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Montana Relaxes In-Person Learning Requirements For Schools

Aug 3, 2020
Originally published on August 3, 2020 2:57 pm

The Montana Governor’s office issued a directive today relaxing in-person learning requirements for all students facing the beginning of the school year amid coronavirus concern.

Governor Steve Bullock’s directive expands the option of remote learning to students who live outside the districts where they attend school.

It waives the law that requires those students to attend classes in-person and enables remote learning for children who live in the same county as the school district or in a neighboring school district.

In April, the state announced a phased reopening that permits in-classroom learning for the school year.

Bullock says Friday’s directive is designed to give schools flexibility in how they balance remote learning with in-person learning. School districts may decide whether students return for in-person instruction, virtual learning and a hybrid of the two.

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