In early May, Mason Public Schools was happy to announce that students will return to 5-days per week, in-person instruction this fall in addition to virtual instruction for students who elected that option. As families prepare for the fall, we would like to share our plans for the return to in-person learning in August.
At this point in time, with minimal community spread, it is our intention that face masks will be optional for students and staff in District buildings. Daily health screenings will remain a requirement for students and staff who enter District buildings. Social distancing and class cohorts will continue to be encouraged when possible.
Students and staff will be required to wear masks on school buses based on federal public transportation guidelines.
Vaccinations & Testing
The COVID-19 vaccination is not required for enrollment in school for this fall. There is currently no requirement for students or athletes to be antigen tested and no testing is planned by the District. We will continue to follow Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) requirements as it relates to participation in sports.
Our facilities team will clean and disinfect surfaces on buses and throughout District buildings as well as utilize the newly installed air filtration/HVAC system that was purchased using a combination of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds and sinking fund dollars this year.
Impact of Future Cases
Mason Public Schools will address any confirmed cases at the classroom and building level using guidance from our health experts. This will allow the District to contain exposure to specific areas while minimizing impact on the full student and staff population. This approach comes from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Interim Recommendations for Operating Schools Safely when there is COVID-19 Community Transmission from June 25, 2021.
Mason Public Schools will continue to communicate with families and staff if any changes need to occur to keep everyone safe. We are hopeful that with everyone’s continued cooperation, we can all return to a normal routine.
-Mason Public Schools Administration