As a result of Executive Action by Montana Governor, Steve Bullock, all schools in the state will be closed for the next two weeks (March 16 through March 27) including Powell County High School, as a proactive and precautionary measure against the coronaivirus outbreak. Governor Bullock states, “As governor, it is my top priority to protect the health and safety of Montanans, particularly our most vulnerable, at a time when we face the potential for extraordinary health risks from coronavirus in our state. Social distancing is one of the most important primary protective measures to flatten the curve of this virus. I cannot underscore the seriousness of following these measures to help our neighbors, friends, and families. I recognize that our schools often serve as a lifeline for families and that this decision is going to have disruption on Montanans over the coming weeks. I’m committed to working with schools, communities and public health to minimize the impact. I encourage businesses to do everything they can to support families as well.” As this was only noticed to us late this afternoon, please accept our apologizes for the short notification to you. We will keep you apprised with updates as we learn more. In the interim, please encourage your children, and yourselves, to practice social distancing, wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, avoid touching your face, cover coughs and sneezes, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, as this is a serious concern for the health and safety of your children. Thanks you for your understanding and patience as we move through these difficult and unexpected times.
Rick Duncan, Superintendent
Powell County High School District