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Update to COVID 19 Safe Return Plan: We really appreciate parents, students, and staff staying at home when feeling sick. It is the best line of defense to reduce transmission of any illness. We want to keep our doors open and make sure kids do not have to return to remote instruction. The best way to accomplish that goal is to stay healthy. The school board has made an additional attempt to mitigate transmission of COVID19 with an update to the Safe Return Plan. Beginning today students or staff who are possible exposures of a positive case of COVID 19 will be asked to wear a face covering while indoors on school campus for 14 consecutive days OR to stay home and off campus for 14 consecutive days.

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Mid-Terms: We are at the halfway point of the first quarter. Students should be receiving progress reports by next Wednesday. If there is ever a question about a student’s academic progress please do not hesitate to contact the teacher directly. Please call the office at 644-2206 with questions about connecting with teachers.

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Weekly Schedules: Due to COVID 19 there have been other schools who have had to cancel and reschedule with sports this week.  It is changing by the minute so please refer to the daily blurp, the school facebook, and school emails for the latest information.  The season schedules that have been listed on the school website are probably not accurate.  If you have questions you can also call the school anytime at 644-2206. 

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NEVER FORGET: 20 years ago tomorrow I was completing my 3rd week teaching in my first year at Charlo. The towers were on fire in NYC and we watched CNN in the old gym coach’s office as it unfolded. It is hard to believe that students in school today were not even born yet. I hope that none of us ever forget that tragic day. I also hope we always keep our soldiers, law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders in our thoughts no matter the circumstance. We are blessed with some of the best in our own community. A heartfelt appreciation goes to all that serve or have served as well as those who volunteer as firemen, emt’s, or work as deputies and troopers.

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Week 2! We are getting into the groove at school and we hope all of you are as well. Routines are settling in with schedules. Please contact the office with any questions that might arise!

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COVID 19: We have already seen quarantines due to COVID 19 this week at school. We are working with the health department on quarantines and close contact tracing. The rules of quarantining are changing every day. At this time anyone who has been fully vaccinated will not be quarantined by County Health. Anyone who has been positive for COVID 19 in the past 3 months will not be quarantined by County Health. We have also been told if both persons have face coverings those individuals will be have to quarantine but we have not seen that in writing. If you have concerns or questions you can call Nurse Marie at 644-2206 ext 200, Mr. Bartschi ext 301, or Mr. Love 230.

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URGENT!!! We have not been able to fill custodial openings and need help with cleaning at school. We are open to any proposal on wages or contracts to get the cleaning done at school. If you have any interest in working at school whether it be full time, part time, or interested in submitting a bid to do the cleaning please call 406-644-2206 ext 230. We are willing to entertain any and all proposals.

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THE SCHOOL NEEDS YOUR PATIENCE TOO: It’s near impossible to walk into any business right now without some sort of a sign stating they are understaffed and requesting your patience. Schools are in the exact same situation as businesses. We are not fully staffed. We are still advertising for custodians, a counselor, substitute teachers, substitute bus drivers, and substitute custodians. For example, we might not be able to run our bus routes every day. We might have to carpool to athletic events. Schools are again caught in the crossfire of the pandemic both medically and politically. We get contradictory advice every other day it seems. We are adjusting to a new school calendar and 4 day week.

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Shortages Everywhere: Last year was one for the ages for many reasons. Shortages on nearly everything is one of the items that folks are feeling and the school is not immune from it either. We have been facing a worker shortage just like the private sector. We are having a hard time completing orders for supplies and materials. Teachers and coaches might not start the year with the books they ordered. They might not have the equipment they thought they would get by Fall. It’s something we are all dealing with at this time. We know this year will give us similar challenges to last year and also present new obstacles. Positive attitudes, patience, and flexibility will be answers to many questions we all face together.

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Teaching Positions Filled: Last night the School Board held a special meeting to hire 3 teachers to fill open positions in the elementary for Title I and in the JH/HS for Math/Title/Art. We are grateful that the schedule for students in high school will still offer the same courses and that current teachers will be able to plan accordingly for the upcoming year.

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