Cancellations, closures, and suspensions, oh my!

Thursday, March 19, 2020
 Cancellations, closures, and suspensions, oh my!

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Staffers at Crow Agency Public School distribute bagged lunches to students in Crow Agency.

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and response, the Crow Tribe, the city of Hardin, as well as local school districts have taken action to accommodate community members and students. School closures for at least two weeks are enacted for St. Labre’s Catholic school in Ashland, Pryor and St. Xavier and the public schools in Fort Smith, Wyola, Lodge Grass, Hardin, Busby and Pryor.

Some of the school districts, in a response to keeping children home for two weeks, will also be providing to-go breakfast and lunches for children up to 18 years old. Each meal sight is open to any student from any district. Students are encouraged to utilize their nearest meal drop-off location.

Hardin will be disbursing at the attendance entrance, the old front entrance on Terry Avenue, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Crow Agency Public Schools will be disbursing at the southeast cafeteria entrance from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fort Smith Elementary School will be disbursing breakfast at the St. Xavier Post Office from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and sack lunches from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

The Jesuit Volunteers at Pretty Eagle Catholic Academy in St. Xavier will be delivering sack lunches to Pretty Eagle students on Friday, March 20 for students enrolled in the Backpack Program. They will be disbursing backpack meals to students at the Lodge Grass Church at 11 a.m., Crow Agency students at St. Dennis Church at 11:45 a.m. and Reese and Ray’s IGA at 12:30 p.m.

Lodge Grass Public Schools will be disbursing to-go breakfast for students who live in or near town at the high school door from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They will also be delivering breakfast and lunch to students of Lodge Grass Public Schools who live in rural areas.

The Lodge Grass breakfast bus will be leaving the school at 8 a.m. and the lunch bus deliveries will leave the school at 11 a.m. The bus routes for breakfast and lunch deliveries will stop in Lodge Grass, Wyola, and Benteen at their regular bus stops and students are encouraged to be there, but maintain a safe distance from each other.

Pretty Eagle Catholic School delivered Chromebooks and work packets to students early Tuesday morning and St. Labre schools delivered work packets and Chromebooks to their students on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations Wednesday. If students have not received their supplies they are encouraged to call their school to arrange a pick up or drop off.

Pryor Public Schools are providing free internet installation and free internet service to students until May 29 so students can partake in online courses from home. Parents can contact the internet service at or call 406-222-5454 to arrange installation. They must show a current Pryor Public Schools student ID and mention Pryor School when calling.

The Crow Basketball Development League will be postponing all practices and games for their students set to take place in March or April.

Reno District Senator, Yvon Medicine Tail-Little Light, announced the Reno Youth Group activities will also be postponed until further notice.

Hardin City Hall offices are closed to the public until further notice. Mayor Joe Purcell has also cancelled any City Hall meetings and gathering set for Tuesday March 17 until April 7.

The Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Banquet has been postponed.

The Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office has also suspended all visitors until further notice

Adaptations are in effect to reduce foot traffic that comes through the Big Horn County Courthouse. Jury trials at the Big Horn County Courthouse have also been cancelled. The front counter in the treasurer’s office and court clerks are open to accommodate all filings, payments, and questions.

Little Horn State Bank has closed it’s lobby doors to the public and moved any and all business to the drivethrough only or online banking.

The Big Horn County Library has closed its doors to the public until further notice.

Both the Hardin and Lodge Grass Senior Citizen Centers will suspend meals gathering in both centers until further notice, but will either be delivering to-go plates, or will be available for pickup.

All Catholic masses held on the Crow reservation are suspended until March 30 at St. Xavier, Lodge Grass, Crow Agency and Wyola. No hall rentals will be allowed at this time for any of the Catholic parishes on the Crow Reservation and all bingos are cancelled until further notice.

Indian Health Services in Crow Agency will be suspending all appointments, however the pharmacy will remain open for the public, they are not providing curbside deliveries. They remain open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., while Tuesday and Thursday they will open at 8 a.m. and stay open until 6:45 p.m. The IHS Pharmacy opens at noon on Wednesday and closes at 6:45 p.m.

Any check-ins at the IHS Center Lodge entrance will be screened to ensure there are no fever or flu-like symptoms before being allowed to enter inside the clinic area.

As of press time, most businesses, services and gatherings are cancelled or postponed until further notice and the Big Horn County News provide updates as more information is released. Information about modi

Information about modified schedules, cancellations, postponements can be sent to or call 406-665-1008 to report changes.