Local school district OKs COVID-19 plan

Sam Klomhaus — Enterprise Staff Writer
Friday, March 27, 2020

The Livingston School District Board voted unanimously Thursday to approve the district’s COVID-19 plan of action.

Gov. Steve Bullock has ordered schools closed until at least April 10.

Superintendent Don Viegut said the district is implementing a new learning plan for students in a relatively short period of time.

When the plan is implemented next week, Viegut said, the district’s job will be to monitor and make adjustments as necessary.

Trustee Druska Kinkie asked that the approaches to distance learning remain as consistent as possible. The board voted to allow distance learning at an emergency meeting last week.

Viegut said the district is “going overboard” to make sure approaches are consistent.

Teachers will mostly be working off-site while the schools are closed, Viegut said, and the district wants to keep all classified employees working during the closure. 

The district received a $13,000 donation for food service, Viegut said, and is planning food service should the closure go longer than planned.

The plan must now be approved by the state of Montana.

In other business, the board voted to cancel both the elementary and high school levy elections scheduled for May 5. 

They also revised the increased levy estimates for the 2020-2021 school year. The levies will still be higher than last year, but lower than the figures the board approved at their March meeting.

The documents the board voted on were not available at press time.

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