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MCPS decides to extend hybrid learning

Posted at 10:22 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 14:52:58-04

MISSOULA — Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) will extend its hybrid learning model through the week of Nov. 27 as little progress being made in regards to COVID-19 numbers in the county.

The MCPS COVID-19 task force -- which consists of teachers, parents, principles, and community members -- recently sent out a survey to elementary educators.

There were a total of 175 responses with 68% saying they want to stay in the hybrid model and 18% saying they want to go full remote learning. All in all, the majority of those teachers feel comfortable where they are.

Missoula Education Association President KaCee Ballou spoke up for the teachers, saying the mitigation factors MCPS has in place are working, making the current learning model a success.

"We're ensuring that we have the best distance that we can, that our hand washing and hand hygiene practices are well in place and that we're...following all the guidelines that we can," Ballou said. "We've also heard some astounding results from those smaller group settings.

Moving forward, the school board asks families to continue giving their input on how the hybrid model is working for them. Click here for additional information regarding coronavirus response plans from MCPS.