Great Falls Public Schools Moving to District-Wide Distance Learning Beginning November 16, 2020.  In-Person Learning will Resume on November 30, 2020.

November 10, 2020

Parents, Students and Community Members,

Due to the rapid increase of COVID+ cases among GFPS staff and students, along with the highest numbers of people quarantined since school started, we have decided that it is necessary to take action to try to slow or reduce this trend. After consulting with our Community Emergency School Closure Task Force, the School Trustees and District Leadership we have decided to move to district-wide, distance learning for all students and staff in our schools for two weeks. This change will begin at 5:00 PM on Friday, November 13th and we will resume in-person learning in all schools on Monday, November 30thTeaching and learning will continue remotely during this time period for all students.

The only way that this intervention will work in flattening the curve and reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, is if all of us take every extra precaution possible during this period. We will need to self-quarantine, limit our interaction with others, aside from our immediate family, and follow all of the healthy guidelines of sanitation and PPE when we do have to go out and about.

I realize how difficult this is on many of our families in the school district and on the community, and it is not an ideal way to educate our students. However, if we are diligent during these next two weeks hopefully, we can reopen schools and resume face to face learning safely and in a healthy manner for the three weeks between Thanksgiving and the Holiday Break.

The District is working to provide adequate childcare for school aged children during this period of remote learning with medical and health care institutions. Please consult with your employer for details.

For non-health care related childcare information, please contact Family Connections.

Specific questions regarding student learning should be directed to teachers and your school principal.

In addition, please refer to the Great Falls Public Schools’ website and Facebook page for updates and more information.

Sincerely,

Tom Moore
Superintendent