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Flathead County schools remain open amid coronavirus concerns

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 16:55:49-04

KALISPELL — School superintendents in the Flathead Valley have held two different meetings to discuss growing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns and had decided to keep the schools in Flathead County open.

Guidelines for schools closures have been developed:

  • 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
  • Develop a plan to provide for additional support as needed once the school re-opens.

The district is also reminding the community to have students not return if they are experiencing symptoms and seek medical care immediately and if they visit a CDC designated Level 3 location to stay home for 14 days after returning to the US.

In addition, the Kalispell Public Schools have canceled planned spring break trips by Flathead High School Costa Rica trip, a trip to England, and a Flathead High School Choir trip to Canada

You may also find information on the Flathead City-County Health Department website here.