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MCPS analyzing more "in class" help for young students, but likely not until January

MCPS Administration
Posted at 3:45 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 20:55:48-05

MISSOULA — While Missoula County Public Schools continue operating on a "hybrid" mix of in-class and remote learning until January, the district is looking into the idea of more "in-person" help for its youngest students.

Last month, MCPS trustees extended the current operations plan, where all students are being taught both remotely, and in-class with precautions.

District administrators recommended that approach continue into January because of the number of Missoula COVID-191 cases.

The district is looking into getting more "in-person" instruction for kindergarten through second-grade students, and those identified as "special populations" in the elementary grades.

The idea is younger students are most impacted by the challenges of continued remote learning.

Administrators will tell trustees they've developed some ideas for helping the younger students during a Tuesday evening meeting.

But they say the feasibility study needs more "refinement", and are recommending a decision be postponed until January.