Information and Updates

MCS Families- We are currently monitoring the evolving and rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic and will do our best to keep you updated. On this page you will find the latest communications that have been sent out as well as links to COVID-19 resources. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 208-883-3195

Recent Communications for our Administrator

Greetings MCS Families,

I received an email sent by Dr. Bailey, Superintendent of the Moscow School District today that states:

Yesterday, the Idaho State Board of Education voted to extend the current soft closure of all Idaho K-12 public schools and charters through the end of local schools’ academic year.  Moscow School District will continue the delivery of emergency remote learning and essential services as they have the past two weeks through the end of the District’s academic year ending on June 3, 2020. Below is the Idaho State Board of Education Motion on soft closure extension:


“I move to extend the soft closure to the end of each school districts and charter schools 2019-2020 academic school year or until such time as local and state social distancing orders have been lifted and re-entry criteria established by the <Idaho State> Board have been met.” The motion passed unanimously by the Idaho State Board of Education.

In our charter it states that we will follow MSD’s schedule throughout the school year.  MCS will continue to provide distance learning for the rest of the school year, unless our local health district deems it safe for students to return.  I feel our staff has worked extremely hard to get virtual learning dialed in and we will be successful in getting through this.  

As a reminder we are required by the state to provide 4 hours of school work per student grades 1-8  and 2.5 hours for kindergarten students. The amount of work may seem completely overwhelming depending on family circumstance, but it is what we are required to provide.  It is crucial that students log on and participate and follow classroom teachers assignments. The programs we now use allow us to track student progress and are important in tracking online learning. 

I will be sending out a survey later this week to get input on how online learning is going.  Please understand, we know there is nothing that can replace the classroom experience for your child.  We are doing the best we can in the times we are in and our students are deeply missed by all staff.  

Please stay healthy and safe.  We will get through this together and be stronger for it!!!


Tony Bonuccelli

Administrator, Moscow Charter School

P.S. I also will apologize in advance for the full moon tonight.  School staff often notice that things may be a little more crazy the day after.   We appreciate our homeschool family teachers!!! You are doing the best you can in the times we are in. 

Greetings MCS Families,

Yesterday, the City of Moscow issued an ordinance extending the time until school will resume to May 5th, 2020.  This also means all school playgrounds are shut down, including ours. I have encouraged all teachers to work from home unless there is something they need to support their classroom. If you need to get ahold of the school during this time, please call the main office which will be staffed by appointment only. 

I want to thank you all for your patience during this time. Our staff had minimal time to set up and transition to this online format. They are working tireless hours by developing lessons and communicating with families. Please remember we are all new at this and to treat this with grace. I would also like to remind parents that if there is a complaint to make it to the teacher and then follow our complaint procedures on page 13 of our Parent/Student Handbook.  

As I am learning as the administrator, and a parent, I know your inbox has been flooded with emails from the school.  We have chosen to go to google classroom completely, transitioning throughout the next week or so. This should drastically cut down on the amount of emails you receive from us. As a reminder Google Classroom is for students, but parents help is appreciated. If you have a parent comment please get ahold of the teacher via email and do not comment in the classroom.  

As of now, our guidance from the state is for our school to provide 4 hours of school work per student and 2.5 hours for kindergarten students. The amount of work may seem completely overwhelming depending on individual family circumstances, but it is what we are required to provide. It is crucial that students log on and participate daily. As of now we are looking for participation and know that you may not be able to complete all assignments. I encourage students to try their hardest to complete their assignments which will also help them to stay engaged with their peers during this time.  

Again, I appreciate your patience and know we are working tireless hours to provide for our students. We all MISS them deeply and will do the best of our ability to take care of them from afar. 

Please stay healthy and safe and I know we will get through this together as our strong MCS family. 


Tony Bonuccelli

Administrator, Moscow Charter School

Greetings MCS Families,

This morning our staff met to determine the best way to provide online education during this time. As no surprise, our staff worked hard over break to research great ways to teach online and resources helpful to families. I want to thank you for taking time to fill out the survey to help us determine that online is going to be our best route.

Here is the plan on communication to families for online classes:

  • By 3 pm Tuesday parents will receive their child's login information to our online resources.

  • Every day, starting tomorrow, by 3 pm elementary parents will receive an email from their classroom teacher on the assignments for the next day. Our teachers are thinking outside the box and will provide lessons that can utilize materials from home and not only online assignments.

  • Elementary will also receive a lesson from specialty teachers on their corresponding day for a lesson kids can do from home.

  • Middle school families should have received an email from Mr. Collins today about middle school lessons and scheduling.

We are working on making this as user friendly as possible for parents during this time. We know that many of you are working from home and we still want to provide our students with the best education while not over saturating our parents. I will check in with staff daily to see if there are any tweaks that need to be made to help our families.

As you know there is nothing that can replace one on one time with our MCS community. I will be right there with you as a parent in how online education will be taking place. I appreciate your patience as we work through it and I am always open to ideas and suggestions as we navigate.

As a reminder, you can see all information in regards to MCS and COVID-19 by clicking on this link COVID-19 – Parents. This link does have information sent out last week and lunch procedures starting tomorrow 3/24/2020.

Again, thank you for your patience and we will get through this!!!


Tony Bonuccelli

Administrator, Moscow Charter School

Dear Parents,

As a reminder tomorrow and Tuesday, our staff will be working diligently to come up with ways to best support our students during this time.  You will have communication by 3 pm Monday on our exact plan.  Things are ever changing and we want to provide the most accurate information as possible.


Tony Bonuccelli

MCS Families,


Just a reminder that more communication and direction will be coming your way on Monday regarding curriculum for your students so please watch your email and check out our website for updates.


As you know we are contracted with MSD to provide student lunches.  During this time they will be taking care of our city and students and will be providing breakfast and lunch for children ages 1-18.  Thank you Superintendent Bailey and Operations Director Gerke! 


Starting on Tuesday, March 24, the Moscow School District Student Nutrition Program will be providing “grab and go” meals on weekdays for the duration of the school closure.  Any child age 1-18 will be able to get a free meal which will consist of lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day. Children must be present in order to receive a free meal; parents may not pick up meals for their children. If a parent would like to pick up additional meals for children not present at pick up, then they will be charged the adult meal price. 


Meal packages can be picked up at the following schools and bus stops during the times noted:




Lena Whitmore Elementary School, 110 S. Blaine St., 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


West Park Elementary School, 510 Home St., 11:00 a.m. -  1:00 p.m. 


Bus Stops:


900 N. Almon, 11:00 - 11:15 a.m.

609 N. Almon, 11:17 – 11:32 a.m.

411 N. Almon, 11:34 – 11:49 a.m.

West A and Baker Sts. – 11:52 a.m. – 12:07 p.m.


Power and Nursery Sts., 11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

505 Indian Hills, 11:18 – 11:33 a.m.

Indian Hills and Atsirk Sts., 11:35 – 11:50 a.m.

Travois Way and Pine Cone Road, 11:52 a.m. – 12:07 p.m.


Viola Post Office, 1300 Main St., Viola, 11:08 – 11:23 a.m.


2280 Old Pullman Highway, 11:05 – 11:20 a.m.

421 West Sweet Ave, 11:28 – 11:43 a.m.

Taylor and Blake Sts., 11:48 a.m. – 12:03 p.m.


Please adhere to the latest guidelines for social distancing when arriving at the schools or bus stops to pick up meals.  Moscow School District staff will be present at each site to guide the pick-up process.


This information and additional updates can be found at


As always, if you have any questions regarding this please feel free to contact us! We hope you are enjoying Spring Break!


Tony Bonuccelli

Administrator, Moscow Charter School 

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Dear MCS Families,
This afternoon I met with Superintendent Bailey of the Moscow School District and representatives from Palouse Prairie Charter School, St. Mary's Catholic School, Genesee, Troy, and Potlatch school districts to join in the discussion with our regional Health Department of the national challenges and state-level challenges of Coronavirus. During this time we discussed what post Spring Break will look like for our schools. 

All school leaders are concerned about the health, safety and well-being of our students, families and community, it is our highest priority. After consulting with representatives from the Idaho Health Department and all local school leaders, it was determined that all Moscow schools will move forward in providing alternative instruction for a period of two weeks following Spring Break. This determination was made after careful consideration in preventing and reducing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is evolving quite rapidly.


In our Charter, we will follow the lead of the Moscow School District. Students will be asked to remain at home and only our staff members will be asked to return to work on Monday, March 23rd. Monday and Tuesday will be used as teacher preparation time and then classes will resume from home on Wednesday, March 25th. I will inform families of our plan on how we will communicate alternative learning to our students by 3pm on March 23rd.  During Spring Break, I will break down the survey sent out today, so that all families are accommodated during this time.  The District will re-evaluate when students should return to school near the end of this initial closure period and then communication regarding the resumption of school or any extensions to this will be sent out to our families.  

In addition, we are currently in collaboration with the MSD on ways we can provide lunch for families that qualify for free and reduced lunches.
I hope you all have a great Spring Break and be ready for much more communication to come.  

Tony Bonuccelli
Administrator, Moscow Charter School 
Dear MCS Families,
This evening I received information from the Moscow School District regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Moscow School District is currently making plans in case of the need to close our school facilities for the safety of our students, families, and staff.  Because we are chartered by the Moscow School District, we follow their schedule due to the bussing needs and food services. Simply put, if Moscow School District closes, we will close. 

This morning I took part in an online meeting with Superintendent Ybarra.  During this time we were informed that it was best to make a plan in case of lengthy school closures so as to allow us the ability to provide students daily education from home.  Our staff met after school and we will be putting together our plan over Spring Break. We will be ready to provide students with education from home if this becomes a necessity.  


I have been invited by Dr. Bailey to attend a meeting tomorrow with representatives from our charter schools, private schools, Genesee, Troy, and Potlatch school districts to join in the discussion with our regional Health Department. During this time we will discuss what post spring break will look like for our schools.  


I understand the impact that closing our school will have on our families.  Dr. Bailey has stated that, if the decision is made to close the schools, it will only be done after thorough consideration of the safety and impact of all stakeholders.  All communications will come from email and our facebook page. Unfortunately, we need to plan in case this becomes reality and I want to make sure that we provide our students with quality education during this time.  


Tony Bonuccelli

Administrator, Moscow Charter School

Dear MCS Families,
Below is a resource provided by the National Association of School Psychologists on how to talk to your children about the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). Hopefully, this is helpful information that can be used to communicate with your child as questions arise.  
Tony Bonuccelli
Administrator, Moscow Charter School 
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Greetings MCS Families,

Genesee School District decided to close school today so that they can deep clean their facility. This is due to the fact that Jackson High School from Snohomish County, Washington stayed at the Genesee High School's gym over the weekend while attending the Jazz Festival. On February 28, Everett Public Schools notified their community that a student from Jackson High School has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Moscow Charter School did not host any schools for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. We are continuing efforts as we have after Norovirus affected us a few weeks back. We have continued additional sanitizing efforts daily, and will continue to do so.  

Currently, no cases of novel coronavirus have been diagnosed in Idaho.

  • Prevention starts with practicing good personal health habits: Wash your hands often with soap and water,
  • Stay home when you’re sick,
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects,
  • Getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids, eating healthy foods, and managing your stress can help you prevent getting COVID-19 and recover from it if you do,
  • The CDC does not recommend a face mask for healthy people to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
As a reminder, please make sure that if your child is not feeling well to keep them home. They must be fever, vomit and diarrhea-free for 24 hours, without any medication, before returning to school.  
If you have concerns about attendance feel free to contact the office or me at
Tony Bonuccelli
Administrator, Moscow Charter School 
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Other Communications:

Hello, Moscow Elementary Science Fair parents -
With guidance from the school district, I am officially postponing the 2020 Science Fair. It's sad, but science says it's the right thing to do right now :-) I don't know what our new date will be yet, and whether it will be this spring or not until later. Once I do know -- and it may be several weeks -- I will email everyone again and you will have the chance to re-register. 
Thank you all for being flexible and understanding. Feel free to contact me with any questions. I hope you and your kiddos have a safe, healthy, happy Spring Break.
~Tara Roberts
Science Fair coordinator

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