Dear Families of Ronan Schools,
In response to the national health concern regarding the Coronavirus, we are sharing the following information to assist in keeping our homes, schools, and community safe.
As of today, there are no cases from the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ronan Schools, Lake County, or in the state of Montana. Although the current risk to people in Lake County from the virus remains low, it is important to stay informed.
We are committed to the health and well-being of our students, staff, and families and are closely monitoring the situation, planning with our school leaders and staff, and will be working closely with Lake County Health Department officials.
Our teachers, school nurses, and staff are encouraging simple and effective habits, the same as preventing the spread of the flu or the common cold. You can help prevent the spread of viruses and other illnesses by taking these simple, specific steps below and following best practices to protect yourself and your family.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue (or your elbow)
- Stay away from work, school, or other people if you become sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
There is quite a bit of misinformation circulating on the internet. It’s important to stay informed by following reputable sources. We have provided several below from federal, state and local sources:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS)
Some questions have arisen about student events and field trips/travel. The current guidance from the Office of Public Instruction, Governor's Office, and the Department of Public Health and Human Services is to only cancel school-sponsored student travel or activities under guidance from the CDC and/or Lake County Health Department.
As of now, we are continuing school activities and school-sponsored travel as normal. We are also still following our school district policies and procedures as they normally relate to absenteeism and student makeup work.
This situation is evolving and we will continue to communicate with you as additional information becomes available. If you have specific questions about the virus, please call the Lake County Health Department 406-883-7288.
Mark J. Johnston
Ronan School District No. 30