Welcome back to a new year of quality education for all Montana students!  The following information is provided to answer questions schools may have related to the 2021-2022 year.



Educational opportunities for all Montanans:

Article 10, Section 1, of Montana’s Constitution states that equality of educational opportunity is guaranteed to each person of the state. 


DPHHS Temporary Emergency Rule – Guidance for Schools FAQ

On August 31, 2021, Governor Gianforte announced a temporary emergency rule from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. For answers to frequently asked questions, click here.


Mask notification on buses:

According to the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirement, “passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems, subject to the exclusions and exemptions in CDC’s Order.  Specifically, those exemptions are:

  • Children under the age of 2;
  • Persons with disabilities who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask because of a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.); and
  • Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty. 

For more information, please reference the CDC’s Order.


Participation in extracurricular activities:

SB 72 amended section 20-9-311, MCA and became effective July 1, 2021.  It revised the calculation of average number belonging (ANB) to include allowing certain students who participate in extracurricular activities to be included as partial enrollment for ANB calculations. For more information, see:

SB 157 also became effective July 1, 2021.  It requires that students attending a nonpublic school or home school be permitted to participate in extracurricular activities offered by the student’s resident school district.  For more information, see:


Vaccination status:

HB 702, which also became effective July 1, 2021, prohibits discrimination based on a person’s vaccination status or possession of an immunity passport.  For more information, see:


Public meetings:

Montana has a robust opening meeting or “sunshine” law.  It is important for all public boards, including school boards, to treat everyone participating in meetings equally.