Baker and Plevna Schools will be closed until March 27, by order of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.

They will not be the only schools closed.

They will join the rest of the schools in Montana after the governor issued a recent executive order in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19 in the Treasure State.

The closure will remain in effect until March 27, according to state officials.

Gov. Bullock cited the fact that the World Health Organization has declared the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus as a pandemic in his declaration.

The declaration March 10 also cited the fact that the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated there were over 125,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide with over 900 confirmed cases in the United States.

The CDC also identified the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 both globally and in the United States as “high,” and has advised that person-to-person spread of COVID-19 will continue to occur globally, including within the United States, the governor stated.

The first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Montana March 13.

Among the suggestions for the people of Montana on how to prevent the spread of the virus are;

•Stay home if you’re sick

•Cover your cough, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.

•For more helpful hints please visit the MT DPHHS COVID-19 webpage

Plevna lunches

The Plevna School District will provide a “grab and go” lunch for any kid who would like to have one, starting Tuesday, according to a district letter.

In Plevna, the students are invited come to the “playground” or “kitchen” door between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. “We will greet you with a smile and provide you with a sack lunch. In Ismay, please meet the school expedition at the front of the Joe Montana Center between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. You too will be greeted with a smile and a sack lunch,” the district announced in a letter to parents.

Starting Tuesday, March 17, the District will be providing breakfast and lunch to students in both Ismay and Plevna. Breakfast at both sites will be available from 8:30 - 9 a.m. Lunch at both sites will be available from 12:30 - 1 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch will be available at both locations on the following dates: March 17, March 18, March 19. March 23, March 24, March 25, March 26 and March 27, the letter added.

According to Plevna Superintendent Nick Schumacher, the district and school are trying to follow all the protocols to keep the students safe.

“We are trying to be flexible and work within the parameters established by our board policy,” he said Friday. There are local, county and state levels involved in the emergency response, he added.

“We also have a board policy regarding communicable diseases. It is not (designed specifically) for COVID-19, but it absolutely is applicable.”

The district and school will provide information regarding any changes in upcoming status, he explained.

“We will communicate anything that needs communicating using the media that we normally use,” he said. “We post things on our district website. Often, we put things on the district Facebook page. We have direct email.”

The district also has specific COVID-19 information on a separate website (www.plevnacougars.com), he added. “As we receive it, we put it out to our families.”

According to superintendent, the district wants to reinforce the idea of cleanliness. “We want everybody to make sure that they are washing their hands well and frequently. Additionally, we hope our students and our adults will stay home when they are feeling sick or running a temperature. This is a very good time for us to re-prioritize our hand washing and personal hygiene,” Schumacher added.

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