District News & Updates

Superintendent’s Weekly Communication



(Posted 01/14/22)

Volunteer and visitor training session scheduled

As we welcome school volunteers back into our buildings later this month, the district is offering a Volunteer & Guest Training Session Wednesday, Jan. 19. Training is not required for visitors and volunteers, but is recommended.

We’ll talk about the huge impact volunteers have on our school communities and will go over the nuts and bolts, including safety protocols, identification on campus, working with administrators, student behaviors and confidentiality.

The training is Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Center, 1325 Poplar. Seating is limited. If you would like to attend, please contact Jacque Young at jyoung3@helenaschools.org or (406) 324-2010 before Tuesday, January 18.



(Posted 01/06/22)

Free Drive-Through COVID Testing to be offered Jan. 6 from 4-7 pm at Lincoln Center 

HPS nurses and student nurses will resume FREE evening COVID testing today, Jan. 6, from 4-7 pm at the Lincoln Center (District Central Office) at 1325 Poplar. No appointment is needed. Testing is available to all school district students, employees and their immediate household members.

Drive-through testing will also be available at the Lincoln Center Monday through Thursday evenings, from 4-7 pm, for the next two weeks (weeks of Jan. 10 and Jan. 17). Testing will not be available on Fridays.

Beginning Monday, we will encourage you to schedule an appointment to reduce your wait time. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE

Please pull up to the building, stay in your car, and a staff member will come to you.

If you have symptoms or are asymptomatic, but think you have been exposed, please get tested. Please contact your school nurse with questions.

Thank you for testing to help keep COVID out of our school communities!


(Posted 01/06/22)

Jan. 6 High School Basketball Games Cancelled Due To Cold Weather

All high school basketball games scheduled in Missoula and Helena for today, Jan. 6, have been cancelled due to weather and road conditions. This decision was made out of concern for student safety in conjunction with transportation providers from both communities. Games scheduled in Missoula and Helena for this Saturday, Jan. 8, are still scheduled at this time. All of today’s games have been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 15.

-Helena High boys will travel to Missoula Big Sky on February 15th with the Big Sky girls teams coming to Helena High on the same date.  All game times and locations remain the same.

-Capital  High boys will travel to Missoula Hellgate on February 15th with the Hellgate girls teams coming to Helena High on the same date.  All game times and locations remain the same.


(Posted 01/06/22)

Cold Weather Procedures

January’s frigid temperatures have prompted questions about school cold-weather procedures. Living in Montana, we know that the weather can change on a dime. All schools in the Helena School District have plans in place for below zero conditions.

Before school, when the temperature and/or windchill is sitting below zero at a particular school, students are brought inside as soon as buildings open.

If the temperatures drop below zero while students are in school, indoor recess is held.

If it looks like the temperature will be below zero for dismissal, please watch for notifications from your student’s school between 2-3 p.m. Each school has a plan in place for inclement weather and will communicate that to families.

  • We ask that no students walk home when temperatures are below zero.
  • Students who ride the bus will be kept inside until their bus is in place. (Reminder: In harsh weather conditions, we ask that students not be left unattended at bus stops).
  • Students will be supervised for quick pick-ups outside and then brought back inside to await late arrivals.

Remember, temperatures can vary dramatically from school-to-school because of our district’s location in a mountain valley that is prone to inversions, with our schools located at varying elevations.

A school closer to town may be at 10 degrees above zero with no wind, while another school out in the valley may be at 10 below with windchill. Each school checks the weather station closest to their location throughout the day to determine the safest plan for their students.