Category Archives: Great Falls Public Schools

Bullock urges continued caution for large gatherings; state rolls out guidelines for fall school reopening

During a July 2 press briefing, Gov. Steve Bullock said that while Montana continues to have the lowest number of cases and deaths related to COVID-19, it is still a serious concern. The state now has 1,083 cases, according to the state dashboard. There have been 222 new cases this week alone, Bullock said, and 389 currently active cases statewide.

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GFFR, GFPD train for mass casualty situations

Much of training for first responders centers around preparing for worst case scenarios. Great Falls Fire Rescue and Great Falls Police Department continued their joint training this year on what’s known as rescue task force so that they can more effectively work together in a mass casualty situation. GFFR, GFPD, CCSO train to respond to active shooter, mass casualty events

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GFPS accessing protested taxes for operations

The Great Falls Public Schools board voted unanimously during their June 22 meeting to access $1.7 million in taxes protested by Calumet Montana Refining. Calumet protested their assessed 2019-20 taxes that relate to new construction at the plant in 2016-17. GPPS to access protested taxes for operations It’s a continuation of the protest that began in 2017-2018 valuation. The refinery

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Local businesses pivoting to fill childcare needs

As local businesses are opening back up this month and employees are trying to return to work, it’s exposed a critical lack in childcare options. Recognizing that need, local agencies joined to create a summer childcare consortium. The group includes Family Connections, Great Falls Public Schools, Cascade County City-County Health Department, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

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GFPS seeking parent input for start of school year; driver’s ed registration open

Great Falls Public Schools is asking families to take a survey regarding the start of the 2020-2021 school year in August. Parents can fill it out once for each other their children. The survey closes at midnight June 14. The survey is available here. Driver’s Ed Driver’s Education registration opened June 9. Register for the June 22 Driver’s Education session

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Banners installed downtown to honor Class of 2020

New banners will be installed on Central Avenue on Friday to recognize the graduates of the Class of 2020. It’s the first time in recent history that banners have been installed to honor a graduating class, according to Joan Redeen of the Business Improvement District. The banners are sponsored by Embark Credit Union and designed by Speaking Socially and showcase

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GFPS changes course on graduation, now pursuing outdoor ceremony to allow two guests per student

Great Falls Public Schools is now pursuing an outdoor graduation ceremony to allow graduates to bring up to two family members to the ceremony. Superintendent Tom Moore said during a special meeting May 18 that the district received about 315 responses to the survey of graduates and their parents over the weekend and about 74 percent supported the option to

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GFPS surveying graduates, families about graduation options

Based on community feedback, Great Falls Public Schools is sending out a survey to graduating seniors and their parents today asking them to choose one of three options for graduation ceremonies later this month. The survey is being sent Friday afternoon and response are due back by noon May 18. The school board is having a special meeting May 18

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Programs for rising middle schoolers planned for East, North

For parents of students starting 7th grade at East Middle School in the fall, the Great Falls School District would typically host a parent luncheon at the student’s elementary school. But, with pandemic restrictions, that’s not possible, so East is starting zoom luncheons for parents and students next week. GFPS to continue remote learning for remainder of school year Elementary

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GFPS releases graduation plans

Great Falls Public Schools has released the plan for 2020 graduation ceremonies. Last week, GFPS officials met with city and county officials from health, law enforcement, fire and Expo Park departments to discuss the plans. Officials considered the size of the Pacific Steel and Recycling Arena, number of graduating students and health and safety protocols for the COVID-19 pandemic. “It

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