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Trimester Changes & HB 4048

On March 9, Governor Whitmer signed House Bill 4048 which asks schools to offer at least 20 hours of in-person instruction to students beginning no later than March 22, 2021, or risk losing State funding. While following health/safety guidelines and providing exemplary learning opportunities remain Mason Public Schools’ goals, we also must consider the ongoing educational and financial impacts of the pandemic on our students and school system. Therefore, on Monday, March 15, the Board of Education will meet to consider offering an option for 4 days of in-person instruction to all students beginning on March 22. The full distance learning model will remain an option for students.

This potential shift will cause some other things to change. The third trimester is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 15. As there could potentially be a change in instructional delivery planned to begin the following week, it is necessary to delay the start of the third trimester. Third trimester will now begin on Monday, March 22.

Elementary Students:
For elementary students, the change to the third trimester start date will not have much of an impact on lessons or daily routines.

Middle & High School Students:
For students in grades 6-12, next week will operate as an additional week of your child’s second trimester schedule. Students will continue their course work, as well as have the opportunity to participate in enrichment and credit recovery of past concepts during this time. If you have been notified by the Middle or High School that your child could participate in 4-day hybrid instruction (purple), your child may return as planned on March 15. If you had made plans for your child to begin 2-day hybrid in-person instruction at the start of the third trimester, this will occur on March 22.

If your child has been offered a 4-day in-person (purple) spot, transportation will be available. This message would have come from the school office and not from the Transportation Department. If your child is currently in a Blue/Red cohort, please continue to follow this schedule until March 22.

If the Board does vote to change the instructional options, information will be sent to families after Monday’s meeting. We appreciate your support as we work to accommodate additional students in classrooms. Additional communication will be coming as information becomes available.

-Mason Public Schools Administration