Butte School District



COVID-19 Emergency Policies        


The board of trustees and its staff are operating under unusual, even unprecedented circumstances by virtue of the declaration of a statewide emergency by the Governor and the executive orders related to school closure to address concerns from the COVID-19 Virus.  As part of its own concurrent declaration of an unforeseen emergency (community disaster), the board of trustees has found it necessary to adopt temporary policies related to emergency school closure. To ensure clarity and transparency, the board has organized all emergency school closure policies into a temporary chapter.  The board has also included this introductory section as a heading for each policy to ensure understanding of the purpose and duration of each policy adopted pursuant to this chapter.

Purpose(s) of Policies

  1. Addressing barriers to learning presented by distance.
  2. Improvement of instruction in offsite setting during school closure.
  3. Ensuring equity in services provided, including special education for exceptional children pursuant to Title 20, Chapter 7, Part 4.
  4. Mitigation of digital divides that could otherwise create barriers to effective learning.
  5. Ensuring adequate nutrition for students relying on the district’s nutrition programs.
  6. Ensuring continuity of employment of school district staff and/or continuity of services provided by contract transportation providers.
  7. Ensuring accountability to families with children.


Term of COVID-19 Emergency Measures Policies

The term of School District Policies Numbered 1900-1999 shall run concurrent with any emergency related to COVID-19 declared by the President, Congress, Montana Legislature, Governor, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, county health department or the board of trustees.  This policy shall terminate, unless further extended, on the date upon which all emergency declarations related to COVID-19 that apply to the district have lawfully expired or have been dissolved.


Cross Reference:       Policy 2221 – 2221P – School Closure
                                    Policy 1400 – Board Meetings
                                    Policy 1310 – Policy and Procedure
                                    Policy 1420 – Meeting Procedure


Legal Reference:       Executive Orders – 2-2020 and 3-2020 – Office of the Governor and accompanying Directives
                                    Section 20-9-801-806, MCA – Emergency School Closure
                                    Section 50-1-202-204, MCA – Public Health Laws
                                    Section 10-3-104, MCA – General Authority of Governor

Policy History:

Adopted on:  4/20/2020
Reviewed on:
Revised on: 7/20/2020
Terminated on:


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