Dear Community Members,
We are looking forward to kicking off another school year in the Lake Pend Oreille School District! Our staff has been working hard to ensure we are ready to meet the needs of our students and their families as we start the year.
As many of you know, we have been making the transition to new standards in the state of Idaho. The standards are simply what students need to know and be able to do at the end of a given grade level. To assist our staff in this transition, the district has hired three instructional coaches for next school year. An instructional coach is a position that exists to promote and support the use of evidence-based best practices in our classrooms. The coaches were hired using grant funds. One of the coaches was hired using School Improvement Grant funds from Lake Pend Oreille High School. The other two were hired through a joint grant from the Panhandle Alliance for Education and the Equinox Foundation. All staff will have access to the coaches to support best practices in the classroom aligned to the new standards.
We are pleased to announce that through a competitive grant process, the Lake Pend Oreille School District was recently selected to become a “Studio District” for the state of Idaho. This will allow us to receive comprehensive training on effective implementation of the Idaho Core Standards. This will also include participation in the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Global Partnership. This is an international effort to identify and develop new effective practices to bolster 21st century learning. Selected Idaho school districts will represent the United States in this partnership, which includes schools from ten different nations. We are confident this will allow us to continue to be a high performing school district. We aim to be a model school district not just in our state, but also in our nation.
We appreciate a high level of support from our community in the Lake Pend Oreille School District. We do not take that trust and support lightly. We are committed to continuously improving our practice to better prepare our students for the future. If you have questions about our schools, please do not hesitate to call the schools directly or call the District Office at 263-2184. Have a great start to the school year!
Superintendent, Lake Pend Oreille School District
Safety and Security in Our Schools
Over the last several months, district staff has been shoring up safety and security measures in our school district. Following are things that we are doing over the next several months to continue making our schools safer for our staff and students.
Response Time by Emergency Personnel
We have been working closely with the Bonner’s County Sheriff’s Department to shorten response time in some of our outlying areas. We will now have additional Deputy support in the Clark Fork area. This is something we hope to expand for next school year. We are working on various grants with hopes to secure funding for a full time School Resource Officer position to serve the East end of our school district.
Mental Health Professional
We are researching contracting with a Mental Health Professional to begin working with identified high-risk students in our district. Students will be identified through a referral process done by the classroom teacher and/or by the parent of the student. This is a prevention aspect that would allow us to better identify and support students who may be at risk. This support would be available to student K-12.
The goal is to have something in place by January 6th.
Safety and Security School Assessment
We are researching various organizations that can come in and conduct a safety and security audit in each of our buildings. This will enable us to better identify areas in need of improvement.
The goal will be to have the audits done by February 1st in each of our schools.
Safety and Security Teams
Most of our buildings have Safety and Security Committees or Teams in place to plan, monitor, update, and enforce safety and security efforts in our schools. We will ensure that each school has a team that meets on a regular basis. An emphasis for the teams initially will be to look at the following issues in each building:
- Standard Response Protocol for crisis management which includes Evacuation and/or Lockdown
- Minimize Access Points to all buildings
- Screening process and ID requirement for all visitors
- Identification of potential safety and security problems
The goal is to have each building identify their teams and have their first meeting by December 20th.
Facility and Technology Improvements
We will continue to work through the known issues from a technological and facility standpoint to increase safety and security. The next item for our attention is to get the “beacon alert” systems completed in each school.
The goal is to have this completed by December 20th.
Thank you for your continued support of our schools! We believe our students are our most precious commodity and we will continue to do what it takes to make our schools even safer.