ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPDATES
UPDATED 5/1/2020 at 8:30 AM
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Need help logging in? If your student needs help accessing Clever, Sora or Google Classroom, or the Skyward Student Management System (grades and schedules, communicating with teachers), we have sent home a guide to usernames and passwords (contact your child's teacher for more information if you need this document again).
Keep your accounts separate: With students and parents using the same devices, at times it can be confusing which account is being used. Fortunately, in Google Chrome you can use "Profiles" to keep everything separated and make logging in a breeze. See this guide for detailed directions: Using Chrome Profiles to Keep Accounts Separated
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April 6 Update: School Closure Extended
Our current closure of all school buildings is now expected to continue until the end of the school year. This follows the direction of the Idaho State Board of Education, which voted unanimously April 6 to extend the “soft closure” of all public schools to the end of this school year. The board's decision allows for a provision that could allow schools to reopen if local and state social distancing orders have been lifted and re-entry criteria established by the state board have been met.
The soft closure prohibits instruction in school buildings, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but still allows school districts to continue remote learning and to distribute meals to students. Coeur d’Alene Public Schools has begun remote learning and is prepared to continue delivering instruction this way potentially through the end of the school year.
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT REMOTE LEARNING AND THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.
Two new sites added for free Grab-N-Go School Meals
FREE Grab-N-Go School Meals for children are available Monday-Friday at 13 LOCATIONS.
As of March 27, children DO NOT need to be present to pick up their sack lunch and a sack breakfast (for the following morning).
These are not places to socialize or congregate. School playgrounds and fields are closed.
11:00 - 11:30 AMNEW LOCATION - Lakeside Village Apartments, 135 E Anton Ave., Coeur d'AleneNEW LOCATION - Riverstone Apartment Complexes, 2433 John Loop, Coeur d'Alene
NEW LOCATION - Falls Creek Apartments, 2831 N Julia St., Coeur d'AleneNEW TIME - Northwest Expedition Academy
Bryan Elementary School
Skyway Elementary School - south parking lot
Lakes Middle School - north parking lot (on Hastings)
Ramsey Magnet School of Science - west parking lot
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
NEW LOCATION - Silverlake I and Silverlake II apartments, 698 Wilbur Ave., Coeur d'Alene
NEW TIME - Fernan STEM Academy
Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1765 W Golf Course Rd., Coeur d'Alene
Winton Elementary School
Borah Elementary School
School playgrounds closed to visitors
All school playgrounds remain closed to visitors. School fields and tracks are open to public use, although visitors should avoid congregating in those areas. Please do not climb over fences to access school property. Thank you!
Emergency K-5 child care
Emergency K-5 child care is available at Ramsey Magnet School and Skyway Elementary School. This is for Coeur d’Alene School District students whose parents or guardians work in healthcare or emergency services. THERE IS NO COST FOR THIS SERVICE. The hours are 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. REGISTER HERE to enroll a student in our Emergency K-5 Child Care if you work in a hospital or other healthcare facility, or if you work in law enforcement or emergency services.
Because of the need to focus our staff resources on providing the emergency child care during the coronavirus pandemic, we have suspended our regular School PLUS child care program until further notice. For those who have prepaid for School PLUS, a credit will be applied to your account for all days the program remains closed.
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What is the status of COVID-19 cases in Idaho?
As of Saturday, April 11, Idaho had reported 1,396 cases statewide, with 25 deaths. We now have 44 cases in Kootenai County.
To date, public health officials have not alerted Coeur d'Alene Public Schools to any positive results involving a student, district employee or visitor who has recently been in any of our schools.
For statewide updates, please check here with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
For North Idaho updates, please check here with the Panhandle Health District.
Are children at risk of getting coronavirus?
Infections in children have been reported. Limited reports describe that children have experienced cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose and cough. You can read more about this here from the U.S. Centers for disease Control and Prevention.
When should my child stay home sick from school?
A student should stay home sick if they are not able to participate, need more care than the school can provide, or pose a risk to others. For example, if a child has a fever that child should stay home. A temperature above 99°F (armpit), 100°F (orally), or 100.4°F (ear or forehead) is a fever, an indication of the body’s response to illness or infection. (See our Illness Guidelines.) Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. To attend school, a student must be free of fever without the aid of fever-reducing medicine, such as acetaminophen. This will help ensure that the fever is truly gone and that your child is past the point of being contagious. Please visit the CDC Website for more information.
When should I seek medical advice if I suspect I, or someone close to me, has coronavirus?
While the number of cases is increasing, the vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and coughs. If you or a family member has symptoms like cough, fever or other respiratory problems, contact your regular medical provider. Public health officials recommend not going to the emergency room unless there is a critical need. They also recommend seeking medical advice if you are over the age of 60 and have an underlying medical condition. If you believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, call the Panhandle Health District hotline at 1-877-415-5225.
What is the role of schools in responding to coronavirus?
Schools, working together with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases to help ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. Schools serve students, staff and visitors from throughout the community. All of these people may have close contact in the school setting, often sharing spaces, equipment and supplies.
What does Coeur d'Alene Public Schools usually do to prevent illness?
We track daily absentee rates at all of our schools and also participate in "sentinel monitoring" of area schools with Panhandle Health District. Sentinel surveillance sites are responsible for collecting and sharing data on trends in illness cases, such as influenza. Our school nurses also practice disease surveillance.
Each year, we teach elementary students how to wash their hands to prevent illness. We offer hand sanitizer, tissues and trash receptacles that do not require touch. We use illness guidelines to determine when to exclude children for possible or known sickness.
I have more questions about coronavirus. How can I get them answered?
Panhandle Health has established a hotline for community members to get answers to questions about coronavirus.
Hotline hours: Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. (Hours may expand in the future).
See below for previous announcements and news:
Facts about coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus spreads through close personal contact with a sick person.
- Shortness of breath
Call your healthcare provider if:
- You have symptoms and have been to a country that has experienced an outbreak within the last 2 weeks of your travel.
- You have symptoms and have been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often, with soap, for at least 20 seconds each time, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often.
- Stay home when you are sick.
Talking to Children about COVID-19 (coronavirus) Updated 3/25/20 PDF (From National Association of Psychologist and National Association of School Nurses)
Please refer to this Coronavirus Fact Sheet from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers