• Alert:

    The Idaho State Board of Education met and made the recommendation/decision to continue the “soft closure” order for Idaho school districts through the remainder of this school year.  That means, at this time, the rest of the school year for our students will be completed in the comfort of their home.  This is truly an unprecedented event in our lives but our district will continue to provide as many services as we can that will help our students, and you, our parents and guardians, in order to get through this process.  The Board and administration will be in discussion about the various Spring events that usually bring closure to our school years, such as Graduation.  We will be looking at alternative dates, as well as alternative activities, that will allow us the opportunity to celebrate these wonderful, traditional events.



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4/9/2020 COVID-19 Update from the Superintendent/ "Be the Light" Campaign

Football Field Lights

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Dear Parents & Guardians,


Tomorrow evening, Friday, April 10th, the school district will participate in the “Be The Light” campaign.  This campaign started at an east Texas high school and has caught on throughout the United States and has made its way to Idaho.  The premise behind the campaign is for school communities to honor their Senior class and Spring Sports athletes, who will be missing out on their seasons and special events, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  High schools will turn on their field lights at their football fields, baseball fields, and tracks at 8:20 p.m. (in Military Time, this equates to 2020) and will leave their lights on for 20 minutes.  The lights signify “beacons of hope” and that we, as a community, support our Seniors and our Spring athletes, as well as our coaches, teachers, and families.  Numerous schools throughout the state will be involved in this event and we will represent as well.  My suggestion for this event would be for our students, athletes, family members, and community members who want to participate, meet in their cars/trucks up at the high school parking lot around 8:00 p.m. and start forming a car parade line.  At 8:20 when the football field lights go on, the cars/trucks can serpentine their way out of the parking lot, drive down by the Library, and then down around the football field, and out from the football field parking entrance onto Highway 6, and then cruise through town, and then back around again.  If folks don’t want to necessarily drive/ride in the “parade”, then they can show their support by parking on the route, maybe honk their horns or flash their lights.  Just a thought.  PLEASE NOTE:  We don’t want anyone to get out of their cars/trucks and start congregating in the parking lot or down on the football field!  Please continue practicing “social distancing”.   At 8:40 p.m. the football field lights will then be turned off.


Other news to share, food deliveries and materials drop off have went well this week, considering this is our first week at it.  We are handing out and providing approximately 210 meals daily.  This is awesome!  Along with our food deliveries, we have also checked out 222 computers for student use during this current school closure.  Also awesome!


Please take note #1:  Junior-Senior High Students & Parents – A staff member will be available at the Junior-Senior High School from 8:30 to 12:30 each Wednesday for students to pick up or drop off work as needed.  Any student who would like packets prepared need to contact their teachers either by email or by calling the Junior-Senior High office.  We will have all locker contents bagged up and ready for pickup at this time as well.  This includes P.E. locker contents as well.  If you have any questions, please contact the Junior-Senior High office at (208) 875-1231.  Reminder – a student and/or a parent can only enter the school by appointment only so make sure you contact your teacher or Christen to schedule that appointment.


Please take note #2:  This coming Tuesday, April 14th, the Elementary School will be shut down  all day due to a scheduled power outage from AVISTA.  This will not prevent breakfast/lunch meals from being provided or delivered.  This will still be available at our regular times.




Jeffrey A. Cirka, Superintendent

(208) 875-0327


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