Dear Mason City Schools Family,
We appreciate your patience and perspective as we settle into our Remote Learning reality. If you haven’t explored our dedicated COVID-19 website, we encourage you to do so.
Watch this video of Superintendent Jonathan Cooper sharing ways our Comet CommUNITY is coming together!
As of yesterday at 2pm, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mason City Schools, and 2,902 confirmed cases in Ohio. Below are responses to common questions from our families and the public.
What types of learning assignments should I expect as we enter the next phase of Remote Learning on Monday?
The majority of our learning will be asynchronous so that students can engage at a time that is convenient to the family’s schedule.
If your child is in grades PK-6:
Teachers will include learning from all content areas. Learning plans will include a mix of introducing new content and allowing students time to practice and reinforce what has been introduced.
Students will not need to be in front of a device for all of their learning time. Learning plans will include a combination of experiences that require technology and do not require technology. Students will spend time reading, writing, or solving math problems away from a screen.
Special area teachers (such as gym, music, and art) will each share one lesson a week for students to engage in.
If your child is in grades 7-12:
Students will receive weekly learning plans from their teachers for all of the courses they are currently enrolled in at MMS or MHS. The weekly learning plans will be organized so that students can engage with learning in a manner that best fits their schedule and learning preferences. Some students may prefer to engage with each course daily and some may prefer to focus on 1-2 courses per day.
Learning plans will utilize a variety of different methods to engage students in learning new content and skills. Learning plans will include a combination of experiences that require technology and do not require technology.
Learning plans will primarily ask students to utilize tools and resources they are familiar with and have used throughout this year. If a student needs additional support or guidance with any aspect of a learning plan, they are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Comet Connect Time (see below) and/or email their teacher.
If your student receives core academic instruction in a specialized classroom:
Your intervention specialist will be in touch with you to develop individual plans for lesson delivery.
How long will my child be expected to spend focused on learning activities each day?
Understanding that many families are juggling multiple responsibilities at home and that during a regular school day students have some non-learning time (for example, at lunch, transitioning between classes, or recess), our expectation is that students will spend less than a full school day actively engaging in learning activities. Exactly how long students spend engaged in learning activities will vary depending on their learning pace.
If you find that your student is overwhelmed and learning activities are taking too long or that your student is ready for extended learning activities, please reach out to your teacher.
How do I get refunds for activities, events or trips that have now been cancelled?
We are issuing refunds for activities and field trips that were scheduled in April but have now been cancelled. If you have questions about an activity or trip, please reach out to your school principal.
What is Mason’s ongoing plan to support families facing food insecurity?
Mason City Schools Child Nutrition Department serves meals on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30AM-1:00 PM at Mason Intermediate School, 6307 Mason-Montgomery Road, and 11:30AM-12:30PM at St. Vincent DePaul, 1065 Reading Rd, and Western Row Elementary, 755 Western Row Road.
Please remain in your cars and meals will be distributed in a “drive-up” manner. Student name and/or ID will be needed and you will be provided a display tag for your car to record that information. To limit contact, meals will be placed in the trunk of each vehicle.
If you are having a hard time getting to the pick up location, please call 513-336-6526 option 3 or email Molly Schmidt at [email protected].
We are so grateful for our community partners – Comet Cupboard and Joshua’s Place who are providing additional food and personal care items to families in need. Families may pick up meal kits at Mason Intermediate on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30AM-1:00PM and Christ’s Church of Mason, 5165 Western Row Rd, from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Monday evenings.
We encourage you to support #CometCarryout if you are able to do so. Simply donate to Joshua’s Place and choose “Comet Carryout” to bless a family in need with a meal from one of our local businesses.
Can I still vote in the Primary Election?
Last week, the Ohio General Assembly approved a plan that allows all Ohioans to continue voting by mail until April 28. Don’t lose your vote and voice!
Any registered voter who has not already cast a ballot in the Primary Election can request an application to vote by mail by calling the Warren County Board of Elections at 513-695-1358. Voters can also vote by mail by downloading, filling out, printing, signing, and mailing their application to their county Board of Elections. Your completed ballot must be postmarked by Monday, April 27.
When you receive your ballot by mail from the Board of Elections, it will include prepaid return postage. Your completed ballot can also be delivered to the Warren County Board of Elections (520 Justice Drive, Lebanon, OH 45036) and placed in the available receptacle located outside the office no later than 7:30pm on April 28.
How can we support our commUNITY?
Shop for Senior Citizens: The Coronavirus crisis is affecting almost everyone’s routines, transportation, and way of life. This means that the usual social support and contacts older adults have with others may be diminished. For homebound seniors without support networks, this can be devastating. For some, the ability to even get to the grocery store for basic food items has been completely disrupted. In response, United Way of Warren County Volunteer Resource Center in partnership with Warren County Community Services, Inc. is recruiting volunteers willing to shop for 60 identified low-income and at-risk senior citizens in our community for the most basic and sustainable items. Sign Up to Help!
Unite with Light for Healthcare Professionals: On Sunday, April 5th at 8PM, place a luminary or a simple candle outside your home as we unite with light. Let this offer support to the many doctors, nurses and medical professionals working to aid others through the COVID-19 outbreak. Let this allow our community to shine bright despite the circumstances!
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We appreciate all that you are juggling. Give yourself grace!
Public Information Officer