October 25, 2021

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The Education People

Up to date COVID policies for Helena Community Colleges

HELENA — On Wednesday, the Helena School District despatched a letter to mother and father discussing COVID-19 protocols that will be in influence for the new college yr.

Masking

Powerful Aug. 30, masks will be needed for all PreK-8 college students and staff. Masks are remarkably advised, but not obligatory, for grades 9-12.

“After consultation with neighborhood general public wellness officers – and supplied that Lewis & Clark County’s transmission amount continues to be at the ‘high’ level – I have designed the decision to have to have masks for PreK-8,” wrote Helena General public Schools Superintendent Rex Weltz in a letter to mom and dad.

Previously this thirty day period, the faculty board attained a decision of 7 to 1 to undertake a masking policy for Pre-K to 8th-grade pupils through a higher transmission time period, but gave significant faculty pupils some versatility because of to them possessing access to the vaccine.

Weltz reported the masking determination is to help retain students in university, relatively than reverting to distance understanding.

The school district is preparing to host on-campus vaccination clinics at outside sports gatherings for individuals who would like to participate. Minors will need guardian consent to get a vaccine.

Length learning

Helena School will be delivering remoting mastering alternatives by a third bash this calendar year.

The on the internet mastering service provider for grades K-12 is Edgenuity. Grades 9-12 will also use the Montana Electronic Academy. Both Edgenuity and Montana Electronic Academy lecturers are licensed by the Condition of Montana.

Weltz wrote: “In purchase to return learners to the classroom entire-time, we have returned our district instructors to the classroom complete-time. To keep on to provide an online finding out alternative, the district has entered a partnership with 3rd-get together suppliers.”

Dad and mom intrigued in collaborating in the On the net Studying Method really should speak to their child’s college directors for support with the application method.

Transportation difficulties

Helena General public Colleges are aggressively wanting to fill vacant bus driver positions.

On Monday MTN noted the university district was however 20 bus drivers shorter of reaching their 72 drive goal.

District leaders claimed they’ve been hunting at strategies to offer with the hole for months. Initially College student has introduced in temporary employees to protect some routes and the district has labored on a program to mix some of their routes ought to the positions not be filled.

Shut Make contact with Protocols

As a outcome of Residence Bill 702, Lewis & Clark General public Wellness will no lengthier get shut contacts to quarantine. In its place, close contacts will obtain a recommendation to quarantine. Lewis & Clark Public Health and fitness will nonetheless call for those who take a look at optimistic for COVID to isolate at residence.

“If you or a spouse and children member are unwell or acquire a quarantine recommendation from the county health and fitness division, you should say dwelling so our pupils can stay in school,” wrote Weltz.

The news protocols were being based on Lewis & Clark General public Wellness rules, which were being in flip based mostly on CDC guidance.