Re-entry Planning - 08.17.20 Parent Update

Re-entry Planning - 08.17.20 Parent Update
Posted on 08/25/2020

Re-entry PlanningMonday, August 17, 2020

Dear MASD Parent/Guardian:

Summer has been a very busy season for the administration as we prepare for the upcoming school year, which is now only two weeks away! Today’s update provides important information you will need regarding the reopening of schools on Monday, August 31, 2020. Please take a few minutes to review the following items:

New Student Orientation

New student orientations are scheduled for next week as follows:

  • Incoming Kindergarten Students:
    Wednesday, August 26: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Fink, Kunkel and Reid Elementary Schools
    Due to social distancing restrictions, please plan your visit according to the following schedule, if possible. Only one parent will be permitted in their child’s classroom at a time.
    - Students with last names beginning with A-J – 3:00 pm
    - Students with last names beginning with K-Z – 4:00 pm
  • Incoming MAMS Grade 6 Students:
    Monday, August 24 at 9:00 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. (approximately 45 minutes)
    OR Wednesday, August 26 at 9:00 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. (approximately 45 minutes)
    Please pre-register at:, code: UB41314238.
  • Incoming MAHS Grade 9 students:
    Tuesday, August 25: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. OR
    Wednesday, August 26: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. OR
    Thursday, August 27: 5:00 -  7:00 p.m.
    NOTE: This is a “student only” event in order to achieve social distancing. Students must pre-register using the following link:, code: AMJ1314246.


iPad Distribution

Students who are doing full remote learning or the hybrid model and will need their iPads prior to the first day of school can pick them up next week according to the following schedule:

  • Elementary students (Raider Academy, Full Remote Learning, or Scaffolded Model only) - Wednesday, August 26 & Thursday, August 27 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at their assigned school buildings. *Elementary students who are returning five days per week will receive their iPads on the first day of school.
  • All Middle School students (including Raider Academy) - Monday, August 24 - Friday, August 28 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the MAMS Front Office.
  • All High School students (including Raider Academy) - Wednesday, August 26 and Thursday, August 27 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the rear entrance of the HS by the Fitness Center.

Instructional Model Selection Form

Last week building secretaries, principals and paraprofessionals called and left messages for every parent who had not completed an Instructional Model Selection Form as of August 10, 2020. As of today, we are still waiting to hear back from several parents regarding the model of instruction they have selected for their child. It is critical that we know this information as soon as possible as it is delaying the finalization of class rosters and bus transportation assignments. If you did not complete the form over the past few weeks, please contact your child’s school so personnel can assist you. We recognize that some parents may change their mind after submitting their form. If that happens, please contact your child’s principal and building secretary so they can track any changes. 

Raider Academy

Please note that parents who have opted to enroll their child(ren) in Raider Academy, MASD’s asynchronous cyber program, must also contact their child’s school counselor to initiate the paperwork to make that switch from brick-and-mortar to cyber. Contact information for the counselors is listed below:

Fink Elementary School - Dr. Kim Guyer,
Kunkel Elementary School - Mrs. Tanya Knowles,
Reid Elementary School - Ms. Anna Smith,
Middle School - Mr. Mike DeFilippo, & Ms. Carey Bonneau,
High School - Mrs. Cheryl Friedman (Grades 9 & 11), & Mrs. Kaitlin Walsh (Grades 10 & 12),

Bus Transportation & Homeroom Teacher Assignments

This year, due to the ever-changing situation, the District will not be mailing letters to announce bus transportation information or homeroom teacher assignments. All parents will need to log on to the Power School parent portal to obtain this information. The portal will be available to parents beginning Friday evening, August 21, 2020. All students have been assigned a bus, even if parents indicated that they intend to drive their child to school to help promote social distancing. This way, in the event that a parent has a situation in which they cannot drive their child to school on a given day as planned, they will know what bus their child can ride to school. The District will release detailed directions and maps for student car drop-off and pick-up next week.

Parent Emergency Contact Information Updates

While you are in Power School to obtain your child’s bus and teacher assignment information, please take a few minutes to verify and update your parent emergency contact information in the system. This is an annual request that is often overlooked, but this year it is more important than ever to ensure that MASD has your correct phone number and email address so that you receive texts, phone calls and emails from the District. Many parents have indicated that they are not receiving District communications. In some cases, our domain automatically defaults to your spam folder; in others, parents have accidentally “unsubscribed” to our messages which disables us from reaching you; and in many cases, parents have changed their cell phone numbers and/or email addresses and have not updated that information with MASD. Please be sure to take care of this right away, as we anticipate frequent communications as we get the year up and running. We want you to be “in the know” so we need to know how to reach you.

Student Supply Lists
Many parents are asking about school supply lists. MASD provides most of what students need, but teachers who have specific requests will reach out directly to students’ parents.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All K-12 students are expected to wear a face covering when on the school bus and in the school building. Students are expected to arrive at school wearing their own face masks, but MASD will provide disposable face masks for anyone who forgets or damages their mask. The District will also provide face shields for students who wish to wear one in addition to or in lieu of their mask due to medical reasons or a documented disability.

On August 17, 2020, the PA Department of Education released updated guidance on the wearing of face masks which changes the original guidance that permitted masks to be removed when students were seated 6 feet apart at their desks. Based on the information received today, masks may only be removed when students are eating/drinking and during mask breaks not to exceed 10 minutes:

The District will provide paper bags for students to store their masks during mask breaks in the classrooms. The District will provide hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, but students who wish to carry their own hand sanitizer in their book bags for use outside of the building are free to do so.

Food Service

For those families who have participated in the seamless summer food service program offered at both Fink Elementary School and the High School, please note that there will be no lunches available the week of August 24 - 28. The Nutrition Group needs next week to transition from summer feeding to school year food service programming. Friday, August 21 will be the last day of the summer lunch program. Additional information about the school lunch program, especially for students learning from home, will be released next week.

Student Medication Drop-off

Parents should call their school nurse to schedule a time to drop off medications during the windows of time listed below. The nurse will meet parents at the front of the building for medication collection. 

Tuesday, August 25
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

School Calendar

This year the District is not producing the paper version of the District Wall Calendar due to the fact that changes to scheduled events may occur frequently which would render a printed version obsolete from the start. All dates for school and District events are housed on the home page of the District website at so please bookmark this site and check it often for updates. A printable version of the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar with scheduled holidays and other days off school can be found HERE.

Back-to-School Nights and Open Houses

Due to the PA Department of Health’s requirement that no indoor events be held with groups of 25+ individuals, all MASD back-to-school nights and open houses will be held virtually in September. Zoom links for each building’s events will be posted to the website and sent out in School Messenger email in the next few weeks.

PIAA Fall Sports Season

Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) has not yet made its decision on the future of fall sports. PIAA is meeting again on Friday, August 21 to determine if the fall sports season will commence on September 8, 2020, as previously announced by the organization. The District will update parents as new information becomes available.

Daily Pre-Screening Home Checks & School Temperature Screenings

Parents are expected to conduct a daily pre-screening check with their child(ren) before they leave home each morning. An example of symptoms to check for can be viewed HERE.

Students who present with symptoms should not be sent to school. Upon arrival each day, all students will pass by the thermal temperature screening kiosk. Students whose temperature alerts school personnel to a possible fever will be immediately taken to an isolation room and parents will be contacted to pick up the child.

Decision-making Matrix – COVID-19 confirmed positive cases

Last week the PA Department of Education and Department of Health issued joint guidance to school districts regarding decisions to close classrooms, buildings, or a school district if a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 occurs. This is the recommended guidance that MASD will utilize to determine how to handle situations throughout the District. The links below take you to the charts depicting the various scenarios. Districts have been told that this is guidance, not a requirement, and that we are to examine each case individually in consultation with the PA Department of Health, using contextual data to determine if and when it may be necessary to temporarily close a room, school or district to clean and sanitize areas used by someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Hopefully, this information is responsive to many of your questions as we prepare for the reopening of school on August 31. If you have questions that were not addressed here, please feel free to reach out to the building principal or me for assistance. Remember that we are all in this together!

Dr. Lori A. Suski
Superintendent of Schools

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