Category Archives: Education

GFPS returning to classrooms Jan. 18

Great Falls Public Schools will reopen for in-person learning as normally scheduled on Jan. 18. Health officials are recommending masks and GFPS is recommending that people wear masks when they return on Tuesday but they are not requiring them, Superintendent Tom Moore said on Jan. 16. Some activities and sports may not be on their normal schedule due to staff

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State superintendent pitches revisions to teacher licensing

by Alex Sakariassen | Montana Free Press On Thursday, the Montana Board of Public Education conducted its first review of state Superintendent Elsie Arntzen’s proposed changes to regulations governing teacher licensing. The proposals were the result of a months-long regulatory revision process undertaken last year by a 24-member task force composed of teachers, administrators and other education stakeholders, and included a recommendation to

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GFPS waiting until Sunday to determine whether to reopen next week, cases increasing

Great Falls Public Schools officials reviewed the district’s COVID-19 numbers on Jan. 14 and have more than 250 infections among faculty and staff, according to the district. “That is the highest number of infections we have experienced since COVID-19 hit our community in the winter of 2020,” according to the district. All GFPS schools going remote due to COVID Jan.

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GFPS accepting applications for new citizens academy

The Great Falls Public Schools district is launching a citizens academy. The academy will meet six times starting Feb. 3 to offer participants an in-depth look at the district and its programs.  The Citizens Academy will be limited to 35 participants. Participants must be able to commit to the entire meeting schedule (Feb. 3, Feb. 17, March 3, March 17,

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Power restored at East Middle, school resumes as normal on Jan. 10

Power has been restored at East Middle School and school will resume as normal in the building on Jan. 10. After school activities will also resume as normal, according to Great Falls Public Schools. The school lost power after a transformer owned by the district failed on Jan. 3, causing the school to go remote for the remainder of the

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Montana school districts hit $1 million cap on tax credits for public school donations in minutes

By Alex Sakariassen | Montana Free Press A program offering a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for donations to Montana public schools reached its $1 million limit within minutes of launching Monday, with nine school districts claiming credits on behalf of 23 individual donors. The tax credits were offered to individuals and businesses that donated to specific public school districts through the

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GFPS continuing work to restore power at East Middle

East Middle School remains closed this week while the district works to repair power to the school. The school’s transformer, which is owned by the district, failed on Jan. 3 and requires service before service can be restored, according to GFPS. NorthWestern Energy crews are in contact with the school district so that service to East Middle School can be

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GFPS to lift mask requirement for elementary schools Jan. 3

Great Falls Public Schools will lift the mask requirement for elementary students, and across the district, beginning Jan. 3. According to a statement from the district, officials have been monitoring the COVID-19 infection rates and community transmission rates in Cascade County and have decided to lift the mask requirement as numbers have trended downward. GFPS likely to lift mask mandate

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GFPD, GFPS respond to incident on school bus

The Great Falls Police Department said on Dec. 21 that it was notified around 3:10 p.m. of a student onboard a school bus who had shown other students a gun. The call to police came from a family member of a student who was on the bus, according to GFPD. GFPS addressing threats; investigating former employees The East Middle School

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GFPS addressing threats; investigating former employees

There were no incidents in Great Falls Public Schools on Dec. 17, the day officials were monitoring schools and increased police presence due to a national TikTok challenge. GFPS operated normally that day, but increased the police presence for the day. Superintendent Tom Moore said that they dealt with some copycat issues out of a post from Utah that some

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