GREAT FALLS — Governor Steve Bullock announced on Wednesday a "phased re-opening" of Montana after more than a month of COVID-19 restrictions and closures.
Bullock directed all of Montana’s public K-12 schools to close starting on Monday, March 16, and the closure has remained in effect.
Bullock said during Wednesday's news conference: "On May 7, all schools will have the option to return to in-classroom teaching delivery at the discretion of local school boards. The Directive does not preclude school boards from declaring local emergencies to continue to receive all appropriate state funding to continue to provide remote learning."
The Great Falls Public Schools Board of Trustees will hold a work session at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 27, to consider input from school staff and healthcare officials on all aspects of school reopening. The Board will not take any action on school closure or reopening at their regularly -cheduled meeting on April 27 at 5:30 p.m.
On May 4th, the GFPS Board of Trustees will hold a special board meeting at 5:30 PM, for the sole purpose of deciding on whether to continue with school closures or re-opening schools in Great Falls during the month of May.
Several days ago, GFPS announced that it is adopting a "Pass/Fail" for the latter portion of the current school year for middle schools and high schools; click here for details.
In related news, the Montana High School Association announced on Wednesday that all spring sports in schools across Montana have been canceled for the remainder of the school year.