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MCPS details draft plan for return to the classroom

Posted at 12:00 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 20:40:41-04

MISSOULA — During a school board meeting Tuesday, Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Rob Watson shared his return to school draft with trustees and members of the public saying MCPS is committed to some type of in-person learning.

Officials are exploring different ways such as placing students into “cohorts” to limit exposure and block scheduling to keep students in the same classroom for longer periods of time.

There may also be later and staggered start times to allow for buses to be sanitized.

There are also considerations for students who cannot return to in-person learning.

Trustees, parents, and teachers raised questions regarding costs and a return to previous phases, but Watson says they're considering every possible scenario.

“I would tell you that we're not just planning for one example,” said Watson. “We're not just planning for Phase 2. What we're trying to plan for is a model of school that would work for any phase.”

Watson said they'll have a finalized "best guest" on their reopening plan by the first week of August.