4.6.20 MCS COVID-19 Update

Te utuafare O Mason e fare haapiiraa i te oire,

We want to take a moment and recognize how challenging this COVID-19 event is right now. There are a lot of unknowns, and every day brings new information.

A mataitai teie 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.

As of today at 2pm, Aita e COVID i roto i te 19 o te mau fare haapiiraa no O Mason City, e 4,450 te hoe ohipa tei haamauhia i 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. Teachers may offer opportunities to connect via live video call (ei hioraa, 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).

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#CometCarryout: E taime faufaa rahi teie no to tatou iho putu, te feia ihoa ra e hospitality. A opua ia paturu i to tatou iho putu i nia i teie tapura.

A amui atu i roto i te piha no te amu i te Takeout Blitz e a hio nahea te mau restawran o te fenua e nehenehe ai e paturu. Hau atu, horoa i te vahi o Iosua e a maiti "Comet Carryout" e e nehenehe ta outou e haamaitai i te hoe utuafare ia au i te hoe tamaaraa i te hoe o to tatou iho putu.

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.


Hio i te mau faatanoraa i mua.


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

Papu,

Tracey Carson
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