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News from the Office of the Governor

HELENA – The state distributed $2.7 million in federal funding to public and private schools this fall to help them remain open during the ongoing pandemic.

The funding is part of a federal school reopening program to provide all the resources necessary to operate a successful screening testing program. The program is designed to test students and staff to identify potential cases of COVID-19, prevent outbreaks, and allow schools to remain open. The program covers expenses related to the prevention and detection of COVID-19 in the school setting, including staffing support.

To date, funding has been awarded to 75 total public and private school districts. This includes a total of 223 schools with an enrollment of more than 78,000 students. All Montana K-12 public school districts and private schools are eligible for this funding.

To participate in the COVID-19 Screening Testing Program, public school districts and private schools can complete a brief online application to receive up to $45,000. The average award amount thus far is $36,394 per school. Additional funding is available to schools to support this effort throughout the 2021-2022 school year.

For more information on how to order test kits, please contact Dana Fejes at, or at (406) 444-5520.

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