Any meetings and events scheduled during the school closure at C R Anderson are cancelled. I know how disappointing this is. The safety of our students, staff, and community are our main concern. We will continue to keep you informed throughout the closure of our schools, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone in person as soon as possible.
The Helena School District is following the state’s recommendation for social distancing. Our school will begin with remote learning starting on Thursday, March 19th.
The C R Anderson School Counseling team will be available remotely during our school closure. We will be available through email and Microsoft Teams for students and parents beginning Thursday, March 19th (8 AM – 3:30 PM). Scroll down to access your school counselor’s email address.
Video/audio calls must be scheduled through email first. Directions of how to make a video/audio call in Microsoft Teams can be found by using this link: Teams Infographic
We have included some resources below that can help to facilitate conversations with your student regarding their concerns with COVID-19.
How to Talk to Your Kids and Teens about COVID-19
A Parent’s Guide for Talking about COVID-19
Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
Ways to Support your Mental Health During Covid-19
Tips to Ease Anxiety: 7 Tips
Daily Schedule Suggestions: Sample Schedule
Study Tips: Basic Tips for Teens to Stay Productive with Online Classes
Take care of yourself and each other during this time away from school. Remember that if you are in crisis, call 911 or report to the Emergency Room. Other resources would be the crisis hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Text Line: Text MT to 741 741.
Ron Silvers ( 6th Grade Counselor) email@example.com
Marc McCauley ( 7th Grade Counselor) firstname.lastname@example.org
Linde Hennessy (7th Grade Counselor) email@example.com
Mary Anderson (8th Grade Counselor) firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Coronavirus Update March 16, 2020
Parents and Families of our Helena Public Schools,
We are nearing the end of an unusual Monday. While I know that this crisis is challenging to us all, the Helena Public Schools are thankful for your continued support. Every email volunteering time to help deliver meals to students in need has lifted my heart and we are all appreciative.
Below are a number of updates pertaining to continued food services, technology checkout options and other related news pertaining to our closure.
Food Service: Grab & Go Options:
Our final day of free, on-campus meals will be tomorrow, Tuesday, 3/17 (to-go only, breakfast and lunch). Beginning on Wednesday 3/18, we will move to free grab & go options at eight specific regional sites. The below schools will offer free meals every weekday. While the school buildings will be closed, we will utilize mobile food distribution options (think foodtruck) located at each of the below schools at the listed, specific times. Lunch will be provided along with breakfast for the following morning (two meals at once). No identifiable information will be needed for any child, ages 1 to 18. However, we ask that children 5 and younger be accompanied by an adult. These meals are completely free for any/all interested in these grab & go options.
We are working to provide a link in which families will be able to select one of the below locations and request their needed number of grab & go bags. Please see forthcoming communication for that link. In the interim, please remember that meal services will be available at all HSD schools tomorrow, 3/17, for breakfast and lunch. Food services move to the below, regional sites beginning Wednesday, 3/18.
8 Regional Grab & Go Meal Locations/Times
Chromebook Checkout Sites and Schedule:
Chromebook checkout will occur on Wednesday, 3/18 for anyone in need of a device. Please note that many students will not need to checkout a Chromebook as all of our online/virtual resources will be available through any personal computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. If your child needs a device to access online/virtual resources, checkout will occur at every HSD school at the below times. To checkout a device, a student simply needs to provide their name and school. We will also ask each person if they also need Wi-Fi internet services as we continue to narrow options for providing forthcoming hotspots to students in need of internet access. Please know that Chromebook devices will be internet ready should you already have Wi-Fi access. Chromebooks have been cleaned, sanitized and bagged for personal use.
Chromebook Checkout Schedule: Wednesday, March 18
Tomorrow, you will receive additional information pertaining to remote learning for your child/children. Our virtual/online environment will utilize Clever as a single sign-on portal to available educational resources. Complete directions will be included in tomorrow’s update. Additionally, along with many generous offers during this time of crisis, Charter Communications is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. This is just one of many thoughtful and helpful ways our community and nation can pull together in support of one another during this challenging time.
Thank you again for your time. My best to you all! Respectfully,
Superintendent, Helena Public Schools
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We will be opening bus registration for the 2019-2020 school year on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 5 pm.
Courtesy Ride requests will be available at the same time.
Registration will be available at https://helenaschools.org/departments/transportation/
|Transportation | Helena Public Schools
All bus notifications are sent to the email address you have on file with your child’s school. If you are signed up for SMS notifications, those are sent as well.
Get your student’s required Tdap booster immunization done and turned in to CR Anderson as soon as possible. Do not wait until summer or right before school starts next fall to meet the requirement as this could cause a delay in your student starting school. No schedule is given without proof of immunization. Call your clinic to schedule a visit for shots. Many of them only require a nurse visit.
New to town and do not have a pediatrician yet? Or looking for the ease of a walk-in clinic? Go to the Lewis and Clark County Health Department on the west side of the Pure View Health building to utilize their walk-in immunization clinic. Anyone can go there for their vaccinations. Their schedule is below along with the school requirements:
Walk-in Clinics Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM 1930 Ninth Avenue, Helena
No appointment is necessary. Some immunizations are available on a sliding-fee scale for those who qualify. We bill all insurance providers, except for some travel vaccines. Travel shots are by appointment only, 406-457-8900
School Shots Please bring your children’s vaccination records with you to the public health department when you come in for back-to-school shots. Your health-care provider can fax a copy to our Immunization Program at 406-457-8997.
Requirements as of Fall 2015
• All grades (K-12): Two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine after age 1 year (or a form from your medical provider confirming immunity)
• Grades 7-12: Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) booster. The Td vaccine, which lacks the pertussis (or whooping cough) component will no longer be adequate.
Seventh Grade • Required: Tdap, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, and second varicella (chickenpox) vaccination • Recommended: “catch-up” and adolescent vaccines, including hepatitis A, meningococcal, and HPV (human papillomavirus).
2019-2020 Official District Calendar