March 24, 2020
As a result of Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, we have added April 7 and 9 to our schedule of meal distribution dates. Please see the attached flyer for the most up to date information and don’t forget meals are available today from 4 pm to 6 pm at Mason Middle School, Sycamore Village, and Mason Manor.
Thank you for your patience as we work through this challenging situation. We have been waiting for additional direction and guidance from the Michigan Department of Education and state government but there are still many questions that remain. Be reminded that we are just in Day 5 of the mandatory shutdown.
During a time of crisis it is important that we focus on our health and the health of our friends and family. We strongly encourage that you stay home and limit or eliminate social interaction. All Mason Public Schools buildings and offices are closed. The use of outdoor district grounds and facilities – basketball courts, playgrounds, athletic fields, etc. is not allowed during the school closure period. All non-essential staff are not to be on-site during the closure period and building access has been disabled.
Please know that your central office and leadership team have been hard at work keeping the district afloat and preparing for the days ahead. We have been in close virtual communication with other Ingham County school districts as well as Michael Rice, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer. I can say that the entire school community is pulling together to meet and conquer this challenge.
Here is what I know as of 12 pm today.
SCHOOL CLOSURE: The Governor closed schools via an executive order from March 16th through April 5th. There is nothing new to report at this time.
SPRING BREAK: Mason Public Schools spring break will remain the week of April 6-10. At this time we plan to return to school on April 13th.
FORGIVENESS OF EMERGENCY DAYS: The legislature failed to act this week to forgive the days the Governor declared as a State of Emergency. We hope this is resolved in the very near future.
EMERGENCY FOOD SERVICE: We have scheduled food pick-up for free meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays for all students at three locations until April 2nd. For more information https://www.masonk12.net/sites/default/files/foodservice/Emergency%20Foo....
OPTIONAL LEARNING MATERIALS/ACTIVITIES: The district web page has resources linked for students to access from home. https://www.masonk12.net/school-closure-resources. More information to come.
STATE TESTING: The Michigan Department of Education applied for a waiver with the United States Department of Education. It is pending.
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: Ongoing. Families can register their kindergarten students online or by calling the Harvey Education Center and leaving a message.
RETURN TO SCHOOL PLANNING: We are in the beginning stages of developing a back-to-school plan. In an effort to be prepared, we are brainstorming solutions for hypothetical situations such as what is the first day back, how do we do handle grades, etc. We want to be prepared to communicate this event with children and make our students, staff and parents feel safe when school reopens.
Custodians are deep cleaning and sanitizing each classroom and set all buildings to unoccupied status for HVAC. Buildings will remain closed during the school closure period and spring break, currently through April 12th. The use of outdoor district grounds and facilities – basketball courts, playgrounds, athletic fields, etc. is not allowed during the school closure period. Bond work is continuing at both Alaiedon and North Aurelius as scheduled at this time.
I want to highlight the great work of our food service and transportation staff. They delivered meals on Tuesday and Thursday of this week at three locations and served over 7,300 meals.
Some of the staff have logged many hours to pull this off and they deserve a big THANK YOU. In addition, thank you to all the many volunteers that came out and made this process possible.
This is a trying time for our state and nation. There are so many questions and unknowns and I know that can be frustrating. I do believe that in a time of crisis less is more. Focus on what is important- our health and the health of everyone connected to Mason and Mason Public Schools. Stay home, take care of yourself and your family and encourage others to do the same.
Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time.
March 16, 2020
Please read the attached flyer on meal services provided by the district.
March 14, 2020
Mason Families: Mason Public Schools is developing a plan to offer free meals for “all” children 18 and under during the closure. Our goal is to provide both breakfast and lunch sack meals at multiple locations for pick up by parents or students. Please look for more information in the coming days.
March 13, 2020
Please click HERE for important information regarding Mason Public Schools plans for the Statewide Closure.
Parents and guardians,
Reminder: If your student has vital medicine kept in the school office that will be needed during the upcoming school closure, please pick it up by the end of the day, Friday, 3/13. Buildings will not be accessible to the general public until school resumes on Monday, April 13.
Last night, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and State Superintendent Michael Rice announced the closure of all Michigan K-12 school buildings, public, private and boarding, starting Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 5. In addition, Mason Public Schools will remain closed for Spring Break through Sunday, April 12 with school resuming on Monday, April 13.
Limited staff may be in the buildings, but the buildings will not be accessible to the general public during this period. This closure includes Mason’s Early Learning, GSRP, Head Start, ECSE, Preschool, and Before and After School Childcare programs.
We ask that all staff and students take home their personal belongings from their lockers, classrooms and office/desk spaces at the end of the day on Friday, March 13. While we are off, we want to make sure our facilities’ staff is able to get into each building and perform a deep, disinfecting clean in all of our buildings.
We are still working through the details of this announcement. We will continue to communicate with staff and families through our school messaging system as more information is available.
Please use the link below to read the press release issued by the Governor’s office:
Thank you for your understanding.