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,
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
• District-wide, school lunch participation
has increased by 75 students a day for lunch
and 175 students per day for breakfast over
• 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-
• 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