District board of trustees approve changes to Smart Start Plans

The Sublette County School

District No. 1 board of trustees approved

changes to the Smart Start reopening plans at

Pinedale middle and elementary schools. The

brief special meeting occurred on Monday,

Oct. 19.

Pinedale Middle School presented a plan

to phase additional homeroom classes into the

lunch rotation. Beginning in early November,

a homeroom will be introduced roughly every

week. Administration and Julie Woolwine,

school nurse, will monitor the plan and make

modifications if the COVID-19 situation


David Thrash, PMS assistant principal,

represented the school at the meeting and

told board members that the goal was to

return school lunch to “full capacity” by the

a “normal lunch schedule” would allow more

planning time for teachers.

Pinedale Elementary modified its plan to

allow “special instruction,” including P.E.,

library, art music and science, to take place in

the specialist teacher’s classroom. Previously,

the Smart Start Plan required specialist

teachers to bring their instruction to the

students’ classes. The change is contingent

on the specialist teachers’ ability to maintain

social distancing and proper sanitizing


The board of trustees voted in favor of the

changes by a unanimous vote.

• An average of 15 Pinedale Middle

School students each day are taking virtual


• At one point in September, 129 of

262 middle school students were failing at

least one class and were required to take an

additional eighth period assistance to have

more time to complete school work.

• About 50 percent of Pinedale Middle

School students take advantage of free

school breakfast.

• District-wide, school lunch participation

has increased by 75 students a day for lunch

and 175 students per day for breakfast over

last year.

• Skyline Academy’s enrollment has

dropped to 18 students due to students

transferring out of the district.

• Two Skyline Academy students use

online learning for medical reasons.

• Another 20 Pinedale Elementary

students have temporarily joined the 31

students already being served virtually as a

result of isolation or quarantine orders.

• Between Sept. 21 and Sept. 30, 35

students were sent home with COVID-19-

related symptoms.

• 145 students are receiving special

education services with four more getting

initial evaluation. This is down from 151

students last year.

• Pinedale High School has 318 students

with 14 being full-time virtual learners.

• The Pinedale Aquatic Center had 7,676

visits in September of 2020 compared to

8,587 in 2019.

end of November. He added that the return to


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