Missoula Public Schools debating on re-opening

Posted at 6:49 PM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 20:49:44-04

This week Missoula Public Schools will announce whether they plan to reopen or continue with remote learning for the remainder of the school year.

On Tuesday, the MCPS Board will meet to discuss pros and cons of their options and consider what’s best for students and staff.

Then on Friday, May 1st at noon, the board will reconvene and announce their final decision.

In an email sent to MCPS families, Superintendent Rob Watson said he recommends schools remain closed for the rest of the year.

But in Montana’s Phased Reopen Plan, Governor Bullock said the decision is ultimately up to each school’s locally elected board of trustees.

"Based on my concerns related to some of the consideration and the planning that will need to go into reopening, and also based on the safety risks to our staff and our students and our community, I will make the recommendation that we don’t reopen this spring, " said Watson. "That we put our time into planning, and that we reopen next fall and we’ll stay in remote learning, that would be my recommendation to stay in remote learning for the remainder of the school year."

If you want to provide your input on the matter, public comment will be shared with the Board before any decisions are made.

Details on submitting public comment and livestreaming MCPS board meetings can be found on their website at