Blackboard Mass Notifications
The school district uses an automated communication system called Blackboard Mass Notifications to contact and inform caregivers and staff about important school and district events and announcements. Messages may be sent via phone, email, text/SMS, Facebook, Twitter, and the Monomoy app, depending on the specific circumstances. The free Monomoy mobile app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play. Automated phone calls will be reserved for the most urgent, time-sensitive messages; most messages and updates will be sent via email, text, and the Monomoy app. Please make sure that the school has your current and correct phone and email contact information on file. In case of urgent communication related to school closings, delays, or other emergencies, this system allows immediate contact. All messages sent via Blackboard Mass Notifications will be automatically translated into the recipient’s preferred language, as noted in Aspen.
Emergency Delays/School Closings
In the event of hazardous weather or other emergencies that threaten the health or safety of students and personnel, the superintendent may delay the start of school, dismiss school early, or close school. Students, caregivers, and staff will be informed via our Blackboard Mass Notifications system, with delay or closing messages sent via phone, email, text, and Monomoy app. The information will also be posted on the Monomoy website and shared with local news media. When schools are closed, all other school-related activities will be cancelled, including athletic events.
Home-to-School and School-to-Home Communication
The foundation of a strong family and school partnership is regular, open communication. You should feel comfortable contacting us when questions or concerns arise. We ask that you follow a logical chain of communication by contacting the classroom teacher as an initial step in most situations. You should also feel free to contact counselors, specialists, and administrators as the need arises. We will make every effort to keep you informed of important events at school. Classroom or school newsletters, school committee meetings (broadcast on Channel 22 and YouTube), curriculum nights, the Monomoy website, and other special events are some of the ways that we aim to foster home and school partnership and communication. Please be sure to ask your children if they have any newsletters or notices from their teachers. It is also helpful to check book bags or backpacks on a regular basis. Many teachers use some form of a communications folder for home and school communication with electronic communication being the preferred method for families. You should look for this folder on a regular basis since important communications will be sent home in this folder.
Communication With Students/Staff During School Hours
Please do your best to communicate after school plans to your children before they leave for school, and take advantage of the online Pick Up Patrol program. We understand that emergencies arise, and will be happy to convey messages to your children in these instances.
If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher, please email them to discuss or to schedule an appointment to talk. We will not interrupt classroom teaching unless there is an emergency that needs immediate attention. Generally, teachers will respond to you on the same day that they are contacted.
Students are not allowed to have cell phones at school. We will allow students to use the office telephone to call you if they have forgotten their lunch, instrument, or some other needed items. Please bring any forgotten items to the Main Office and we will deliver the item to your child.
When Families Have a Concern
We welcome the opportunity to assist you and your child if there is a problem at school. Contacting the right person and discussing your concerns generally leads to a quick solution. In most instances, the best person to speak to first is your child’s classroom teacher. Teachers are not able to engage in “drop in” conferences at the beginning of the school day as the students are in the classroom and need their full attention. If you are unable to resolve the issue after speaking with the teacher, you may contact the principal or assistant principal. In the rare event that your problem is not addressed sufficiently by the school administration, you may contact the superintendent.
If your child has been sent to the principal’s office to discuss a discipline issue, parents will be notified by an administrator on that day, or in some instances, the following day. Please call the Main Office if you have any questions. Occasionally, students come to speak with the principal in order to resolve a minor issue to provide information about an incident they may have witnessed. In these cases, it is unlikely that you will receive a call from the teacher or the principal.
Notice of Translation Opportunity
For the purposes of this section, unless otherwise specified, all notices shall be written in plain language in English and when requested/necessary, the primary language spoken at home, if different than English. All written notices shall be delivered by hand-delivery, certified mail, first-class mail, email to an address provided by the parent for school communications, or by other method of delivery agreed to by the administrator and the parent.
Photo and Media Release
Monomoy Regional School District uses images and/or videos (‘media’) of students and student work to showcase educational activities and programs (including before and after school and vacation programs), as well as to inform the community of the Monomoy experience. Photographs, videos, and/or the name of your child may be included in publications (print or digital), news releases, and on District maintained websites or social media accounts. The majority of photos shared on the MRSD website and social media are used without names or other identifying information. If a media outlet wants to use a photo with identification, families are notified.
Please note that MRSD does not control the disclosure or use of photographs or video taken by participants at events that are open to parents, community members, and/or the news media. Additionally, this form does not apply to students participating in public events, like academic competitions, performances and athletic events. Student photos and names from these events may be published by the news media.
If you DO NOT give Monomoy Regional School District permission to use your child’s name, image, and/or schoolwork in any public display or presentation, you must opt out in writing by completing this form and returning it to your student’s school.