COVID-19 cases numbers are rising significantly right now in Missoula County. Fortunately, as of November 2nd, Bonner School has had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our students or staff. This reflects the great work of students and staff following safety protocols and is a great credit to the tireless work of our custodial staff keeping our school safe and clean.
As they committed to in August, at our October 12th Board meeting the trustees reviewed Bonner School’s instructional model during this time of COVID-19 pandemic. The trustees spent significant time in thoughtful discussion of this question, recognizing that whichever model of instruction Bonner School delivers certainly places major burdens or potential risk on students and families. The trustees heard public comment from parents, a student, and staff advocating both for expanding our instructional model and for retaining our current Hybrid model.
On Tuesday night the trustees voted to remain in the Hybrid Model as we enter the second quarter of the school calendar. At the November 10th Board meeting, trustees will again assess the state of the pandemic in our community and consider whether or not to transition to an expanded instructional model. Bonner School will continue to offer to students and families the Online Academy, or 100% offsite learning option--this option will be available for the remainder of this school year, regardless of whether or not our onsite model expands to every day.
For families interested in moving their child to the Online Academy, please complete and submit by October 26th the Online Academy form found at this link, and email it to the school counselor, Ms. Cotner, at email@example.com.
The trustees continue to welcome the input of parents, students, and staff as they seek the best instructional approach during this challenging time. You can address those comments to Chairman Nate Lopuch at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Superintendent Howard at email@example.com.