Notice to families from superintendent, March 23

Dear Lewiston Independent School District Families,
These are challenging times in which we are living, with information constantly changing. First, and foremost, we hope you and your family are safe and well. It is our goal to keep you abreast of new information with regard to COVID-19, your child, and school.
The Idaho State Board of Education has mandated a “soft closure” of all K-12 school districts in the state through at least April 20. This means that students will not be permitted in classrooms for typical instruction, but school districts will still provide opportunities to learn. Our Board will meet tomorrow to consider taking action to conform to the soft closure mandate.
Staff worked last week to begin preparing for remote learning to start the week of March 30. With staff and students currently on spring break, you should expect to hear more information from your child’s building principal and teachers at the beginning of next week.
In addition, we will continue to provide “grab and go” breakfast and lunch for anyone age 1 – 18, Monday – Friday. These are available at McGhee Elementary School, Sacajawea Junior High and Jenifer Junior High, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. The meals are to be taken and not consumed on-site.
Keeping you informed as more information becomes available is important to us. Additional decisions will need to be made in the coming weeks, and I want to assure you that the safety of our students, staff, and families is our first priority. Ongoing updates will be provided on the District’s website and Facebook page. We will continue to support one another and meet the challenges we face, working together as a school community.
Stay well,
Robert M. Donaldson, PhD