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Message From The Superintendent
Message From The Superintendent
Susie Hedalen
Thursday, August 05, 2021


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Dear Families,                                                                                                                                                                    9-21-2021 

We are enjoying this beautiful fall in Townsend and all of the exciting educational and extracurricular events at the school; however, we are concerned with the growing number of staff and students who are absent due to COVID-19. There are students with allergies and colds, but COVID is spreading as well; please remember to keep symptomatic students at home and err on the side of caution.

  • COVID update:

We currently have absences related to COVID-19 of approximately: 

  • K-6: 115 students and 4 staff 

  • 7-8: 27 students 3 staff

  • 9-12: 20 students 0 staff 

Many employees and students are vaccinated; however, both are still testing positive, requiring a ten-day quarantine. Unfortunately, the school has been required to quarantine classrooms, teams, staff and groups of students of various ages.  We have all been working hard to pitch in and deal with staffing shortages and have not had to close any schools or grade levels due to being short-staffed, but we have come close. 

  • To address these concerns, we are calling a Special School Board Meeting:

Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the school

As recommended by the Montana Office of Public Instruction and Governor Gianforte, we are asking for input on our schools COVID-19 protocols and practices moving forward.

  • Please submit your input through the survey link below:

We appreciate everyone’s support and patience as we do our best to work through these challenging times.


Susie Hedalen