Remote Learning

2020-2021 School Year Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will the school district announce what phase we will open in come August 26/27?
A:  August 24 through August 28: School Preparedness Week

  • This week is dedicated to training, professional development, and campus/classroom preparation
  • Per specific schools, small groups of students and/or parent/student/teacher “meet & greet” opportunities may be included this week

August 31 through September 4: Rolling Start Week

  • Small orientation and transition groups of students per day
  • Schools will be communicating school-specific schedules shortly

September 7 through September 11: Phase I Initiated

  • September 7 (No School – Labor Day Holiday)
  • Phase I will remain ongoing until announced otherwise
  • Due to the Monday, Labor Day Holiday, the A/B schedule this week will be modified
    • A Days are Tuesday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 9th
    • B Days are Thursday, September 10th and Friday, September 11th

Phase I will continue until designated otherwise.

Q: Will face masks be required for students in school?
A: Yes, masks will be required for all students and adults on campus (in phases 1 and 2) unless a documented medical or behavioral reason restricts the use of a mask. While schools were not automatically included in Governor Bullock’s recent directive, we have made the decision to align in this state-wide effort as masks are one of several needed precautionary practices that slow the spread of COVID-19 and promote better community health. Cloth masks are preferred and should a student or adult need a mask, schools will be able to provide this protective resource. However, students and employees are welcome to bring/use their own mask. Please view the CDC guidance pertaining to face masks for more information. Please also note than bandanas and other loose-fitting facial coverings will not be accepted as sufficient protection.

Q: Will an entirely remote (online) option be available?
A: Yes, as noted in last week’s update, a digital only option will be available for any student and family interested in attending school via a remote learning environment (regardless of phase). We are targeting an early August sign-up date for families interested in this option. As a general overview, students and families that choose to remain involved via a digital option will retain their enrollment in their current grade and school (they will not lose their “spot” in their home school). Students will receive instruction from designated teachers including grade-level consistent content and resources. Additionally, students attending via a remote environment will have full access to our Helena Public Schools curriculum, materials and technology. Upon return from this remote option, students will retain their enrollment in their current school and will be able to rejoin their classes and grade level peers. Additional information including sign-up options are forthcoming but in the interim, please know that this option is being actively planned for the coming school year.

Q: If we are in a remote learning setting, can my student use his/her personal device?
A: Yes.  There are a few system requirements to ensure the device works with Microsoft Teams.

Chromebooks Minimum Specifications (Grades 2-12)

Laptop/Desktop Minimum Specifications (Grades 2-12)

iPads (Grades PreK – 1)

  • Currently Shipping iPad
  • Minimum of iPad Mini

2020-2021 Planning Updates

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