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This school year is one I hope is never repeated. Since the closure declaration by Gov. Bullock on March 15, all Montana public school communities have had a wild ride. On April 22, Gov. Bullock stated schools have the option to reopen on May 7. During his announcement, it was unclear as to whether or not social distancing would apply for schools. 

In a conference call on April 23, it was made painfully clear that all social distancing protocols would be in effect even after May 7. 

Cut Bank Schools are unable at this time to return to regular school operations and maintain social distancing protocols. The Cut Bank Schools Board of Trustees met today, Wednesday, April 29 at 12:30 p.m. and voted unanimously not to reopen the schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. 

My recommendation was for Cut Bank Schools remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year with some on campus services available to students after May 7. 

This decision is very disappointing to me mostly because of the CBHS Class of 2020. We have a great group of students who have missed out on many opportunities that cannot be rescheduled. 

To the Class of 2020 I say that I am sorry we could not do more for you. We will do our best to schedule a Senior Banquet, and Graduation will remain scheduled for Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m. 

It is very likely that we will be limiting attendance to graduation to parents and siblings, and potentially grandparents, but we will have to watch the progress of COVID-19 to determine the best venue and process for the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony. We will announce final plans as soon as we possibly can in May to allow for people to make Graduation plans. 

Unfortunately, all spring sports have been cancelled for the spring of 2020. This is another opportunity that has been lost to our students, and this is quite disappointing to all who would have been involved. Mr. Genger and I looked at many different options for hosting a Prom, but we have been unable to develop a plan that meets the restrictions currently in place. All we can do for now is to hope for a better year in 2021!

Thank you to all of our students, staff, and community members who have helped us develop a system of distant learning that is working for our students and staff. The system we have developed is working from our bus routes to the food service, and all points in between. I can see potential for use of this system in the future for events such as inclement weather or other interruptions to our regular routine. 

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