27-28 March 2020
On March 15th, the Governor ordered all K-12 public schools to be closed statewide through March 27th. On March 24, the Governor extended school closures through April 10th.
Parents: Your child's school or district should be your first source of information about what services your school or district is offering during the closure. The OPI has published extensive Online Learning Resources for School Leaders, Teachers & Parents.
OPI Requests Waivers On Educational Requirements As COVID-19 Closes Schools
By Aaron Bolton, 18 March 2020
from MT Public Radio
The Montana Office of Public Instruction is asking Gov. Steve Bullock and the federal government to waive requirements for standardized testing and instructional time. The request comes days into the governor’s two-week public school closure order in response to the novel coronavirus.
OPI is asking Gov. Bullock to waive state instructional time requirements and to continue providing transportation reimbursements as schools deliver food to students throughout the closure.
OPI is also asking the federal government to waive testing requirements that help dictate federal funding. OPI held a conference call with district administrators, Montana’s congressional delegation and the Governor’s office Tuesday to discuss issues related to school closures.
Many schools are moving to online and remote learning, but districts are concerned about whether they’ll have to make up any instructional time they may lose out on during the coronavirus pandemic. They’re also worried about continued state funding for transportation needed to deliver meals and physical learning materials to students.
Bullock ordered schools to close for two weeks starting Monday, but there’s anxiety over whether the closures could last much longer.
Daily School Closure Continues
By order of the Governor of Montana, Plains Public Schools will be closed beginning Monday (3/16) and will remain closed for all educational, extracurricular, and after-school activities until at least Friday (4/10).
During this two week period, facilities are closed to all activities, including school and non-school events. The school will offer offsite educational services either online and/or mail. The school will provide “Grab & Go” meals.
Please continue to check the school website for further announcements and updates due to the ever-changing nature of this situation, regarding COVID-19.
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