MASON CITY – The Mason City school district announced more in-person learning beginning October 5.
The Mason City Community School District is planning to increase in-person learning in stages, the district announced this week. According to a statement, “after consulting with Cerro Gordo Public Health and monitoring our community, district and building level health factors, the first step of the district plan is for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students to move to four days per week in-person learning starting on October 5, 2020. With this plan, Wednesday will remain a no school day for students. If the health factors of our community district and building continue to stay strong, we will bring the 3rd and 4th grade students back to school four days per week on October 26.”
A later sent to some parents reads:
A great challenge with more students in our buildings and in our classrooms is social distancing. We will continue to emphasize social distancing but staying six feet apart will not be possible in all situations. Students have been excellent at wearing face coverings and it will still be the expectation. Handwashing and hand sanitizing regularly is even more important with less social distancing. Keeping your children home when they feel ill has been extremely important to the health of our staff and other students. If your students ride the bus to and from school, social distancing will also be a challenge. We will continue to require the wearing of face covering on the bus and assigned seating.
Families currently in continuous learning (on-line) can opt into in-person learning beginning October 5. Families not comfortable in the change to four days of school per week may opt into continuous learning too. If you do opt into continuous learning we ask that you do so for the remainder of the semester, which ends January 15, 2021. Please call your building principal by September 28 if you wish to make either of these changes. The other buildings in the district (Pinecrest Center, Lincoln Intermediate, John Adams Middle School, Mason City High School and Mason City Alternative High School) will also be announcing their plans for increasing in-person learning sometime in the future. Each building’s plan is based on the current schedule and health conditions of that building. All plans will not be the same at this time.