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.
We are excited for students to return to school for face-to-face learning on Monday, January 11, 2021. We have taken every precaution to make sure our schools are safe for students to return. Here are a few reminders for returning to school.
- Elementary Schools begin at 8 a.m. and dismiss at 2 p.m.
- Middle and High Schools begin at 8:30 a.m. and dismiss at 1:10 p.m.
- Students will attend school daily.
- Make sure your child has a mask.
- Please make sure to charge your device nightly so it is fully charged for the school day.
Please do not send your child to school if they are sick or displaying symptoms of COVID-19. We ask that you also contact your child’s teacher or school to let them know your child will not be attending school due to illness. We encourage our parents to provide a note for an excused absence and to inquire about missed assignments during your child’s illness.
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.
Parents should discuss with the school administrator if they have concerns with their child(ren) returning to school.
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.
- 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.
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
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.
Due to the highly individualized nature of accommodations, all services will be managed through the IEP process with the IEP team.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.