2020-2021 Return to School FAQ

  • The Meridian Public School District is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, and families. When developing the plan for a safe return to school, the Meridian Public School District consulted with parents, teachers, students, health officials, and community stakeholders to better understand their concerns and seek counsel to ensure we were taking all precautions and following CDC guidelines. We have developed, and continue to refine, our safe return to school plan. The plan will be reviewed monthly and revised as necessary.

  • When does school begin?

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    School begins for all MPSD students on Monday, August 10, 2020, utilizing the online learning model. The earliest students would return to school for on-campus learning is September 8, 2020.

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  • What Will A Blended Return To School Look Like?

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    A Blended learning model combines face-to-face and online (virtual) instruction into one learning experience for students. Back to school orientation will be provided to all students the first week of school to ensure they understand how to keep themselves and others safe. **Subject to change based on updates and recommendations from the CDC.**

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  • How does a Blended Schedule look for Elementary Students?

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    Elementary students will attend school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. 

    Drop-off time: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. 

    Dismissal: 2:00 p.m.

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  • How does a Blended Schedule look for Secondary Students (6th-12th grades)?

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    Middle school and high school students will attend school 2 days a week for face-to-face instruction and participate in virtual learning 3 days a week. Each school will group students into A or B group and provide parents with a schedule for their child. Group A will attend Monday/Tuesday and Group B will attend Thursday/Friday. 

    Drop-off time: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 

    Dismissal: 1:10 p.m.

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  • What do Wednesdays look like in a Blended Schedule?

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    Online Learning will take place every Wednesday for ALL MPSD Students. Wednesday will be virtual learning for ALL students in Meridian Public School District. Deep cleaning of all common areas and classrooms will take place on Wednesdays. Teachers will be on campus offering online learning through Zoom and Google Classroom.

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  • Will my child be able to attend school on the same day as his/her siblings?

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    Yes. School administrators are working on scheduling siblings in the same group for students grade 6th-12th.

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  • Why do elementary students have a longer day than middle and high school?

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    The district wanted to consider working parents and older siblings that help get their younger siblings on and off the bus every morning and afternoon.

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  • What if I don’t feel comfortable sending my child(ren) to school?

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    Full online learning is available for those who do not feel comfortable bringing their child to school or if the child has a medical condition. We encourage parents of PK-3rd grade students to consider the blended model. 

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  • What should parents do if they have concerns about their child returning to school?

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    Parents should discuss with the school administrator if they have concerns with their child(ren) returning to school.

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  • What happens if there is an outbreak related to COVID-19?

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    Due to possible outbreaks, the superintendent may be required to close a school or schools to prevent further spread. Students will receive instruction online during these closures.

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  • What Safety Precautions are MPSD taking?

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    • The district will adhere to the guidelines set forth by the CDC and MDE.
    • Additional daily cleaning by all custodial staff members and teachers.
    • Temperature checks will be done daily when staff and students enter the building.
    • All students and staff are expected to wear a mask throughout the day when social distancing is not possible.
    • Hand sanitizer is available in every classroom and sanitizing stations in the hallways.
    • Washing hands multiple times a day.
    • Students will be spaced 6ft apart from each other in each classroom.
    • Bookbags, nap mats, and other types of bags will not be allowed in the school building to help the school decrease the chance of the virus being transferred from home to school or school to home.

    *Additional deep cleaning of all common areas and classrooms will take place on Wednesdays. Teachers will be on campus offering virtual learning through Zoom and Google Classroom.

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  • Can students bring bags to school?

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    Update: September 3, 2020

    After much consideration, District leadership has determined that it will be best if we allow students to bring a backpack to school with them on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. After consulting with our district team and listening to the advice from Dr. Dobbs, there are a few guidelines that we must follow.  Please see the flyer for additional information. MPSD Backpack Guidelines

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    Bookbags, nap mats, and other types of bags will not be allowed in the school building to help the school decrease the chance of the virus being transferred from home to school or school to home. Purses will be allowed for young ladies who may need them for personal hygiene products.

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  • Will students be able to use lockers?

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    Student lockers will not be used.

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  • How will the district handle student accomodations?

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    Due to the highly individualized nature of accommodations, all services will be managed through the IEP process with the IEP team.

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  • How will students be grouped when on campus?

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    Students will be grouped to optimize CDC guidelines. On average, there will be 20 students in PK-12th grade classrooms. Classroom design will be arranged to achieve social distancing recommendations.

    Each school administrator will place students in class cohorts that will stay together throughout the day.

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  • What are the policies regarding visitors to campus?

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    • To protect the safety of our students and staff, MPSD will not allow visitors in the school building.
    • Anyone entering the building must call the front office before entering. Temperature screening will be done on all visitors, including parents. Each visitor will also be required to wear a facemask.
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  • How can I checkout my child?

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    Parents will need to call the office before checking their child in or out of school. If the parent must enter the building, they must have their temperature taken and be wearing a mask.

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  • How is the District addressing technology?

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    • All students grades PK-12th grade will have a technology device available to them at the beginning of the school year.
    • Daily sanitation of technology will occur.
    • All learning platforms used can be accessed with a single sign-on through PowerSchool Student Portal.
    • Additional technology is being purchased with CARES funds.
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  • Will I be required to purchase school supplies for my child(ren)?

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    All necessary school supplies will be provided by the Meridian Public School District. Each student and classroom will be equipped with supplies when school starts in August.

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  • Are students required to wear a mask while at school?

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    A mask is required for all students. Due to the financial strain of Covid-19, the uniform policy for 2020 - 2021 school year will be waived. However, students are still expected to follow the dress code guidelines in the Code of Conduct.

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  • What if I do not have a mask for my child(ren)?

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    Although a mask is required for all students, MPSD is prepared to give masks to those students who do not have one.

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  • How will social distancing be achieved?

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    Routes are being redesigned to achieve the maximum social distancing. Face coverings will be expected and encouraged where social distancing cannot be achieved.

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  • Is the district prepared with enough cleaning supplies to ensure every school is cleaned properly?

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    Yes, the district has been preparing since March and has been able to purchase a large supply of sanitizing products on top of the surplus we already had available.

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  • Transportation

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    • Parents are encouraged to check their child's temperature before they leave home.
    • Parents who are able to are being encouraged to drop-off and pick-up their child(ren)
    • from school.
    • Adjustments to bus drivers' schedules are being made to accommodate the bus stops with large student numbers.
    • Buses will be sanitized daily and in-between drop-off and pick-up routes.
    • Buses will load from the front and students will proceed all the way to the back of the bus to assist with social distancing and decrease student interaction.
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  • Child Nutrition

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    • All desks will be wiped down with disinfectant wipes before and after each meal.
    • Students will be given hand sanitizer before eating.
    • Grab and Go breakfast and lunch will be delivered to the classroom by cafeteria staff.
    • When social distancing is possible, students will eat in the cafeteria.
    • If a student brings a lunch from home, it must be in a brown bag or something similar
    • that can be disposed of daily. Drinks should not be brought in a thermal mug or cup. 
    • All food and drink items must be disposable.
    • A plan for feeding students on virtual learning days will be released before the start of school in August.
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  • How will attendance be taken?

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    MPSD will take attendance when students are in the building AND when students receive instruction via virtual learning.

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  • How will student work be graded?

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    MPSD will grade work submitted through Canvas or Google Classroom when students are receiving instruction online or in the building.

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  • How will the district handle large assemblies?

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    There will be no large assemblies beyond the number recommended in CDC guidelines. Social distancing practices will be used with any assemblies.

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