Updated: September 23, 2020
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.
- 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.
Ramp-Up to Phase 2 Schedule.
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.