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  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

    ***Please note - responses to questions are subject to change in accordance with evolving public health guidance and/or directives issued by the Florida Department of Education.  The safety of students and staff is the top priority of the Martin County School District. ***

     

    Last Updated: November 18, 2020 

     

    To submit additional questions that have not been answered on this page, please email MCSDReopening@martinschools.org.

     

     

Instructional Options

  • 1) What are my enrollment options for the 2020-2021 school year?

  • 2) Why would the District choose to fully reopen schools when COVID-19 cases are rising in our community and state?

  • 3) Will each learning option offer the same classes?

  • 4) Will the remote learning option be identical to the distance learning we experienced during the final months of last school year?

  • 5) Will my child be able to participate in recess?

  • 6) If I choose the remote learning option, will I need to provide my own computer, tablet or laptop for my child?

  • 7) If I choose the traditional option, what will happen if my child’s school or all schools close again like last Spring?

  • 8) If I choose the remote learning option for my middle or high school student, will they be able to participate in athletics?

  • 9) If I choose the remote learning option, will my middle or high school student be able to participate in programs or academies such as International Baccalaureate, Cambridge AICE, Advanced Placement, Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses or AVID?

  • 10) Will teachers be expected to teach both in person and online simultaneously? How will the District address any logistical challenges that may arise as teachers are trying to accommodate the learning and questions from in person and remote learners at the same time?

  • 11) If I choose to have my child start the year participating in one learning option and decide that I want to transfer to the other, will this be possible? How long will I be expected to commit to one option for my child?

  • 12) How does live streaming work? If my child is participating in learning at school and other students are streaming lessons live from home, how will you protect my child’s privacy if I do not want them to be photographed?

  • 13) How will my child take District assessments and tests created by teachers remotely?

  • 14) Will a student be permitted to take some courses in person at the school building and their remaining classes at home?

  • 15) If my child is participating in the remote learning option, will they have access to the teacher to ask questions and participate in real-time?

  • 16) I have been hearing a lot about MOSAIC. Why is the District not including this as an available learning option?

  • 17) I registered my child for remote learning. When will we receive directions/instructions?

  • 18) What are the expectations associated with remote learning?

  • 19) My child is participating in remote learning. Does he/she have to have their device camera turned on?

Health and Safety

  • 1) Will students, staff and visitors be required to wear masks? If so, will they wear them at all times?

  • 2) Will teachers or other school personnel have the authority to determine if students are able to remove their masks if students are socially distanced in a classroom setting?

  • 3) How will the District enforce the rule that students must wear masks when social distancing is not possible? I do not want my child exposed to illness because another student(s) refuse(s) to follow the rules.

  • 4) What should I do if I would like my child to return to in-person school, but they have a health condition that I believe would preclude them from wearing a mask?

  • 5) If my child participates in traditional, in-person school, what will social distancing look like? Will desks be placed 6 feet apart? Will students have to wear masks in their classrooms if their desks are placed 6 feet apart?

  • 6) Will students undergo temperature screenings?

  • 7) Will staff undergo temperature screenings?

  • 8) Will visitors undergo temperature screenings?

  • 9) What will happen if a student or staff member becomes ill?

  • 10) What is the protocol for school closure in the event a school receives notice that a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19? Will the District notify parents?

  • 11) What if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

  • 12) Will students be expected to practice social distancing?

  • 13) What steps will be taken to ensure surfaces are clean? How often will classrooms, communal areas and school buses be cleaned?

  • 14) What other steps are being taken to ensure a healthy environment?

  • 15) Will parents and volunteers be allowed on campus?

  • 16) Will the new procedures and policies change the way students participate in safety drills?

  • 17) Will students and staff have access to water fountains?

  • 18) Will my child be permitted to wear a face shield instead of a mask?

  • 19) What’s the difference between “quarantine” and “isolation”?

  • 20) How do I know if I need to quarantine or self-isolate?

  • 21) Has criteria been established to define when a classroom or school would transition from in-person to remote learning due to spread of COVID-19?

  • 22) What are the immunization requirements this year? Will my child have to have an updated immunization form on file if they are participating in remote learning?

  • 23) Will students who are experiencing symptoms of illness report to the clinic at their school?

  • 24) How do I know if I should keep my child home from school? What symptoms should I look for?

  • 25) What is the quarantine protocol for essential employees? How do I know if I am an essential employee?

  • 26) What is the criteria for transitioning a classroom/ group of students or staff to the quarantine/remote learning protocol?

Exceptional Student Education

  • 1) How will the District complete evaluations once school reopens?

  • 2) How will Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings take place?

  • 3) Will students with IEPs or 504 Plans receive accommodations when participating in remote learning?

  • 4) Will students with IEPs continue to receive the services identified in individual student plans (IEP) when participating in remote learning?

  • 5) How will the District ensure students are provided with the least restrictive learning environment possible while complying with all health and safety requirements?

  • 6) If my child is enrolled in ESE classes and has a documented health concern, will they be expected to wear a mask when participating in traditional, in-person school?

Mental Wellness

  • 1) If my child is anxious or concerned about returning to school, what can I do to help?

  • 2) Where can I find resources regarding emotional and mental wellness for my child?

  • 3) Will staff receive any extra training regarding trauma-informed care and mental health first aid as a result of COVID-19?

  • 4) If I choose to have my child participate in remote learning, how will they have access to counseling and other support resources?

Food & Nutrition

  • 1) If we elect to have our child(ren) participate in remote learning, will they still be permitted to receive their free or reduced price meals?

  • 2) What steps will be taken to limit exposure in school cafeterias?

  • 3) Will students be required to wear masks while eating in the cafeteria? Will social distancing be practiced in the cafeteria?

  • 4) How do I submit an application for free or reduced price meals?

  • 5) May I pay for my child's meals online?

Transportation

  • 1) If I elect to have my child participate in the traditional, in-person school option, will they be able to ride the bus to and from school?

  • 2) Will students be required to wear masks on school buses?

  • 3) Will social distancing be practiced on school buses? How will buses be loaded? Will you allow my child to be seated with his/her sibling(s)?

  • 4) What steps will be taken to limit exposure on school buses?

  • 5) Where can I find bus routes?

Technology

  • 1) If I don’t currently have a device for my child(ren), can I obtain one from the District?

  • 2) Will the District support my child’s device if we choose to use one from home?

  • 3) I already have a District-issued device for my child, but the camera is turned off. What should I do?

  • 4) My child's device is not working. How do I request tech support?

  • 5) Is my child required to have their camera on when participating in remote learning?

Early Childhood Education

  • 1) What instructional options are available for children enrolled in Head Start and VPK?

  • 2) Will my preschooler have to wear a mask while at school?

  • 3) What health guidelines will be followed for preschool children?

  • 4) How will meals be served to VPK and Head Start students?

  • 5) Will children have nap time?

  • 6) How many students will be in each classroom?

  • 7) Who should I contact if I have additional questions about my child returning to school to participate in VPK?

Extracurricular Activities/Athletics

  • 1) Will my child’s school host sporting events, pep rallies, dances, meet the teacher/curriculum nights?

  • 2) Will student-athletes be required to wear masks?

  • 3) Will parents/guardians and other spectators be allowed to attend athletic events?

  • 4) If my child chooses the remote learning option will they still be able to try out for sports?

  • 5) Why were summer band camps and practices canceled, but athletic conditioning was allowed to resume?

  • 6) How will students participate in PE? Will they be required to wear masks? How will social distancing and shared contact of equipment be handled?

  • 7) Will field trips and other large gatherings be permitted?

Extended Day

  • 1) Will the District have Extended Day next year? If so, which schools will offer this service and what are the hours of operation?

  • 2) Will students practice social distancing while participating in the Extended Day program? How will shared toys, equipment, etc. be disinfected on a consistent basis?

  • 3) When will I be able to register my child for Extended Day? What is the process?