Category Archives: Great Falls Public Schools

GFPS board approves plans for closures; four substitute teachers laid off

The Great Falls Public Schools board of trustees voted unanimously to approve the district’s plan for continuing distance learning, providing meals and other services through April 10 under the governor’s closure order. The plan will next be submitted to the governor’s office. GFPS staff made the draft plan available for public review on its website immediately following the governor’s announcement

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Gov. Bullock releases more guidance related to school closures

On March 19, Gov. Steve Bullock released additional guidance related to public K-12 school closures. A decision has not been made on future closures at this time. “I sincerely appreciate the teachers, the administrators and school staff who are working diligently in this challenging and unprecedented time to make sure that the needs of children in every corner of our state

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GFPS declares emergency, attempting to get clarity from state regarding accreditation, assessment standards

The Great Falls Public Schools board of trustees held an emergency meeting on March 18 to declare an emergency, at the recommendation of the Montana School Boards Association, related to the governor’s order to close schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The board unanimously passed the declaration, parameters for which are outlined in state law and had notified the media

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March 18 COVID-19 updates: four more positive cases in Montana; gun show canceled; OPI requests waivers; governor adapts unemployment, small business loans; Rec Center closing; updated GFPS meal pickup locations; take-out options; to-go art from Brush Crazy

Gov. Steve Bullock today confirmed four additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Montana. This morning he confirmed two patients are males in their 20s from Gallatin County, according to the governor’s office. This evening, he confirmed a Missoula County male in his 50s and a Gallatin County male in his 60s. Today’s additional cases brings Montana’s total number of cases

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GFPS childcare details for COVID-19 school closure

Great Falls Public Schools has posted more information about the limited childcare the district is able to provide strictly for first responders to include law enforcement, EMS, firefighters, emergency and medical staff also including long-term care facilities. Childcare is to be limited to children of these providers under the age of 12. March 15 COVID-19 updates: Gov. Steve Bullock directing

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GFPS cancels, postpones all after school activities through March 27 due to COVID-19

Great Falls Public Schools has canceling or postponing all after school or weekend large gatherings or district sponsored events until at least March 27 due to COVID-19. In an email to district staff, Superintendent Tom Moore wrote that he met with district staff Thursday to discuss questions around the COVID-19 outbreak and the district is taking direction from health officials,

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GFPS sending $1.75 million levy to May ballot

Great Falls Public Schools trustees voted unanimously during their March 9 meeting to send a $1.75 million levy to the May ballot. That will require a 12.05 mill increase, which is about $16.27 per $100,000 home or $32.54 per $200,000 annually, according to GFPS. The maximum that GFPS could levy in the elementary district is $1,785,295.70. School board, levy election

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Officials determine no safety concern at GF High, classes resume normally today

A portion of Great Falls High School was evacuated Thursday afternoon as officials investigated a potential threat, according to Superintendent Tom Moore. Moore said in a statement to The Electric that at about 3:20 p.m. on Feb. 27, school officials and Great Falls Police Department officers evacuated the the South Campus and Fieldhouse area to begin investigating to “verify a

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Lincoln Elementary adding time to school day to make up for time lost during emergency closures

As of Feb. 24, students at Lincoln Elementary School will be dismissed give minutes later each day until the end of the year to make up for the instructional time lost when the school was closed Dec. 17 due to a police investigation that included school grounds. State law allows for one day of lost instructional time due to emergencies

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GFPD searching for person of interest in school bomb threat

On Feb. 10, a note was placed on a door at Whittier Elementary School. The note, containing a bomb threat directed at multiple Great Falls’ schools, prompted a city-wide shut down of all Great Falls Public Schools, and most private schools. While law enforcement officers from multiple agencies worked to inspect and clear every school in Great Falls, a simultaneous

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