TCD prepped to move into two new schools

DRIGGS, Ida. — Students and staff at Driggs and Victor Elementary Schools are getting ready to move into two brand-new buildings in Teton Valley.

Over the next two weeks, teachers, staff, and students will sort, pack, and move their existing classrooms. They will also have several chances to celebrate their new spaces and honor the old ones.

The public, too, will have a chance to see the new buildings before teachers and students settle in. There are two separate open houses scheduled for each school: Tuesday, February 25 at Driggs Elementary, 265 LeGrand Pierre; and Wednesday, February 26 at Victor Elementary, 265 Elm Street in Victor. Each open house will include a ribbon-cutting at 7 p.m. and will run until 8:30 p.m.

Both elementary schools will have non-student days on Thursday and Friday, February 27 and 28. No other schools in the district will close. The two days are part of each school’s allowance for weather-related or other emergency closures. While typically used for snow days, they can be used in other circumstances, too, like last year, when high numbers of students and staff were home sick. The days give teachers and helpers a full four full days to make sure classrooms are ready for the first day of school Monday, March 2.

The principals have emailed detailed plans and new procedures to all parents at their schools in both English and Spanish.

“We want to be sure our students and staff have a successful start in the new school,” the principals’ letters stated, encouraging parents, staff, and students to be flexible. “As with any change, we will have to make adjustments in routines and processes as problems arise. We will communicate any changes.”

Some things, including fax and phone numbers, will not change. School times will also remain the same.

Important note: On the first official day of school March 2, Victor students should report to the old school but Driggs students should go to the new building. Both schools will be dismissed from their new locations.

Want to help? Each school needs a limited number of volunteers to assist teachers in packing up supplies and classroom materials on the two non-student days. If you’re interested in helping, please contact an elementary school classroom teacher or the respective school office.

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