As you may have noticed, we have been working on our website for the past several months but recently a few major changes have been made that I want to share with you. First, we have provided a welcome video that provides a bird’s eye view of our school district’s facilities. We are especially excited to provide you with the first glimpse of the Moscow School District Community Play Fields. Second, on the top black bar of this home page, you will find a tab named, “Community Interest”. This is where you can find out about all of the non-profit community events that pertain to our students and families. At the start of the second semester this will take the place of all of the flyers that have been sent home monthly with your elementary children and placed on bulletin boards at the secondary schools. Third, please notice that we have new tutorials for parents and students who are using PowerSchool. These tutorials will allow you to understand and use the additional options that are now available in PowerSchool. This will be added help in communication between home and school. Finally, this blog in itself is a new feature. As superintendent, I plan on providing an update on different events and issues that are occurring in your school district each week through this blog. The blog is meant to be informative of topics that may impact our students or other stakeholders. I hope you will enjoy these changes and look forward to communicating with you through this blog on a weekly basis.
Greg Bailey, Superintendent
With school starting just around the corner, and our communities having to deal with the smoke from the surrounding fires, I want to let you know our plans to assure the safety of all of our students while attending school and participating in school activities. The following actions will be taken by our school officials and staff during the time when a high level of smoke is visible in the air.
- Check air quality minimally every 2 hours during the times when school activities may be held when there is noticeable smoke and ash particles in the air or when the air quality index continues to be above 100 (See attachment). Our main source of information is the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) website http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/
- Limit time outdoors and allow frequent rest time if the air quality is between 101 and 151 “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”. Children that have breathing issues may remain inside during outside activities. No outdoor activities, such as recess, PE, or sporting events if the air quality level reaches 151 “Unhealthy” or higher.
- Keep windows closed and limit the number of access points into the school facilities to keep the air quality within the buildings as clean as possible.
- Update parents through our website msd281.org, or our mass communication system when events being held before or after school are postponed, cancelled, or relocated.
- Encourage parents to transport their children to school if they usually walk, or have them wear a mask if they are required to walk to school or wait at the bus stop.
Our goal is to maintain as much of our school routines as possible, but to take every precaution needed to assure the safety of our students.
Let us all hope for rain and keep the brave firefighters in our hearts and minds as we look forward to better days in the near future.