Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
Ronan School District No. 30 Staff and Families:
As we prepare to begin another successful school year, we are hopeful that there will be a return to what we have grown to appreciate from a traditional school experience. Ronan School District No. 30 is committed to full-time, in-person instruction, activity participation and parent engagement in our schools. We look forward to focusing on what we do best, supporting the growth and success of our students.
Keeping our staff, students, and community safe and healthy also remains a top priority for the 2021-22 school year. We continue to thoughtfully consider decisions regarding COVID-19. Much like last year, arriving at an approach that prioritizes safety while also providing the highest quality educational experience is an extremely challenging and sensitive process with many considerations. We are monitoring Lake County data closely and continually discussing the developing guidance and recommendations that we receive from federal, state and local health authorities.
The administration team developed and our school board has approved our Plan of Safe Return. That document can be found on the District’s website on the main page, www.ronank12.edu. Some of the items you should be aware of are:
- All students and staff will be required to wear face coverings on district school buses, regardless of vaccination status. This is a federal law for public transportation including public school buses. Ronan School District will comply with any federal, state or county health mandates.
- Students rotate through schedules and routines as normal
- Food Service will be 100% on-site and will continue to be free for all students
- Parental involvement of health screening prior to school day is necessary
- Staff and students are encouraged to stay home if they are feeling ill
- Handwashing and germ transmission prevention pro-actively taught and frequently encouraged
- Frequent sanitizing of physical space and equipment
- Face coverings are optional for all staff and students
- Extra-curricular activities resume per MHSA regulations
- Field trips will be allowed
- Student or staff school related travel allowed
- There will not be a District calendar printed this year because of the constant changes in events. Instead, both our District condensed calendar and our monthly calendars will be on the District website (easy to find in the black on the top of the main page).This will be constantly updated to hopefully give you the most accurate information. This calendar will include athletic activity events.
Keep in mind everything can change in an instant. I have been monitoring the news and understand that nationally, there seems to be an increase in cases due to the Delta variant. Lake County Health Department and local hospitals are strongly recommending that all eligible persons be fully vaccinated to help prevent COVID-19. Vaccination is important to not only prevent infection, but also to reduce the severity of illness, protect the more vulnerable people around you, and slow the mutation of new, more harmful strains. In the last report I read, it said 97% of all hospitalizations due to COVID-19, are from the unvaccinated population. I am not sure if these numbers are accurate, but even if it is close, vaccination seems to be a good choice.
Protocols related to COVID-19 isolations and quarantines will still be in effect for the 2021-22 school year. The Lake County Health Department released the following information:
Lake County and Tribal public health officials strongly recommend that anyone 12 years of age or older be vaccinated against COVID-19 as long as they are without any contraindications to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Please note the following regarding isolation and quarantines for COVID-19:
- If someone tests positive for COVID-19, that person will have a mandatory 10-day isolation period regardless of vaccination status.
- If someone is a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 (defined as anyone who was within six (6) feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick (or tested positive in the case of asymptomatic persons) until the time the patient was isolated):
Any unvaccinated close contact will have:
- A ten (10) day quarantine if he or she has no symptoms and no COVID-19 test
- A seven (7) day quarantine with no symptoms and a negative COVID-19 test. The negative test must have been completed five days after the initial exposure. If the test result doesn't come back by the end of seven days, the close contact must quarantine until results come back negative or until after day 10. The test can either be a PCR test (which is primarily the test given at the hospital) or a rapid antigen test.
If someone is a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 and is vaccinated and not symptomatic, that person will not have to be quarantined.
- All Montanans aged 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. If you are interested in receiving a free COVID-19 vaccine, Walgreens in Polson, call 406-300-6042 or go online at: (https://www.walgreens.com/topic/findcare/coronavirus.jsp?ban=dl_dlDLB_03292020_covid19)
- Pfizer vaccines for ANYONE (Tribal or non-Tribal) aged 12+ are also available through Tribal Health Pharmacy Polson or St. Ignatius. Walk-in hours are Monday-Friday from 8 AM-5PM.
- All COVID-19 vaccine recipients who are minors will need a parent or legal guardian to accompany them to their appointment to sign the consent form.
Exception to the definition of close contacts related to school settings – updated July 9, 2021
- In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition makes an exception for students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) where:
- both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks; and
- other K–12 school prevention strategies (such as universal and correct mask use, physical distancing, increased ventilation) were in place in the K–12 school setting.
- This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting
We will closely monitor the COVID activity within our schools and continually evaluate if adjustments are needed in our responses and protocols. Please understand the health and safety of our staff and students is and will continue to be a priority that guides decisions. We humbly ask our entire school community to respect and care for one another.
As always, thank you for your support of Ronan School District No. 30,
Mark J. Johnston
Ronan School District No. 30
November 13, 2020
Update - 11/12/2020
Remote Learning student groups due to COVID-19 circumstances:
- All students of K. William Harvey Elementary 11/6/2020 ~ 11/20/2020
- First Grade students of Pablo Elementary 11/7/2020 ~ 11/17/2020
- Seventh Grade students and staff (RMS) 11/12/2020 ~ 11/22/2020
October 21, 2020
Update - 10/21/20
Ronan School District 30 will be releasing a weekly update on the effect of COVID-19 on our School District. Please check the link below each week for updated statistics and reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
June 30, 2020
Update - 06/30/20
June 30, 2020
Dear Ronan School District No. 30 Staff and Families,
The school year ended much differently than any of us anticipated. We want to thank you for your patience and flexibility during the 12 weeks of remote learning. We also want to continue to acknowledge the tremendous strain these circumstances have placed on our families, our children, our teachers, our support staff, our administrators, our community, and our economy. We know the sacrifices and changes that our families and staff have had to make in order to implement new remote learning plans, and we are grateful for the partnerships we have had during this challenging time.
As we end this school year, we want you to know that school leaders in the Flathead Valley and Lake County are already discussing plans for the opening of school this fall. We are meeting regularly and working closely with state leaders and remain in contact with the local health departments. We will continue to do so throughout the summer. We are sharing ideas and working together to hopefully bring all students back to school this fall in a safe and healthy environment. While our hope and goal remains to return to school in the fall at 100% capacity, we recognize that, in light of COVID-19, we must do so with the guidance of our local health officials. As always, the safety and wellbeing of our students, families, staff, and community is our highest priority.
As we begin planning for next fall, it will be helpful for us if each family completes the following survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/98MB5FP (Survey Closed)
As school leaders continue to meet throughout the summer, my plan is to provide updates on decisions that will affect the Ronan School District No. 30 students, staff, parents, and community for the upcoming school year. It is hard to predict where we will be in the next couple of months. Regardless of the decision, I understand that our decision will have a big impact on our families.
Thank you for your continued support, and we wish you all a very safe, healthy, and enjoyable summer!
Mark J. Johnston
Ronan School District No. 30
April 29, 2020
Update - 4/29/20
The Board of Trustees unanimously decided to extend online learning through the end of the school year. Food Service will continue to provide breakfasts and lunches as usual.
April 22, 2020
Update - 4/22/20
Today, Governor Bullock held a press conference where he discussed lifting some facets of the Stay-At-Home order currently in place. Governor Bullock stated this is not a time for celebration, and our goal as a State is to remain open for good once we open. He did say that regardless of our decision, our school funding will continue as normal. I would like to share what he said about the current school closure.
Starting May 7th, how schools move forward will be decided by local control. That means our school board will have the final say. I will also be seeking input from the Lake County Health Department and the CSKT Tribal Education Department to help us make an educated decision. We also have a vulnerable population that has to be considered. That being said, we are fortunate to have a great board made up of intelligent individuals, who like me, will analyze this situation and make a decision that is in the best interest of our students, staff, and the community.
Schools have some interesting challenges that have to be considered. Would it even be possible to have a classroom of 20-30 students in the same room while trying to follow social distancing protocol? What would lunch or breakfast look like? What would passing time in the hallways look like? How would we put one student per seat on a bus that currently has two to three students sharing? Would parents just opt to keep their children at home for their safety or the safety of others? These are just a few of the many questions or scenarios that need to be considered.
At this time, we are working hard figuring out this distance learning process. I feel we have come a long way and will continue to tweak our efforts to provide the best possible education for our students. Today, I met with a teacher and an administrator from each building. We discussed some of the challenges, but we also were able to celebrate many of the successes we are seeing. All of us appreciate the hard work of our students and parents and their willingness to step out of their comfort zone and learn along with us. We know it is not perfect, but we will continue to improve our current system.
We are having a special board meeting on April 29th at 7:00 PM where we will discuss and possibly vote on how our District will proceed for the remainder of the school year. I know how important it is for you to know, as soon as possible, the direction we will be taking going forward. Please feel free to email me any questions, comments or concerns you may have. Also, you can call the District Office to discuss with me or you can contact your child’s school if you have questions, comments, or concerns.
Mark J. Johnston
Ronan School District 30
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