MCPS trustees discuss moving to next phase of in-person learning

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Missoula County Public Schools Board of Trustees heard a recommendation from district administration to bring younger grades back to more in-person instruction for the second semester at their meeting Tuesday night.

Under the recommendation, grades K-8 would likely return to in-person learning at least four days a week, if not five, once they move into phase 2. School buildings would be at near to full capacity, according to the district. MCPS is currently in phase 1 under a hybrid model, with students learning remotely three days and in person two.

The administration’s recommendation for K-8 to move to phase 2 was at the behest of the district’s COVID Task Force, which met Monday to reach a final consensus. Trustees did not vote as of press time.

The return to phase 2, which at the earliest would occur on Jan. 25, is contingent on the district developing a safe implementation plan and meeting five of the six Harvard Global Health Institute infection-control measures,  created to help schools navigate the reopening process. The implementation plan will be developed jointly by administration, teachers and education staff.

The six Harvard control measures

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