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2020-2021 School Year Update

June 26, 2020

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 

 

We apologize for the lengthy message, but we want to make sure that we get as much  information out to you as possible regarding the updates of our policies and procedures for the start of the school year on August 10, 2020. 

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW SCHOOL START TIMES:

 

High School - 8:20am-3:05pm

Middle School - 9:50am-4:35pm

 

A split schedule has been created so High School and Middle School Students are coming to and leaving school at staggered times and being transported on busses in smaller numbers to facilitate social distancing

 

In addition to following CDC guidelines and the recommendations from the Department of Education in reference to cleaning and social distancing, we will be following additional protocols and procedures that will help keep students safe in our school including but not limited to:

 

  • Class sizes will be smaller to accommodate as much distancing as possible.
  • We will take student temperatures daily. Any student who has a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be sent home immediately.
  • Hand sanitizer stations in every classroom and in common areas.
  • We will not have any large gatherings of students before or after school until safely cleared to do so. Students will be going directly to class upon their arrival on campus. 
  • Cancellation of the Walk and Brain Break to avoid large crowds. 
  • Eating lunch in classrooms
  • Holding any student assemblies virtually through Google Meets. 

 

Students will also be required to wear masks when changing classes, at the start and end of the day, as well as any time larger groups of students have to gather, for example when students pass classes (are in the hallways). All these precautions are being taken to ensure student safety while at school.

 

Providing options is a part of what we do at MSA!!  We have developed three learning options that will allow everyone to participate in a program and schedule that will best meet the individual needs of our students.

 

 

  • Full time on campus for Arts and Academic Classes:

 

 

Students will normally have four periods per day. We will make every effort to keep the class sizes as small as possible to accommodate social distancing, and recommend that students wear masks at all times. As noted above, masks will be required in common areas and at class change times.

 

 

  • Taking MSA classes in an online learning format:

 

 

A student who needs to stay home for personal reasons or family needs will be online taking regularly scheduled classes through visual software such as Google Classroom, Google Hangout Meets, Zoom or others. Students will take classes with MSA faculty and will be able to communicate live with the teacher on a regular basis, as well as through email, text, etc.  Student attendance at scheduled class time is expected to qualify for this format.

 

A student choosing this option will not be able to be scheduled in arts elective classes, but will have the option to take academic electives. Depending on interest in this program, we are looking at the possibility of adding some middle school academic electives to the course offerings this year.

 

This model would be similar to what many students experienced during the 4th Quarter of the previous school year. It gives students more structure to their learning and helps keep them on schedule. It will also allow them to return to school anytime that they and their parents are comfortable to do so.

 

 

  • Full Time FLVS while still maintaining MSA Student Status:

 

 

This option would be a traditional full time online learning through Florida Virtual School with the difference being that the classes are registered for differently than an FLVS Flex class. Students would take classes completely through FLVS and will be required to create their own structure and pace in this independent learning program. Students will be required to complete each section of a class during the semester it is assigned. 

 

If you are interested in your child using option 2 or 3 (online options), please complete this Alternative School Choice Form as soon as possible.

 

Bussing for 2020-2021

 

As noted above, to reduce the number of students riding the busses we are splitting the school schedule so that we can transport students safely to school. Parents DO NOT need to register for the bus, as any student who needs transportation will have it provided to them.

 

Beginning of the Year School Events

 

Due to the limits on the number of people who can meet in a large group, we will be moving all of our beginning of the school year events to virtual events. More information to follow. These events will include:

 

7-12th Grades New Student Orientation 

6th Grade Orientation 

Transitioning to Middle School (6th Grade) 

Back to School Night (all students)

 

Our first priority is the safety and health of our school community and we are making every effort to make this school year the best possible for all of our students. Given the circumstances created by the Coronavirus, we will have to adjust and make the best of the situation at hand. Thank you for your continued support. Please email us at info@msaschool.org you have any questions.  



MSA Administration