COVID-19 Update November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020
Dear MPSD Parents and Guardians,
Due to the increase in cases in Lauderdale County and within the school district, effective Wednesday, November 18, 2020, all MPSD students will shift to virtual learning. Students will follow their normal schedules for classes. Please contact your child’s school for additional information about course logins and coursework.
Please know that this was not a decision that we made lightly. However, after conferring with the MSDH, it is necessary to shift to virtual instruction before the holiday break to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
The school day will run as normal and students should follow their already established school schedule. This applies to both traditional and virtual students. Attendance will be taken daily as students log into their scheduled Zoom sessions.
Students should log in to their classes from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Zoom links can be found in the students’ Google Classroom. On Wednesday additional assignments can be found in Google Classroom, and parents can schedule meetings with teachers as needed.
Students should log into their Canvas classroom from 8:30 a.m.- 1:10 p.m. Zoom links can be found in the students’ Canvas portal. On Wednesday additional assignments can be found in the Canvas portal, and parents can schedule meetings with teachers as needed. Students enrolled in virtual school will continue on the same schedule from 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Meridian High School (9-12)
Students should log into their Canvas classroom from 8:30 a.m.- 1:10 p.m. Zoom links can be found in the students’ Canvas portal. On Wednesday additional assignments can be found in the Canvas portal, and parents can schedule meetings with teachers as needed. Students enrolled in virtual school will continue to receive support from 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
All assignments will be uploaded daily in your child’s Google Classroom for Elementary and Canvas for secondary students. Students are expected to log in and actively participate. To further support students learning, additional supplies and student workbooks/textbooks will be sent home with each student.
Need Help? (Tech Support)
The troubleshooting process will begin with your child’s teacher. Please email your student’s teacher for assistance with Zoom links. If your student’s teacher cannot provide a solution, he/she will complete a technology request. When the issue is resolved or there is a solution, the teacher will contact you with the resolution. Communication is key. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher via email, Google Classroom or Canvas. If you need assistance with internet please contact your child’s school and speak with an administrator.
The MPSD Child Nutrition Department will begin delivering meals to students Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Meals will be delivered from 10:30 a.m.-Noon Monday-Friday. Each meal will include lunch and breakfast and is available for children age 18 & under at no cost. Children should be on the lookout for MPSD Buses during this time. If a parent would like to pick up meals for their student, they must complete a meal request form on our website at www.mpsdk12.net. Meals will not be delivered during Thanksgiving Break which is November 23-27, 2020. Meal delivery will resume on November 30, 2020.
Finally, I do want to clarify that if your child came into contact with a positive student or staff member, you have been notified about the need for your child to quarantine for 14 days. If your child was not within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more of someone who tested positive, you have already received a letter confirming exposure encouraging you to monitor his/her symptoms. Please don’t hesitate to contact your school principal if you have questions.
Thank you for the opportunity to educate your child and we look forward to seeing our students virtually on Thursday for the remainder of the week.