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Excerpt from Governor's press release in regards to schools reopening
Angie Fuller
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Excerpt from the Governor’s Press Release on April 22, 2020 in regards to schools reopening.

“Local Control of School Closure Beginning May 7

• All non-residential public schools are closed through May 6 and will continue to be eligible for a waiver of pupil-instruction time and receive associated state funding through the funding mechanism described in prior Directives.

 • Beginning May 7, all schools have the option to return to in-classroom teaching delivery, at the discretion of local school boards.

o The intent of this provision is to allow local control over decisions about the provision of quality public education to students in Montana, while assuring that school districts will continue to receive full funding support from the state to provide learning.

o The mechanism for a gubernatorial waiver of student-instruction time will expire.

o However, nothing in this Directive prevents a local school board from declaring a local emergency as provided in § 20-9-806, MCA. Local boards and their districts that do so will continue to receive all state funding, including transportation funding.

 • The State recognizes that if a school reopens for in-person instruction, reopening will require the district to make adjustments and create plans, policies, and procedures. Schools that plan to reopen should consult the school reopening guidelines provided in Appendix A

• In addition, if schools plan to reopen they should consider:

o Implementing an alternative educational delivery model that includes a mix of in-person and remote learning.

o Providing focused individual education, especially for at-risk students.

o How to reconnect and meet the educational needs of students who fall behind in a remote learning environment.

o The importance of maintaining the connection between students, teachers, and parents. o The important role that schools play in the health of students, families, and communities.

o Graduation environments that can meet the social distancing requirements.”

The Board of Trustees will be holding a special board meeting on April 27, 2020 at 6:00 PM to discuss the possibility of reopening the school on May 7, 2020.  Continue to watch the schools webpage at www.sgchs.com and their Facebook for updates as they occur.