Members of the Teton County School Board met in a workshop Monday to discuss some major diversions considered from the calendars the district has traditionally followed. One of the primary changes would suspend classes at the high school on Fridays when absenteeism is traditionally high due to student activities, using those days instead for teacher in-service. Superintendent Pam Shea explains that such a move could be beneficial to those students missing classes and the effectiveness of the classes themselves. She explains that students have the pressure to make up the work which becomes another added responsibility for them that adds to their stress level. She says, “If we can be better and smarter about how we manage our days in service of student learning, that’s what “High Impact Fridays” are trying to address.” Shea also points out that involvement outside the classroom is also an important part of a well-rounded education for students. She says that includes high school sports, club sports, community groups that students are involved in. Says Shea: “Our high school students are very very busy, they’re very committed – so being able to allow for a balance, if we can help that through this structure, that’s why this is under consideration.” The school board is also studying what start-up, ending, and vacation dates will best serve the community and how to incorporate early release days for K through 5 students to facilitate district-wide elementary teacher in-service while still providing activities to occupy those students of working parents.