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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!

Sincerely,

Mark J. Johnston
Superintendent
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

Good afternoon,

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.

Stay Safe,

Mark J. Johnston
Superintendent
Ronan School District 30

April 7, 2020

Update - 4/7/20

Governor Bullock announces extension of school closures through April 24th, 2020. 

April 2, 2020

Update - 4/2/20

RSD School Board votes to eliminate Spring Break from the 2019-2020 school calendar and to change the last day of school from June 11 to June 4th, 2020.

Mark Johnston

Superintendent

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