MRSD update on coronavirus (COVID-19)
In order to ensure current and up-to-date information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) and potential impact on its schools, officials at Monomoy Regional School District are in frequent communication with the Massachusetts Department of Health and Department of Early and Secondary Education, as well as local Boards of Health. MRSD Superintendent Dr. Scott Carpenter is issuing weekly briefings to families with updates and is posting that information, as well as additional resources, on the district’s website.
The Monomoy custodial team is further increasing its disinfecting and cleaning routines in all buildings. School nurses have been visiting classrooms to offer reminders about appropriate hand-washing behavior to students, and posters are located in restrooms to serve as an additional reminder. MRSD had two international trips scheduled over April vacation, to London, England, and Costa Rica, and those trips have been postponed.
To prepare for all eventualities, the administrative team has been working to ensure that teachers can amend their lessons to be offered remotely if need be, and to ensure that all students have access to the technology necessary to do so. Monomoy already has 1:1 technology in place for all middle and high school students, and is actively working to alleviate any connectivity issues for all students, including both equipment and internet access. The Food Services Department has contingency plans in place to continue providing breakfast and lunch to all students who are part of the free and reduced lunch program, as there are many children reliant on those meals as part of their daily nutrition.
“The entire Monomoy team is working hard behind the scenes to ensure that our students and faculty remain as healthy as possible, and that any impacts on learning are minimized through careful planning, as we continue to closely monitor the situation,” says Carpenter.