4.6.20 Ntlafatso ea MCS COVID-19

Lelapa le ratehang la Sekolo sa Mason City,

Re batla ho nka motsotsoana mme re hlokomele hore na ketsahalo ee ea COVID-19 e phephetsa joang hajoale. There are a lot of unknowns, and every day brings new information.

Shebella video ena 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, ha ho na linyeoe tse netefalitsoeng tsa COVID-19 ho Likolo tsa Mason City, le 4,450 linyeoe tse netefalitsoeng Ohio. Ka tlase ke likarabo tsa lipotso tse tloaelehileng tse tsoang ho malapa a rona le sechabeng.

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. Teachers may offer opportunities to connect via live video call (ka mohlala, through Google Meet) but they will not be required. Teachers may also use asynchronous video-based technologies, such as FlipGrid and SeeSaw, to communicate with students. 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).

Re ka tšehetsa mokhatlo oa rona joang?
#CometCarryout: Ena ke nako ea bohlokoa haholo bakeng sa likhoebo tsa rona tsa lehae, haholoholo ba amohelang baeti. Nahana ka ho ts'ehetsa likhoebo tsa rona tsa lehae lethathamong lena.

Kenya letsoho letsoho ho Chamber's MadeE ho ja Takeout Blitz 'me u bone hore na u ka ts'ehetsa lihotele tse kae tsa lehae. Holim'a moo, nehelana ka Sebaka sa Joshua ebe u khetha "Comet Carryout" mme o ka hlohonolofatsa lelapa le hlokang ka lijo ho le leng la likhoebo tsa rona tsa lehae.

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.

Sheba lintlafatso tse fetileng.

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

Ka pelo eohle,

Tsotsi Carson
Lefapha la Litaba tsa Sechaba

Tsamaisetsa holimo