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Lockers in an empty school hallway.

Two separate reopening guides for Montana schools were released on Thursday, one from the governor’s office and the other from the state’s office of public instruction. Neither document is an order, but were presented as ideas for schools to consider when reopening.

Montana’s K-12 schools shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s still unclear exactly how they plan to reopen for students this fall.


Billings Public Schools are opening an investigation into a middle school principal following the possible connection to social media posts a local superintendent calls "appalling."

U.S. Supreme Court file photo.

The Montana Supreme Court discriminated against religious schools when it invalidated a tax credit program that supported school choice, according to a ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Darby Football Coach To Keep Job After Protests Post

Jun 26, 2020

A Darby high school football coach will keep his job after suggesting in a social media post that Black Lives Matter protesters in Salt Lake City should be hanged, the Missoulian reported.

A recent Montana legislative report says tax revenue from oil and natural gas production is expected to drop more than 28 percent this fiscal year, which will impact state and county budgets.

Some university faculty in Montana want the option of requiring students to wear face coverings when the fall semester starts.

Empty school classroom

The U.S. Department of Education is changing its guidance on how federal coronavirus relief funding for public school districts will be shared with private schools.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will send roughly $41 million to Montana’s public schools. Earlier this year, there was debate about how much of that money federal education officials wanted to pass through public districts to support private schools.

That decision is now up to school districts.

A Montana lawmaker expressed concern on June 18 over preparations to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus when universities reopen for in-person classes this fall.

Whitefish High School graduates sit in evenly spaced chairs at the Majestic Valley Arena near Whitefish June 6, 2020 as classmates and faculty gave speeches and family look on from the bleachers.
Aaron Bolton / Montana Public Radio

Montana’s high school graduates haven’t had a traditional end to their senior year, but some schools were able to send their students off during in-person graduation ceremonies over the past two weeks. One Whitefish student has his own take on what it meant to walk across the graduation stage.

While most Montana schools decided to finish out the year online, some of the smaller, more rural districts opted to reopen under new guidelines. Cottonwood Elementary in Gallatin County started in-person learning last week.