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Dear Education Stakeholder: The Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is reaching out to all interested stakeholders to solicit public comment on the implications of waivers granted due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The federal government has granted OPI’s requested waiver...
Montana School Safety Advisory Committee Issues Guidance on Safely Preparing and Delivering School Nutrition and Educational Materials
HELENA— The Montana School Safety Advisory Committee issued guidance last week to local schools for safely preparing and delivering school meals and educational materials to students in their community during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Superintendent Arntzen Submits CARES Act Funding and School Year-End Flexibility Requests to the Governor’s Office

HELENA— Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen has submitted two requests to the Governor’s office to address funding from the federal CARES Act as well as to request flexibility for local schools as they prepare for the end of the school year.

OPI Secures 11 School Nutrition Waivers from USDA; Provides New Guidance on Delivering and Preparing School Meals and Educational Materials
HELENA— The Montana Office of Public Instruction has secured eleven waivers for Montana's local school nutrition programs from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The most recent waiver enables Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors to operate open sites in areas approved by the...
OPI Releases CARES Act Funding Estimates for Montana Schools
HELENA— The Montana Office of Public Instruction released preliminary estimates for how much funding Montana’s K-12 public schools will receive from the federal CARES Act stimulus bill that was passed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

HELENA—The Office of Public Instruction and Montana University System announced today that Montana juniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT free of charge this coming fall semester of their senior year.

U.S. Department of Education Will Process Statewide Waiver Requests for Standardized Tests, Montana Submits Request
HELENA— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that the U.S. Department of Education will process statewide waiver requests for standardized tests. Superintendent Arntzen submitted an assessment waiver request to the Montana Board of Public Education and the U.S....
Superintendent Arntzen Submits Comprehensive State and Federal Waiver Requests for Local Schools
HELENA— The Montana Office of Public Instruction has submitted state and federal waiver requests to ensure that local schools continue to receive funding, do not have to make up lost hours due to school closures, continue to have nutrition resources for students, and do not have to...