of an emergency, schools conduct several kinds of emergency drills during the year. These drills are often held in conjunction with local emergency services personnel so sometimes a fire truck or a police car may be at one of our schools. When a school conducts a drill, we will send out a text message letting parents know. When the drill is finished, we'll send out another one. These drills include:

Evacuation: Conducted in the event we need to remove students from a school or school grounds such as a fire, smoke, gas leak or hazardous conditions.

Shelter in Place: Conducted in the event we need to protect staff and students from hazardous conditions such as an earthquake, toxic chemical spill, etc.

Lockout: Conducted in the event of an external threat near the school such as police action or a suspicious person or to minimize hall traffic due to medical emergency or law enforcement activity in the building.

Lockdown: Conducted in the event there is an imminent threat to students and staff such as an armed intruder or outbreak of violence within the school.
Learn more about D91’s safety efforts at www.ifschools.org.

Students Receive Thousands of New Chromebooks

Technology is such an important part of learning, and to make sure our students have devices that can support that learning, 3,500 brand new Chromebooks are being delivered to schools to replace devices that are at the end of their life cycle. In addition, 700 more touch screen Chromebooks we received from the state are being distributed to kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms. The touch screen devices make it much easier for our early learners.

Important Dates:

  • Sept 1-10: IRI Testing K-3
  • Sept. 6: Labor Day. No School
  • Sept. 8: School Board Meeting, 7pm, District Office
  • Sept. 10: 10:30am - Facebook Live Chat w/ Dr. Shank
  • Sept. 13: Homecoming Week at Skyline High School. Go Grizz!
  • Sept. 20: Homecoming Week at Idaho Falls High School. Go Tigers!
  • Sept. 21: School Board Work Session, 4pm, District Office
  • Oct. 7-8: State & District Professional Development, No School
  • Oct. 8: Emotion Bowl

Making Our Schools Safer

Controlling access to our school buildings is part of D91’s ongoing efforts to secure our school buildings and make our schools safer. We are pleased to announce the last of the elementary school access control systems has just been installed at Temple View. The schools’ front doors will now be locked during the school day. Visitors will ring a doorbell to enter the building. The district is working to implement similar systems in the last of our schools – Skyline, IFHS and Compass Academy. We’ll keep you posted as that work moves forward.

Thank You For Supporting The 2021 Century Ride

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2021 Heart of Idaho Century Ride in support of the D91 Education Foundation! And, a big shout out to all our volunteers and especially to all our sponsors: Teton Toyota, Bateman-Hall, Bank of Commerce, Fitzgeralds Bicycles, INL, Fuel'D, Texas Roadhouse, Snake River Landing, Mountain View Hospital/Community Hospital, Amerititle, The Bike Shop, Idaho Falls Power, Idaho Mountain Trading, Wackerli Subaru, Lookout Credit Union, Dave's Bike Shop, Pendlebury Law, Bank of Idaho, Century 21, Horace-Mann, Title One, First American Title Company, InterWest Mortgage, Idaho Brewing Company, Pioneer Title, Idaho Falls Downtown Development, Sayer Family Chiropractic, Idaho Falls Community Pathways, Family Dental Health Center & Great Harvest.
And, a huge thank you to all the bike shops that provided SAG support for our riders: Bill's Bike & Run, Dave's Bike Shop, Fitzgerald's Bicycles, Idaho Mountain Trading and The Bike Shop.
All the proceeds from the ride will go toward the Ed Foundation’s mission of supporting D91’s teachers through grants and celebrations, and inspiring students with scholarships.

Improving Email Communications

The IT Department has worked this summer to consolidate the district’s email platforms to simplify and improve communication between students, staff and parents. Student and staff Gmail accounts are now set to automatically forward any emails from those Gmail accounts (@cloud.ifschools.org) to the Microsoft Outlook email account (@sd91.org). This move was made to decrease the amount of emails that were lost because students, staff and parents were using different email platforms. Thanks to the IT Department!