4.6.20 MCS COVID-19 Hana

ʻO Nā ʻohana Kula ʻAmelika aloha,

Makemake mākou e lawe i kahi manawa a maopopo i kahi paʻakikī o kēia hanana COVID-19 i kēia manawa. There are a lot of unknowns, and every day brings new information.

E nānā kēia wikiō of our staff and families sharing that while we may not be together physically, we are still in this together. And we are still Mason.

As of today at 2pm, ʻaʻohe mau hihia i hōʻoia ʻia o COVID-19 ma nā Kula Kula ʻo Mason, a 4,450 ua hōʻoia ʻia i nā hihia ma Ohio. Below are responses to common questions from our families and the public.

I’ve read some concerning things about some of the online platforms like Zoom. How is Mason protecting students while they are online?

Mason City Schools takes the safety and privacy of our staff and students seriously. Lately, numerous Zoom meetings have been hijacked by inappropriate content. We’ve chosen not to use Zoom with our students. Hāʻawi paha nā kumu i nā manawa kūpono e hoʻohui ai ma o ke kelepona wikiō ʻana (o kahi laʻana, through Google Meet) akā ʻaʻole lākou e koi ʻia. Hiki paha i nā kumu ke hoʻohana i nā ʻenehana hoʻokumu wikiō wikiō ʻole, such as FlipGrid and SeeSaw, e launa pū me nā haumāna. Our staff and students use Google on a daily basis, and during this period of time we’re leaning heavily on frequently used tools and software versus adding new tools. We know there’s no perfect tool for video conferencing, and as adults we have strong preferences.

How can parents keep children safe online?

Our Innovative Systems Department has developed an online parent course for keeping your child safe online. The course includes strategies for keeping your child safe while they’re connected to the internet, sharing available hardware options to set time limits and prevent specific sites, and offering software options to protect your child.

I thought we were off school on Friday for a Personal Learning Day. What’s happening now?

Because we have had quite a bit of disruption and about a week of Personal Learning Days before and after Spring Break while we transitioned to Remote Learning, we determined it would be best for staff and families to not have another day of students missing some of their newly established routines. That being said, our Remote Learning Experience plan is asynchronous learning, and does not require students to complete given assignments on a specific day or time. If your family requires more flexibility, please reach out to your child’s teacher(s e).

Pehea e hiki ai iā mākou ke kākoʻo i kā mākou hoʻokumu?
#HalikaHawai: He wā koʻikoʻi loa kēia no kā mākou ʻoihana, ka poe ko na wahine hookipa mau mai. E noʻonoʻo e kākoʻo i kā mākou ʻoihana ma kēia papa inoa.

E komo i loko o ka Chamber's MADE eʻai ʻO Take Take Blitz a ʻike i ka nui o nā hale ʻaina kūloko e hiki ai iā ʻoe ke kākoʻo. Kahi mea hou aʻe, hāʻawi aku i kā Iosua wahi a koho i "Comet Carryout" a hiki iā ʻoe ke hoʻopōmaikaʻi i kekahi ʻohana me ka ʻai ʻana mai kekahi o kā mākou ʻoihana ʻoihana.

Making Masks for MCS Workers: The CDC is now advising Americans to voluntarily wear a basic cloth or fabric face mask when they go out to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus. If you are a crafty person and willing to help make cloth masks for Mason City Schools workers, we would love to take them! Learn how to make masks here.


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