Starting a list of Montana schools that have had to close or go virtual in the setting of increasing COVID infections in students and staff. Feel free to add. #mtnews 👇
Montforton, masks optional, Sept 2.…
Plains High School, masks optional, Sept 13.…
Rocky Boy, Sept 13. No comment on masks.…
Great Falls HS, masks optional, Sept 13.…
Eureka Schools, masks optional (cited in a previous story), Sept 13.…
This doesn't include many schools who have shut down classrooms or certain grade levels, impacting many more children.

Below is @AmerAcadPeds guidance on layered mitigation practices to keep kids safely in school. @mt_aap is happy to consult on plans.…
This isn't meant to be an "I told you so" thread, but just to say it's important that adults & school officials have info to improve plans to provide safe in-person schooling. Our kids need that. We are absolutely ready to help. DM me or go to
And if we want our kids to be safely in school, what adults do in their lives matters a lot. Getting vaccinated, masking up, keeping your circles small. A lot of the COVID activity in school reflects our high community spread. #VaxUpMT #MaskUpMT
Evidence for masks, if anyone needs a some background in talking to schools 👇
Noxon, Sept 13 thru Sept 24, no mask requirement per school web site. Thanks, @nick_lawyer
Chester, Sept 13, masking in hallways and common areas only. Thanks, @PleningerRobin

Fortine, Sept 9-20, masks unknown (plan does not require in phase 2, but does in phase 1).
Thanks @mikejopek.

Missoula, Discovery preschool, Aug 26-Sept 6, no masking. Thanks @DGinMT.

Now Plains entire K-12 closed, not just high school. Sept 15-20. Thanks @SwansonLawyerE -- and I'm sorry :(
Billings, Sept 14, Rimrock Learning Center, an early learning preschool for children with special needs. Unclear masking.…

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2 Sep
On Tuesday @DPHHSMT wrote emergency orders citing "science" that masks don't work: a smattering of sources such as popular press, letters to the editor, articles they misread and - yes - tweets.

Might be time for a giant thread on the evidence behind masking? LET'S GOOOOO.
And by GIANT, I mean GIANT, because, well, there's a lot of evidence.

This is necessary context for when people throw out one-off colorful graphs of questionable provenance and saying, SEE?!? SEE?!?

I can't respond to all of that, if I had a zillion hours in the day.
Remember: Scientific consensus is built on more than a cut-and-paste list of articles. Trust experts who review ALL the evidence as it comes out, and tell you >>90% aligns. (Climate, anyone?)

Luckily, @KatieMLoveland dismantles the @DPHHSMT list here 👇

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13 Jan
Testimony today on HB 137, an effort to cancel ALL Montana communities' local ordinances on tobacco & vaping products. Setting the stage for our trend in youth vaping to continue. 30% of MT high schoolers currently vape.
I'm concerned about this. It seems to me like we should value our kids' health (and the long term health effects of tobacco use) over the health of this industry, and we're really not doing so in Montana.
A few facts on vaping. <5% of MT adults vape (versus 30% of kids). Many teens, per surveys, regard it as safe (it's not). Most cite the sweet flavors as a major factor in starting, and teens who vape are four times more likely to go on to smoke cigarettes too.
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10 Jan
It's Sunday, you're on Twitter. I'm pretty sure you have 5 minutes. Can you use those 5 min to speak up for our #transgender Montanans, who are targeted by 2 harmful and discriminatory bills, being heard Wednesday?
HB 113 would fine health care providers up to $50k for providing gender affirming care (seriously, following our national guidelines on this would be ILLEGAL). Medical care for transgender youth is evidence-based & has been shown to reduce their very high risk of suicide by 70%.
HB 112 would prohibit trans athletes from playing sports according to their gender identity. NCAA & others have rules & criteria allowing this, but MT wants a blanket ban to keep kids off teams for good. Trans kids are kids too, and deserve the health benefits of sports.
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