2020-2021 School Information
School is set to begin August 24th at 8:00 a.m. Please refer to this Back to School at a Glance document for full details.
- An updated Bell Schedule has been posted.
- Masks are highly encouraged but not required.
For at least the first semester, all Cassia Schools will have a four day schedule with students Mon-Thurs only.
- Friday will be teacher/staff work days
- There will be no more Monday early release
- Mondays & Wednesdays will be "A" days
- Tuesdays and Thursdays will be "B" days
School Trustees have reviewed and discussed how to address their priority to get students back to school in our current risk category. Board members and central office officials have previously stated their commitment to provide some form of in-person instruction.
Board members discussed the importance of safety, particularly for faculty and staff. Although not required, the Board is highly encouraging masks. Trustee Darin Moon emphasized that decisions were not political statements. “Following guidelines and recommendations puts us all in a safer position.”
Dr. Shank has repeated the desire to get students back into school, “ we will have school unless we are told we cannot.”
We have heightened safety and cleaning measures in place and are positioning to work through new operating procedures. We need the community to help us in our efforts to stay open. Student learning and overall safety are our priorities.
When Should I Stay Home?
The district leadership has created a graphic to help parents determine when they should consider keeping their children home and when they should consider having them return to school. Both English and Spanish versions of the charts are available for downloading below.
Questions Regarding the Start of School
There are many questions regarding the start of school. Dr. Shank recently stated that "the priority is to get students back to school". A district reopening committee is meeting July 14 to discuss specifics regarding school operations. Once decisions are made, we will communicate with students and families should there be special considerations or accommodations for returning.
School priorities are consistent from year to year; support high levels of learning and protect students and staff.
Urgent Care Sports Physicals Special August 2020
Urgent Care Clinic Manager Sean Christensen is excited to announce that a few local Urgent Cares are doing their Sports Physical Special again this year. The cost for a Sports Physical is only $10.00, and Urgent Care will donate the $10.00 back to each school's athletic department.
This year, due to the current Covid-19 situation, they have decided to only do this special in August, but with extended days. Instead of just doing this special for the first week of the month, they will be doing this Sports Physical Special the entire month of August! This will help students and their families and also our schools.
No appointments are necessary. Students can walk in anytime during regular clinic hours to receive this special. This will be at all three clinics: Urgent Care of Twin Falls, Urgent Care of Jerome, and Riverview Urgent Care in Burley.
Clinic hours from August 1st through August 31st are as follows:
- Twin Falls: Mon-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Burley: Mon-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Jerome: Mon-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Please share this information. If you have any questions, please contact Sean Christensen directly at: email@example.com.
Suicide Prevention Resources
Call 911 for an immediate emergency
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline
Contact the Hotline if you or someone you know is in crisis or emotional distress. The Hotline is available 24/7, TEXT support is available Monday through Friday from 3:00 PM to Midnight, but CHAT support is currently unavailable due to COVID-19.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. It is available to everyone, is free, and is confidential.
Student CONNECT Program
Connect is a resource to help address a broad range of personal difficulties that may be causing distress. This benefit is free to any Cassia student grades K-12.
Free Online Reading Materials
The closure of our school libraries has made it difficult for students to access enough books, specifically fiction. The District Librarian has created a blog to provide information on free online reading materials.
Access the blog here: https://www.cassiaschools.org/Page/6638
Changes to District Breakfast Program
Cassia School District will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for any and all students HOWEVER, FREE breakfast will NO LONGER BE OFFERED to ALL students (K-12) at Cassia Schools. The breakfast and lunch programs are provided through federal programs and the ability to offer free meals is based on socioeconomic factors of the community. Improved economic conditions have changed our calculation in the federal programs and eliminated our eligibility.
The district will continue to offer healthy meals to any and all students during the day, but will return to the former system of collecting applications for free and reduced meals and only provide free or reduced meals to those students who qualify as determined by the application process.
All families, regardless of economic status, are encouraged to complete the application.
Changes impact all free breakfasts and lunches at Cassia High School.
Please see the documents below or contact your school for more information.
New Student Enrollment
All students must apply for admission to Cassia High School. In order to enroll, please complete the following steps:
- Come by the school office to pick up a registration packet
- Schedule an admission interview
- Receive admission decision
- After the interview, students will either be accepted immediately, placed on a waitlist, or denied admission.
- If students are placed on a waitlist, they may begin work on credit recovery and independent study courses until a new block starts or a place becomes available.
- See the Block Calendar for start dates.
Students that reside outside of Cassia School District must complete an Out-of-District Transfer Request form.
Idaho State Department of Education School Report Card
The State Department of Education’s revamped K-12 Report Card is available online, providing a user-friendly way for parents, educators and others to access information about schools and districts throughout the state. Part of the state’s new accountability system, the new site provides information about multiple student performance indicators, offering context in addition to the data.
You can access the report card online at https://idahoschools.org/schools/0990.
Welcome to Cassia High School!
Cassia High School is the Cassia County School District alternative school, serving approximately 135 students from all junior and senior high schools in our district. We are a school of awesome students and amazing staff!
Our school mission statement is: NO EXCUSES! SUCCESS BEGINS HERE!
We take this mission statement to heart; promoting success in education, character, and life. Some things we as a student body and staff are especially proud of include our advisory and character education program where we promote service in our school and our community. Our students donate hundreds of hours each year to the community in service. Please contact us if you know of a project that our school could possibly help with and we will do our best to see that it happens!
We are proud of our professional dress code. Students wear khaki slacks and black school polo shirts. We dress for success at CHS!
If regular high school isn't working for you - we invite you to come and learn more about Cassia High School. We are always looking for students who value their education, want an opportunity to earn it, and are willing to go to work. We will work hard to make it happen, will help you achieve your goals, and like to have a good time in the process. Every year we have an amazing graduation ceremony honoring our graduates who have realized the value of their education and the opportunities they have earned. We invite you to come and see what we have going on at CHS.
We are the proud Cougars of Cassia High School!
Todd Shumway, PhD
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