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Superintendent Arntzen Participates in Governor-Elect Gianforte’s COVID-19 Task Force

Tuesday, November 24, 2020/Categories: Office of Public Instruction/Tags: Elsie Arntzen , Dylan Klapmeier , Montana Office of Public Instruction , Montana OPI , Greg Gianforte

Superintendent Arntzen Participates in Governor-Elect Gianforte’s COVID-19 Task Force

November 24, 2020

HELENA- Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen was appointed to Governor-Elect Gianforte’s COVID-19 Task Force along with other incoming state officials. The first meeting was held today. Her priority has been supporting students, families, and educators through COVID-19.

“I want to thank Governor-Elect Gianforte for ensuring that students and educators have a seat at the table. Schools have been one of the most impacted sectors by COVID-19,” Superintendent Arntzen said Tuesday. “With the fall semester coming to a close and the spring semester just around the corner, the OPI will continue to ensure that local communities have the resources and information that they need to provide educational services to children. I appreciate that the new Governor is bringing together fellow statewide elected officials to ensure that decision-making around COVID-19 is collaborative.”

“Schools serve not only the critical function of educating students, they also play a vital role in the social-emotional wellbeing of our students. Keeping staff and students safe while keeping schools open is a key goal for the task force.”- Whitehall Schools Superintendent Hannah Nieskens

More information can be found at

The OPI’s Reopening Montana Schools webpage will be updated with information throughout the winter and coming spring semester. The OPI is continuing to seek federal and state waivers to ensure that the focus remains on teachers being able to teach and students being able to learn in safe environments.

Superintendent Arntzen is working with the Board of Public Education to reform accreditation and licensure standards. She is also in touch with the U.S. Department of Education regarding assessment flexibility and the USDA to ensure flexibility in school nutrition.

The Superintendent is in ongoing conversations with MHSA and the Montana Academy of Pediatrics. The OPI will review our reopening Montana schools guidance to ensure that it remains relevant for the coming semester.


CONTACT: Dylan Klapmeier

                        Communications Director

                        Montana Office of Public Instruction




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