April 17, 2020
Dear Ennis Mustang Families,
We hope that each and everyone of you are doing well and staying healthy! This closure has definitely posed challenges, but overall we have come together as a community and worked hard and continue to work through this. I am so proud of the efforts within our school district.
We miss your children and cannot thank you enough for what you are doing for Ennis Schools. Progress continues to be made and the off site plan that was approved on March 27th is in full swing. The staff continues to work tirelessly on their plans for off site learning and spend most of their day preparing class material, meeting with their students through technology, and connecting with families. Non teaching staff have been working hard as well in the various departments to keep our school clean, tutoring students online, keeping meals prepared, and the office running. We cannot stress enough the importance of effective communication, so please continue to communicate with your child’s teacher and do not be afraid to contact the school at any time.
Since my last correspondence not a whole lot has changed. It is expected that Governor Bullock will address Montana next Tuesday on his plans for closure. We know that President Trump has discussed opening up America in phases and leaving the Governors in control on how that looks in their states. What does this look like for Montana? The educational organizations statewide feel that the closure will continue through the end of the school year. The Montana Office of Public Instruction has suggested that schools plan for closure through the end of the school year and to start planning alternative graduations ceremonies. The big question that has come up is what if Governor Bullock lifts the stay at home order and says that school closure is over? What does this mean for Ennis Schools? Do we go back to school on April 27th? IF the Governor says that schools will reopen, it still is up to local control and what the Ennis School Trustees decide. In the event that Governor Bullock says that schools reopen, a special meeting by the Ennis Trustees will be held on April 23rd at 1pm to decide a plan going forward.
We have been thinking a lot about our seniors. To the senior class and to their families, we are saddened for you during this uncertain time. Senior years are not supposed to be this way and I understand how special a senior year is. The best thing we could do is to continue to be optimistic, keep our heads up, and strive for that high school diploma. A big concern we are getting is how graduation is going to look, which at this time we are uncertain when a ceremony might take place or how it will look. We understand that graduation is an incredible milestone and celebrating that through a graduation ceremony and graduation parties are important. Please know that we are keeping you close in our thoughts and trying hard to make your graduation as special as we can during this time. We have brainstormed ideas and have discussed with other districts on what they might be doing. We will continue to do all that we can. Just know regardless of a graduation ceremony, seniors will receive an Ennis High School diploma for meeting the graduation requirements.
As we are all experiencing these trying times, we need to keep working together and supporting each other. Over the course of this closure, how incredible has our community been? Words cannot explain how thankful we are for this great community. A big thanks to the Ennis Booster Club for all your efforts, MVMC for all that you are doing to keep our community safe, Madison Foods for keeping our community fed, the restaurants for preparing take out, and to all the other businesses for your contributions. We are extremely fortunate to be part of such a caring community.
In closing, we wish you all the best during this uncertain time and please know that we are all in this together and we will prevail.
Casey Klasna - Superintendent