4.6.20 MCS COVID-19 Update

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Mir wëllen e Moment huelen an erkennen wéi Erausfuerderend dëst COVID-19 Event elo ass. There are a lot of unknowns, and every day brings new information.

Kuckt dëse Video 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.

Ab haut um 14h00, et gi keng bestätegt Fäll vum COVID-19 an de Mason City Schools, an 4,450 confirméiert Fäll an Ohio. Drënner sinn Äntwerten op allgemeng Froen vun eise Familljen an der Ëffentlechkeet.

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. Léierpersonal kënne Méiglechkeete bidden fir sech via Live Video Call ze verbannen (zum Beispill, through Google Meet) awer se ginn net erfuerderlech. Enseignante kënnen och asynchron Video-baséiert Technologien benotzen, such as FlipGrid and SeeSaw, mat de Studenten ze kommunizéieren. 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).

Wéi kënne mir eis Gemeinschaft ënnerstëtzen?
#CometCarryout: Dëst ass eng ganz kruzial Zäit fir eis lokal Geschäfter, besonnesch déi an der Gaaschtfrëndlechkeet. Betruecht eis lokal Geschäfter z'ënnerstëtzen op dëser Lëscht.

Huelt mat un der MADE vun der Chamber fir iessen Takeout Blitz a kuckt wéi vill lokal Restauranten Dir ënnerstëtze kënnt. Zousätzlech, spenden op dem Joshua's Place a wielt "Comet Carryout" an Dir kënnt eng Famill an Nout mat engem Iesse vun engem vun eise lokale Geschäfter blesséieren.

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.

Kuckt déi virdrun Updates.

Thank you for all that you are doing to support our Comets!


Tracey Carson
Ëffentlech Informatioun Offizéier

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