Dear Community Members;
As most of you know, Governor Bullock announced last week that all public schools in Montana would be closed from March 16 - March 27, 2020. Yesterday he updated that closure through April 10, 2020. In his mandate he has directed school leaders to develop plans to address the continuation of teaching and learning, providing food to students who qualify for lunch and breakfast programs, how the needs of students with specific needs will be met, and other areas that the school district will provide support for students during this emergency school closure.
Absarokee Public School staff has drafted plans which will be presented to the Trustees at a Special Meeting of the Board at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The Board of Trustees will be asked to approve the proposed plan at that meeting. Prior to finalizing the plan, the Governor has asked for school districts to allow for public input. Once the Board approves the plan, it must be submitted to the Governor’s office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020.
We request that you provide any input between now and Thursday, March 26th at 3:00 p.m. so the staff can prepare a finalized proposal for Board consideration during the special meeting scheduled at 7:00 p.m.
Absarokee Public Schools’ Plan of Action
Instruction: Teachers instructing grades 6-12 are delivering remote learning via a “Google Classroom” platform for those students who have access to the Internet. Teachers are answering questions and providing instructional feedback using school email, on-line discussion boards and video conferencing (ie. Google Meet). Students not having access to the Internet have been provided with hardcopies of instructional materials, which are delivered to students on a weekly basis. Teachers are available via telephone and email to help students with work.
Students in grades K-5 are receiving instructional packets from their classroom teachers. Materials are prepared throughout the week and prepared for pickup on Friday’s, unless you are a bus student and then you will get that with bus drop off on Monday’s. Teachers are contacting students/parents periodically throughout the week to check in on student progress and provide instructional assistance. Teachers are also available via their school email.
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:
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