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School District 25 Board votes for in-person learning, optional masks

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The following is a news release from Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25. Stock image

POCATELLO — At Tuesday’s Regular Board meeting, the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees took action to prioritize in-person learning, five days a week for the 2021-2022 school year. The Board also took action to recommend masks/face coverings, but left the decision optional and up to the discretion of families.

The meeting agenda was amended late Tuesday afternoon after new information was provided to PCSD 25 administration. On August 16, the Southeastern Idaho Public Board of Health officially retired the SIPH COVID-19 Regional Response Plan, which provides the criteria for PCSD 25’s Roadmap to the 2021-2022 school year.

According to SIPH, “this decision was made to minimize confusion surrounding varying risk levels. In place of the Regional Response plan, the Board of Health will be relying on CDC risk levels and recommendations/guidance for the foreseeable future.” As a result of this new development, which inadvertently invalidates the data points in the current Roadmap, PCSD 25 administration will make the necessary modifications for Board adoption at a later date.

To summarize:

  • Face coverings/masks are recommended but optional for learners, staff and visitors at all PCSD 25 schools and facilities.
  • PCSD 25 will prioritize face-to-face learning, in-person, five days a week.
  • At a future date, PCSD 25 administration will modify the remaining sections of the Roadmap, again seek feedback from the community, and return to the Board for a decision.

Dr. Howell added, “As an administration, we recognize that the Board of Trustees has been placed in a very difficult position without clear direction from other state agencies and we fully support tonight’s Board decision. We also recognize that to remain in school and to maintain all of our activities, we will need the cooperation of our staff, parents and patrons as we all continue to navigate the conditions that we continue to encounter with Covid-19.”

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