Q: Will masks be required for students and staff all day per the Governor’s order?
A: At this time, we will be following the Governor’s order (effective August 1st through September 28th) and mandating masks within our buildings. We understand this is going to be challenging for our students and our staff, but we will do our best and work together to stay safe and make learning our priority.
Q: What if my student develops symptoms of COVID-19?
A: If your student displays any of the symptoms outlined by the CDC, do not send your student to school or any school-related activities. Contact the school to report the symptoms and absence as you always would. Seek care for your student by reaching out to your local clinic or emergency facility, and follow your county's COVID-19 recommendations/guidelines.
Q: How will I know if a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19?
A: We are working to define our COVID notification flowchart and will share that once it's ready to go. The district will partner with the Dodge County Department of Health to follow proper contact tracing and notification procedures while still maintaining confidentiality for students and staff.
Q: Will the district/school close due to a positive COVID-19 test in the school community?
A: The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Should our school community have a positive COVID-19 test result, we will take immediate action steps as outlined in our Reopening Plan. If the safety of our students and staff requires us to move to virtual learning for individual students, a classroom or cohort, or multiple classrooms within a building, we are committed to providing consistent, engaging and effective at-home learning opportunities so that students continue to progress academically, no matter where they are or how they are learning.
Q: Will attendance policies be updated to allow for additional absences for families who are being diligent about keeping students home when exposure and/or symptoms of sickness are present?
A: We are looking at the best way to support blended learning for students who are home due to quarantine or with mild symptoms with which the student would still be able to actively pariticpate in learning. Attendance/absence policies will be discussed in detail and updated accordingly, but a student participating in learning from home would not be considered absent. If a multi-day quarantine were necessary for a class/cohort, blended learning would be made available and that would not be held against the student(s) as long as they were still participating in learning. For students too sick to engage in learning, the same guidelines apply as have always applied in terms of doctor's notes excusing absences.
Q: I am interested in homeschooling my student this year. How do I go about doing that?
A: The Mayville School District would recommend that families interested in "homeschooling" consider enrolling in the Mayville Virtual Learning Community through the district. This option is then free to families, and the curriculum provided by our virtual program will be one that is commonly used for homeschooling, but you will have the added benefit of a Mayville School District virtual learning coordinator, as well as the ability to participate in district events and extracurriculars as desired.
Q: How do I enroll my student in the district's virtual learning program?
A: Registration will proceed via Skyward as usual and the option of 'virtual' should be chosen. This will provide a curriculum which is directly aligned with that which is being taught in the classroom. This enables a more seamless transition back to in person learning when comfort levels rise, but also provides a high quality virtual learning program for those who continue to want to learn from home.
Q: Is the district providing students with masks?
A: The district will provide every student with two (2) masks and will work with families who need support in acquiring additional masks. It is recommended that masks be considered an essential school supply item for 2020-21 and families have five (5) reusable masks to be used one-per-day throughout the week.
Q: Will the school district temperature check all students every day?
A: Families are expected to monitor the health of their children and commit to performing a daily wellness check before sending students to school. In addition, the district will perform temperature checks regularly, particularly at the elementary level, and any students exhibiting signs of sickness will be removed from the classroom and have their temperature taken.
Q: What happens if a parent does not complete a daily health assessment?
A: The daily health assessment is a commitment we need all families to participate in. It is an expectation that must be met in order for students to attend in person. By doing so, parents are contributing positively to the health and wellness of our school district family.
Q: What will lunch look like for my child?
A: Students will eat lunch with their class/cohorts where possible and in spaces that allow for appropriate distancing. Lunchrooms will be used, but other spaces, including classrooms, common indoor spaces and common outdoor spaces may also be used. Masks will not be required to be worn when eating or drinking, though masks will be required moving between spaces and whenever distancing is not possible.
Q: What if my child has a food allergy?
A: It is always imperative that families inform the school of any foodborne allergies or otherwise. Unless the allergy is airborne, the inherent physical distancing should provide adequate protection, however families are encouraged to contact our Food Service Director, Nikki Williams, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns about food allergies.
Q: Will there be an Open House before school begins?
A: There will be Open House for all schools on August 26th and 27th, but the format will be a little bit different than in years past to ensure safe health practices can be followed. Watch for upcoming information about signing up for a time on one of these two evenings.
Q: What if a parent/family member living in the home of a student/staff member contract COVID-19?
A: It is imperative that any family members impacted by COVID-19 follow the guidance from their health care provider and/or the department of health regarding isolation, quarantine or otherwise. Students or staff who have been directed to quarantine must not enter any school building at any time during their quarantine period.
Q: How is the district ensuring the equity of access and support for all students?
A: The district is committed to helping families gain access to supports necessary for their child to be successful. If you are in need or are aware of a need, please contact your school so support can be provided.
Q: How will my child have access to water during the day?
A: Water fountains will not be available during the pandemic. Families are encouraged to have their child(ren) come to school with their own water bottle daily.
Q: What if I have my child start in person and we need them to move to virtual learning?
A: We support you and will work with you to make that transition as smooth as possible. We do encourage that change to occur at natural grading periods (trimester or semester) if at all possible.
Q: What if I have my child start as a virtual student and we want them to move to in-person learning?
A: We support you and will work with you to make that transition as smooth and successful as possible. However, we ask that transitions from virtual to in person only take place at the end of a formal grading period (trimester/semester).
Q: Will the length of the school day change for the 2020-21 school year?
A: At this time, the district does not plan to change the length of the school day. However, schools may flex the process and timing of receiving and dismissing students to assist with distancing efforts. Any and all adjustments would be minor and will be communicated from your child’s school.