Majority of Bitterroot schools will continue distance learning for the rest of the year

Posted at 8:49 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 22:55:50-04

A couple of districts are still weighing their options, but nearly all of the schools in the Bitterroot Valley will remain under a "distance learning" model, keeping physical classrooms closed through the end of the school year.

Florence-Carlton School trustees were the first to vote to keep classrooms closed on Friday, responding to the "option" to re-open that had been extended by Governor Bullock last week.

Four more districts joined that list on Monday, with Hamilton, Darby, Victor and Stevensville all saying it would be impossible to re-open schools with the provisions for social distancing, and the remaining time left to solve that and other problems in the few weeks remaining before summer.

The Corvallis School Board and Lone Rock School will consider whether to join the list Tuesday night. Lolo School has a meeting Friday to consider whether to continue with remote learning.