Covid-19 Information

The Fall 2021 re-opening plan will be updated in late summer when we receive updated DOH guidelines for private schools. Below are the details on the 2020-2021 re-opening plan.


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.

Birch Cottage Health Screening Form

Pine Cottage Health Screening Form

Maple Cottage Health Screening Form

Cedar Classroom Health Screening Form

Willow Classroom Health Screening Form


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.


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.

Click here for the Onondaga County Student Contact Monitoring Process

Updated DOH Information on when a student can return to school if they show symptoms of Covid-19

New York State Covid-19 Report Card – Online dashboard tracking real-time infections and testing operations of all schools in NYS.


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

A: The County as put together a list of up to date information on testing sites. You can link to that page by clicking here.

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: For the 2020-2021 school year, 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?

A: You can help your child to practice good hand-washing practices and work on wearing a mask at home to make coming back to school a little easier.


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, 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.