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Child care

Emergency child care

If you need to go to work and your child's school or child care facility is closed, there are options to help you find care. All programs listed below are working with the Missoula City-County Health Department to minimize risks to children's health and safety during COVID-19. Complete details about these programs and information on financial assistance are available on the Child Care Resources website

  • Missoula YMCA
    Monday through Friday options for school-aged children and 0- to 5-year-olds (if regular child care facility is closed)
    $112/week
    Contact: nmartin@ymcamissoula.org, 406-721-9622 

  • Boys and Girls Club of Missoula County
    Monday through Friday options for school-aged children
    $112/week
    Contact: john@bgcmissoulacounty.org, 406-214-0140

  • Child Care Resources
    Referrals to child care facilities with temporary or permanent vacancies
    Cost varies
    Contact: ccr@childcareresources, 406-728-6446

Missoula Area Emergency Child Care Task Force

The Missoula Area Emergency Child Care Task Force also is working to address the need for child care among Missoulians employed in occupations critical to the community’s continued health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The task force includes personnel from the Missoula City-County Health Department, Providence St. Patrick Hospital, Community Medical Center, Child Care Resources, Missoula County Public Schools, Missoula Family YMCA, and the Boys and Girls Club of Missoula. It is coordinated by Grace Decker of Zero to Five Missoula County, an initiative of United Way of Missoula County.

The task force is assessing the need for child care among healthcare, law enforcement and first response personnel; identifying potential locations for child care for 0-5-year-olds and school-age children, including in existing child care facilities and other community sites; and Identifying resources and funds to support child care programs operating under emergency conditions.

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Public schools

Missoula County Public Schools

Please visit mcpsmt.org/covid-19 for updates or call 406-728-2400 and dial 0 to speak to a receptionist.

2020-21 School Year

It is the intention of Missoula County Public Schools to reopen our schools for in-person, face-to-face instruction for the 2020-21 school year. The following guiding principles will inform the district's decisions in developing a plan for reopening its 18 school campuses:

  • The plan will be responsive to the physical and mental health and wellness of students and staff.
  • The plan will be based on the COVID-19 outbreak conditions in Missoula and surrounding counties.
  • The plan will adhere to the guidelines and directives of the governor, the Missoula City-County Health Department, the Montana Office of Public Instruction and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • The plan relies on flexibility, adaptation and collaboration from students, families, staff and the greater Missoula community.
  • Seeley-Swan High School, Willard Alternative Learning High School Program and Jefferson Early Learning Center have smaller student populations and will be able to host more students in a face-to-face instructional setting.
  • The changing nature of the COVID-19 virus will mean the plan will change and adapt to new guidance. MCPS will continue to provide updates on the plan for parents and families.

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Missoula County Superintendent of Schools

Please contact individual school district websites for district specific information.

Hellgate Elementary School District #4

Lolo Elementary School District #7

Potomac School District # 11

Bonner School District #14

Woodman Elementary School #18

DeSmet School District #20

Target Range School District #23

Sunset Elementary School #30

Clinton Elementary School District #32

Swan Valley School District #33

Seeley Lake Elementary School #34

Frenchtown School District #40

As of March 24 until further notice, the office will conduct business through the use of technology, phone and mail only. We will not be physically open to the public.

Teachers who need to register their teaching licenses may:

  • Drop the original in the lockbox to the left of the entrance. We will register it and mail it back to you. Please let us know what school you work for and where you would like us to mail it.
  • Mail the original to 410 W. Spruce St., Missoula MT 59802. We will register and mail it to you.

Parents and community members may contact us in the following ways:

  • Call our office number at 258-4860, please leave a message if necessary
  • Email us at: jbird@missoulacounty.us (Jessica Bird) elipkind@missoulacounty.us (Erin Lipkind)
  • Drop correspondence in the lockbox located to the left of our entrance.

If you see that our front office light is on, someone is in the office. Feel free to call 258-4860 and speak with someone at that moment regarding your visit. We will not be able to let you enter the office, but we can help you as best we can while you’re here.

Please send your questions to Erin Lipkind, Missoula County Superintendent of Schools at elipkind@missoulacounty.us or call Erin or Jessica Bird, school clerk, at 406-258-4860.

University of Montana

The Montana University System announced that fall semester on all campuses will end on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Students will not return to campus for spring semester until after Jan. 1. In ending the semester earlier than usual, UM will need to start the semester early as well. UM will announce its fall calendar soon.

Remote course delivery will continue through the first session of summer semester. 

UM is enabling remote work for employees to the greatest extent possible. Some necessary staff must remain on hand to support our residential students, critical research, remote learning and other key activities. We are practicing strict physical distancing guidelines and cleaning and sanitation protocols for those who must come to campus to work.

Curry Health Center is open and is treating students with urgent-care needs only. Students must call 406-243-2122 before coming in.

All facilities on the UM campus, with two exceptions, will remained locked. Only the University Center and the Lommasson Building – for access to the Food Zoo – will remain open at this time.

UM and the UM Foundation have established the Emergency Student Support Fund to help enrolled students meet their basic needs by alleviating unexpected financial hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Students may apply for assistance via the Office of Student Affairs website. All resources offered through the fund are made available by generous donations from family, friends and alumni of the University of Montana. Those community members interested in helping students in need may give online by visiting www.supportum.org/emergencyfund

Find up-to-date information at www.umt.edu/coronavirus. UM is staffing a COVID hotline from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 406-243-4636 to reach the hotline.

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