June 5, 2020
Dear MCS Staff and Families,
In my last email communication with you, I promised that we would provide an update regarding the reopening of school by June 5. This email includes the most updated information we have as of today and, equally as important, a survey that we are asking each MCS family to complete as we prepare for a possible reopening on August 4.
Current Status of School Reopening
Let me start with what I assume is most important to you – have we made a final decision regarding reopening of school? Not yet. We are preparing for the potential reopening; however, we also understand that guidance from state and federal agencies continues to evolve based on patterns with infection rates and other critical variables. To be honest, I feel incredible pressure to let you know as soon as possible; I also feel the same amount of pressure to give you an answer that doesn’t change multiple times between now and August 4. In collaboration with metro-Atlanta superintendents, our intention is to make a final decision regarding reopening by July 1.
Preparing for a Possible Reopening
This past week, the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Public Health released a guidance document that helps school leaders better prepare for a possible reopening. Should you have an interest in reading “Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools”, you will see extensive recommendations to reopen schools. Please know our MCS staff has been examining and will continue to work to implement all reasonable measures to keep our students and staff as safe as possible.
MCS Family Survey
In the spirit of being as safe and prepared as possible, each MCS family is asked to complete a survey regarding your intentions relative to school attendance and bus transportation should schools reopen in August. While I acknowledge family circumstances and preferences may change between now and then, your feedback will help us better estimate student numbers and proactively navigate the complexities of social distancing in schools and on school buses. Additionally, we are preparing now, through digital learning and other resources, to support families who may choose not to send their child(ren) back to school.
I thank you in advance for your continued grace and understanding.
Archived Letters to Families
Coronavirus Information from the CDC