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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Dr. Laurie Barron

Superintendent

District Calendar Change for 2020-2021 School Year

July 29, 2020

Evergreen Families,

At a special board meeting held today, Wednesday, July 29 at 12:00 noon, the Evergreen School District COVID-19 Reopening Team recommended that the board of trustees move the first day of school for students to Monday, August 31, allowing staff five days before students begin in order to better prepare for our new learning environments and to continue to address safety and health measures for students and staff. 

The board of trustees approved the following:

  • School will start for students on Monday, August 31, 2020 (instead of Wednesday, August 26, 2020).
  • Friday, October 30, 2020 will be a full pupil instruction day (previously PIR day).
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2021 will be a full pupil instruction day (previously parent/teacher conference day).
  • There will be no change to the number of work days for staff and teachers; teacher contracted work days remain the same and are 187 days.
  • Pupil instruction (PI) days will be reduced by one day.
  • There will be 177 PI days/10 PIR days (previously 178 PI days/9 PIR days).

Please see our Revised 2020-2021 Calendar.

Our COVID-19 Reopening Team will meet again next week and continue to make school-specific plans to implement the Evergreen School District Guidelines for Reopening Schools, which the Evergreen School District Board of Trustees approved at their July 13 special board meeting. 

Our current plan remains to have students return to school in the fall under Phase II. We continue to work closely with local and state leaders from across the region and state and will follow recommendations of local health officials and adapt our plan as necessary.

Best regards,
Laurie

Update on Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer from DPHHS

July 28, 2020

Evergreen Families,

The Evergreen School District assisted the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) and the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) in collecting data for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program electronically. DPHHS is currently processing the data for benefit issuance. 

DPHHS is issuing the P-EBT benefits in a staggered fashion. The issuing of benefit cards will take a while.  Those who have not received something by the end of August should send an email to hhshcsdpebt@mt.gov

Thank you for your patience.

Best regards,
Laurie

Reminder: Reopening of Schools Guidelines and Parent Survey

July 27, 2020

Evergreen Families,

We’re excited to share plans for reopening our schools on-site this fall. Please note that this plan is subject to change as conditions with COVID-19 continue to change.

School leaders in the Flathead Valley have been meeting and discussing plans throughout the summer for the reopening of schools this fall, and we continue to meet regularly and work closely with state leaders and the Flathead City-County Health Department. As a result of these meetings, the Evergreen School District has developed the Evergreen School District Guidelines for Reopening Schools, which the Evergreen School District Board of Trustees approved at their July 13 special board meeting. Outlined in this document, you will find a plan for each phase, should conditions change for Montana or the Flathead Valley. Following that plan is some supporting information from the Governor’s Office, Flathead-City County Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other sources for your information.

Our current plan is to have students return to school in the fall at 100% capacity (currently under Phase II). Phase II allows for groups not to exceed 50, which allows us to have traditional schedules but which also changes many of our daily operations such as passing time, lunch, and recess.

At this stage in the planning, it is critical that we hear from you regarding your child’s school attendance this fall. If your child(ren) will be enrolled in the Evergreen School District this fall and you have not already completed the survey, please complete this Evergreen School District Reopening Schools Family Survey by Monday, July 27. Please do not complete the survey again if you have previously completed it.

Please know that the safety and wellbeing of our students, families, staff, and community continue to be our highest priority.

Best regards,
Laurie

Reopening of Schools Guidelines and Parent Survey

July 15, 2020

Evergreen Families,

We’re excited to share plans for reopening our schools on-site this fall. Please note that this plan is subject to change as conditions with COVID-19 continue to change.

School leaders in the Flathead Valley have been meeting and discussing plans throughout the summer for the reopening of schools this fall, and we continue to meet regularly and work closely with state leaders and the Flathead City-County Health Department. As a result of these meetings, the Evergreen School District has developed the Evergreen School District Guidelines for Reopening Schools, which the Evergreen School District Board of Trustees approved at their July 13 special board meeting. Outlined in this document, you will find a plan for each phase, should conditions change for Montana or the Flathead Valley. Following that plan is some supporting information from the Governor’s Office, Flathead-City County Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other sources for your information.

Our current plan is to have students return to school in the fall at 100% capacity (currently under Phase II). Phase II allows for groups not to exceed 50, which allows us to have traditional schedules but which also changes many of our daily operations such as passing time, lunch, and recess.

At this stage in the planning, it is critical that we hear from you regarding your child’s school attendance this fall. If your child(ren) will be enrolled in the Evergreen School District this fall, please complete this Evergreen School District Reopening Schools Family Survey by Monday, July 27.

Please know that the safety and wellbeing of our students, families, staff, and community continue to be our highest priority.

Best regards,
Laurie

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer from DPHHS

July 13, 2020

Evergreen Families,

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) will be providing food assistance, through Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) cards, to Montanans with eligible children attending schools identified with free and reduced breakfast/lunch programs. Evergreen School District participates in Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), making all children ages 5 and older who attended an Evergreen school in the 2019-2020 school year eligible.

Your household is qualified to receive this Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefit to buy food at grocery stores, convenience stores, etc. The benefit at $5.70 per day per child (retroactive to when school initially closed for Montana through the end of the 2019-2020 school year) will be approximately $330 per child.

Families currently participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) with children receiving benefits will have monies automatically added to their family’s SNAP EBT card. There is no additional paperwork to complete.

Non-SNAP participating families, who complete a consent form with Evergreen School District, will automatically be mailed a P-EBT card to the address on file with the District. Consent forms will be emailed to you from our Business Manager Chris Campbell via DocuSign. Non-SNAP participating families should sign and return this consent form no later than Monday, July 20, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. in order to receive these benefits.

Non-SNAP participating families who need help filling out the P-EBT consent form, please contact the Evergreen School District office at 406-751-1111.

Also, on weekdays though August 14, a free summer meal program serves lunch with breakfast for the next day to anyone 18 and under at three locations in Evergreen.

  • 12:05 p.m.: Flathead County Sheriff’s Posse on Shady Lane
  • 12:25 p.m.: Lions Park on East Evergreen Drive
  • 12:50 p.m.: Evergreen Junior High School Cafeteria Parking Lot

We are also pleased to announce that North Valley and Flathead Food Banks have joined forces to launch two new mobile pantry sites in the community of Evergreen. The mobile pantry will take place every Wednesday at the Sheriff’s Posse from 11:45-12:25 and at Evergreen Junior High from 12:35-1:15. We are excited to distribute Farmers to Families fresh food boxes that include a variety of produce, cheeses, butter, milk, and meats. We will also have some canned goods available, donated by community members through Super 1 Foods’ food bank program.  

Best regards,
Laurie

Evergreen School District Updates

July 2, 2020

Evergreen Families,

I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying your summer. As promised in my end-of-year message, I wanted to reach out to let you know that we’re still working diligently on plans for reopening our schools on-site this fall.

School leaders in the Flathead Valley have been meeting and discussing plans throughout the summer for the reopening of schools this fall. We are meeting regularly and working closely with state leaders and the Flathead City-County Health Department and will continue to do so. Please know that we are diligently thinking through and planning how we will reopen schools and that we are optimistic and are planning for in-person, on-site instruction. However, reopening schools will likely come with some necessary modifications to minimize the health risks for our students, staff, and families. We are expecting additional guidance from the Montana Office of Public Instruction as well as state and local public health authorities soon, and we will be working with our COVID-19 Reopening Team (with staff representing all of our school sites) to continue to develop our full plans. You can expect further communication from me regarding this guidance in the near future. Throughout this challenging situation and whatever it brings, we are committed to providing a high quality education for the students we serve.

As a reminder, on weekdays though August 14, a free summer meal program serves lunch with breakfast for the next day to anyone 18 and under at three locations in Evergreen.

  • 12:05 p.m.: Flathead County Sheriff’s Posse on Shady Lane
  • 12:25 p.m.: Lions Park on East Evergreen Drive
  • 12:50 p.m.: Evergreen Junior High School Cafeteria Parking Lot

We are excited to share that, coming soon, once a week you will be able to pick up food boxes at Evergreen meal sites as well. More details will be shared as they are available. 

We wish you all a safe, healthy, and enjoyable summer!

Best regards,
Laurie

Summer Meal Program

June 9, 2020

Dear Evergreen Families,

The Evergreen School District will be serving our final summer meals (lunch with breakfast for the next day) at our three traditional locations tomorrow, Tuesday, June 9 from 11:30-12:30.

We are excited to announce that, on weekdays June 15-August 14, a free summer meal program will serve lunch with breakfast for the next day to anyone 18 and under at three locations in Evergreen!

  • 12:05 p.m.: Flathead County Sheriff’s Posse on Shady Lane
  • 12:25 p.m.: Lions Park on East Evergreen Drive
  • 12:50 p.m.: Evergreen Junior High School Cafeteria Parking Lot

We wish you all a safe, healthy, and enjoyable summer!

Best regards,
Laurie

Final Report Cards

June 8, 2020

Evergreen Families,

Thank you again for partnering with us during this challenging end to the school year. We want to thank our parents, guardians, students, teachers, support staff, administrators, and community for all of your support throughout the year but especially in these last 12 weeks. 

The first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year is Wednesday, August 26, and we are very hopeful we will be able to start school at 100% capacity with additional health and safety measures in place. We will communicate with you this summer as we know more.

All students will be receiving a final report card for the 2019-2020 school year. Report cards will be mailed on Wednesday, June 10. As you know, assessing a student’s skills during this remote learning process has been challenging at times. Information below helps explain what you can expect from your child’s final report card.

Mastery of individual academic standards (listed under the overall 4th quarter grade) will be marked based on completed work and communication with teachers during 4th quarter. 

The overall 4th quarter grade listed for each content area class will have an achievement indicator (Advanced, Proficient, Nearing Proficient, Novice, No Evidence) that summarizes mastery of all content area standards for the entire school year. The student’s 4th quarter performance should not decrease or over-inflate this final overall grade. 

Should you have any questions, please contact your child's principal. 

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and very enjoyable summer!

Best regards,
Laurie

8th Grade Celebrations, School Planning Update, and Family Feedback

June 3, 2020

Evergreen Families,

As we come to the close of a school year that is ending much differently than any of us anticipated, we want to thank you for your patience and flexibility during the last 12 weeks of remote learning. We also want to continue to acknowledge the tremendous strain these circumstances have placed on our families, our children, our teachers, our support staff, our administrators, our community, and our economy. We know many of the sacrifices and changes that our families and staff have had to make in order to implement new remote learning plans, and we are grateful for the partnerships we have had during this challenging time.

We also want to honor and celebrate our 8th graders and their accomplishments as they get ready to head to high school. On Monday, June 8, we will share an online link to the 8th Grade Celebration, and at 3:00 p.m. on that same day Evergreen staff will drive through portions of our district for a promotion parade! We will send out a parade route to families soon. We ask families to practice social distancing from other families on the parade route.

As we end this school year, we want you to know that school leaders in the Flathead Valley are already discussing plans for the opening of school this fall. We are meeting regularly and working closely with state leaders and the Flathead City-County Health Department and will continue to do so throughout the summer. We are sharing ideas and working together to hopefully bring all students back to school this fall in a safe and healthy environment. While our hope and goal remains to return to school in the fall at 100% capacity, we recognize that, in light of COVID-19, we must do so with the guidance of our local health officials. As always, the safety and wellbeing of our students, families, staff, and community is our highest priority.

As we begin planning for next fall, it will helpful for us if each family completes the Evergreen School District Remote Learning Family Survey June 2020 (sent to your email).

As our school leaders continue to meet throughout the summer, we will provide updates to you at minimum at the beginning of July and August. Thank you for your continued support, and we wish you all a very safe, healthy, and enjoyable summer!

Best regards,
Laurie

TODAY: Student Belongings Pick-up and School-Issued Items Drop-Off and Yearbook Sales

June 2, 2020

Evergreen Families,

Reminder:

Today is the day! Today, Tuesday, June 2, we will host students on campus outside each building during the scheduled times listed below to pick up their personal belongings and to turn in school-issued textbooks, library books, Chromebooks, band instruments, or other items.

Please be reminded that social distancing guidelines must be practiced at all times.

If your student needs continued use of a school-issued textbook, library book, Chromebook, band instrument, or other item beyond today, please arrange an individual time with the school to turn these in no later than June 9.

You will also be able to purchase a yearbook today if you would like. Yearbooks will be available at the East Evergreen Elementary and the Junior High/Crossroads locations during the student belonging pick up times. We are not taking pre-orders this year. The yearbooks will be $10 each. Please bring exact change if you are paying with cash. If you are paying by check, please make your check payable to Evergreen School District.  

Student Belongings Pick-up and School-Issued Items Drop-Off

East Evergreen Elementary School

  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: EK/K (left of outside front door)
  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: PS and 3rd Grade (right of outside front door)
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 1st Grade (left of outside front door)
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: 2nd Grade (left of outside front door)
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: 4th Grade (right of outside front door)

Evergreen Junior High School

  • 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: 5th Grade (left of outside front door)
  • 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: 7th Grade (right of outside front door)
  • 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: 6th Grade (left of outside front door)
  • 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: 8th Grade (right of outside front door)

Evergreen Crossroads

  • 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 am: All grades (near pavilion)

We look forward to seeing you on June 2.

Best regards,
Laurie

REMINDER: Student Belongings Pick-up and School-Issued Items Drop-Off and Yearbook Sales

May 29, 2020

Evergreen Families,

On Tuesday, June 2, we will host students on campus outside each building during the scheduled times listed below to pick up their personal belongings and to turn in school-issued textbooks, library books, Chromebooks, band instruments, or other items.

Please be reminded that social distancing guidelines must be practiced at all times.

If your student needs continued use of a school-issued textbook, library book, Chromebook, band instrument, or other item beyond June 2, please arrange an individual time with the school to turn these in no later than June 9.

You will also be able to purchase a yearbook on June 2 if you would like. Yearbooks will be available at the East Evergreen Elementary and the Junior High/Crossroads locations during the student belonging pick up times. We are not taking pre-orders this year. The yearbooks will be $10 each. Please bring exact change if you are paying with cash. If you are paying by check, please make your check payable to Evergreen School District.  

Tuesday, June 2 Student Belongings Pick-up and School-Issued Items Drop-Off

East Evergreen Elementary School

  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: EK/K (left of outside front door)
  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: PS and 3rd Grade (right of outside front door)
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 1st Grade (left of outside front door)
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: 2nd Grade (left of outside front door)
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: 4th Grade (right of outside front door)

 

Evergreen Junior High School

  • 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: 5th Grade (left of outside front door)
  • 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: 7th Grade (right of outside front door)
  • 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: 6th Grade (left of outside front door)
  • 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: 8th Grade (right of outside front door)

 

Evergreen Crossroads

  • 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 am: All grades (near pavilion)

We look forward to seeing you on June 2.

Best regards,
Laurie

Student Belongings Pick-up and School-Issued Items Drop-Off and Yearbook Sales

May 11, 2020

Evergreen Families,

On Tuesday, June 2, we will host students on campus outside each building during the scheduled times listed below to pick up their personal belongings and to turn in school-issued textbooks, library books, Chromebooks, band instruments, or other items. Social distancing guidelines must be practiced at all times.

If your student needs continued use of a school-issued textbook, library book, Chromebook, band instrument, or other item beyond June 2, please arrange an individual time with the school to turn these in no later than June 9.

You will also be able to purchase a yearbook on June 2 if you would like. Yearbooks will be available at the East Evergreen Elementary and the Junior High/Crossroads locations during the student belonging pick up times. We are not taking pre-orders this year. The yearbooks will be $10 each. Please bring exact change if you are paying with cash. If you are paying by check, please make your check payable to Evergreen School District.  

Tuesday, June 2

Student Belongings Pick-up and School-Issued Items Drop-Off

East Evergreen Elementary School

  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: EK/K (left of outside front door)
  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: PS and 3rd Grade (right of outside front door)
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 1st Grade (left of outside front door)
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: 2nd Grade (left of outside front door)
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: 4th Grade (right of outside front door)

Evergreen Junior High School

  • 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: 5th Grade (left of outside front door)
  • 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: 7th Grade (right of outside front door)
  • 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: 6th Grade (left of outside front door)
  • 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: 8th Grade (right of outside front door)

Evergreen Crossroads

  • 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 am: All grades (near pavilion)

We look forward to seeing you on June 2.

Best regards,
Laurie

Evergreen School District Will Continue with Remote Learning

April 28, 2020

Evergreen Staff and Families,

This afternoon, the Evergreen School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved continuation with our District’s previously approved remote learning plan for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers and support staff will continue to communicate with families and students to meet individual needs including: offsite learning instruction and structure; school meals, consistent with what the District regularly provides; services for students with disability; and other services customarily provided to students.

The last day of school for students will remain Tuesday, June 9. As we normally would toward the end of the school year, the majority of new content instruction will conclude on Friday, May 22. The remaining instructional days will be used for continuing to serve students through: meeting individual student instructional needs as determined necessary by teachers; student completion of missing assignments for 4th quarter; discussions regarding student performance and needs; determining students' proficiencies and how to address student needs in the future; teacher collaboration to meet student needs; cleaning out lockers/cubbies/desks; student/parent pick-up of student items; and return of textbooks, library books, Chromebooks, and other items. More details will be shared in the coming weeks.

The health and safety of our students, families, and staff remain our highest priority.

Best regards,
Laurie

Recommendation to Continue with Remote Learning

April 23, 2020

Evergreen Staff and Families,

After consulting with Flathead City-County Health Department officials, conferring with school superintendents across the Flathead Valley, and discussing with Evergreen School District leaders, I will be recommending to the Evergreen School District Board of Trustees that the safest option for our students and staff will be to continue with our previously approved remote learning plan for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 

Teachers and support staff will continue to communicate with families and students to meet individual needs including: offsite learning instruction and structure; school meals, consistent with what the District regularly provides; services for students with disability; and other services customarily provided to students. The board will meet on Tuesday, April 28 at 12:00 noon to take action on this recommendation.

While the Governor noted in his press conference yesterday that each school district in Montana will have local control on whether to return to in-class learning in some form, the guidelines for keeping students and staff safe (such as wearing masks, maintaining social distancing in classrooms, and limiting groups to no more than 10) are very stringent and would be very difficult to accomplish in our school setting. In addition, we anticipate our local health department may provide recommendations for even stricter limitations for Flathead County.

The requirements set by the Governor and local health officials would make the logistics of on-site instruction tremendously impractical. We believe our current remote learning plan will be more effective and will be safer and healthier for all involved for the instructional weeks that remain in this school year.

We know the hardships remote learning has created for our families, and we are grateful for the continued support our families are providing during this challenging time. 

The health and safety of our students, families, and staff remains our highest priority. We will continue to communicate with our families as we work through more details.

Best regards,
Laurie

Important Information Regarding Governor Bullock's April 22 Annoucement

April 22, 2020

Dear Evergreen Families,

Today Governor Bullock announced that he will lift the state-wide school closure directive as of Thursday, May 7 but also noted that he is not suggesting that schools return to normal for the remainder of this school year. 

Flathead City-County Health Department officials will provide guidance and even possibly additional limitations as we look to make decisions.  Evergreen School District will comply with local Health Department guidance and directives as we move forward.

We are currently working with other school districts in the valley, along with our Flathead City-County Health Department, in considering our safest options for the remainder of the school year.

While we recognize the hardships remote learning has created, the health and safety of our students, families, and staff is our highest priority. 

We will share more information with you in the coming days.

Best regards,
Laurie

Updates from Evergreen School District

April 16, 2020

Dear Evergreen Families,

Thank you all for your continued support since schools closed beginning Monday, March 16. Our students and staff are completing their fourth week of remote learning and their second week of full digital learning. As I have shared with our staff, I continue to be impressed with the great work staff is doing and with how well so many of our students and families are responding. We fully anticipate this closure lasting beyond April 24, and we will keep you updated as we receive more information. But, for a while at least (if not for the remainder of the year), we can all settle into our new normal. Remind your children not to be too hard on themselves. Remind them to take breaks. Remind them to take care of themselves. Remind them to get outside and exercise. We are all in this together, and it's looking to be more of a marathon than a sprint. 

Attendance

  • We consider students to be in attendance if someone from the school is in contact with them or if work is being turned in.
  • Administrators and counselors are contacting families of students who are not in regular communication with teachers.
  • Special education teachers are keeping a “service log” documenting the date, time, and purpose of contacts with students and parents for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

Student Workload

  • We fully understand that we do not have the ability to have “normal” schoolwork being performed during these unusual circumstances. We are asking that students do their best.  
  • The total daily workload for students should be no more than 1-2 hours per day for students in grades EK-6 and 2-3 hours per day for students in grades 7-8. Our teachers will be flexible with due dates and accept assignments that come in later than assigned or recommended. If the total daily workload seems greater than what is described above, please contact your child’s teacher for guidance.

Grading

  • Teaching of essential skills is still occurring, and your child's participation in remote learning will benefit your child going into next year.
  • Your child will continue to receive feedback on content standards.
  • Please continue to check your child’s Infinite Campus Portal, as teachers have started entering progress for 4th quarter. Assignments that are not turned in will be marked with an “M” (missing) until it is turned-in, which will help keep you informed about work that is being completed.
  • In making decisions for grading, we are keeping in mind the goal of how to best take care of our students. We do not want this crisis to harm students’ grades.

8th Grade History Trip and Promotion Ceremony

  • We have made the decision to cancel the 8th Grade History Trip this year. With the current situation and the unknowns of the remainder of the school year, we believe it is the best decision. Our 8th grade teachers are creating a virtual tour that will include all of the places we would go on the trip as well as additional “stops” related to science. During the final two weeks of school, our 8th graders will be participating in the virtual tour and activities related to the “stops.”
  • We are currently planning to host our 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony as an online celebration. More details will be shared as we develop plans.

We know that this is a difficult, unusual time for us all. When we are back in the classroom with regular contact with students, we will meet our students where they are and work to help them continue to learn and grow. What is most important right now is that students feel safe and supported.

We sure do miss our students.

Best regards,
Laurie

Help with School Technology at Home

April 10, 2020

Dear Evergreen Families,

If your student needs help with any school technology being used for remote learning (Class Dojo, Google Classroom, Student Email, IXL, Istation, Prodigy, Reflex Math, Chromebooks, iPads, etc.), please reach out to our technology staff for assistance. In your email, please state your need and a good phone number and time to call you between 8:00-3:45 each weekday. 

Email dkarlin@evergreensd50.com for Preschool-4th Grade Students at East Evergreen Elementary School and Crossroads.

Email dprickett@evergreensd50.com for 5th-8th Grade Students at Evergreen Junior High School and Crossroads.

You may also call the school office, and the school office will have one of the staff members listed above contact you.

Best regards,
Laurie

Schools Remain Closed through April 24, 2020

April 7, 2020

Dear Evergreen Staff and Families,

This afternoon, Governor Steve Bullock extended Directives Issued to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic, including a continued school closure for students through Friday, April 24, 2020. We will continue to work with Governor Bullock and state health officials during this time period, and we will communicate with families and staff with additional information as it becomes available.

As a reminder, we have transitioned to digital learning opportunities for students and will continue to work to communicate regularly with our students through digital learning, email, and/or phone. For families with limited digital access, we are providing Weekly Essential Learning Standards so that families can continue to work with their child on grade-level skills. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher. You can find those standards here: https://sites.google.com/evergreensd50.com/remotelearninglinks.

Remember that we continue to serve free breakfast and lunch daily from 11:30-12:30 at three locations (East Evergreen Elementary School, Evergreen Junior High School, and the Sheriff’s Posse on Shady Lane). We also have Mobile Heart Locker stops twice a day in Evergreen (12:45 at the Sheriff's Posse and 1:10 in the Kmart parking lot). The Mobile Heart Locker offers books, hoodies/hats, hygiene products, sleeping bags, weekly games/activities, toilet paper, and snack packs.

Remember, we also post all communications with families regarding school closures and remote learning on our website at https://www.evergreensd50.com/updates.

Thank you for your continued support. Please reach out if there is anything we can do to support your child and family in this process.

Best regards,
Laurie

Digital Learning and Other Updates

April 6, 2020

Dear Evergreen Families,

Welcome to our first full week of digital learning! Last week, we sent home instructional packets for students. Thank you to all of you for being so diligent in picking those up and helping your child work through them. Teachers are continuing to reach out to answer questions and work through items in the packets, though they will not be asking students to return those packets. If your child has not yet connected with his or her teacher(s), please respond to this email so we can help connect you.

Below is some additional information to help with our transition to digital learning. 

Transition to Digital Learning

Beginning today, Monday, April 6 and beyond (as needed) we will transition to more digital learning opportunities and work to communicate regularly with our students through digital learning, email, and/or phone.

Weekly Essential Learning Standards (for those with limited digital access)

For families with limited digital access, we are providing Weekly Essential Learning Standards so that families can continue to work with their child on grade-level skills. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher. You can find those standards here:

https://sites.google.com/evergreensd50.com/remotelearninglinks.

Important Legal Considerations for Some Google Applications

Our agreement with Google states that parental permission must be given for use of Youtube for students under the age of 18 and for use of Google Meet/Hangout for students under the age of 13. Parents, if your child’s teacher requests that your child use Youtube or Google Meet/Hangout, please be aware of this requirement and ensure your child has your consent if he or she is on either of these digital platforms. 

Youtube Videos Sent from Teachers for Students

If a teacher sends your child a Youtube video link for instructional purposes, your child (with your consent) should watch the video link in the specific learning assignment and then immediately close the Youtube link and go on to the next step in the assignment (if applicable). If Youtube is not closed immediately after viewing the link, it may roll to another non-educational video that is not relevant to the assignment. The Evergreen School District is not responsible for and cannot control content on Youtube and urges parents to monitor your child’s use of these resources.

Please remember that we are continuing to serve free breakfast and lunch daily from 11:30-12:30 at three locations (East Evergreen Elementary School, Evergreen Junior High School, and the Sheriff’s Posse on Shady Lane).

We fully anticipate the Governor extending the school closure beyond this Friday, April 10. As soon as we receive official information regarding a possible school closure extension, we will share it with our families. We also post all communications with families on our website at https://www.evergreensd50.com/updates.

Thank you for your continued support during this unprecedented time in history. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support your child and family in this process.

Best regards,
Laurie

Parent Survey and Individual Student Desks Available

March 31, 2020

Dear Evergreen Families,

Recently, we sent an email asking for your input to help our district continue to grow and improve. Unfortunately with the COVID-19 situation, there was a delay with collecting our parent surveys, and we are asking you to please consider completing the survey using the link emailed to you.

Please complete the survey no later than Friday, April 3, 2020. Each family should complete this survey only one time, even if you have multiple children in different schools within the district. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to working together to help our district continue to grow and improve.
 
Also, we have a limited number of individual student desks, available for pick up only, limited to one per family on a first come, first served basis. Pick up will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1 and continue each day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at East Evergreen Elementary School until all available desks are gone. Students from the elementary, junior high, and Crossroads are eligible to pick desks up at the elementary school. Desks picked up will be yours to keep and may not be returned.

Thank you for continuing to partner with us in your child's education.

Best regards,
Laurie

Lunch and Instructional Packet Pick-Up Today from 11:30-12:30

March 30, 2020

Dear Evergreen Families,

TODAY IS THE DAY!

Remote Learning Plan

  • TODAY, Monday, March 30, please pick up Student Instruction Packets for this week during lunch pick up from 11:30-12:30 at East Evergreen Elementary School or Evergreen Junior High School. We will work with families who need assistance in picking up packets.
  • April 6-10 and Beyond (if needed): We will transition to more digital learning opportunities and work to regularly communicate with your child through digital learning, email, and/or phone. When needed and possible, we will work to provide paper instruction.

Ask Your 3rd-8th Grade Students to Check School Email Accounts and Google Classroom Assignments

  • Using the Chrome search engine, have students login to their Google accounts using their school emails and school passwords. If you have questions, please email your students' teachers.

School Meals Plan (with some exciting additions coming April 1!)

  • On March 30-31, we will continue regular lunch services at the two school locations from 11:30-12:30.
  • For students who would like to walk to pick up meals at the Junior High, we have added a crossing guard from 11:30-12:30 each day at the intersection of Hwy 2 and Evergreen Drive.
  • On April 1, we will start serving breakfast. When students pick up lunch each day, they can also pick up breakfast for the next day. There will be one serving time, 11:30-12:30, to serve lunch for the current day and breakfast for the next day.
  • Also on April 1, we will begin a third meal service drive thru location each day from 11:30-12:30:
    • East Evergreen Elementary School Front Entrance Parking Lot
    • Evergreen Junior High School Cafeteria Parking Lot
    • Flathead County Sheriff’s Posse at 155 Shady Lane in Kalispell

We look forward to connecting with your students this week!

Best regards,
Laurie

 

Schools to Remain Closed through April 10, 2020

March 24, 2020

Dear Evergreen Staff and Families,

This afternoon, Governor Steve Bullock announced a continued school closure for students through Friday, April 10, 2020. We will communicate additional information for staff through email later this week. 

We will continue to work with Governor Bullock and state health officials during this time period, and we will communicate with families and staff with additional information as it becomes available. 

As a reminder, please see information below on school meals and remote learning after spring break.

School Meals Plan (with some exciting additions coming April 1!)

  • On March 30-31, we will continue regular lunch services at the two school locations from 11:30-12:30.
  • For students who would like to walk to pick up meals at the Junior High, we have added a crossing guard from 11:30-12:30 each day at the intersection of Hwy 2 and Evergreen Drive.
  • On April 1, we will start serving breakfast. When students pick up lunch each day, they can also pick up breakfast for the next day. There will be one serving time, 11:30-12:30, to serve lunch for the current day and breakfast for the next day.
  • Also on April 1, we will begin a third meal service drive thru location each day from 11:30-12:30:
    • East Evergreen Elementary School Front Entrance Parking Lot
    • Evergreen Junior High School Cafeteria Parking Lot
    • Flathead County Sheriff’s Posse at 155 Shady Lane in Kalispell

Remote Learning Plan

  • March 16-20: Students were asked to work on Grade Level Recommended Essential Learning Standards Activities posted at https://www.evergreensd50.com/updates 
  • March 30-April 3: On Monday, March 30, please pick up Student Instruction Packets for the week during lunch pick up from 11:30-12:30 at East Evergreen Elementary School or Evergreen Junior High School. We will work with families who need assistance in picking up packets. 
  • April 6-10 and Beyond (if needed): We will transition to more digital learning opportunities and work to regularly communicate with your child through digital learning, email, and/or phone. When needed and possible, we will work to provide paper instruction.

 We hope you are enjoying time with your family during spring break, and we look forward to connecting with you again next week. 

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. 

Best regards,
Laurie

Update on Additional Meal Services and Remote Learning Plan

March 20, 2020

Evergreen Families,

What a week it’s been! We are thinking of our families and students during what we know are stressful and anxious times.  And, we are so appreciative of our teachers and staff for their flexibility, positivity, and kindness during what has been a challenging time for them as well. While we sure do miss our students, we are excited to continue our meal service and remote learning plan (if needed) to help our students stay connected to their school and teachers and to continue learning essential core standards.

Below are some updates for our upcoming plans.

School Meals Plan (with some exciting additions coming April 1!)

  • On March 30-31, we will continue regular lunch services at the two school locations from 11:30-12:30.
  • For students who would like to walk to pick up meals at the Junior High, we have added a crossing guard from 11:30-12:30 each day at the intersection of Hwy 2 and Evergreen Drive.
  • On April 1, we will start serving breakfast. When students pick up lunch each day, they can also pick up breakfast for the next day. There will be one serving time, 11:30-12:30, to serve lunch for the current day and breakfast for the next day.
  • Also on April 1, we will begin a third meal service drive thru location each day from 11:30-12:30:
    • East Evergreen Elementary School Front Entrance Parking Lot
    • Evergreen Junior High School Cafeteria Parking Lot
    • Flathead County Sheriff’s Posse at 155 Shady Lane in Kalispell

Remote Learning Plan

  • March 16-20: Students were asked to work on Grade Level Recommended Essential Learning Standards Activities posted at https://www.evergreensd50.com/updates
  • March 30-April 3 (if needed): On Monday, March 30, please pick up Student Instruction Packets for the week during lunch pick up from 11:30-12:30 at East Evergreen Elementary School or Evergreen Junior High School. We will work with families who need assistance in picking up packets.
  • April 6-10 and Beyond (if needed): We will transition to more digital learning opportunities and work to regularly communicate with your child through digital learning, email, and/or phone. When needed and possible, we will work to provide paper instruction.

From all of us in the Evergreen School District, we wish you and your family well.

Best regards,
Laurie

Updated Spectrum Internet Information

March 18, 2020

Dear Evergreen Families,

We have an updated number for Spectrum Internet Services: 1-855-707-7328.
Remember, if your family is currently without internet access and is interested in inquiring about this service, please call this number.

Also, we've made our guidelines for families to follow at home this week a little easier to work with. Use this link for the revised document: Grade Level Recommended Essential Learning Standards Activities.

You should be hearing from one of your child's teachers this week to check in and see how your child is doing and to see if there are any questions or help needed with the resources provided.
 
And, don't forget that the District is providing a “Grab & Go” sack lunch at no cost through Friday of this week from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at each school.

Take care, and remember to wash your hands!

Best regards,
Laurie

Grade Level Recommended Essential Learning Standards Activities

March 17, 2020

Dear Evergreen Families,

Today, our staff met to begin planning and preparing for this first week of school closure. Our primary goals are to keep students moving forward on essential learning standards, meet the needs of individual students, and keep the health and safety of our students and staff in mind. As you are aware, information is continually changing, and we appreciate your patience as we work together to make informed, best decisions for our Evergreen learning community.

We are providing some guidelines for families to follow at home this week to continue work on specific essential learning standards, which you can find here: Grade Level Recommended Essential Learning Standards Activities. Please refer to your child’s grade level in the attached document to see suggested activities from our teachers. We are also providing free, online educational resources for those families with internet access. These activities require minimal setup on your part. Please look through these resources, and use them, along with the recommendations from our teachers, to practice essential learning standards.  
 
If your family is currently without internet access, Spectrum has announced its Student Remote Learning Access Plan. This plan will provide families with K-12 students (without a current internet subscription) free internet access for 60 days. Spectrum is not requiring a contract and will provide all hardware needed to set up the internet connection. Please call 1-588-707-7328 if you are interested in inquiring about this service.

If you have specific questions regarding learning activities for your child, please contact your child’s individual teacher(s), as they will be responding to email. We will continue to update you with information regarding student learning expectations and conditions as we receive information and work to adjust our plan as a district.

Also, please be reminded that the District is providing a “Grab & Go” sack lunch at no cost to all children under the age of 18 years old through Friday of this week. We will have two pick-up locations, Evergreen Junior High School cafeteria parking lot and the entrance to East Evergreen Elementary School, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day of lunch service this week. You may drive up to either location and tell us how many lunches you need for the kids in your household, and then we will deliver them to your car or hand them to you directly. Students may also walk up to receive their lunch.  

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to work together to keep our staff, students, and communities safe.

Take care, and wash your hands!

Best regards,
Laurie

Free Lunches during School Closure This Week

March 16, 2020

Dear Evergreen Staff and Families,

Thank you for your patience as we work to communicate and keep you up-to-date on plans for our students while they are out of school.

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17 and continuing through this Friday, March 20 (not during spring break), the District will provide a “Grab & Go” sack lunch at no cost to all children under the age of 18 years old. We will have two pick-up locations, Evergreen Junior High School cafeteria parking lot and the entrance to East Evergreen Elementary School, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day of lunch service this week. You may drive up to either location and tell us how many lunches you need for the kids in your household, and then we will deliver them to your car or hand them to you directly. Students may also walk up to receive their lunch.  

Also, tomorrow afternoon, you will receive an email from our District with Recommendations for Families to Continue Learning Essential Standards. Please be sure to check your emails to receive important updates and communication throughout our school closure.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your school’s principal.

Thank you again for your understanding.

Best regards,
Laurie

Superintendent's email addresses school closing

March 15, 2020

Dear Evergreen Staff and Families,

This is Laurie Barron, superintendent of the Evergreen School District. Beginning tomorrow, March 16, 2020, all Evergreen Schools will be closed for students through March 27. Keep in mind that March 23-27 is our scheduled spring break.

This afternoon, Governor Steve Bullock announced a directive to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Part of his order directed that all non-residential public schools in Montana be closed through March 27, 2020. Other than administrators and year round staff, Evergreen Schools will not require staff to report to work tomorrow, Monday, March 16, 2020. We understand that our staff need time to coordinate plans with their families as well. Our schools remain open for all staff needs but closed for students.

We will continue to work with Governor Bullock and state health officials during this time period. We will communicate with families and staff with additional information as it becomes available.

We know that this situation has created challenges for us all.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. For now, enjoy your time with you children, and let us know if we can be of any assistance.

Best regards,
Laurie

Flathead Valley Coronavirus Update

March 13, 2020

Dear Evergreen Staff and Families,

The intent of this letter is to keep our staff and families informed of the most recent and current information we have available regarding the coronavirus. While the symptoms of the coronavirus for the majority of people may be mild (especially for children), we do know that coronavirus can be very severe for a number of individuals; these patients may even require medical treatment. For that reason, today Flathead Valley superintendents had two separate meetings, one with the Montana Office of Public Instruction and one with the Flathead City-County Health Department. Please note that neither the Montana Office of Public Instruction nor the Flathead City-County Health Department is recommending that we close schools at this time. Therefore, our schools remain open at this time.

However, we are using this opportunity to plan ahead and communicate with all of our families. There are currently no confirmed coronavirus cases in Montana, but we are aware that may change as more testing kits become available to our state healthcare facilities. This situation remains very fluid, with our schools receiving information daily and sometimes hourly. We will continue to meet with area school districts and our Flathead City-County Health Department because our communities are interconnected.

Guidelines for School Closure
In the event we have a confirmed case of coronavirus in or associated with a school in the Flathead Valley, we will work collaboratively with the lead local health official to determine next steps. Currently, our plan will include closing the impacted school for a minimum of three days. This closure will:

  • Give local health officials and school staff time to assess exposure of the known case within the school and trace the person’s contact history;
  • Allow school officials time to perform a thorough cleaning of the school, with particular attention to areas frequented by the known case;
  • Provide time for public health staff, assisted by school staff, to identify and communicate with families of students or staff who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus due to an underlying health condition;
  • Create time for the school to prepare for possible virtual learning or take-home work that would allow students who may miss a significant period of time (due to quarantine or underlying health issues) to be supported and continue their education; and
  • Develop a plan to provide for additional support as needed once the school re-opens.

Recommendations for Spring Break Travel
As spring break approaches, be aware that travel to some areas may result in restrictions for school attendance upon return. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel advisories for areas experiencing the coronavirus epidemic. Right now, the CDC is recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China, Iran, South Korea, and Europe. You can check for updates at the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html

Please note that:

  • Any staff or student returning from a CDC designated Level 3 location will be required to stay home for 14 days after returning to the United States. (These advisories can change on short notice, as the disease spreads. If staff or students travel to a location that is added to the list prior to the end of spring break, they will be held to the same standards.)
  • Staff or students who return and are sick with a fever or cough or who have trouble breathing should call their health-care provider before seeking medical care in order to avoid spreading the disease to others in the medical setting.
  • If a person has a respiratory infection and a fever after interacting with someone who recently traveled to an impacted area, he or she should call a health-care provider as soon as possible.
  • We acknowledge that postponing or canceling plans can be inconvenient and difficult, but we are asking staff and students to re-evaluate spring break plans if they intend nonessential travel.

Recommendations for Nonessential Large Group Gatherings
On the advice of the Flathead City-County Health Department, Flathead Valley schools will continue to evaluate nonessential large group gatherings. The purpose of this evaluation is to slow the rate at which people get sick in order to prevent overwhelming the healthcare system (often referred to as “flattening the curve”).

We urge all staff, students, and community members to continue to follow the protocols recommended by healthcare professionals in order to protect yourself and prevent the spread of illness.

We will continue to communicate more information as it becomes available. Please continue to monitor the District’s webpage and other social media accounts for updates. You may also find information on the Flathead City-County Health Department website at https://flatheadhealth.org/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/  

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to work together to keep our staff, students, and communities safe.

Best regards,
Laurie

Health Awareness and Precautions

March 6, 2020

Dear Evergreen Families,

In response to the national health concern regarding the coronavirus, we are sharing the following information to assist in keeping our homes, schools, and community safe and healthy environments.

COVID-19 is a newly discovered coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This virus can cause respiratory symptoms ranging from the common cold to severe pneumonia. Cases have now been identified in Washington State, but there are no confirmed cases in Montana at this time. Persons at greatest risk are the elderly and those with existing health issues.
 
This virus spreads from person to person and is thought to mostly do this via respiratory droplets when coughing. The common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
 
To reduce transmission of airborne illnesses, including COVID-19, the CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures:

  • Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.
  • Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash can.
  • Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Environmental Health Action: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.

Routine use of these measures by individuals and their families will increase community resilience and readiness for responding to an outbreak. For more information from the Center for Disease Control, please click on the following links:

What you need to know about the Coronavirus
What to do if you suspect you may be infected with the Coronavirus
Some good reminders on germ management

While a new type of illness can be scary, we can protect our students, staff, and the broader community by using these simple everyday actions that protect people from different types of respiratory viruses. Our staff is working carefully to encourage these simple and effective habits of frequent handwashing, covering every cough or sneeze, and cleaning classroom tables/surfaces frequently. These steps are important not just to help prevent the spread of coronavirus but to also help prevent the spread of other infections that can lead to staff and student illnesses and absences.

Some specific steps the Evergreen School District has taken to address concerns are:

  • Cleaning schools on a regular basis with added precautions to disinfect hard surfaces and areas that have high use.
  • Working closely with other schools in the valley, along with our Flathead City County Health Department, to determine best practices and possible conditions that could impact school schedules. Click here for an informational letter from the Flathead City County Health Department. Their website can be accessed at https://flatheadhealth.org/
  • Staying in close contact with the Montana Office of Public Instruction and the State of Montana DPHHS.  State information can be found at: https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt.  Click here to watch a press conference conducted yesterday by the Governor’s office.
  • Staying current on breaking news coming from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) directed at schools. You can find additional information at  https://www.cdc.gov.

We will continue to work together and keep you informed on this important issue. Rest assured we will work diligently in maintaining a healthy and safe learning environment.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Best regards,
Laurie

Concern or question?

Student and staff safety is our top priority. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please let us know.

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Do you know someone who is in crisis, OR are you in crisis?

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 1-800-273-Talk (1-800-273-8255).
Or, use the Crisis Text Line, text MT to 741-741.

Email a school Counselor

Additional resources

Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention