More in-person learning at MACS

Below is an update to a recent letter from Superintendent Dr. Donna Runner. The original letter appears at the bottom of this page.

March 23, 2021

Dear MACS Family and Community,

I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to bring our students further learning opportunities in the buildings. As with many things this year, protocols and information are constantly changing, and I appreciate everyone’s ability to adjust as needed.

As we continue to finalize our plans to move to more in-person learning for all students, we have a modification to last week’s announcement.

In the coming weeks, we plan to bring all students from Pre-K to 12th grade back for four days per week, with Wednesdays remaining a fully remote day for all. Those families who select full virtual learning will remain with virtual learning.

Maintaining the integrity of the schedule and supporting all students, in-person and virtual, is at the forefront of our plans. As we looked at the logistics, adjusting the pre-K through eighth-grade schedules to five days would require major overhauls and cause a disruption to the learning process.

We want our staff to continue delivering the high-quality education everyone expects and focus on meeting the needs of our students, instead of trying to modify and change their schedules.

Wednesdays will still be used for planning, Leader in Me Character Education lessons, review of synchronous assignments, etc. as well as other student supports as it has been all year.

Soon, all families will receive the quarterly survey to select which mode of learning they would like for their students when this change occurs. Each student will have an option of four days in-person per week or fully remote.

We will communicate the definitive start date for our new four-day in-person learning model when we have made the final determination. Remember that the COVID-19 infection rate in the county may affect our plans.

As always, I appreciate your consideration as we work to find the solutions to best support all our scholars during this time. Those with questions may reach out to their student’s principal or the district office directly.

Sincerely,
Dr. Donna Runner
Superintendent of Schools


March 19, 2021

Dear Mexico Academy and Central School District families and community,

Since the initial order for fully remote instruction a little more than a year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of the way we learn. We have found ways to successfully adapt and rise to the occasion as time passed to allow for safe in-person learning, graduation exercises, extracurricular activities, student athletics and more.

I am writing today to share with you that we are taking another exciting step forward to allow more in-person learning.

Toward the end of April – we are still ironing out details and the exact date – we are looking to bring our student scholars in four days per week for high school students and five for those in pre-K through eighth grade. High school students will remain fully virtual on Wednesdays.

Social distancing on buses may require a modification to the start and end times for each building.

Students and staff will remain masked all day with breaks as needed. We will also continue to provide a free breakfast and lunch for all students for the remainder of the school year.

Once we have plans in place, we will communicate a start date and any changes to the schedule. There will still be a fully remote option for families who prefer that model of learning.

The district and Oswego County Health Department will continue to monitor the infection rate, which may require virtual instruction, and students and staff may be quarantined as needed if a positive case occurs.

We are incredibly happy to be offering more in-person instruction in the near future to better support our student needs and well-being.

Those with questions are encouraged to reach out to their school principal or the district office at any time.

As always, thank you for your time and patience as we enter this next phase. Better days are around the corner!

Sincerely,
Dr. Donna Runner
Superintendent of Schools