Return to School/Covid
Mason County Eastern COVID 19 Dashboard
High School Students remain on remote learning until Dec 20th based on the Emergency Order.
April 2, 2020
Dear MCE Parents and Guardians:
We hope everyone in your family is healthy and doing well! Today by Executive Order, Governor Whitmer ordered the suspension of in-person instruction for Michigan public schools for the remainder of the school year. With that same order, the Governor has requested school districts and teachers provide families with instructional materials so that students can continue their education at home during this pandemic crisis.
This means that, even though our school buildings will remain closed, the school year is not over for our students. So what will learning look like for MCE students during the months of April, May and June? We are calling our plan MCE School@Home and it has four main highlights:
#1) Food Service Delivery – Students and families will be able to receive food deliveries of two meals per student (breakfast and lunch) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, families will receive a 2-day supply of meals.
#2 Student Packet Delivery - On Tuesday of each week, an instructional packet will be delivered to each student’s home containing academic assignments to be completed for the week. Parents will be asked to help support their student’s in the completion of this school work. As a public safety consideration, these packets will not be returned to school. Instead, the following week answer sheets will be distributed to families for the previous week’s lessons - along with lessons for the coming week. Delivery of these packets will start on Tuesday April 14th.
#3) Digital Enrichment Activities – For families with internet access, academic enrichment activities (videos, digital assignments, Razz Kids, IXL, Kahn, MobyMax, etc.) will be available via links attached to Google Classroom. Links to lessons that were distributed in the student packet delivery will also be available on-line.
#4) Teacher Office Hours – Teachers will be available to speak with students and parents to provide both academic and social-emotional support during posted office hours. This will be an opportunity for kids and parents to get additional help via telephone, text or email. This will not include student-to-teacher or parent-to-teacher face to face meetings. We understand fully that our kids miss their teachers – and our teachers miss their kids.
In terms of the other important school activities, here is what we know:
Graduation: We expect that all students who were on track to successfully meet all state and district requirements will graduate. Our plan is to hold a formal graduation ceremony. However, that ceremony may look different given the social distancing protocols that remain in place. More information to follow.
Testing (NWEA/MSTEP/PSAT/SAT): These tests have been put on hold for this academic year. Our plan is to support your student to perform well on these assessments next school year.
Athletics/Extracurricular Activities: All of these activities will be canceled for the remainder of the school year. We would encourage you to support your student to maintain their interest and preparedness for these activities when they resume. All in-person activities scheduled at Mason County Eastern Schools through the remainder of the school year will be canceled or postponed.
Finally, please know that we understand that this is a tough time for our families and kids. And also please know that if you or someone you love needs a little extra help – call the school at 757-3733 and ask for that extra help. Our plan is to stay in touch with our kids and families via Facebook, the school’s website and PowerSchool phone calls, texts and emails. More information to come. Please stay safe and let us know how we can help.
Thank you for your understanding, your patience, and your continued support of Mason County Eastern School District.
Mr. Paul Shoup, Superintendent
Dr. Mark Forner, Principal
A Stay Home-Stay Safe order has been placed on Michigan residence until April 13th. We will continue to deliver food through Thursday, March 26th. We will not be delivering during the scheduled spring break but will list food hubs where you can go to pick up meals. Only Superintendent Paul Shoup, Principal Mark Forner, Food Service employees and maintenance staff will be at school during this closure.
MCE is providing food at the three hubs and will start delivering if you can not make it to one of the food hubs. Please call the Administration office 757-3733 if you need this service. Please call before 4pm so we can be prepared daily with enough food.
Read to your kids, this is a perfect time to do that. Post pictures to our Facebook page under the post March is Reading Month.
School will be closed by order of the Governor of Michigan March 16-April 6th. This includes all gym, weight room and school facilities.
Mason County Eastern Schools will be providing bagged Breakfast and Lunch at three locations Monday-Friday 9am-10am.. These locations are Sherman Township Hall, Fountain, Tallman Senior Center, MCE cafeteria. This is open to any child to 18 years of age.
MHSAA has informed all schools that all athletic events (practices and games) are to be cancelled during this mandatory closure.
Mason County Eastern is also stating that All Athletic (gym and weight room), Student and Community Events will be cancelled and the school will be closed to the public during this mandatory closure. The administration office will be open during this time but may have limited hours. Call ahead if you need to come in to school.
We do have food in our school pantry if families are in need, please call the administration office for more information.
Elementary Students are encouraged to keep up with their Math using Ixl for those that have login access.
All students are encouraged to READ books, Parents read with you child to continue to improve their READING skills.
Students with online classes are encouraged to work on these classes.
Dear Mason County Eastern Community,
Given the recent news surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), the District has developed this webpage as a way to share information and communicate with our school community. This webpage will be updated regularly as a way to inform our community about the advisement that we are receiving and the decisions that we are making to keep our school community safe. You can expect constant updates to this page, as this virus is already having impacts on our schools and our events.
Please be assured that we are in constant communication with the District #10 Health Department, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Spectrum Health. Information and links are being provided by these organizations.
This information is focused on preventing the spread of disease, symptoms associated with the disease, along with information to help those who may be ill.
As always, student, staff, and school community safety, along with the health and well-being of everyone will drive the decisions that we make as a District.
Specific recommendations and actions taken by the District are outlined in the expandable content box below.
Thank you for your continued support of Mason County Eastern School District.
Paul Shoup, Superintendent
1. The District encourages everyone in our school community to practice the preventative measures listed below to slow the spread of COVID-19 and all other respiratory disease and/or illness:
Please stay home if you are sick; advise others to do the same
Always cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and warm water are not available.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
2. While the District's standard and routine cleaning procedures are designed to control the spread of illness, the District is using cleaning products that have been approved by the for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens and the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
3. We will continue to make decisions about events within the District's control on a case by case basis.
As recommended by health experts, the District may be canceling events where large gatherings of students and adults would normally be assembled together. Again, event cancellation will be by a case by case basis. Please rely on communication from each building for specific events impacting individual school buildings.
Athletic events decisions may be cancelled based on local and MHSAA recommendation, as these events are governed by the policies and procedures of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). The page below will provide up to date information on these events.
4. We are monitoring the attendance and absence rates for students and staff on a daily, and even an hourly basis. Please assist in controlling the spread of illness. If your child has symptoms of respiratory illness or is sick, please keep them home. If attendance or truancy related issues would normally result, please know that the District will work closely with the family through this. It is most important that those presenting these symptoms stay home. The District is following the advice of government officials to create flexibility in our systems to help control the spread of illness. Students should be fever free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
5. The District is staying in close contact with health care experts and following the recommendations and guidance of the District Health Department #10, Michigan Department of Education, State of Michigan (Governors Office, and Center of Disease Control (CDC).
Click the link below to access the interim recommendations being made by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services:
Executive Office of Governor Whitmer: Interim Recommendations (March 11, 2020)
Click the link below to access the updated guidance document issued to schools by Dr. Michael F. Rice (Superintendent of Public Instruction, Michigan Department of Education) and Dr. Joneigh Khaldun (Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy for Health, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services):
Click on the link below to access the website of the District Health Department #10. This site has lots of helpful information for the general community, schools and childcare, government, businesses, and healthcare.
The following resources, documents, and links were added to our website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist our school community in learning more about the disease, while also helping to further control the spread of disease and illness in our community.
The District encourages our school community to visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) webpage below, as the page is updated regularly with the most up to date information as it pertains to COVID-19 in Michigan.
For statistics relating to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Michigan or for more information, visit the MDHHS website at the link below:
Map and Statistics
The webpage for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pertaining to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
Per Mark Uyl, Executive Director for the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), the Association is working with state and local health authorities to monitor the developing COVID-19 situation in Michigan. MHSAA encourages people to follow the CDC guidance regarding hand-washing, personal hygiene, and staying home when sick.
MHSAA is continually monitoring this situation. If it becomes necessary to make adjustments to MHSAA tournament events, decisions will be made to ensure a healthy and safe environment for everyone involved.
Click the link below to access the updated guidance document issue to schools by Michigan High School Athletic Association. Complete Information and Updates can be found by following this page: MHSAA Coronavirus Updates