COVID-19

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 would like to thank you all for your patience and help as we work to navigate this year.  We are very close to having cohorts decided and should have that info out shortly.   As a reminder students are able to start online if needed and then join the regular classroom when you feel safe, or at semester.  This will all be reassessed at semester to check on numbers and to see if online learning needs to continue.  Those families that have opted for online only will not be assigned a cohort at this time. If you choose to return prior to the end of the semester you will be assigned a cohort based on space available at that time.


Below you will find a link to our current health and safety procedures. This information is meant to inform families of what our current return procedures will look like.  These could change depending on the climate of Covid in our community.  The MCS Board voted to adopt the Moscow School Districts Health and Safety Committees procedures.  These procedures had the input of many health care providers, administrators, and parents.  We feel that keeping this consistent across the city will help lessen any confusion in starting the school year.  


MCS-Covid 19 Updates and Health and Safety Procedures


As many of you are aware, the City of Moscow has issued a mandate requiring face coverings through October 7th.  We will comply with this order, but will incorporate many masks breaks throughout the day.  Our teacher committee is determining what this will look like, but will definitely allow students breaks throughout the day.  


We have been working hard to provide the safest environment we can for our students and staff upon their return.  Below are a few things we have purchased or will be implementing to provide for a safe return:


We ordered 8 UV-C Lamps that will disinfect classrooms after school every day.  Here is the link:  https://www.smartuv.shop/products/the_apollo  It also deodorizes rooms. These will only be used when students are out of the building. 


Each classroom and all bathrooms will get touchless paper towel holders and touchless soap dispensers. We will also have hand sanitizer available throughout the building. The key will be utilizing classroom sinks for handwashing to prevent students hands from being overexposed to hand sanitizer. 


We will also be hiring a part-time custodian to wipe down surfaces during the day.  We will be able to utilize this staff member in between breaks, lunches, and to wipe down common touch points.  


On August 26th, our teachers and staff will return and get their classrooms set up. We will also start planning our back to school meet and greet for small groups of families.  Families will be invited to the school Sept 2nd through Sept 11th. Any needed materials can be checked out at that time. Please look for further communication on this in the next couple weeks. We will also address what to do with school supplies at that time. 


The key to this school year will be safety, but also allowing our students to learn the best way for their family.  Our in class sizes will be much smaller, but students will still get to be part of their classroom whether it is in class or via Google Classroom/Swivl.  We have been working tirelessly all summer to provide the best learning environment this fall.  I look forward to having our families back to our beautiful updated campus to enjoy. 


Sincerely,

Tony Bonuccelli

Administrator, Moscow Charter School

Greetings MCS Families,

The Moscow School District Board of Trustees approved a soft opening with a start date of September 14th.  MSD will also be implementing an AB cohort schedule.  Monday/Tuesday will be the A group with Wednesday being online and then Thursday/Friday being for the B group.  They will also be offering online education for those families that want to take part in it through the first semester.  We will be offering the same options and will do our best to accommodate  families that have students at a school in the MSD.

Students will not be in the building until September 14th, but our staff will return on August 26th to plan for reopening. During this time we will invite small groups of students and parents into the building to meet teachers, check out devices if needed and learn about our technology.  We are still determining the criteria for which students will be in the A group and which students will be in the B group and also for students with special needs. We hope to have that decided within the next week.

As a reminder that at the end of the year, our staff decided that they would all teach from Google Classroom whether students were in person or online.  Google Classroom will be updated with lessons daily and allow for live instruction to be seen via Swivl.  We have ordered Swivl cameras for each classroom, which have the ability to follow and record the teacher’s lessons.  Students from home can participate in the live classroom sessions and get questions answered by the teacher.  These lessons will also be recorded, so that your student can view them at any time in case of a technological glitch or if your student for some reason could not watch the session live.    This remote learning will be more hands-on for the student and much different from in the spring. Our goal is to lessen the burden of families by utilizing the classroom teacher instead of you as the parent.  This allows you to keep your student fully enrolled during the school year, without losing your enrollment spot.

At this time we do not know when we will be able to return to full time in person instruction, but if we see improvements in Covid 19 cases, students could be back in the classroom full time sooner than later.  Parents who prefer their students attend online will have that option at least through the first semester. If this is your preference please fill out this form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2TW53NW

Please know we are working diligently to make sure we can bring students and staff back as soon and as safely as possible.  We really want to make this style of learning as easy as possible on our families to make sure our students are moving in the right direction.  If you have decided that you will not be enrolling your child this fall please email office@moscowcharterschool.org. Please note that if you do disenroll this will give up your spot and will require you to reapply if you would like your child to attend at a later date.  I really hope to be able to retain all families for the upcoming school year. Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns.
We will be releasing our Safety Protocol next week after our August board meeting. It is our intention to provide our students and staff with the safest environment we can to minimize the risk of exposure and stay in compliance with local, state and federal social distancing requirements and guidelines. This protocol, while ever changing, will encompass all things regarding what will be required to maintain the safety of our students and staff with regards to Covid-19. The protocol, at a minimum, will discuss what safety procedures will be in place, what requirements there will be in terms of mask and face shields, how lunch and recess will be handled, what the classroom environment will look like while your student is in attendance, how we will handle sickness and also how we will handle a positive case. We thank you for your patience while we "finalize" our procedure.

I know that this is not the way any of us wanted to start the school year, but with your patience and understanding we will be able to make this the best experience possible for our students. 

Sincerely,
Tony Bonuccelli
Administrator, Moscow Charter School 

Greetings MCS Families,

 

Last week the Moscow School School District elected to continue the soft closure throughout the rest of the school year. Since we are chartered through MSD we will continue on with virtual learning and the grading procedures from previous communications. We have had families request to get student supplies that were left in the classroom prior to Spring Break. Teachers have either bagged or put belongings in students' cubbies or their classrooms.  

 

In this Weekly Happening’s Caitlin has set up a sign up genius for next week's student supply collection. This will be in 15 minute slots and we ask that you arrive on time and that only one person per family come to collect belongings. The main reason we are setting up pick-up for next week is because the heavy equipment in the parking lot will be gone during this time. Feel free to park on F street and walk in to the main building at your scheduled time.

 

Click here to sign up for a time slot. 

 

If you have not done a social distance drive by the school you should do so. After demolition of the house and removal of the portable the parking lot is coming into shape nicely. They are continuing drywall work inside and all electrical and sewer are hooked up from the main city lines. I am very excited about the size of the parking lot and to have an entrance and an exit, without a bottleneck clogging everything up.  

 

Lastly, I want to thank you all for your hard work in virtual learning. Nothing can replace students being in class with their teacher and friends. An awesome resource we have been able to provide are the specialty classes. I know it may be difficult to get to them now, but when summer comes take advantage of them.  

 

As always if you are struggling feel free to reach out to staff and myself to help however we can. We will get through this and have an amazing campus to come back to this Fall! 

 

Sincerely,

Tony Bonuccelli

Administrator, Moscow Charter School

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!!!


Sincerely,


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,


I hope you are all doing well and adjusting to our remote online learning. If you have concerns please reach out to the teacher. Our #1 goal is for students to participate and be part of their virtual classroom. I was in a meeting yesterday for the State Board of Education and one of the Directors said that what usually takes schools a year to prepare, is being asked to be done within two days. I am proud of how our staff has taken this on and willing to learn to support our kids.

 

This week we were supposed to have parent teacher conferences, which we are not. There will be no report cards for the 3rd quarter. I feel our teachers are not able to collect enough final data to generate a fair and accurate report card before the end of the quarter. We will be looking at the best ways to provide feedback as we move further along in this process.


Please stay healthy and know we are all in this together!


Sincerely,


Tony Bonuccelli

Administrator, Moscow Charter School

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. 


Sincerely,


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!!!


Sincerely,


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.

Sincerely,

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:

 

Schools:

 

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 https://www.msd281.org/meals

 

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.  
 
Sincerely,

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.  

Sincerely,


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.  
 
 
Sincerely,
 
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 tonyb@moscowcharterschool.org.
 
Sincerely,
 
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