Dear Parents & Guardians,
We continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19. As there are no confirmed cases within the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County as of March 13, 2020, we will continue to work with and take recommendations from the local Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local health officials. This said we understand the importance of preparing for a worst-case scenario should this occur.
Deciding to close a school is a local decision and one that CDC would not provide the directive on, especially if it is a public health concern. In the case of COVID-19, the decision to close a school would come from the district, or ideally from their local county public health officials. We ask that you trust your local district leadership, as well as public health officials, to handle the potential of these situations with professionalism and calmness, and as always, with the safety of students and staff as the utmost priority.
It is important to note that so much of protecting yourself and your family comes from common sense practices, such as washing your hands with soap and water, staying away from work or school if you become sick with typical COVID-19 symptoms, and of course, following guidance from public health officials. We will continue to stay in close contact with local health officials, monitoring the situation with the experts.
Should there be a confirmed case of COVID-19 and there is indeed school closure that will occur, the district will send automated calls to parents and guardians with the proper procedures to take. The district will also alert all local media and news stations in order to get the word out as quickly as possible. This would likely include keeping students at home for a period of time. The district will follow the guidance of the Montana School Boards Association in regard to any school days that might have to be made up in the event of a closure.
Lastly, as of March 13, 2020, we are being encouraged by state officials to proceed with school and sporting events as normal until we hear further from our local health department.
Yours in Education,
Anaconda Superintendent of Schools