Resources to Help Students & Families
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:
At the Victor School Board Meeting this afternoon it was determined that in order to ensure student and staff safety, as well as establish procedures to help promote stability in the lives of our students, Victor School District will finish the year in a remote learning format. We will not be reopening for traditional school this Spring.
This was a difficult decision but was supported by all of our board members. Victor School will continue with high quality online content as well as providing food for all of our students. We are here if there are any problems. Please just give us a phone call or email.
We will also begin planning the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 under new social distancing guidelines!!!
Parents, guardians, and community members if there is anything you need from us, please let us know.
Students, please continue to make regular contact with your teachers and complete your assignments. Speaking on behalf of your teachers, paras, and administration, we miss seeing all of our Pirates and look forward to the day this is over.
Most importantly, please stay safe.
Lance Pearson - Superintendent
Dear Parents and Guardians, The Governor has tentatively set May 7th as a day to possibly re-open schools. We are in the process of weighing our options for the remainder of the year. Our highest priority will always be the safety and welfare of our students and staff. We would appreciate you filling out the survey you received via School Messenger so we may better make an informed decision specific to our local school community. Upcoming plans will be announced as soon as they are finalized. Thank you for all your time, patience, and understanding during this unprecedented event. Please remember to only fill the survey out once per family. ~ Lance Pearson ~
Today it was announced that the school closure will be extended to April 24th. Please contact the school if there is anything that we can do to support you or your families. Provide feedback to teachers if there are additional ways in which they can support students. We are all in this together and we will continue to work on the academic and emotional supports necessary for the well being of your child.
Thanks to all parents for the wonderful work you are doing to support your children. Please if you need anything, reach out to teachers, support staff, counselors or administration. Right now our primary concern is the well being of our families and we are here to help. We are very please at how creative our teachers are getting with home based content and encourage you to let us know if you have any ideas or recommendations on other ways that we can support you.
With the recent announcement by Governor Bullock's Shelter in Place, our building will be locked. If you have any emergency or support needs, please call the school or contact your child's teacher. Administration will be available to help.
Monday March 30th & Tuesday March 31st - Spring Break
Monday and Tuesday are spring break days. Our staff realizes that students will be home, therefore they have developed FUN/OPTIONAL activities in Google Classroom. Of course students can work on any course work that they have not completed, that is a benefit of on-line learning.
Food Delivery will continue on Monday and Wednesday's (including spring break) through the remainder of the closure. Thank you to our food service for ensuring that our students are fed.
A big Thank you to Shelley O'Leary and Heather Olson for their hard work the past twos weeks coordinating all of the moving parts to ensure that our students and families are taken care of!
This week we launched our first week of Online classes. We are so proud of the hard work that our staff has put in over the past two weeks!
- Teachers have been learning to video class greetings, narrate instructional slides to guide student learning and offer real-time meetings for academic and social emotional support.
- Our Counselor, Bitterroot Valley Support Staff and Classified Staff have been working to support students with Mental Health, Social Emotional and their basic Needs (food delivery).
- Please go to our Parent support page to learn more about our On-Line classrooms and how to support your child as a learner.
Today a dialer will go out with a survey to determine the best time for staff office hours for our classrooms. If you have already completed the survey, PLEASE do NOT complete it again. Remember, that our staff is committed to a 24 hour response to all email inquiries, in addition to the identified office hours. Upon the analysis of the survey results, we will set up office hours and post the results on this website and on Facebook. The survey is linked here for families who have not completed it. Thank you.
On-Line Classes Begin TODAY, March 23rd, 2020. Please contact the school if you have not been able to pick up your Chromebook, if you need to pick up books or materials from the school or you do not have an internet connection. Check in with your teachers, as we are setting up office hours to allow you to get immediate responses to your questions. We have also established that if you EMAIL a question to a teacher you will get a response with in 24 hours.
The Victor School District will be providing breakfast and lunch starting on March 23, 2020, on Mondays and Wednesdays (there will be two days in each bag) for all children 18 and under. Meals will be delivered to your home with written consent (please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name, address and # of children included.) Meals will also be available for pick at the front door of the school from 9am -11am Mondays and
Wednesdays.March 19th - 1:00 PM
The staff is working hard to get the online content prepared for your children. We want to be assured that this is developed in a way that will support all of our students.
If you have a child in our school and you have not filled out the survey to identify the technology that is available to your child in their HOME LEARNING environment, please do so. If you have an Elementary Student, please fill out this survey.
This helps us to plan instructional content for our students. Thank you! We will be launching all Instructional Content on Monday, March 23rd.
March 17th - 9:00 AM
Please remember that any resources currently being provided by our staff, are optional. When and If we get to the point of requiring academic content for ALL students, we will send out a dialer to all parents and post an update here and on our Facebook page. Thank you.
March 16th Update - 5:30 PM
Victor Schools will be following Governor Bullock's directive to close schools for two weeks. Please continue to monitor our page for updates and resources to support your children and families during this time. If you have questions, please submit them on the form at the bottom of this page.
March 15th Update
Victor Public School is currently in the preparedness phase for COVID-19 (coronavirus). There have been no identified cases in our community. We recently participated in a meeting with the Ravalli County Health Department on Thursday and a briefing with the Montana Office of Public Instruction on Friday. The current recommendations are to minimize travel and group activities. We will also continue to encourage our students and staff to follow the recommendations shown below:
- Staff and students should stay home when they are ill with symptoms that prevent them from participation in their normal school activities.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
There have been seven positive cases in the state. One in each of the counties of Gallatin, Yellowstone, Silver Bow, and Broadwater and two in Missoula County. This is a dynamic and rapidly changing situation and we will be monitoring it closely and making decisions to ensure the safety of the students and families of Victor Public Schools.
We are making plans for the possibility of school closure that will ensure continued learning opportunities and meal services. Our primary goal is the health and safety of our students, staff and their families.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Victor Public Schools doing to prepare for COVID-19?
Superintendent, Lance Pearson and the district safety committee will be monitoring this closely, by meeting often and making adjustments as necessary. We will be tracking absences and staying in constant contact with parents and staff members when there are illnesses that cause concern. The currently known symptoms of COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
Are you thinking about closing schools?
The most recent guidance from the public health community regarding closure of schools does not recommend the closure of schools unless there is community spread of the virus. You can review the guidance on school closures here.
Beginning March 17th the following items will be in effect. We will post updates and changes as they become available.
- We will suspend, cancel or postpone all out-of-state, school sponsored travel for both students and staff .
- In an effort to stem the growth of the virus among potentially sensitive groups in the community, we will postpone all school sponsored activities that involve members of our community in attendance.
- Spring sports and practices are canceled
- Play practices will be canceled
- All Auditorium Events will be canceled... including Ethos
- All Adult Education Classes will be canceled.
- The Gym and Weight Room and all school facilities will be closed for all public use.
All group activities, that are not necessary to the function of the school, will not be allowed. The only allowable events are lunch program or administration of ACT testing.
What if there is confirmed case at our school?
When there is a confirmed case at our school, staff or student, we will establish short-term closure procedures, based on advice from our local health department. Under this protocol: the school would be closed for a period of 2-5 days. The purpose of this closure would be to not only clean the school, but also provide time for the RCCHD to identify close contacts and establish protocols around school exclusion for some students or staff.
Is it recommended that medically fragile students stay home from school?
Contact your child’s health care provider and consult with those professionals in charge of your child's medical plan.
Are there additional precautions that medically fragile students should take to prevent getting COVID-19?
The ways to prevent COVID-19 are the same for all populations:
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces with regular household disinfectants.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds-- especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
If soap and water are not available for handwashing, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Is Victor Offering Free Breakfast and Lunch for students?
The answer is Yes. We will begin providing breakfast and lunch for our Victor students on Wednesday March 18, this will be via Van drop off. If you DO NOT want to have meals provided to your student, please call 406-642-3221 and let the school know. If you are out of district and would like to have your Victor student receive breakfast and lunch meals, please call to make arrangements for pick up or drop off location at 406-642-3221.