Coronavirus Awareness

March 16, 2020

A message from Dr. Ahlemeyer.

Dear MTF Nation Families,

I have an update since my last communication this past Friday evening. I anticipate more updates so please monitor email and social media. This is a very fluid situation so your attention to the most up to date announcement is imperative. None of us have faced this type of situation and we are in constant contact with county and state authorities and they tell us things can change day by day and sometimes hour by hour. Some of the information in old updates will no longer apply or be inaccurate.

The State Board of Education Encourages Continuity of Learning during the Shutdown

At this time, March 17, 18, 19, 20, and March 30 will be treated as Act of God days which means official eLearning days will not be utilized. The eLearning day learning activities that the staff will plan for the March 16 eLearning day can be completed throughout the week of March 16-20 or March 30th (so in other words, teachers are planning for just 1 day of eLearning day activities and then the kids will have until March 31st to complete). Please note, teachers have until 3:00 PM on Monday, March 16 to release the one day eLearning plans. Our "continuity of learning" expectations will be met with the learning opportunities that will be released at the end of the day Monday, March 16th. Remember, school is not in session, tomorrow March 16 as it is an eLearning day. Also, the current Act of God days (March 17, 18, 19, 20 and 30) in which we will not be in session, do not need to be made up at the end of the year. Spring Break is still considered Spring Break for the week of March 23-27.

The State Board of Education Maintains Social Distancing a High Priority

The buildings will only be open from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM during March 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and the 30th. People can come and go during this time but you should not be in groups. Parents can pick up medication and/or student supplies during this time. Our free & reduced population can pick up lunches at any of our building offices. We plan on dropping off lunches at the Bristol Garden apartments from 11:00 to 11:30 AM and the Hickory Point apartments from 11:45 to 12:15 PM. Also, McAlister's in Forsyth will be offering meals for students as well during the mandatory school closure period. The week of Spring Break (March 23-27) we will be on total shutdown mode. For further guidance/answers to more detailed questions, please email your building principal or me (john.ahlemeyer@mfschools.net).

Please know we are trying to just do the very best we can and I think that is all we can ask of ourselves...no one can do more than that. I know there are way more questions and we will day by day assess what we are getting and then make decisions about getting information out in as timely of a matter as possible. I know as a parent myself, this is a troubling time for our entire Nation and our kids look to their parents/teachers for strength and comfort. Attached is a guide that I hope is helpful to support you. We are all in this together. We got this. The Maroa-Forsyth School District has your back and we will be here for you in anyway we can be. Please be in touch as you need. Take care.

Be well,

John

The CDC website has information and resources about not only the COVID-19, but influenza as well. The links below are helpful in terms of disease prevention and information on the issue.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/2019-nCoV-Guidance-for-K-12-Schools.pdf#search=Coronavirus

Talking to Children About COVID-19.


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