Category Archives: Great Falls Public Schools

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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Neighborhood Council 1 and 2 January meetings canceled

Neighborhood Councils 1 and 2 have canceled their January meetings. The councils typically meet at Great Falls Public Schools facilities, which announced Jan. 10 that they were closing and going remote for the remainder of the week. Four neighborhood councils meet Jan. 10-14 “With limited noticed for a different venue, the January meetings have been canceled,” according to the city.

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All GFPS schools going remote due to COVID Jan. 11-17

All Great Falls Public Schools are going remote from Jan. 11-17 due to COVID-19. The district said in a Jan. 10 release that as of this morning, the number of COVID-19 infected students and staff “skyrocketed over the weekend.” As of Jan. 10, there were 125 staff out with COVID related illness, according to the district, and the substitute fill

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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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East Middle going remote for remainder of week due to power outage

East Middle School is going to remote learning through Jan. 7 due to a power outage at the school, according to Great Falls Public Schools. Superintendent Tom Moore told The Electric that district officials were notified on the morning of Jan. 3 that a primary electrical transformer at the school had failed, shutting down power to the entire building. GFPS

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