Covid-19 Information

Click HERE for the MSS 2021 re-opening plan.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the procedure for health screenings? 

A: This year, parents and staff are required to fill out a Health Attestation Form that reminds parents of the daily screenings that we request them to complete with their child, prior to school each day. Health Screenings are important to help reduce the transmission of Covid-19 at school.

Q: What happens if someone at MSS tests positive for Covid-19? 

A: In the case that a student or staff member tests positive for Covid-19, the administrative team will coordinate with the Onondaga County Department of Health, which will initiate a contact tracing process. In addition, parents in the child or staff member’s classroom will be notified of a positive case in their child’s classroom, and all members of the MSS community will be notified that there has been a positive case at school. Confidentiality will be maintained, and no identifying information will be released.

Q: Will MSS offer Covid testing for my child?

A: MSS is fortunate to be able to offer Surveillance testing that is offered through Onondaga County. This testing will be done randomly, with students who are registered with Quadrant. Parental permission is required and parents will be notified if their child is selected for testing. Diagnostic testing is not available at the school. If a student is required to have a negative Covid test to return to school, the test must be performed at a lab. Home tests will not be accepted.

Q: How can I talk to my child about Covid-19?

A: You can talk to your child about Covid-19 to help them understand and cope with the pandemic. Our teachers will be receiving training later this month to help children adjust back to the school environment. Here are a few helpful articles that you might find useful with your discussions at home:

Helping children cope with changes resulting from Covid-19

My name is Coronavirus Picture Story

Coronavirus Social Story

Q: What is the plan for distance learning, if the school is forced to close for a period of time?

A: In the case that the campus must close due to Covid-19, MSS teachers will pivot to their Distance Learning plan. These plans were initially developed during the Spring of 2020, and teachers have continued to adjust and refine the original models used for each level at the school. In the event that a classroom or cohort needs to quarantine a hybrid learning model will be offered.

Q: What happens if my child isn’t feeling well during the day?

A: If your child exhibits any symptoms of Covid-19 during the day (including a temperature above 100 degrees F, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, etc.), they will be brought to the Care Room located in the main building and you will be asked to pick up your child and have them taken to a health provider or testing center.

Q: Where can I take my child to be tested and get results quickly?

A: The state has put together a website with a list of local testing sites. You can view the sites by clicking here. The county has recently opened a new testing site to help rule out Covid-19 in children who exhibit mild symptoms. The link to this site can be found by clicking here. Appointments are required.

Q: Do I need to take my child’s temperature before bringing them to school each day?

A: The Department of Health (DOH) recommends that parents monitor the symptoms of Covid-19 at home before school each day and all parents are required to sign a Health Attestation form noting that they will monitor temperatures and symptoms at home.

Q: How will you manage “mask fatigue”?

A: All classrooms will be giving the students mask breaks throughout the day. There may be times when the whole classroom can have a mask break, while they are appropriately socially distanced. All students will be receiving lessons on proper ways to put on and take off their masks and each student will be asked to bring spare masks to school in case a new mask is needed during the day.

Q: Where will the students be eating their lunch?

A: Students will be eating their lunch in their classrooms and using some break out spaces in the Elementary levels. They will have a table that is appropriately socially distanced at least 6 ft. away from other students so that they can eat and have their masks off. Everyone in the class will be able to eat at the same time.

Q: What would require us to close school or a classroom and go to distance learning?

A: A local spike in infection rates, a classroom needing to quarantine due to a positive case, a school-wide infection, or a state wide closure could force a portion or the whole school community to do distance learning for a period of time.

Q: I have a question. Who should I ask?

A: You can email us by clicking the image below and we will get back to you within 24 hours.