FLORENCE — The Florence-Carlton School Board has announced the high school will move to remote learning starting Thursday.
The board voted in favor of the decision Wednesday night.
Superintendent Brian Rayburn sent out a Facebook post on their page regarding the details of what this will mean for students. Students will return to school on Monday, Nov. 9. Classes will continue as usual, including virtual attendance.
Rayburn said in the announcement letter to guardians of high school students, "I know this will be difficult for some but we are better prepared than we were in the spring and will make the next two weeks a valuable learning experience."
Florence athletic director Scott Stiegler told MTN Sports that the only varsity athletic event that will be affected by the move to remote learning is the volleyball regular-season finale at St. Ignatius that was scheduled for Saturday. That game is canceled and will be ruled a no contest per Montana High School Association guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 cancellations.
Florence cross country athletes co-op with Missoula Big Sky and will still be able to compete at the state cross country meet in Kalispell this weekend. Football had a bye this week so no game is affected. The Class B football playoffs begin next week as do district volleyball tournaments which, according to Stiegler, Florence will still be able to compete in.
For high school families who have questions about this announcement are asked to contact the high school office in the mornings after 7:30 a.m. Rayburn added they can call the school for help when students experience technical difficulties in their online classes.