FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is the new procedure for the weekly health screening questionnaire?
A: The link to the health screening forms for each classroom are listed below and will be emailed to you every Friday afternoon. Each student must have a form filled out and returned by Sunday at 9 PM. Thank you for your cooperation.
Q: Where can I read the MSS Re-opening plan that was submitted to the DOH and NYSED?
A: Click here to see the MSS Re-opening plan.
Q: What are the travel restrictions for New York State?
A: You can click here to get the most up to date travel restrictions. These are new guidelines, effective 11/4/2020.
We put together a flowchart to help explain the process. Click here for the specifics.
Q: Where can I get up to date information on Covid-19 Symptoms?
A: The CDC website has the most up to date symptoms listed.
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 Covid-19 testing be done at MSS?
A: No, we will not be doing any testing here on campus. Staff and students will need to go to a local testing site. (see below)
Q: Where can I take my child to be tested and get results quickly?
A: We have put together a list of testing sites that are in our area that should be able to provide you with quick test results. Click here for some local testing sites.
The state has put together a list of local testing sites as well. You can link to that page by clicking here.
Q: When will my child need to wear a mask at school?
A: All students are required to wear a mask to school. There will be mask breaks allowed throughout the day. We have put together a chart to help explain our mask policy for students.
Q: How can I help my child to prepare for school?
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:
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, and teachers have continued to adjust and refine the original models used for each level at the school. A survey sent to all parents over the summer assessed the presence of different types of technology in the home. This information will be collected by individual classroom teachers this fall to determine how to meet every student’s educational needs with more precision. In the event that a classroom or cohort needs to quarantine a hybrid learning model will be offered.
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.
NOTE: We have set up a page dedicated to parent questions. As questions are submitted, we will post the question and response to this page to keep everyone as informed as possible. The page will be updated weekly. Click here for the link to the parent FAQ page.