Students get an extra summer day while teachers learn safety strategies
STORY AND PHOTO OF KAREN BOSSICK
Students in the Blaine County School District will have one more day of summer vacation this year.
The school district has pushed back the start date for students from Wednesday, August 31 to Thursday, September 1.
Postponing classes allows teachers to participate in safety training designed to provide techniques to provide a safe and secure learning environment for students. Officers from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Department and the Hailey Police Department will join the district IT team to participate in the training.
Superintendent Jim Foudy apologized for any inconvenience the back-to-school change may cause: “We really appreciate the flexibility and understanding of our families and our community as we make this change so that we can provide our staff extensive safety training prior to the school year. .”
School resource officers provided by the Hailey Police Department will cover five schools this year, up from three.
Previously, School Resource Officers were assigned to Wood River High School, Silver Creek High School and Wood River Middle School.
Now one School Resource Officer will cover Wood River Middle School, Silver Creek Middle School and Alturas Elementary School, while another will oversee Wood River Middle School and Hailey Elementary School. School officials say they are working to accommodate other schools in the district.