COVID-19

April 29, 2020

Absarokee Husky Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members,

 

After thoughtful consideration of the protocols that have to be in place to conduct school within the building, we have chosen to keep the school closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.  What would have to be completed to have students in our building:

 If schools plan to reopen they should consider:

  1. Implementing an alternative educational delivery model that includes a mix of in-person and remote learning.  (Approximately 9 students appropriately distanced would fit in a classroom)

  2. Providing focused individual education, especially for at-risk students. (Absarokee Schools can provide additional assistance through compensatory education during the summer, after school during the 2020-21 school year, or on Saturdays in the 2020-21 school year)

  3.  How to reconnect and meet the educational needs of students who fall behind in a remote learning environment. (Plans are being made to work through all scenarios to provide assistance to individuals.)

  4.  The importance of maintaining the connection between students, teachers, and parents. (Remote learning while not always ideal for all has been transitioning into and another transition  this year could prove further detriment to our students.)

  5.  The important role that schools play in the health of students, families, and communities. (We are attempting to bring a class at a time in to provide closure to students and staff, while providing a safe environment for our students.)

  6. Graduation environments that can meet the social distancing requirements. (We have worked through this with staff, parents and County Health to provide the best possible ceremony while practicing safe distancing.  A senior and 8th grade ceremony are being planned.)

  7. CONTINUE TO PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE 

  8. PEOPLE WHO FEEL SICK SHOULD STAY HOME 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after

touching frequently used items or surfaces. 

  • Avoid touching your face.

  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow. 

  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

  • Strongly consider using non-medical face coverings while in public, especially in

circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing​

 

PEOPLE WHO FEEL SICK SHOULD STAY HOME 

  • Do not go to work or school. (Temperatures would need to be taken before school and at lunch to make sure we are healthy.)

  • Contact and follow the advice of your medical provider. 

  • Follow local health department guidance on isolation and quarantine.

 

  1. We would not be able to provide recess, gym, library, or VoAg shop to our students as social distancing could not be kept.

  2. We would not be able to provide recess, gym, library, or VoAg shop to our students as social distancing could not be kept.

  3. Students would need to remain in the initial classroom they arrived at each day and teachers would need to move to them so as to minimize the risk of exposure should someone contract the Coronavirus.  

 

Absarokee Public Schools is working with Public Health to make the best decisions for our students and staff.  At this time it is their recommendation to hold off returning to school in order to provide the summer to put safety measures in place.  We would love to open the doors wide and welcome everyone back, but the reality is we are not to that stage yet.  

 

Traffic Education has a plan in place for social distancing and sanitation.  Please contact the school if your child is part of this program. 

 

Senior Graduation will be for immediate households and students.  A video platform is in the works and will be available by the time of graduation, May 17th. 

 

8th Grade promotion will be for immediate households and students only as well.  A video platform is in progress for this as well.  

 

There is a plan for individual elementary classes to return for a 2 hour block to have closure on the playground on individual days.  Social distancing and masks will be necessary to participate. 

 

Junior High and High School classes will be turning in books and technology on a planned schedule, please check Facebook, the website and the front doors of the school for the schedule.  

 

Sincerely, 

 

Absarokee Board of Trustees

Meredith Feddes, Superintendent

Tim Zumbrun, JH/HS Principal

 

Food Services:  Breakfast and lunch are available to students during each regularly scheduled school day.  Meals are prepared based on the advanced order of the student or parent and will be charged to their school meal account.  Meals will be available to students as “Grab & Go” at the school cafeteria from 8:00am - 10:00am. Students on bus routes will have their orders delivered during the morning bus route.

 

Please provide input by emailing your comments to: abspublicschools@absarokee.k12.mt.us

Parent Handout - Includes tips to talk to your child about  COVID-19.

Fact Sheet - Includes information on COVID-19 and what you should do

Facts on COVID-19 from the CDC

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