Since COVID-19 closed our schools in March, we have had a heightened focus on the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. Today, that is no different. The Mason Board of Education looked at health research and recommendations, family and staff survey data, the work of and suggestions from the Reimagining and Reopening of School Committee, guidance from the Michigan Department of Education, and the requirements in Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap to render its decision.
After a thorough discussion of the information provided and listening to public comment, the Board of Education voted to begin the school year with a distance learning model that supports all students on August 26. The District will also develop a plan for face-to-face instruction to be presented to the Board of Education on September 14. The decision was not made lightly, and we recognize this will not be the best scenario for all families and staff. This is the best way to get the school year started and plan for a return to face-to-face instruction, while keeping our students and staff safe.
Frequently Asked Questions regarding distance learning
Elementary Teacher Assignments
Teacher Assignments will be viewable on Skyward Family Access on Friday, August 14, 2020.
Middle and High School Freshman Scheduling
Student schedules will be viewable on Skyward Family Access no later than August 14, 2020.
Elementary Classroom Supply Lists
Elementary principals and teachers have developed basic grade level supply lists. AFTER the release of teacher assignments on August 14th, 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
Notification of routing for transportation is delayed until the district returns to in-person instruction. To increase safety and provide social distancing, families will be encouraged to opt-out of bus service. Please notify the Transportation Department at firstname.lastname@example.org if you choose to drive your children to school once in-person instruction resumes. Should your needs change and you wish to add transportation for your student after you opt-out, please email transportation or call 517-676-6496.
The 2020-2021 District Calendars
Calendars for all four elementary buildings, the middle school, and high school are linked below.
Upon the anticipated return to in-person instruction, 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:
- Alaiedon, North Aurelius, Steele Elementary and Harvey Education Center open houses will not take place due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Middle School Orientation - Welcome Newsletter and Virtual Tour
High School Orientation Day - Plans for a freshman orientation are in development.
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. Information regarding the distribution of meals while distance learning is under development.
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 2020/21 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 2020! 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.
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 email@example.com. For School of Choice or non-resident information, contact Mrs. Somerville at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
- 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
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 a 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 14th.
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.