Quick Reference for COVID-19 School Closure

There is a lot of information coming to Rattlesnake’s community every day from many sources. We hope that this guide helps you find the information you and your family need during this time. We will update this as often as needed. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing everyone again!

This page is very long! It includes information on all the following topics. Please scroll down to find information on:

  • Meals
  • Remote Learning
  • Emergency Childcare
  • Mental Health
  • Monday Message from Mrs. Wright
  • MCPS District Communications
  • Community Resources and Updates
  • Keeping the kids engaged and entertained

MEALS

During this school closure period, the MCPS school lunch, breakfast & weekend meal programs are open to ALL youth for FREE.  Any youth can receive free meals, regardless of free/reduced lunch status. Meals are available to ANY youth under 18 (even private school or homeschool students, or students from other school districts).

DISTRICT PAGE

MCPS is maintaining a page with lots of detailed information on meal delivery for all schools.

RATTLESNAKE SCHOOL PICK UP & BUS ROUTES

  • Meals are delivered to the Rattlesnake School bus zone at 12:20 p.m. Monday – Friday. This means if you miss when the bus is at your stop, you can just pick up your meal(s) at your local school.
  • Beach Transportation will be delivering meals along regular bus routes Monday – Friday, starting at 11:00am. Please enter your address on the infofinder site to find the time your bus will be at your bus stop each day: http://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=MCPS4CVNG54XW
  • Monday – Friday each child will receive breakfast (for the following day) and lunch for the current day. On Fridays, you can also request a weekend food bag (packaged by the Missoula Food Bank, also called an EmPower Pack). If you would like to be added to the list of families that get an EmPower Pack, please email Stacy Jehle at sjehle@mcps.k12.mt.us and she’ll get you all set up.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO ONLY SEND ONE PERSON FROM YOUR HOUSEHOLD TO PICK UP MEALS AND MAINTAIN 6′ OF DISTANCE FROM OTHERS. LET’S HELP FLATTEN THE CURVE!

 

REMOTE LEARNING

Starting Monday, March 30 there will be weekly online lessons available for all content areas and grade levels. Thank you to our wonderful staff and teachers for making this happen!

ACADEMICS & ENRICHMENTS

Find grade-level team’s daily lesson plans from our beloved Rattlesnake teachers here starting March 30: https://www.mcpsmt.org/raremotelearning

  • These plans include both academic & “specials/enrichment” classes, and are designed to review and reinforce learning- not to introduce new things right now.
  • Additional district resources are available here: https://www.mcpsmt.org/Page/15143
  • If you have questions about the lessons and resources, please email your classroom teacher.
  • If you need help with getting loaner Chromebook from school, or internet access, please email Stacy Jehle at sjehle@mcps.k12.mt.us and she’ll do her best to help.

EXPECTATIONS

Right now, the teachers just want to keep the students engaged in learning- they are not doing any grades, assessments, or testing. Please, if you or your student is feeling pressure, remind them that the #1 priority right now is not schoolwork, via this lovely message of encouragement from our Superintendent Rob Watson: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-LLII5nlAW/

EMERGENCY CHILDCARE

“The Missoula Family YMCA is now offering licensed emergency childcare to essential service workers. Missoula City-County Health Department defines essential service workers as first responders, medical workers, and city-county first responders.” Learn more on the YMCA’s site, http://ymcamissoula.org/emergency-childcare-services/

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

A message from our friends at the Missoula City-County Health Department:

“These are difficult times, and it is natural and normal to be experiencing strong feelings. There are a lot of changes and directives coming at us from many directions right now, but one thing we want to make sure you do is be gentle with yourself and take some time for your mental health. You’ll find mental health resources from the Missoula City-County Health Department.”

MRS. WRIGHT’S MORNING MESSAGES

Mrs. Wright posts morning messages each Monday, with bonus messages the week of March 23rd! Your kids are used to watching these messages at school each Monday, and Mrs. Wright makes them for the audience of your kids! You can find all the messages on her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCFzbSqhNLqrgrZ43RWGaKw/videos

MCPS DISTRICT RESOURCES

COMMUNITY RESOURCES & UPDATES

Governor Bullock issued a shelter-in-place order, currently effective through April 24th, many of us might want easier ways to keep our pantries full and our kids busy. This is just a sampling of local organizations offering helpful information and/or services to our community.

GROCERIES & MEALS

Many grocery stores are VERY busy and may not have delivery or pick up times available right away, but it is worth calling them to find out!

UPDATES & INFORMATION

KEEPING THE KIDS ENGAGED AND ENTERTAINED

Thank you to these great organizations offering online resources for our kids

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