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Elementary school principals Allen Carter and Megan Christiansen explain to the school board on Thursday what life on the ground in the schools is like. Based on a recommendation from the district administrators, the board voted to close schools on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. 

All public schools in the valley will be closed on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in an effort to give school staff a break after several weeks of high absences and increased workload. The closures are also an attempt to see the school district through the worst of the Omicron outbreak. 

The Teton School District 401 Board of Trustees called a special meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27 to collect more information on the high number of staff and student absences, and to receive a Covid update from Teton Valley Health. Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme gave the board a rundown on how the absences, from Covid as well as a variety of other reasons, were taxing the operations of each school and causing burnout and stress among staff members. 

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