3.20.20 MCS COVID-19 Update

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We are excited to share a new MCS Covid-19 mcshub specifically dedicated to Mason City Schools’ COVID-19 response, resources, and updates. During Spring Break, we will not be providing daily communication, so feel encouraged to explore this site if you are missing our regular connections. As of yesterday at 3:30 pm, Aita e COVID i roto i te 19 o te mau fare haapiiraa no O Mason City, e 119 te hoe ohipa tei haamauhia i Ohio. Below are responses to common questions from our families and community.

A mataitai teie video of Superintendent Jonathan Cooper sharing how the Cooper Family will be trying to unplug over Spring Break.

What should families be expecting after Spring Break (3.23.20-3.27.20) is over?

Here’s what our Remote Learning Plan looks like over the next few weeks.

No mati 23-27Spring Break. No school is expected. You may use resources from the MCS Learning Momentum site to add extended learning opportunities for your children.

No mati 30 – No eperera 3 Teachers continue planning and begin testing Remote Learning Experiences. Beginning Thursday, April 2nd, students will access remote learning tools by engaging with ungraded lessons that review or enrich previously taught content. This will help ensure everything is running smoothly before fully implementing new lessons.

No eperera 6 and beyondBased on information from state leaders and public health experts, we believe Ohio’s emergency order to close schools may be extended beyond April 5. During this time, teachers and students will engage in new learning using our Remote Learning Experience model, with families offering support at home. This new learning is assessed and graded.

How can I help my child remain calm while stuck at home?
Try to keep a consistent schedule by designating work and break times throughout the day. Check out www.GoNoodle.com for elementary age students (a variety of short videos to calm and energize). Middle and high school students can access online resources that include deep breathing and guided relaxation exercises, mindfulness and meditation exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation exercises.

Listen to relaxing music and access MCS Mindful Music at: citysilence.org/learn, Password: mindfulmason

Have we heard any more about AP testing?

The College Board’s AP Program is finalizing streamlined AP Exam options that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. They are working to give every AP student the opportunity to claim the college credit they’ve earned. The AP Program will communicate the details of these additional solutions to educators and students by March 20. View more information about AP from the College Board.

I wanted to vote at the polls on March 17th. What should I do now?

All votes cast so far will be counted. You may still vote absentee. If you haven’t yet voted, request an absentee ballot, and mail it to 520 Justice Dr., Lebanon, OH 45036.

How can we support our community?
Donate blood: Help save lives by giving blood. We are in the midst of a national blood shortage brought on by the outbreak of COVID19. Hoxworth Blood Center needs all eligible blood donors to schedule a donation at your earliest convenience. As a reminder, blood donation is a safe, sterile process and there is no risk of contracting the virus by donating blood.

Families in Need: If you would like to help support families in need, consider donating to Joshua’s Place or to Comet Cupboard. Mason parents can financially contribute at www.spsezpay.com/Mason/login.aspx. Look under Activities for Comet Cupboard ME/MI. If you do not have an EZPay account, you can mail contributions to Mason City Schools – Comet Cupboard, 211 N. East Street, Mason, Ohio 45040.

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Thank you for your continued support.


Tracey Carson
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