Category Archives: Education

GFPs discusses school safety, SRO program, youth behaviors

Superintendent Tom Moore updated the school board on last week’s incident at East Middle School during their Oct. 11 meeting. The board also received the 2021 Safe and Secure Schools Report during the meeting. Moore said as soon as officials were informed of students making threats toward each other and the school, officials acted quickly. He said that such incidents,

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CCSO releases information about Oct. 6 Belt school incident

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office released information on Oct. 11 regarding an incident involving Belt School last week. Undersheriff Cory Reeves said that at 3:01 p.m. Oct. 6, Belt School received an anonymous call “stating another Sandy Hook would be happening in a few minutes and then hung up.” GFPS addresses process for threat investigations School officials called 911 and

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GFPS addresses process for threat investigations

The two students involved in the Oct. 5 incident at East Middle School who have both been cited with disorderly conduct, were suspended from school, pending an administrative investigation to determine the next course of action. Tom Moore, Great Falls Public Schools superintendent, said that in this case, a first student was identified as making a threat to use a

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University of Providence goes remote due to COVID

The University of Providence has gone remote through Oct. 10 due to COVID-19. The university has nine new confirmed cases and 10 active cases as of 5 p.m. Oct. 6. County adds 570 new COVID cases, five new deaths confirmed “The University of Providence is committed to providing a safe environment in which the entire UP community can learn, work,

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Groundbreaking set for new medical school in Great Falls

(Rendering above by LPW Architecture) Touro College and University System is breaking ground on its proposed new campus of a medical school near Benefis Health System on Oct. 6. The school has partnered with Benefis for clinical education for the new campus of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (New York). The medical school is scheduled to open with 125

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Montana Nurses Association slams state rule on school mask mandates

By Alex Sakariassen | Montana Free Press The Montana Nurses Association expressed serious concern Sept. 8 over the legality and scientific accuracy of an Aug. 31 emergency rule issued by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The rule told public schools they “should consider” parental concerns when imposing face mask mandates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and

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DPHHS issues emergency rules on masks in public schools

Gov. Greg Gianforte said Aug. 31 that the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services issued an emergency rules regarding masks in school. “Montana students deserve to be back in their classroom in as normal and safe an environment as possible. Montana parents deserve to know their voices are heard in schools when health-related mandates for their children are

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GFPS opens Aug. 25, with mask requirement for elementary schoolers

Students return to classrooms at Great Falls Public Schools on Aug. 25 and at the elementary level, masks are required for the time being based on local COVID-19 transmission rates. Last week, the GFPS Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to adopt a policy that authorizes Superintendent Tom Moore to implement or rescind health protocols in schools dependent on local COVID-19 transmission

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GFPS board votes to give superintendent ability to implement mask rules depending on community COVID spread

The Great Falls Public Schools board voted 6-1, with Mark Finnicum dissenting, to adopt a policy that authorizes Superintendent Tom Moore to implement, adjust or rescind health protocols in schools dependent on local COVID-19 transmission rates. The policy is a modified version of what has been in place since March 2020, which required masks in all public schools. GFPS board

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