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MCPS firming up safety focused plans for "in person" graduations

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Posted at 9:25 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 00:42:34-04

MISSOULA — There are still many details to be worked out, but Missoula County Public Schools' administrators say they're getting closer to firming up scaled back graduation ceremonies. But Superintendent Rob Watson says the district is also doing everything it can to keep everyone safe.

Word came late last week the Missoula City-County Health Department will allow schools to hold commencement, but limiting those to 250 people.

Watson told trustees during an update on Tuesday night that the district is ironing out how to ensure social distancing, and limit person-to-person contact.

"Obviously we want this to be a safe environment for our kids," said MCPS Superintendent Rob Watson. "We believe that the in person thing, the in person ceremony, is what they want. We also believe that each student would like a few guests there. And that's why we went to this notion of 80-students and two guests. We realize that two guests will be really, really hard to manage".

Watson says the district is aiming to firm up its graduation plans and submit those for formal approval by the health department by the end of this week.