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OPI Superintendent supports MHSA stance on sporting events

Superintendent Arntzen encourages health officials, school districts to allow parents to attend sporting events

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MONTANA — Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen sent a letter to Montana’s county health officers encouraging them to allow parents or guardians to attend their children’s school sporting events. The letter was offered in support of the stance taken by the Montana High School Association.

“Montana families are seeking a sense of normalcy as school doors reopen this fall. For many families and students, that includes sports and extracurricular activities,” Arntzen said. “Students interacting with their peers through sports and activities is crucial to their social-emotional and mental health.” 

She continues: “For families, not only is it an opportunity to support their child, it can be necessary for a parent to be present due to an unforeseen medical emergency. We must all take safety precautions in light of COVID, and I fully respect the local control of our county health departments and school districts; however, I do believe that parents and guardians should be able to be present during their child’s extracurricular activities.”

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