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Office of the Superintendent

Elsie Arntzen is Montana's Superintendent of Public Instruction

August 29, 2020

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Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Thank you to Montana's parents, students, educators, and school leaders for your dedication to ensuring that schools can safely reopen for academic success to continue. As we navigate these uncertain circumstances, the OPI is here to serve you. Please continue to stay in touch and let us know how we can be of service. As a reminder, the Reopening Montana Schools webpage will continue to be the best place to find the latest information from the OPI.

Status of OPI flexibility requests

The OPI has requested the following waivers from the Governor which have been approved

  • Waiver of off-site learning restrictions
  • Pupil transportation support from the CRF

The OPI has requested the following waivers from the BPE:

The OPI has secured the following waivers from the USDA for the 2020-2021 school year:

Superintendent’s Office August Zoom Events

  • Board of Land Commissioners meeting
  • Montana Chamber of Commerce meeting
  • Education Northwest meeting
  • MSUB meeting with Chancellor Groseth
  • Montana State Library Commission meeting
  • Board of Public Education special meeting on flexibilities
  • Education Interim Committee meeting
  • Montana School Safety Advisory Committee meeting
  • Montana Census Committee meetings
  • Montana Youth Election planning meetings
  • Zoom calls with school administrators and education partners








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