Kalispell Public Schools
Kalispell, Montana

Coronavirus Information/Updates


SD5 Communications

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Dear Families,

I trust this past week, being spring break; you have gotten to enjoy time with family. I realize this spring break was like no other with the necessity of staying close to home and having limited social interaction. I hope you and your family is making the most of it. Eating meals together, playing board games, catching up on a good book, going for family walks and hikes, or writing a thank you letter are great ideas in facing this new challenge.

Governor Bullock issued a stay at home order on Thursday. This is guidance to all of us to limit our travel from home for essential services. This recent order by the Governor does not change our ability or commitment to continue to support your child’s learning. Schools and school employees are considered essential services. Student lunch and breakfast will continue to be served each day following the schedule below. Teachers will be back to work on Monday, with the vast majority of our staff working remotely from home ready to engage their students in meaningful ways. Be watching for messages from your child’s principal and teachers next week.

Remember, our website and each school’s website www.sd5.k12.mt.us will have valuable information and the latest updates regarding school closure, learning expectations, and other related tips and guidance.

If you did not see the news clip about our staff reaching this past week to our students you will enjoy watching this clip with your children. Click here to see our dedicated staff sending messages to our students. Please let your child know we miss them and look forward to seeing them at some point in the future.

Lunch and Breakfast continues to be provided starting Monday, March 30, 2020.

All locations will be handing out lunch and breakfast for the next day from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.

  • Central Kitchen - 106 Northwest Lane, just south of the Middle School.
  • Edgerton Elementary
  • Russell Elementary
  • Hedges Elementary
  • Elrod Elementary
  • Peterson Elementary
  • Rankin Elementary

The menu is as follows:

Each breakfast will include a whole grain, fruit, milk and protein.
Each lunch will include a fruit, veggie or salad and milk

Entrees for the week:

Monday: Cheeseburger (precooked but heated at home)
Tuesday: Firehouse Sub
Wednesday: Chicken Spaghetti/Dinner Roll (to be heated at home)
Thursday: Chili w/ Cheese and cornbread muffin
Friday: Firehouse Sub

We will continue to support our kids, 18 years and younger, with free meals. If you have any questions on our meal pick up schedule you can contact our Food Service Supervisor, Jana Graham grahamj@sd5.k12.mt.us or by phone at 751-3646.

Recommendations for Spring Break Travel

I shared this information with you last week but want to emphasize it again including guidance from the Governor on out of area travel.

Governor’s guidance on returning from foreign travel.

Please 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.

Take care and as usual if there is anything we can assist you with please let us know.

Mark Flatau
Kalispell Public Schools
233 1st Ave. East
Kalispell, MT 59901