After delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, Challis schools Food Director Sarah Jones said elementary students will get to munch on free, fresh fruits and vegetables again starting Sept. 21 thanks to a $9,675 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

After some confusion earlier in the pandemic, Mackay school board members and Superintendent Susan Buescher clarified how federally expanded sick leave for teachers and staff will work going forward at a special board meeting held Sept. 8.

Plans for extracurricular activities in the Challis school district and bus routes for the school year pegged to begin Aug. 26 are on the agenda for the Tuesday, Aug. 11 school board meeting.

Challis school board members have awarded contracts for fuel, propane and garbage collection for the coming school year.

Challis students will see a 5 cent increase for breakfast and lunch next year, after school board members approved the increase at their July 14 meeting.

A full list of COVID-19 recommendations for high school fall sports in Idaho won't be released until July 1, but the virus has already prompted some changes, according to Challis schools Superintendent Lani Rembelski.

Challis students and teachers are hoping they can return to their classrooms in the fall, but the superintendent said that will come with strings attached.

While the Challis School District will get less money from the state because of the coronavirus-caused recession, it received a bump from the federal government in response to the virus.

Because Challis students still aren’t allowed to congregate in large groups, Challis schools Superintendent Lani Rembelski said the end-of-the-year awards ceremony was postponed and will be held in the fall.

If remote schooling continues for the fall semester, Challis schools Food Service Director Sara Jones said her staff will be ready with hot meals for students, no matter how far they live from Challis.

Mackay High School’s nine graduating seniors will receive recognition for their achievements Saturday, June 27. A 2 p.m. commencement ceremony on the football field is planned.

Challis school board members allocated $65,000 from the district’s capital improvement fund to have the Challis Elementary School parking lot surveyed and repaved.

Challis High School seniors will graduate as planned on May 17, but social distancing rules and lingering coronavirus concerns will make celebrating their achievements challenging.

Challis school district students won’t see the inside of a school building until fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. School board members agreed to continue remote online education for the rest of the year and end the year as planned on May 21. Board members discussed conducting school…

Challis students received instructional packets last week that detailed what learning will be like for them as their schools remain closed till at least April 20 due to the coronavirus.

Challis schools Superintendent Lani Rembelski spoke to Challis City Council members last week about the “funky chunk” of the elementary school’s parking lot owned by the district and to see if the city is willing to part with the section of the lot it owns.

Challis second-graders were joined by members of the Leah O’Keefe chapter of the National Honor Society for Read Across America events on Feb. 27.

Jennifer Zollinger became Challis High School’s athletic director for the rest of the school year after school board members appointed her to the post last week.

Every year select Mackay FFA students participate in the breeding livestock project via an interview process by community leaders.

A broken-down bus and near slide off didn’t get in the way of a good time during an overnight visit to Yellowstone National Park, according to Challis Elementary School sixth-graders.

Idaho high school students reported less bullying, cigarette smoking and sexual activity in the State Department of Education’s biannual youth risk behavior survey. But teens reported increased e-cigarette use, feelings of hopelessness and suicidal thoughts.

Bureau of Land Management employees continue to make changes at the space they rent from the Challis school district, some of which Challis schools Superintendent Lani Rembelski listed off at the school board’s Dec. 11 meeting.

Several technology updates are being implemented in the Challis school district, and IT Specialist Lance Moss told school board members at their Dec. 12 meeting the main focus has been integrating Office 365.

A new charter school in Salmon is one of six schools across the state to earn a grant intended to help disadvantaged and rural students.

Challis High School Counselor Angela Sugden told school board members the district’s students are underperforming on standardized test and offered solutions at the board’s Nov. 13 meeting.

Debris from the damaged roof at Challis High School is scheduled to be hauled away on Nov. 25, Challis schools Superintendent Lani Rembelski told school board members last week.

Challis High School students Olivia Farr, Kasen Hohnstein, Lane Strand, Daryn Provence, Austyn Erickson and Halle Oerke became National Honor Society members last week at an annual induction ceremony.

Barb Thomas presented several positions she believes the Challis school district could use to improve its image and employee relations at the Oct. 9 school board meeting.

Mackay FFA members cleaned up a stretch of highway on Sept. 17, as they’ve done every year for more than two decades.

A new access control system goes into effect at Mackay schools on Monday, Sept. 9, as school district officials continue to look for ways to ensure the security and welfare of students and staff.

Challis students return to their classrooms on Monday, Aug. 26, for a full day of school.