MCPS Coronavirus Updates

  • Update:  July 1, 2021

    MCPS Face Coverings Guidelines, July 1, 2021

    The following are recommended guidelines regarding face coverings for MCPS buildings, not requirements. No individual will be required to share their vaccination status.  Any concerns with an MCPS employee not following guidelines should be addressed first with your immediate supervisor.

    Please Note:

    • These guidelines will be in effect through the month of July, 2021 or until further notice. 

    • It is anticipated that CDC guidelines regarding schools will be released in the coming weeks. We will update guidelines as new guidance becomes available.

    As of July 1, 2021

    While indoors in all MCPS facilities

    • Face coverings are not required for those individuals who are vaccinated.

    • Face coverings are strongly recommended for those individuals who are not vaccinated.

    • Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings are strongly recommended:

      • In Driver’s Ed Vehicles where social distancing is not possible.

      • In small office spaces when social distancing cannot be maintained.

      • in large groups (>35, depending on size of indoor space) when social distancing cannot be maintained.


    Update June 1, 2021

    On Tuesday 5/25/21 the Superintendent shared the DRAFT MCPS Phase 3 Reopen Plan for Fall 2021. You can view the plan here. Highlights of the plan include:

    Safety and Health Protocols

    • Handwashing and steps to limit germ transmission are pro-actively taught and dedicated time throughout the day
    • Frequent sanitizing of surfaces and bathrooms
    • Face coverings (TBD)
    • Visitors will be allowed

    Traditional School Model

    • On-site learning will return to every day for all students, with a full schedule
    • Students will rotate through schedules and routines as normal
    • Extra-curricular activities will return as normal with mitigation strategies
    • 100% virtual learning available to students based on personalized learning plan, through the Missoula Online Academy.

    We will also adjust the school day schedule for next year to:

    K-5

    8:15 a.m. -  3:15 p.m. (all grades release at the same time)

    Thursdays early release 2:30 p.m.

    6-8

    7:50 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

    Thursdays early release at 2:00 p.m.

    9-12

    8:55 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.

    Thursdays late start at 9:40 a.m. 


    Update May 14, 2021

     

    On Tuesday 5/13/21 the CDC released new guidance for fully vaccinated people, including guidance regarding masking. The CDC has stated that masking, indoors or out, is no longer needed for fully vaccinated individuals. However, based on legal advice, we will continue to require face coverings in our schools. Montana Law does not allow public entities to discriminate based on vaccination status.  Without knowing the vaccine status of all individuals, MCPS practices and policies will need to remain consistent for all.  We will continue to follow our school board policy 1905 Face Coverings as Personal Protective Equipment, which requires masks for all students, staff and visitors in all MCPS facilities. Masking for outdoor activities is subject to the number of participants, space and distancing capabilities, as described in the policy. 

    We will continue to follow this policy to protect all staff and students from discrimination and to reduce the risk of disease transmission, as there is still a large percentage of our student population who are at risk without vaccines. The situation regarding COVID-19 and the associated guidance and recommendations are rapidly changing, and we will update you with any changes affecting our policies and practices.

    Update:  March 2, 2021

    K-8 Instructional schedule through the end of the school year (Note: The 9-12 schedule will be slightly different than the K-8 Schedule) 

    We will continue to have remote learning on Mondays through Spring Break as well as the Monday following Spring Break.

    Then we will transition to 5-day instructional weeks, with a few remote learning days as outlined below.

    K-8 Remote Learning Days

    • March 22nd
    • April 19th
    • May 17th

     Special Calendar Notes: 

    • Parent/Teacher conferences are being scheduled for the week of March 8. March 9,10,11 are regular school days. March 8 and 12 are non school days due to conferences.
    • March 22 is a remote day, which will allow time for COVID testing as well as any contact tracing after spring break.
    • Starting March 29, we will have in-person learning 5-days per week. Transportation and food service will be provided. The time schedule for each day will remain as it has been since the start of the school year to help maintain COVID protocol on our busses.
    • A reminder that May 28 and 31 are non school days due to the Memorial Day weekend.
    • The last day of school is Wednesday, June 9, which is a ½ day. Exact release time will be published as soon as possible.
    • We will also offer free summer school options for students starting the week of June 14. More information to come soon.

     All calendar adjustments apply to the MOA as well.

    We will be working with our partners in the community to identify solutions for child care on Monday April 19th and Monday May 17th. We will also release more information regarding what students should expect on remote learning days.

    9-12 Instructional schedule (for all high schools except Seeley Swan) through the end of the school year

    We will continue to have remote learning on Mondays through Spring Break as well as the Monday following Spring Break.

    Then we will transition to 5-day instructional weeks, with Remote Learning Days as outlined below.

     9-12 Remote Learning Days

    • March 22nd
    • April 6th -  Tuesday (Due to ACT testing)
    • April 19th
    • May 3rd
    • May 17th

    Special Calendar Notes: 

    • Monday, April 5 is an in-person day, however Tuesday, April 6 is a remote day as we will be conducting ACT tests for all Juniors on that day.
    • A reminder that May 28 and 31 are non school days due to the Memorial Day weekend.
    • The last day of school is Thursday, June 10, which is a ½ day. Exact release time will be published as soon as possible.
    • We will also offer free summer school options for students starting the week of June 14. More information to come soon.

     All calendar adjustments apply to the MOA as well. Your student’s school will follow up with any specific details that pertain to their school.

    Travelling for Spring Break? Please seek a COVID-19 test when you return home

    We encourage all families who travel out of Missoula during spring break to get a COVID test, especially if you have a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 or you are feeling sick upon returning home. Information about testing locations and providers can be found on the Missoula County Health Department COVID webpage. High School students can also receive a free test from MCPS Health Services.

     


    Update:  February 23, 2021

    Monday 3/1 and 3/8 are Remote Learning Days

    We are still working out our instructional schedule for the remainder of the school year. Monday 3/1 and Monday 3/8 will be Remote Learning Days for all students K-12 including the Missoula Online Academy. We will make an announcement about our instructional schedule for March - June as soon as possible.


    Update:  February 12, 2021

    Monday 2/22 is a Remote Learning Day

    We are still working out our instructional schedule for the remainder of the school year. At this point, I can inform you that Monday, February 22nd will be a Remote Learning Day for all students K-12 including the Missoula Online Academy. We will make an announcement about our instructional schedule for March - June as soon as possible.

    Universal masking continues in all MCPS schools and facilities

    With the recent news of Governor Gianforte lifting the face covering mandate in the state, I want to reassure you that MCPS will continue to practice universal masking. As you know, all the guidance we have received regarding reopening schools encourages the use of face coverings for all individuals as a key mitigation strategy. On Tuesday our Board of Trustees unanimously passed Policy 1905 Face Coverings as Personal Protective Equipment on first reading. It is intended that this policy, as well as our other emergency COVID policies, would stay in effect as long as the District is still under the declaration of emergency, which was enacted by our Board last spring. If you’d like to see the new policy, you can find it on our website. In addition, if you have questions regarding protocol for proper use of masks, please check out the info on the CDC Website. As noted in the policy we will follow the guidance from CDC and local county health in determining directives for type of mask and appropriate use of masks. 


    At the board meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the majority of the board voted to move the elementary and high school districts into Phase 2 for the second semester, with the understanding that the District and education staff will develop a safe implementation plan where we make every effort to achieve 5 out of 6 of the infection control measures outlined in the new Harvard Global Health Institute guidance

    As we are entering the last week of the semester, the Board supported the development of a transition plan to support this move to Phase 2.  Due to the timing of the PIR day (February 8) and the President’s Day Holiday (February 15), we have decided to start with 4-day weeks for this transition period. In-school instructional days will be Tuesday - Friday.

    Here are the start dates for transition to Phase 2:

    • Grades K-2: January 26th
    • Grades 3-5: February 2nd
    • Grades 6-8: January 26th
    • Grades 9-12: February 2nd
    • Willard: February 16th (Due to timing of their grading period.)

    Mondays: January 25 and February 1 will be reserved as staff preparation days before the shift to Phase 2. Remote learning is not expected on these days. February 8th is a pre-scheduled PIR (staff training) day. February 15th is a school holiday.

    Phase 2 Modified School Model

    • On-site learning will return to more days for all students, with a shortened day - same as in Phase 1
    • Near to full capacity in schools with modified operations and school activities (modified lunch or recess to limit large grouping)
    • Modified school schedule, shortened day and block schedule to allow for static groupings of students and limit mixing of students
    • Families could choose 100% virtual learning through our MCPS Online Academy.
    • In the event there is a confirmed case, either staff or student, there could be a short term school closure as recommended by MCCHD
    • Limited or modified extra-curricular activities in order to minimize mixing of groups

    We will continue to practice five of these six main infection control practices within schools:

    1. Universal masking (including while speaking)
    2. Hand and bathroom hygiene
    3. Achieving 4-6 air changes per hour of “clean” air through any combination of ventilation and filtration
    4. 3 ft social distancing for young learners at all levels of community spread
      • 6 ft social distancing for high schools when levels of community spread rise above 100, 100,000 daily new cases
    5. Robust quarantine policies and contract tracing practices
    6. And, where feasible, surveillance/screening testing

    (The Harvard guidance recommends sentinel or surveillance testing as an important infection control measure, something not currently available in our community.) 

    MCPS will continue to follow Missoula County’s rule adopted by the Board of Health requiring face coverings for all staff and students. 

    The Missoula Online Academy will remain open for the entire school year.

MCP In-Person Schedule

Schedule Information

  • Notes and Reminders

    • Reminder:  Shortened school day schedule, no matter the phase, K-5 8:30-2:10, 6-8 7:55-1:30, HS 10-3:30
    • Reminder: Middle Schools and High Schools will stay on the intensive block schedule, no matter the phase.
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