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Posted on March 18, 2020

Student Remote Learning Sites

Posted on March 17, 2020

Remote Counseling Services

Counseling Guidance

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.

What does this mean for school counseling services? 

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) rsilvers@helenaschools.org

Marc McCauley ( 7th Grade Counselor) mmccauley@helenaschools.org

Linde Hennessy (7th Grade Counselor) lhennessy@helenaschools.org

Mary Anderson (8th Grade Counselor) maanderson@helenaschools.org


Posted on March 17, 2020

All Helena Public School Are Closed.

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

  • –  Rossiter Elementary: 11:00 am to 11:30 am
  • –  Four Georgians Elementary: 11:00 am to 11:30 am
  • –  Broadwater Elementary: 11:45am to 12:15 pm
  • –  Warren Elementary: 11:50 am to 12:20 pm
  • –  Bryant Elementary: 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
  • –  Smith Elementary: 12:45 pm to 1:15 pm
  • –  Central Elementary: 1:15 pm to 2:00 pm
  • –  Kessler Elementary: 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

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

  • –  8:00 am to 12:00 pm – Chromebook checkout at HHS, CHS, PAL, HMS and CR Anderson
  • –  12:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Chromebook checkout at every HSD elementary school

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,

Tyler Ream
Superintendent, Helena Public Schools


03.16.20 School Closure Update.pdf



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Posted on January 7, 2020

Please use the Attendance Line 324-2802 to report your student absent

Please use the Attendance Line 324-2802 to report your student’s absence, and please leave a message if one of our secretaries is no able to answer.

Thank you



Posted on August 27, 2019

C R Anderson Student Handbook

Posted on April 30, 2018

School District Bus Registration for 2020-21

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.

Posted on February 1, 2018

6th Grade Parents—-get your student’s Tdap Booster Updated!

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).