Mason Public Schools will offer a full online option for the 2021-22 school year called the Bulldog Virtual Academy (BVA) in addition to in-person learning. At this time, we anticipate that in-person instruction will follow the same protocols that students are currently experiencing. In-person instruction will be five days per week with a one-hour late start on Wednesdays, as in years past, to allow teachers to engage in Professional Learning Communities (PLC). Safety protocols will include social distancing when possible, and a potential mask requirement based on data from the Ingham County Health Department. We will continue to remain attentive to all safety protocols.
Where do I begin?
After reviewing all FAQ's:
Families with students already enrolled in the district should log into Skyward Family Access
Families new to the district should select the NEW FAMILY LINK. This will create a Skyward Family Access account.
For questions concerning kindergarten registration, please contact Ms. Harkness at firstname.lastname@example.org. For School of Choice or non-resident information, contact Mrs. Somerville at email@example.com.
What documents are required for enrolling my child?
All student enrollments require the following:
- Birth Certificate issued by the state or country of birth. This is required before the child can start school and may be scanned and uploaded to the registration.
- Immunization Record – this may be scanned and uploaded to the registration.
- Proof of Residence - this may be scanned and uploaded to the registration.
- For a detailed list, click here
- High school students will need to present a copy of their transcript. For more information regarding transcripts, contact the High School Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Students receiving services through Special Education will need to present a copy of the child’s most recent IEP.
- Custody agreements
Incomplete submissions/missing documents:
- Building secretaries/registrars will contact parent/guardians to obtain any missing documents for the completion of enrollment
Bulldog Virtual Academy
The BVA will provide a robust learning experience that is fully online with a balance of live and independent instruction. BVA students will engage in virtual instruction that is comparable in content and pacing to in-person instruction. Also, as a Mason Public Schools program, students will have access to social and emotional supports, sports, performing arts and clubs. Registration for BVA has closed. If for any reason a family needs to make a change to their selection, please contact your child(ren)’s school office by June 1, 2021. The commitment to BVA is for at least one full trimester and student placements will not be changed in the middle of the trimester. Please note: For BVA only, it is possible that MPS will contract with third-party instructors to teach some classrooms/subject areas based on enrollment and elementary students may be assigned to a teacher from a different building. In situations where a third party instructor is used, a Mason Public Schools employee will be assigned as a mentor.
Elementary Teacher Assignments
Teacher Assignments will be viewable on Skyward Family Access on Friday, August 13, 2021
Middle and High School Freshman Scheduling
Student schedules will be viewable on Skyward Family Access no later than August 13, 2021
Elementary Classroom Supply Lists
Elementary principals and teachers have developed basic grade level supply lists. AFTER the release of teacher assignments on August 13th, individual teachers may request additional items with their welcome message.
Middle School Classroom Supply Lists
Middle School principals and teachers have developed basic grade level supply lists. AFTER the release of teacher assignments on August 16th, individual teachers may request additional items with their welcome message.
Transportation Routing Information
Annually, buses are re-routed to address changes in ridership and provide efficiencies. Therefore, bus routes and bus numbers may not be the same as last year, and bus stop locations and times may have changed. Families choosing to opt-out of bus service should notify the Transportation Department at email@example.com. Families that have a change of address should email transportation and call their child(s) school.
Communication is a key element to success whether it is in the classroom or on the school bus. It is important that we communicate together to provide a safe and successful environment for your child while utilizing our transportation system. We appreciate your support and cooperation and look forward to transporting your child this upcoming school year.
Routing information will be communicated by mail, phone call, or email by August 20.
The 2021-2022 District Calendars
Calendars for all four elementary buildings, the middle school, and high school are linked below.
Please make note of Late Start Wednesdays. Teachers and administrators meet on Wednesday mornings for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). Classes on Late Start Wednesdays begin one hour later and bus routes are adjusted to pick up students one hour later.
Back to School Open Houses
Elementary Open Houses:
- Harvey Education Center - Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
- Alaiedon, North Aurelius, and Steele Elementary - Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
- Welcome Newsletter and Virtual Tour
- Orientation - Plans for orientation day are in development.
- Open House - Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
High School Orientation Day/Open House
Handbooks for all four elementary buildings, the middle school, and high school are linked below.
Mason Public Schools serves breakfast, lunch and offers free and reduced meal programs. The USDA has extended free meals through the 2021/2022 school year for ALL students, regardless of income. The program includes one reimbursable meal per student (at breakfast and lunchtime). At the secondary level, a la carte options and second main entrees will be at a charge for students and not covered in this program.
Online enrollment is the first step to starting your kindergarten through 12th-grade child at Mason Public Schools. Families interested in enrolling their child in pre-school should contact Child Development Services at 517-676-6528.
Registration for the 2021-22 school year:
- For kindergarten: Registration opens February 1st.
- For grades 1-12: Enrollment begins on May 6th.
Please review all FAQs before beginning the process.
Kindergarten registration is open - register now for Fall 2021! Your child's state-issued birth certificate, proof of residence, and the child's immunization record may be uploaded to the registration submission. For additional information regarding kindergarten programming at Mason Public Schools, please visit the Harvey Education Center webpage.
Students with Special Needs
Before enrolling, please contact the Office of Special Education if your student had any special services in the past. Services would include Speech and Language, Social Work, Special Education Classes, OT/PT.
- Special Education Office
- Sue Patterson, Secretary for Special Education
If the student's night residence is the following:
- In a Shelter
- In a Hotel/ Motel
- In a Car
- At a campsite
- Living with a friend, relative, or someone else because they lost their home or can't afford one.
For families with unusual circumstances including establishing residency, guardianship, homelessness, and general questions, please contact:
School of Choice and Non-Resident Students – What’s the difference?
SOC - The School of Choice window opens on June 1st with applications due, by the close of business, on June 15th. Once approved, a SOC student is enrolled in Mason Public Schools through graduation, with no additional paperwork required.
NR – Non-Resident families may enroll, at any time, with placement granted if space is available. A family seeking Non-Resident enrollment would need to contact the superintendent’s office, from the district in which they reside, for a release. The release is limited for one school year and families must request a new release each year. Non-Resident families may apply for SOC during the application window.
Please contact Jodi Somerville for additional information: firstname.lastname@example.org
How long does the enrollment process take?
During the school year: At a minimum, 72 hours. Your child’s application will be reviewed and assigned to a building for processing. The building secretary/registrar will contact you regarding the required documentation and a projected start date.
During the summer: All applications will be reviewed and assigned to a building for processing. Parent/guardians may present required documents to:
201 W. Ash Street, Suite 2A
Mason, MI 48854
-Summer Hours: Please call for an appointment 517-676-2484
Building secretaries/registrars return from summer break in August and will begin processing enrollment applications. You should expect contact no later than August 13th.
For additional assistance for questions regarding enrollment you may contact:
- Jodi Somerville email@example.com 517-676-2484
- Becky Hinman firstname.lastname@example.org 517-676-2484
We are looking forward to serving the educational needs of your child. This is a very exciting time at Mason Public Schools, visit our Bond Projects webpage for updates!
In an effort to make sure that every child in the Mason Public School District has an opportunity to receive free and appropriate education, we are encouraging community members within Mason to help us identify homeless families that have children ages 3-18 that may not be attending school.
The Mason Public School District is attempting to reach out to these families in order to assist them in obtaining food and shelter and to facilitate the process to enroll their children in school.
If you know of such a family, please call the Mason Public Schools Homeless Liaison, Jodi Somerville at 517-676-6490.
Thank you for your assistance in helping homeless families in our community.