October 7, 2019

MMR Vaccination Protocol

If an employee has received the MMR shot and has a copy of the record, the CDC recommends that employees receive a booster of the vaccine. It is NOT mandatory and the original immunization records from when the employee was a child will suffice. Employees are requested to submit their MMR vaccination records to Human Resources. This is not required but is STRONGLY recommended.

• Submit MMR vaccine records to Human Resources
• Records will be recorded in computer system
• Records will then be placed in a sealed envelope in the employee’s personnel file

If you do not have record of receiving the vaccine, it is recommended that you get the two-part series MMR vaccine. The vaccine is covered 100% if the employee is on the Great Falls Public Schools’ insurance as it is considered preventative. If the employee carries insurance elsewhere, they will need to find out through their insurance company how it is covered.

MMR Immunizations are offered at:
Alluvion Healthcare 454-6973
Benefis Healthcare 455-5000
Great Falls Clinic 454-2171
Any other medical facilities and/or pharmacies

MMR virus

Flu Shot Clinics

Here are the schedules for the flu shot clinics taking place in the month of October.  These shots are available for all employees and their spouses ONLY, at no cost, regardless if they are on the GFPS insurance plan or not.  There will not be flu shots for children at these clinics.  If you require an egg free flu shot due to allergies, please contact Heather Spurzem in HR (268-6012) asap to let Benefis know that they will need to have one on hand.

Flu Shot Clinic


Fire Station Flu Shot Fridays

Fire Station Flu Shots


severance pay

 Severance Pay for Retiring Teachers

Please remember that in order to be eligible for severance pay, a retiring teacher must submit a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees no later than December 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m., if terminating employment at the end of the first semester.  You are encouraged to forward your letter prior to this date.  You may wish to refer to Article 8.C of the Negotiated Agreement for further information.  Teacher Retirement System must be contacted and an irrevocable election form completed by October 16, 2019 in order to be eligible to deduct additional contributions from termination pay on a tax-deferred basis. The Irrevocable Election Form is available in Human Resources or Teacher’s Retirement website.  The Teacher Retirement System can be reached at 1-866-600-4045.

Human Resources Office

Annual Cybersecurity Training

Deadline: Friday, October 11th.

Cybersecurity has become a hot topic for school districts across the nation recently. Last year there were 122 publicly-disclosed cybersecurity incidents affecting 119 K-12 education agencies across 38 states (including Montana). This equates to an an incident reported every three days. There are probably hundreds more that are not reported. Incidents are defined as both cyber attacks and data breaches.

In an effort to educate our staff on the risks of cyber crime, GFPS is instituting an annual cybersecurity training program. On August 26th, all employees who have a GFPS email address will receive an email notification similar to the one following this paragraph. Rest assured this is a legitimate email and staff can click on the link in the email without worry. The link will direct you to a website where you will be able to watch a 15 minute video on your role in internet security, primarily focusing on email phishing attempts. While there may be some unique terms you have not heard of before, this video is designed for non-technical employees and presented in layman’s terms. There will be a short quiz at the end of the video. It is more important that you learn about the topic versus getting every answer correct. Take your time.

Cybersecurity Training

You will receive reminders throughout the next 7 weeks to complete the training if you have not done so already. We will also work with building administrators and supervisors to reinforce the importance of completing this training on time.

After the training is complete, we will be sending out test phishing emails throughout the year to check what you have learned and retained. If you fail any of these tests, please be aware you will be required to complete a more in-depth video training. Also, understand that GFPS has a number of policies already in place on appropriate use of internet and email resources and violations of those policies could result in disciplinary action.

You can reference the following policies if you would like to learn more:

5450 Employee Electronic Mail and OnLine Services Usage

5450F Staff Computer Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Agreement

5460 Electronic Resources and Social Networking

We hope that all employees take this seriously and understand that everyone has a part in keeping both student and employee protected information secure and private. If you have any concerns, questions or issues with this cybersecurity training, please direct those to:

Tom Hering
Director of Information Technology
Phone: 268-6068
Email: tom_hering@gfps.k12.mt.us

CMR Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat



The CMR Drama Department will participate in Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat this year on Saturday, October 26, from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  They will be in costume and will have a badge identifying them as TOTS-Eat participants.  Students will go to Great Falls neighborhoods collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries for the CMR Food Pantry.

If you would like to donate, you can drop off items in the CMR Drama Room 603 in Bill Williamson Hall from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  For more information, please call 268-6117.

National Construction Week Celebration

National Construction Week

We are celebrating National Construction Week, October 7-11th!

Each day we will be at different schools handing out construction sticker books, giving tours of the new addition to GFH, speaking to pre-construction classes and celebrating at the high school house with hamburgers for all!

American Indian Studies Series
American Indian Studies

This five course program through IEFA is available for both GFPS educators and students.

Educators will be offered a $200 honorarium towards the purchase of classroom materials after the completion of three of these courses, and an additional honorarium of $200 upon the completion of the final two (these do not have to occur in order).  We will be offering these as PIR for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please register through PIR ECentral.

Students will be offered one half credit upon the completion of all five courses and must be completed on the offered dates or on the makeup dates.  This half credit is approved by the GFPS Board as a history course or as an elective.

Click here for more information about the program.

Benefit for Stand UP for Students
Stand UP for Students flyer

“Buzzing Beyond Billings” in Great Falls

BBB Great Falls flyer


Safe Schools Online Safety Training $50.00 Card Drawing 

Safe Schools Safe Training

During the months of September through November, Montana School Boards Association invites you to participate in Safe Schools online safety training.  Safe Schools offers online video safety training to all Great Falls Public Schools employees.

Please follow the instructions below to access the video trainings:


  1.   Make sure you are using Google Chrome Browser.
  2.   Go to the Safe Schools Link: http://www.greatfalls.mt.safeschools.com
  3.   Sign-in with your first name_last name
  4.   Password will be your first name_last name
  5.   Click “View More Courses”
  6.   Choose a safety training to view
  7.   Once you have viewed the safety video, please go to the provided Google Doc’s Link https://goo.gl/forms/WmxZXuuAovGasgZw2
  8.   Sign into your google account to fill out a 2 question survey on the training. You will be entered in a $50.00  gift card drawing upon completion of the survey. The drawing will end November 29th with the winners being announced the following week.