School District Releases Plan

July 31, 2020
MONTROSE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT PUBLISHES RETURN TO LEARN PLAN
Today, Montrose County School District (MCSD) published their back-to-school “Return to Learn”
plan for the upcoming start of the 2020-2021 school year.
The plan can be accessed on the District homepage, www.mcsd.org, social media pages, and
through a message sent to all MCSD families.
After reading the comprehensive plan, parents have a deadline of Wednesday, August 5th, to
select their child’s preferred instructional model (online or in-person) for the start of the school
year. MCSD staff will also have an August 5th deadline to select their preferred work model
(online or in-person). Student and staff selections can be made by clicking the survey link
provided in the Return to Learn plan.
Citing input from several Focus Groups made up of local doctors, pediatricians, mental health
providers, teachers, school administrators, parents, community members, and small business
owners, as well as the most up-to-date guidance from the Colorado Department of Education,
Department of Public Health and Environment, and local public health officials, the plan
includes sections on cleaning and screening protocols, mitigation strategies such as PPE (mask)
student and staff use, quarantine procedures, and smaller student cohort groups that should
allow MCSD to avoid mass school or district closures due to COVID-19.
After survey respondents select their preferred work and instructional model, schools will
finalize their in-person and online work plans for each site, with building specific details based
on the number of online and in-person student and staff responses published by August 14th.
MCSD welcomes back staff and students as we return to the joy of learning through a
reopening plan based on science, logic, consideration and care.
General questions and comments about the plan can be sent to Questions@mcsd.org and
public information requests can be sent to the MCSD Public Information Officer at
thomas.jenkins@mcsd.org.