MCPS Instructional Schedule Through 11/27/20

  • Update:  October 9, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.

    At the special board meeting on Thursday, October 1st, the majority of the Board voted to keep all schools K-12 (with the exception of Seeley Swan High School) in the hybrid model - at least until the end of the quarter, November 6th.  

    The Board will continue to discuss if we will be in the Hybrid or the Hybrid Plus model for the week of November 9th and November 16th, with a decision to be made as soon as possible.

    • The week of November 9-13 is now a regular instructional week.  Thursday (12th) and Friday (13th) are now regular instructional days.
    • The week of November 16-20 is also a regular instructional week, however, this is the week that virtual parent/teacher conferences will be held
    • Monday, November 23rd is a contract day and is reserved for teachers to complete any unfinished parent/teacher conferences.  While teachers are not required to provide remote instruction or work with students, some may decide to do so. There is no prohibition from them doing so.
      • Remember, this is also a contract day for classified staff.  
    • There will be no school on Monday 11/23-Friday 11/27. 

    This information is updated on all MCPS calendars listed on our website.

     

MCP In-Person Schedule

Schedule Information

  • Notes and Reminders

    • Hybrid:  Monday - Remote Learning, Tues/Wed A-K, Thu/Fri L-Z
    • Hybrid Plus:  Monday - Remote Learning, Tuesday - Friday All Students
    • Phase 2:  Monday - Friday, Every Day, Every Student
    • 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 School & High School will stay on intensive block for the entire semester, no matter the phase

    High School

    *Week 7, HS only:  Due to statewide ACT testing occurring on Tuesday, Oct 6 for seniors only, Tuesday will be our remote learning day for all 9-12 students.  Seniors will be in attendance at school on Tuesday to take the ACT.  Mon/Wed A-K in person, Th/Fri L-Z in person.


    All Grades

    **Week 8, Hybrid K-12:  Short week due to statewide Teacher Conf Days, Monday remote learning for all, Tues A-K in person, Wed L-Z in person, Th/Fri No School.

    ***Week 12 & 13:  TBD:  Classes will occur these weeks.  Parent/Teacher Conferences will occur during Week 13.  The Board will continue to discuss if we will be in the Hybrid or Hybrid Plus model with a decision to be made as soon as possible.

    ****Week 14, Thanksgiving Week:  No in-person or remote learning on Monday 11/23 (some special exceptions for high school classes may require remote learning) Monday 11/23 Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Tuesday 11/24 - Friday 11/27 No School.

Remote Learning Expectations

  • What is Remote Learning?

    It is where teachers prepare lessons and instruction and students complete work at home as if they were in a classroom.  Please note that work assigned during remote days is part of the overall course requirements and students should consider remote days as school days.  Planning a consistent schedule for your students to complete academic work on remote learning days is helpful.

    If you are experiencing issues with either computer or internet access please communicate directly with your teacher or your school Principal.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Updates:  October 2, 2020 - 11:40 a.m.

    At the special board meeting on Thursday, October 1st, the majority of the Board voted to keep all schools K-12 (with the exception of Seeley Swan High School) in the hybrid model - at least until the end of the quarter, November 6th.  The board took public comment on both sides of the issue and made a decision that was supported by the majority of the Board members. 

     

MCPS IN-PERSON SCHEDULE

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     *Week 7, HS only:  Due to statewide ACT testing occurring on Tuesday, Oct 6 for seniors only, Tuesday will be our remote learning day for all 9-12 students.  Seniors will be in attendance at school on Tuesday to take the ACT.  Mon/Wed A-K in person, Th/Fri L-Z in person.

    **Week 8, Hybrid K-12: Short Week due to statewide Teacher Conf Days, Monday remote learning for all, Tues A-K in person, Wed L-Z in person, Th/Fri No School.

    ***Week 12& 13: TBD: Our second quarter grading period starts on Nov. 9.  The Board will continue to discuss the schedule for the weeks after Nov 6, with a decision to be made as soon as possible.

    ****Week 14, Thanksgiving Week: Recommend no in-person learning, remote learning & virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences, will require approval by the District Calendar Committee.

    MCPS Confirmed COVID-19 Cases:

    We also wanted to keep you updated on the latest data regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases that are associated with our schools.  A reminder that this data includes staff and students who are attending in-person learning environments.  As students in the online academy are not physically present in our schools, we do not receive any data on the active COVID-19 cases associated with the MOA.  This data will be updated on a weekly basis and posted on our website each Monday.  A reminder that notification of school specific cases comes from the building principal.

    MCPS Summary Data as of 1 p.m. on October 2, 2020

    Summary:

    • August 26 - September 25
      • Grade K-5:  0
      • Grade 6-8:  0
      • Grade 9-12:  5
      • Staff:  3
      • Week Total:  8
    • September 26 - October 2
      • Grade K-5:  1
      • Grade 6-8:  0
      • Grade 9-12:  7
      • Staff:  6
      • Week Total:  14
    • TOTAL:  22

     


  • On Tuesday, September 22nd, the MCPS Board of Trustees voted to approve the Superintendent’s recommended ramp up to Phase 2 plan. MCPS schools will move to the Phase 2- Modified Schedule districtwide on Monday, November 9th.

    Please see the chart below for the slow ramp up to Phase 2 and pay special attention to when each grade band moves to the Hybrid Plus schedule where all students attend school on Tuesdays - Fridays. Please pay special attention to the notes for high school on the week of October 5th and the shortened week on October 12th due to the statewide teacher conference.

    In Phase 2- Modified Schedule, we will still operate schools on a shortened school day.

    Grade Level/Schedule

    • K-5:  8:30 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.
    • 6-8:  7:55 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • 9-12:  10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    The District will also provide the MCPS Online Academy to all students K-12 until the District reaches Phase 3.


  • On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, the MCPS Board of Trustees voted to approve the Superintendent’s recommended reopening plan. MCPS schools will open in Phase 1 – Hybrid Model, with the exception of Seeley Swan High School. Seeley Swan High School will open in Phase 2- Modified Schedule. The District will also provide the MCPS Online Academy to all students K-12 until the District reaches Phase 3. 

    The MCPS Online Academy is our completely online K-12 school dedicated to supporting our staff and students who cannot return to face to face learning due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The MCPS Online Academy will be available to students while we are in Phase 0 - 2 of our phased reopening plan. The Online Academy may stay open to certain students who qualify due to significant health issues once we reach Phase 3 of our reopening plan. 

    For students who attend in-person learning in our schools, in Phase 1 – Hybrid Model, students will attend school for in-person learning two times per week and the remainder of the week is done remotely with lessons and assignments provided by the student’s classroom teacher. 

    Details about our plans for reopening school can be found on our Return to School Page.


    Our Superintendent, Return to School Work Group, and our school administrators are working hard to prepare for students to return to our schools for in-person instruction and our MCPS Online Academy, an online only school dedicated to supporting our staff and students who cannot return to face to face learning due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

    In July, the Superintendent presented these phases of our Return to School Plan, to staff, parents and the board. We will host another board meeting next week on Tuesday, July 28th at 6:00 p.m. Check out this page on our website to find details on how to live stream the meeting or join via phone to make public comment. 

    In that board meeting, the Superintendent will update the board about the most current plan for restarting school, following the COVID-19 closure from last spring. Since the last update to the Board, we have developed a phasing plan. As you may recall, two weeks ago we shared the following document:  MCPS Reopen Overview.  This document explains the differences between the various phases and gives you an idea of what to expect in each phase.  The state of MT is in Phase 2 of the Governor’s reopen plan.  We have updated this document to reflect changes in the face coverings after the most recent face covering order from the Governor.

    Decision making around which phase we will be in for the start of school

    It is important for us to monitor local COVID-19 data and make a decision regarding what is best for our District based on Missoula county data.  We have been coordinating with the county health office and they have shared some relevant metrics to consider: 

    • new case counts, 
    • rate of transmission (AKA R-t), and 
    • incidence rates per 1000.  

    We will use all available data to make the most appropriate decision for our District and our community.  Our Superintendent believes we should consider a phased reopening that may not be the same as the Governor’s phase 2.  To see our phasing model along with an explanation about how we will make our decision regarding which phase we will implement for the start of school, please read more details on our Return to School Page.

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