Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources

Last Updated: 1/5/2021 10:22 PM

In August, the Board of Trustees approved a Fall 2020 Reopening Plan for students in the Plummer-Worley School District. The plan continues to be updated and provides a high level perspective on the direction the district intends to pursue for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

We will continue to provide updates on this website as further information becomes available. A vital resources for PWSD is the data provided by Panhandle Health District. Additional important links are below to current and previous information from the Plummer-Worley School District regarding our Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention and preparation efforts, as well as links to credible sources of information.

Plummer-Worley School District Office
(208) 686-1651


      Frequently Asked Questions      

1. What is the most recent change in COVID protocols in the PWSD?

Over the Winter Break, Governor Little provided new guidelines and protocols for athletic events. These new protocols have been embraced by the PWSD and can be viewed here: Governor Little's Protocols.

2. What is the reopening plan for the fall?

The PWSD plans to open on September 8th for in-person with five days a week instruction with extensive health precautions in place. In the event students or staff are in a quarantined state, accommodations will be made to provide instruction via technology, work packets, or a blended version of the two to support our youth in the community. The District will continue to implement a one-to-one technology device strategy in September to more fully support online learning, if conditions change.

3. Has the PWSD considered alternative scheduling?

In order to provide consistency for our families, PWSD does not plan to offer alternate day schedules, later start times, or similar options, but rather plans to offer five day a week in-person instruction with health precautions in place along with an online school options for those with significant health related concerns.

4. Will masks be required?

Based on current conditions identified by both the CDA Tribe and Panhandle Health, masks will be required.

5. Will buses be running?

Buses will be running. We understand some members of the community have concerns in this regard and we encourage you to transport your students on your own. On the bus, we will encourage masks and social distancing. We do not expect any changes to last year's schedule either.

6. How will schools make a decision about whether a student/staff should be referred to Panhandle Health?

The CDC and Panhandle Health have provided a simple "Decision Tree" to assist staff and health professionals provide some guidance related to making decisions about whether suspected individuals should continue in the classroom. (Click Link to see more.)

7. Will Lakeside schools have athletics?

Yes! PWSD will follow guidance and directives from the Idaho High School Activities Association and the governing bodies of other extracurricular activities. Extra-curricular activities are important to many of our students, but the conditions in the community, as well as other communities, are likely to have significant impact on Lakeside athletics. We have begun our high school seasons (Volleyball & Football) by taking significant precautions.

8. Is it really that important for the students to be at school?

The CDC has taken a very strong stand and have suggested it is imperative that students return to school. "Extended school closure is harmful to children." The CDC has outlined 8 important reasons why schools should bring their students back to the school: Educational Loss, Nutritional Needs, Social/Emotional Skill Development,  Physical Activity, and in some cases Safety.

9. Will meals be served at school? What if the school has to send the kids home again?

The district has every intent of feeding every student that is learning onsite both breakfast and lunch. In the event the Panhandle Health District determines that the Community Spread has reached a level of "Substantial Community Transmission", it is the intent of the district to begin its delivery of meals during this Remote Learning period of time as was performed during the March - May 2020 time-frame.



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