Students Return Full-time on March 8

Students return full-time on March 8th
Posted on 02/10/2021

Hello MPSD Families, 

We are two weeks into our return to blended learning and students and staff have done an outstanding job adjusting to the second semester. Our staff are so glad to see students face-to-face again and we are excited that our community health has been improving. Our community COVID-19 burden rate has decreased to levels not seen since mid-September.

Return to full-time, in-person instruction March 8 

Due to our improving community health - and our hope that all staff will be vaccinated in coming weeks and months, the District will return to offering 100% in-person instruction in our schools starting on Monday, March 8. Families who prefer to remain in 100% distance learning at home may elect to do so. The district will continue to require students and staff to properly wear masks in school through the end of this school year, and all efforts will be made to ensure social distancing where possible in our buildings. 

We can not thank families enough for the sacrifices you have made in the past year so MPSD could do our part to stem community spread of this deadly virus, reduce the burden on our local health care heroes and protect the health and well-being of our students, staff and families. I know this has been a trying year for everyone involved in K12 education, including our parents and caregivers. We appreciate all of your efforts and are grateful for your support and partnership in your children’s future success.

Family survey to choose 100% in-person or 100% distance

Within the next week we will be sending a survey to families, asking them to identify their choice for each student of 100% in-person or 100% distance learning. Previously we have had about 21% of our students choose full distance learning. Once we have those results, our school principals and staff will be able to determine all of the logistics and scheduling for both learning models and communicate those details to families and staff.

Meanwhile, we are working with local health care providers to schedule vaccinations for our district-wide staff as early as possible after March 1 when educators are included in the next round of 1B distribution. About 50 MPSD employees, primarily school nurses and other employees who met the 1A standards, have already been vaccinated. 

Please rest assured that we will do everything we can to protect the health and safety of our students and staff, and we will continue the mitigation measures we implemented last fall including masks and social distancing. 

Watch for details to come from your children’s schools. But as a district we are grateful to get back to full-time in-person instruction that we know is key to our students’ long-term growth and success. We also are studying ways we can help close learning gaps created during the pandemic, including potential opportunities this summer.

Click to view the Face-to-Face Schedules.

Be well,

Mark Holzman

MPSD Superintendent

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