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Dear Parents and Guardians of Superior School Students,

I am writing to let you know that we have a positive COVID case among our staff. We are exceptionally fortunate that no other staff or students have been identified as close contacts, and we are continuing “situation normal” moving forward. Should this status change, we will keep you apprised via phone, text, email, and social media. Please remember that as of yesterday, we are under a statewide mask mandate as issued by Governor Bullock’s office that requires the use of masks/face coverings and social distancing at all times, everywhere in Montana. We need to be extra diligent right now as positive cases are on an uptick in our county, and we want to do everything in our power to keep our doors open and lights on, seeing all of our kiddos five days a week. Every day we can operate our program in the new normal is a blessing and something we do not take for granted. With cold weather pushing folks indoors and with two major holidays right around the corner, it will be more important than ever to follow the mask mandate, practice six-foot social distancing, and wash hands and touch surfaces thoroughly to slow the spread of the virus. Thank you for all you do partnering with us in taking care of your Superior schools and its kids! Be safe and stay healthy,

Scott Kinney
Superior Public Schools


Link to the full outline of phase expectations and OPT-OUT form

Here is the link to the school Directive: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=7c34f3412536439491adcc2103421d4b

“Face covering” means a fabric, paper, or disposable face covering that covers the nose and mouth and which does not have an exhalation valve. The term “face covering” includes face shields.

Are masks mandated in schools?

The July 15 Directive providing for the mandatory use of face coverings in certain settings is hereby amended to require the use of face coverings, as detailed in that directive, in all public and private K-12 schools in counties with four or more active cases. All provisions set forth in the July 15 Directive apply to public and private K-12 schools.

  • Indoor school spaces are considered indoor spaces open to the public.
  • School-related outdoor activities are considered organized outdoor activities.
  • All provisions of the July 15 Directive remain in effect except as expressly amended by this Directive.

The full directive is here.

If children in a school are socially distanced and in seats, can they remove their face coverings?

On August 12, Governor Bullock extended the July 15 Directive requiring face coverings in certain indoor and outdoor settings to include public and private k-12 schools. The August 12 Directive requires students and staff to wear face coverings in all areas of the school. While children are encouraged to wear face coverings at all times, schools may allow children to remove their face coverings if they are seated and socially distanced in a classroom. This is a narrow allowance. Social distancing is defined as having 6 feet of spacing from any other person—in other words, this flexibility is permissible only where such spacing is strictly observed. Doing so may require reduced classroom capacity. The flexibility described here applies only to classrooms where social distancing can occur and when children are seated at their desks. If a teacher is working one on one with a student, both teacher and student must wear a face covering. If students are working in small groups, they must be wearing face coverings. The flexibility described here is only available where county health departments have not instituted more stringent requirements. Local officials and individual school districts may impose more restrictive requirements as they deem appropriate for local circumstances. Here is the relevant language, reproduced in both the July 15 and August 12 Directives: “In the interest of uniformity of laws and to prevent the spread of disease, all inconsistent local government health ordinances or orders are preempted by this Directive, but only to the extent they are less restrictive. Counties, cities, and towns may adopt more restrictive ordinances.”

Do teachers fall under the public speaking exception for wearing a face-covering?

Section 4 of the mask directive provides exceptions for, “Businesses, government offices, other persons responsible for indoor spaces open to the public, and sponsors of organized outdoor activities are not required to ensure the following individuals wear face coverings… persons giving a speech or engaging in an artistic, cultural, musical, or theatrical performance for an audience, provided the audience is separated by at least six feet of distance”.

A student or teacher giving a presentation and socially distanced by at least six feet from others would qualify under this exception.

How should school districts handle recess time? (Keep students in cohorts in assigned areas and we will not go over 50; therefore not requiring a mask while outside)

The Governor’s July 15 Directive states that organized outdoor activities are defined as any gathering of 50 or more people for an activity or event organized or sponsored by a business or person, or that takes place on the property of a business or person. The Governor’s August 12 Directive to include schools clarifies that school-related outdoor activities are considered organized outdoor activities. A gathering of less than 50 people would not be subject to the Directive, though we strongly encourage the use of face coverings when social distancing is not possible. In all other school settings, face coverings are required unless an exception from the July 15 Directive applies (e.g., consuming food, strenuous physical activity, etc.)

Who is not required to wear a mask?

  • Children under the age of five. 
  • All children between the ages of two and four, however, are strongly encouraged to wear a face-covering in accordance with the provisions of this Directive.
  • Children under the age of two should not wear a face covering;
  • Persons consuming food or drinks in an establishment that offers food or drinks for sales
  • Persons engaged in an activity that makes wearing a face-covering impractical or unsafe, such as strenuous physical exercise or swimming;
  • Persons seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired
  • Persons giving a speech or engaging in an artistic, cultural, musical, or theatrical performance for an audience, provided the audience is separated by at least six feet of distance;
  • Persons temporarily removing their face covering for identification purposes;
  • Persons required to remove face coverings for the purpose of receiving a medical evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment; or
  • Persons who have a medical condition precluding the safe wearing of a face covering.

*Link to the full outline of phase expectations and OPT-OUT form CLICK HERE*

Parents/Guardians of Clark Fork Athletes

It is time to start completing preseason athletic forms. The Montana High School Association is now requiring the use of DragonFly Max (an online application) for all athletic paperwork.

DragonFly Max allows you to fill out all required athletic paperwork electronically (via their webpage and/or app). This includes:

*Physical Exam

*Concussion Statement

*Athletic Handbook Agreement

To get started, follow the link below.


Please make sure you are registering under "COOP-Alberton/Superior" (Code LSM3LP).

Reminder, all paperwork must be submitted prior to the first day of practice, August 14th (for high school), and August 31st (for junior high).
We look forward to seeing our Clark Fork athletes soon. Go Cats!


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