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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Judy Jonart

Superintendent

March  30, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Families,

On Thursday, March 26, 2020 the Governor announced a Directive implementing Executive Orders 2-20202 and 3-2020 providing measures to stay at home and designating certain essential functions.   The directive considers education as an essential function requiring all k-12 public schools  to continue to facilitate remote learning consistent with the Governor’s prior directives regarding school closures.   Please see the entire directive posted on our website.

During the next two weeks, the Butte School District will be implementing a comprehensive plan to provide remote learning opportunities for all K-12 students during the school closures.  The plan is designed to offer students a hybrid model for remote learning utilizing of on-line programs/communications as well as traditional paper/pencil activities to provide off-site learning for its students.  The implementation of this hybrid model will ensure that content and services are equitable for all K-12 students.  Administrators, teachers, and instructional support staff will be monitoring the implementation of the plan and revisions to the plan will be made weekly based on an analysis of the results from the progress monitoring data.   

Instructional materials for the week of March 30- April 3 will be distributed beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The distribution schedules for all schools are posted on our website.  It is critically important to adhere to the Governor’s directive of keeping a distance of six feet from others while picking up materials. Therefore, we appreciate your cooperation in following the schedule as posted.   Please contact your individual school if you have any questions regarding the schedule or need to make alternative arrangements for pick-up.   

Following the Governor’s Directive, the Butte School District will continue to provide Grab and Go lunches and breakfasts through April 10.  Any child between the ages of 1-18 is eligible to receive a free lunch and breakfast.  Please note that parents may pick up lunches without children being present.  No identification is needed.   School locations are listed on the website.  

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020   the Butte School District bus drivers and monitors will be delivering free meals to alternative locations throughout Butte Silver Bow.  Please see the complete list of alternative sites and delivery times posted on the website.   

Important reminder:   At all times, including when distributing meals, maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any person who is not a member of the immediate household, to the greatest extent possible.

Thank you so very much for your patience and support.    If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact my office jonartjm@bsd1.org.

Judy Jonart
Superintendent
Butte School District

March  24, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Families,

This afternoon the Governor issued an Executive Order directing all K-12 public schools closed through April 10, 2020. He further ordered that school districts follow the planning guidance outlined in his March 19, 2020 Directive that requires developing an initial plan to provide students with (1) quality public education through remote learning, (2) provide for meals for students (3) provide services to students with disabilities, (4) provide other services customarily provided to students in school. The initial plan will be presented to the Butte School District Board of Trustees for approval this week at a Special Board meeting scheduled for Friday March 27, 2020. Upon Board approval, the plan will then be submitted to the Governor for final approval.

It is important that we note that the Governor has also issued Social Distancing requirements that prohibits the non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals outside of a home or place of residence of greater than ten people, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained. Please see the entire Governor’s Directive posted on our website.

Butte School District began distributing instructional learning packets for the week of March 23-27. Please contact your school if you have any additional questions regarding distribution. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation throughout this process. Butte families are the BEST!!

Grab and Go lunches and breakfasts started this MONDAY March 23. Please see the list of locations and pick up times posted on our webpage. Any child between the ages of 1-18 is eligible to receive a free lunch and breakfast. No identification is needed.

Thank you so very much for your patience and support.    If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact my office jonartjm@bsd1.org.

Judy Jonart
Superintendent
Butte School District

March  20, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Families,

Butte School District will begin distributing instructional learning packets for the week of March 23-27.    All parents will be notified of distribution schedules via our District automated calling system.  The pickup schedules will also be posted on the website.     Please contact your school if you have any additional questions regarding distribution.

On March 19, 2020 the Governor sent a Directive Implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020 and providing additional direction related to school closures.  The Governor has directed all school districts to use this upcoming week to develop and plan ways to implement a quality public education for all students through remote learning and provide school meals in the event there are school closures beyond March 27.   Butte School District will use this week to finalize our plan and we will continue to share information as we complete the planning phase.  Please see the latest update from Governor Bullock posted under Important links.

Grab and Go lunches and breakfasts will start MONDAY March 23.  Please see the list of locations and pickup times posted on our webpage. Any child between the ages of 1-18 is eligible to receive a free lunch and breakfast.  No identification is needed.

All MHSA spring activities will be indefinitely suspended until further notice. This includes practices and contests/meets/festivals.  The Executive Board will reevaluate this situation on April 13th and any additional information regarding spring activities will be provided as it becomes available.

If spring activities are resumed, the practice requirement for sports at that time will be five practices from resumption except for golf which will be the normal two practices required.

Information regarding registration and schedules for the Summer 2020 Driver’s Education Program will be posted when school resumes.

Adult Education classes are suspended please contact cannonka@bsd1.org or call 533-2968 for more information.

Please remember to stress the importance of social distancing with your kids. A six-foot perimeter should always occur when anyone is out in the public and that should only be when necessary.

Thank you so very much for your patience and support.    If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact my office jonartjm@bsd1.org.

Judy Jonart
Superintendent
Butte School District

March 18, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

March 18, 2020

Dear Families,

This week we have been working to finalize our plans for lunches and supplemental learning opportunities.  Instructional staff will begin compiling assignments and lessons next week which will include the use of a variety of classroom materials.   All families will be contacted early next week regarding how the materials will be distributed.   

The Butte School District recently received state approval to begin providing Grab and Go lunches and breakfasts starting MONDAY March 23.  Please see the list of locations and pick up times posted on our webpage. Any child between the ages of 1-18 is eligible to receive a free lunch and breakfast.  No identification is needed.

All MHSA spring activities will be indefinitely suspended until further notice. This includes practices and contests/meets/festivals.  The Executive Board will reevaluate this situation on April 13th and any additional information regarding spring activities will be provided as it becomes available.

If spring activities are resumed, the practice requirement for sports at that time will be five practices from resumption except for golf which will be the normal two practices required.

Information regarding registration and schedules for the  Summer 2020  Driver’s Education Program will be posted when school resumes.

Please continue to access our website for updated information.  Thank you so very much for your patience and support.   

 If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact my office jonartjm@bsd1.org.

Judy Jonart
Superintendent
Butte School District

March 18, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Families,

In an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19 the Butte School District has closed all its buildings to the public until further notice. Central Administration staff is available to answer all your questions. Below is a list of contacts if you have any questions or need assistance.

  • Business Department: 533-2505
  • Central Administration Receptionist: 533-2500
  • Curriculum Office: 533-2548
  • Human Resource: 533-2506
  • Superintendent Office: 533-2527

We sincerely appreciate your patience and cooperation during this time.

Thank you, 

Judy Jonart

Superintendent 

March 15, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Families,

Governor Bullock announced the closing of all Montana’s public K-12 school Starting March 16 until March 27.  Butte School District will be working with the  Governor’s Office, Montana Office of Public Instruction and our Butte Silver Bow local health officials to provide support to all our families.

This week we will be working to finalize our plans for lunches and supplemental learning opportunities.  More information regarding these programs will be sent out later this week.  

We have also included a few resources you might find useful when talking to your child about school closing:

This is an unprecedented situation and we sincerely appreciate your continued support and patience as we work through these issues.

 If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact my office jonartjm@bsd1.org

Sincerely,

Judy Jonart

Superintendent 

March 6, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

March 5, 2020

Dear Families,

In response to the national health concern regarding the coronavirus, we are sharing the following information to assist in keeping our homes, schools, and community safe and healthy environments. 

As of March 4th, there are no COVID-19 cases in Montana

Best practices for prevention and response to any communicable diseases should be practiced:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue (or your elbow).
  • Stay away from work, school, or other people if you become sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

In the event of a coronavirus case in our Butte community, we will work with local and state health officials as they determine the level of response. A small number of cases with minor symptoms will most likely result in at-home self-quarantine. It would not necessarily mean that we would have to close a school.

In an effort to keep everyone informed on the latest most accurate information several sites have been created to help families stay updated.  Please use the link to the right to view these informational sites. 

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact your local school or you can contact my office at jonartjm@bsd1.org

Sincerely,

Judy Jonart
Superintendent
Butte School District

Butte School District

Free Meal Sites

 

School Entrance Address time
Butte High School Platinum Street Entrance Kitchen Loading Dock 11 am - 1 pm
East Middle School 2600 Grand Ave. Use Auditorium Entrance 11 am - 1 pm
Emerson 1924 Phillips Gym Entrance 11 am - 1 pm
Kennedy 1101 N Emmett Gym Entance 11 am - 1 pm
Margaret Leary 1302 4 Mile Vu Road NE Gym Entrance (Back) 11 am - 1 pm
West 1000 Steele Street Cafeteria Entrance 11 am - 1 pm

Bus Delivery

Free Grab and Go Lunch and Breakfast

ALTERNATIVE LOCATION TIME
Holy Spirit Church Continental Drive (Parking Lot) 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Whittier Baseball Field Area 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
John F Kennedy Park, Drives Area 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Clarks Park (Rink Area) 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sesame and Warren Ave (Lot) 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Ramsay School 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Longfellow Park - Kennedy Street 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Copper Mountain Park (Bus Zone) 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Silver Bow Village Evans Ave (North of Apartments) 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Scown Baseball FIeld 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Koprivica Park 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Blaine School Walkerville 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

 

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