Dear Masconomet High School and Middle School Parents and Caregivers,
We are excited to welcome Masconomet Middle School students to full-time in-person learning on Monday, April 26th and our High School students on Monday, May 3rd. To facilitate our final preparations for the return of a greater number of in-person students, both April 26th and May 3rd will be delayed opening days. These days will be in addition to our previously scheduled delayed opening on May 17th. Classes will begin at 10:00 AM on these three days. As we approach the return of students to in-person learning, please review the information below.
Health and Safety Guidelines
While the infection rates in our local communities remain low, our ability to maintain in-person learning is dependent on our continuing to follow the health and safety guidelines designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines include mask-wearing, maintaining social distancing, and following appropriate hand hygiene. In the attached letter, our School Nurses have outlined the health and safety practices we will follow in school. I ask that you also continue to follow these practices while students are at home in order to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection.
Most importantly, I ask that you regularly monitor your children for the symptoms of COVID-19 and keep them home if they are sick. With the reduced social distancing between students in our in-person model, one COVID-19 case in school will likely result in dozens of students entering quarantine as close contacts. Monitoring your child for symptoms and keeping them home when they are sick will help us to avoid returning to remote learning due to positive cases and quarantined students.
All Middle and High School families have been asked to indicate whether their children will return to in-person learning or remain remote for the rest of the school year. In order to appropriately track student attendance, we will be instituting the following procedures for the remainder of the year. Students who have opted for in-person learning and are physically absent from class will be marked “absent” from the class. In-person students who are not regularly attending school in-person will be referred to the appropriate building administrator for follow-up. In-person students who are absent from school for COVID-related reasons (illness or close contact) will be allowed temporarily to attend school remotely while they are isolating or quarantining. Our school nurses and administrative offices will make the necessary changes to student attendance to reflect students who are temporarily attending school remotely for COVID-related reasons. Parents should follow our usual procedures for calling the appropriate school attendance line to report absences for both in-person and remote students.
Finally, please use the following links for more information regarding Masconomet’s return to in-person learning:
- Superintendent’s March 11, 2021 Message Regarding Reopening
- Superintendent’s Message Regarding Out of State Travel for Masconomet Students and Staff
- Student In-Person Protocol Document
- April 2020 Letter to Parents from School Nurses
- Middle School Student FAQ Document
- High School Student FAQ Document
We’re looking forward to the return of students on April 26th and May 3rd. If you have any questions, please reach out to the appropriate building principal.