Good afternoon Mason Families and Staff,
Student and staff safety is the top priority for Mason Public Schools. We have seen an increase in COVID-19 exposure and positive cases in the past week. If a student is exposed, they cannot attend in-person but they have the ability to learn remotely. However, if a staff member has been exposed and is in quarantine it puts a strain on our ability to offer in-person instruction. In addition, we have a significant shortage of substitutes to step in for our teachers and aides when they cannot be in the classroom.
Due to these factors, we are moving to fully remote instruction for all grades for the week of November 16. This includes special education programs and learning labs with the status to be re-evaluated for potential return to in-person learning in the following weeks. The Harvey Education Center will remain closed through November 30 as originally communicated to families and staff members in that building. This timeframe, or potentially longer, will be discussed at a special Board of Education meeting on Monday. More details will be shared with all staff and families on Tuesday.
We urge all families and staff to continue with safety measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your continued support as we work through this together.
Ronald Drzewicki, Ed.S.