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MCPS looks to extend COVID "hybrid plan" for students through Thanksgiving

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Posted at 9:17 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 23:17:16-04

MISSOULA — Faced with the continued steep climb in positive COVID-cases, Missoula County Public Schools leaders are considering a recommendation to extend the current precautions for students through Thanksgiving.

MCPS has been operating under a "hybrid" model since school started several weeks ago, with students using a mixture of in class and remote learning, with only half the students in a building at any one time.

Originally the district had hoped to be back to having students in class full-time at this point. But administrators have continued to have to delay that step as the schools wrestle with the broader community spike in cases.

Tuesday night, MCPS Superintendent Rob Watson will recommend the district extend the "hybrid plan" through Thanksgiving weekend. Some of the delay is to also give the staff time to analyze some of the findings coming in about the effectiveness of using masks and other precautions to limit the spread of the coronavirus.