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MPS Coronavirus Updates

 

Parent update

Sent 5.1.20

Mandan Public School Family,

The past eight weeks have provided our school district and community with many challenges. We want to express our sincerest thanks to each of you for your support of Mandan Public Schools, our educators, and our students during this journey. For those of you that have helped us meet the needs of our students, thank you. The innovation, agility, and rapid response to deliver food, distance learning, and support to our students and their families has been tremendous. We are very proud of our community; thank you.   

During this pandemic, we have navigated many new experiences. The journey is not quite done.  Governor Burgum, in his press conference today, Friday, May 1st, outlined guidance for schools that has provided clarity on how Mandan Public Schools can progress.

Virtual Learning Continuation

The Governor's directive today, ordered schools to complete the school year using online education. Mandan Public Schools will continue to use Canvas to provide our students with Opportunity Learning experiences as we have since the initial closure.   

End of the Year Process

Each school will be contacting families to provide you with information on the end of the year processes. These processes will include information on how to return school materials, including your child's school-issued iPad, charger, and cable.  It will also address how families can obtain personal items left at the schools during the pandemic. Mandan Public Schools will be organizing these "End-of-Year" days between May 18-21. Be watching your email for more specific information from your child's school.

Summer School

Many students each year participate in summer school learning opportunities. These range from elementary math/reading courses to a range of high school courses.  At this time, MPS is planning to conduct summer school.  At this time, we are waiting for this guidance. Once this is received, we will share our summer school plans with you.    

Graduation Ceremony

The Governor said that he is committed to finding a safe way to recognize the graduating seniors.  Guidance on graduation is anticipated next week. Once that guidance is available, MHS will combine this with the valuable feedback from our Seniors and their parents and communicate our plan.

Stay Safe & Healthy,

Mandan Public School Administration 





Email update to families

Sent 4.6.20

MPS Families,  

We hope this message finds your family healthy. As we approach week four of virtual learning, we want to express our appreciation for your patience and dedication to your student(s).    

A reminder that there will be no virtual learning on Friday, April 10th, or Monday, April 13th, for the Easter Holiday. Here are a few additional updates from Mandan Public Schools:  

Child Nutrition: Lunches will not be served this Friday, April 10th, or Monday, April 13th, for the Easter Holiday. Meals will continue to be distributed on Tuesday, April 14th, at our four locations. For locations visit: http://www.mandan.k12.nd.us/  

Activities: the ND High School Activities Association has voted to extend the suspension of spring sports indefinitely. A decision about all other activities will occur in the coming weeks.   

Tech and Family Support: We have established a Family Support Line and Tech Help Line for families in need.   

- The Family Support Line (701-390-9103) will be available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday. This line has been set up for support with mental health, food, or shelter.   

- For questions about Canvas or how-to technology support needs, please call 701-751-6600 or submit a ticket online at https://mandansd1.on.spiceworks.com/portal/  

Many have wondered how to talk to their kids about COVID-19 in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute. https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/  

For any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Administration Offices at 751-6500 from 9 am to Noon each weekday. Please leave a message if we are unable to answer your call.  





Update to families

Sent 3.23.20

MPS Families,

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we navigate this situation. We assure you that we are working hard to continue to carry out our mission while monitoring the spread of COVID-19.  

We are in regular contact with local and state health officials, as well as the ND Department of Public Instruction, the Governor’s Office, other local school districts. We also continue to take direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Governor Burgum, by executive order, has suspended school in ND for grades K-12 indefinitely. The executive order further stipulated that schools would continue to receive state aid through Tuesday, March 31st. For schools to continue to receive state aid beginning April 1st, schools will need to have a distance learning plan that is approved by both the ND Dept. of Public Instruction and the Governor’s Office.  The Mandan School District has submitted its distance learning plan to DPI, and we are waiting on approval.

Contacting MPS: Essential staff are still working at the District Office. Please feel free to call 751-6500 with any questions or concerns that you may have. Teachers, Principals, and other professionals can be contacted via email. Email addresses can be found at www.Mandan.K12.nd.us

Academics: Teachers and other educational staff are currently modifying their classroom plans to allow for distance learning. They have begun to reach out to students and hope to begin online instruction on Wednesday or Thursday this week after students have picked up their iPads.

Internet Access: Each student at MPS has an iPad that can be used for distance learning. We understand that having a device without having internet has limited functionality. We have made internet available in all of our school parking lots. All school-issued devices will connect automatically to these networks from outside the buildings.  The strongest network access is behind Mandan High School.

Also, both Midcontinent Communications (800-888-1300) and BEK Communications (701-474-1230) have programs available to assist families with a financial need get connected to the internet. In addition, many mobile communications companies are offering to remove data limits on their plans. Please contact your provider for specific details.

Child Nutrition: MPS is adding a 4th food distribution site beginning today. We understand that our previous Lakewood location was challenging to find so we have selected a more prominent location. Locations and times are as follows:

Mary Stark Elementary 405 8th Ave SE Mandan, ND – 11:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Custer Elementary - 205 8th Ave. NE -11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m

Twin City Estates - 3001 Twin City Drive Mandan, ND – 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

New Discovery Montessori 4103 Shoal Loop SE, Mandan ND - 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Thank you so much for being patient with us as we navigate these unchartered waters. Please continue to take the recommendations from the ND Department of Health. 


 

MPS Meal Update

3.20.20

To better serve our MPS Students, we have added an additional pick-up location for meals. Please note that times may be adjusted later in the week. All children aged 1-18 are eligible. The child MUST be present to receive their meal, per ND DPI regulation. 
 A to-go bag will include lunch for that day and breakfast for the next day and served Monday through Friday. The free meal distribution will be solely for picking up meals as meals cannot be consumed on-site. 
The following locations will be participating:
Mary Stark Elementary School – 405 8th Ave SE, Mandan. Served daily from 11:00 – 11:30 pm. 
Custer Elementary School – 205 8th Ave NE, Mandan. Served daily from 11:45 - 12:15 pm. 
Twin City Estates – 3001 Twin City Drive. Served daily from 12:30-1:00 pm. 
Lakewood - 2302 Shoal Look Mandan. Served from 1:15 - 1:45 pm. ​
If any student or chaperone of a student is exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms, please stay in the vehicle.


3/19 Message to MHS Students

MHS Students,

These have been extraordinary times.  We hope your time at home has not been to stressful.  Here is some information we felt each of you should know.

Schools Closed - School buildings are closed all next week, March 23-27. 

Virtual Learning - Be looking in Canvas and your school email for information on class assignments and projects.  School is running and will be done online.  It is your educational responsibility to be in contact with your teachers and complete the needed materials so you can receive a passing grade and credit for your courses.  All Q3 materials are due on or before March 27. MHS will have a dropbox by the office to get materials to teachers.  The school will be open from 8:00 am - 10:00 am daily.

Seniors - scholarship materials can be obtained by sending an email request or a simple picture of the form if a signature or information needs to be filled in by the school. We will get the requests taken care of for you.  

Technology - If your iPad is at school, contact the school.  MMS students watch your email for instructions when to pick up your iPad.   If you do not have internet access at home we recommend: finding a friend with wifi, a community hotspot, or calling our Tech Helpdesk for support.

Tech Helpdesk - The technology department has set up a couple of methods to assist students and parents when technology issues arise.  The phone number 751-6600 has been set up for s technology helpdesk.  The phone number may be unmanned, please leave a message if necessary. 

Students/parents may also use the helpdesk ticket submission system at https://mandansd1.on.spiceworks.com/portal.  The helpdesk will be available during normal business hours, 7:30am – 4:30pm, but will not be manned.

Be safe.  Take the necessary steps to stay healthy and please contact your teacher if you need help.




3/19/2020 Message to Parents

3.19.20

Message to Parents

MPS Families,

Yesterday, MPS was informed of two positive cases of COVID-19 in Morton County. In an effort to combat the community spread, we have decided to close schools Monday, March 23rd through Friday, March 27th. Our top priority at Mandan Public Schools is always the safety and wellness of our students, staff, and families. A decision about school beyond March 27th will be made at a later date.  


Extended Learning

MPS Staff will continue to work these next few days to finalize a plan that will include educational opportunities for your students. Please continue to check your email for additional details as they are finalized in the coming days.  If Internet access is a concern for your family, BEK Communications and Midco are both offering free or reduced services for families.  Please contact those providers for additional information. 
 

Tech Help Desk

The technology department has set up a couple of methods to assist students and parents when technology issues arise.  The phone number to contact the helpdesk is 751-6600.  Additionally, staff, parents, and students can submit a ticket at https://mandansd1.on.spiceworks.com/portal.  The help desk is open from 7:30am – 4:30pm, responses to tickets will occur during those times.  When leaving a message, please let us know your student's name and contact information.  We will attempt to respond as soon as we are able. 
 

Entry Into Schools & iPads

We understand the need for students to be able to access their iPads and personal belongings. The following are times for access to each school. We want to remind you that if you are exhibiting symptoms, please contact the school for alternative arrangements. 

Mandan High School – March 19th & 20th from 8:00 am – 10:00 am daily. 

Mandan Middle School - Call the school 751-6502 between 9-12 on Friday, March 20th.  We will take your students name, what they need (iPad and/or instrument) and have them ready for pickup on Monday, March 23rd from 1-6pm.

Elementary Schools - Wednesday, March 25th from 7am - 7pm (An email with instructions for your child's school will go out Friday morning)
 

Food Services

We will continue to provide meals for students every school day from 11:00 to 1:00 pm at the locations listed below. Meals will be provided using a drive-up or walk-up process. The free meal distribution will be solely for picking up meals as meals cannot be consumed on-site.   

  • Mary Stark Elementary School – 405 8th Ave SE, Mandan. Served daily from 11:00 – 11:30 am. 
  • Custer Elementary School – 205 8th Ave NE, Mandan. Served daily from 11:40 am – 12:15 pm. 
  • Twin City Estates – 3001 Twin city Drive. Served daily from 12:30-1:00 pm. 


MPS Events

We will continue to follow CDC guidelines, which includes suspending all student activities indefinitely.   Thank you for your continued support and understanding. The safety of our students, staff, and community is our number one concern. 


SwiftREach Issues

The school closure message consisted of a text, email, and voice message.  However, we are being informed that many of the voice messages are fragmented, cutoff, or not being completed at all.  Our apologies for our system.  Again, the most reliable means of communication is this site.  Share this with friends and other families.  We will continue to use SW but know that we are experiencing issues.


MPS CLOSED March 23-27

MPS Families, 

Yesterday, MPS was informed of two positive cases of COVID-19 in Morton County. In an effort to combat the community spread, we have decided to close schools Monday, March 23rd through Friday, March 27th. Our top priority at Mandan Public Schools is always the safety and wellness of our students, staff, and families. A decision about school beyond March 27th will be made next week. Please make sure to monitor your email and the website http://www.mandan.k12.nd.us/ for more information.  

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. The safety of our students, staff, and community is our number one concern.

MPS Administration 



MPS Letter to Families

Updated 3.19.20

Yesterday, MPS was informed of two positive cases of COVID-19 in Morton County. In an effort to combat the community spread, we have decided to close schools Monday, March 23rd through Friday, March 27th. Our top priority at Mandan Public Schools is always the safety and wellness of our students, staff, and families. A decision about school beyond March 27th will be made at a later date. Please make sure to monitor your email and the website http://www.mandan.k12.nd.us/ for more information.  

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. The safety of our students, staff, and community is our number one concern.



Message to BCA Students

Updated 3.18.20

BCA Students, Please check your school e-mail for information from you BCA teacher. Pick up iPads by 3:00 pm today, March 18th.


Message to mms parents

Updated 3.18.20

Attention parents and students of Mandan Middle School.  We are awaiting further direction from the Governor and DPI on whether the school closure will continue.  If it is extended, we are making plans for parents and students to come to the school and pick up any ipads left behind as well as band instruments.  When we learn the closure information a message will go out on the date of pick up.  Thank you for your patience.


MPs meal update 

Updated 3.17.20
Starting on Wednesday, March 18th, Mandan Public Schools will provide meals for any students ages 1-18 regardless of which school they attend. A to-go bag which will include lunch for that day and breakfast for the next day can be picked up from 11:00 to 1:00 pm each day at the locations listed below. Meals will be provided using a drive-up or walk-up process at specific sites in Mandan.   

The free meal distribution will be solely for picking up meals as meals cannot be consumed on-site. Please look for a large white delivery truck at each site for food distribution.  

The following locations will be participating:
  • Mary Stark Elementary School – 405 8th Ave SE, Mandan. Served daily from 11:00 – 11:30 pm.  
  • Custer Elementary School – 205 8th Ave NE, Mandan. Served daily from 11:45 - 12:15 pm.  
  • Twin City Estates – 3001 Twin City Drive. Served daily from 12:30-1:00 pm. 
​If any student or chaperone of a student is exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms, please stay in the vehicle. 

For more information please contact the child nutrition director at 701-751-6500.



 

Update from gov. burgum

Updated 3.17.20

 

Governor Doug Burgum announced that K-12 schools that were closed this week by executive order will not have to make up the instructional time later this school year.

Burgum on Sunday ordered public and non-public schools to close from March 16-20 to provide time for planning and mitigation of the #COVID19 crisis.

The governor said he will waive all instructional hours scheduled to take place this week, meaning schools do not have to reschedule those hours. This decision will ensure state aid payments to K-12 school districts are not interrupted. The Governor’s Office will not require districts to submit the waiver form (SFN 51826 (03-2020)) for this week’s instructional hours.

Gov. Doug Burgum announced that K-12 schools which were closed this week by executive order will not have to make up the instructional time later this school year.



 

MPS k-12 Teacher guidance

Updated 3.16.20

 
 

These are extraordinary times! First off, this is a fluid situation, so the information we are providing is the best information that we have at this time.  The Governor has asked us to make optional plans for education if the school closure lasts longer than this week.   


It is important to understand that at this time, given our guidance from DPI and the Governor's office, educational activities will not be required of our students; however, it is imperative we make efforts to plan for educational opportunities as that was our directive.  We are asking that you wait for further guidance before sending school work and items to parents.  


The current plan is as follows:   

  1. Please be sure to pick up your devices at school if you currently do not have them. This should be done by 3:30 pm tomorrow (3/17) as we are planning to do online training and conferencing later in the week. We need you to have access  to your device from home.   
  2. Tuesday & Wednesday: 
    • We will be contacting essential staff that will be working to develop training to utilize online tools for providing educational opportunities for our students.   
    • Please continue to check your emails for upcoming training updates. 
  3. Thursday & Friday: 
    • We will be holding online training sessions for staff to access virtual meetings so that you can collaborate to build learning opportunities for students. 
    • We will also be planning online conferences for departments, PLCs and teams to collaborate to begin building content.   
    • By the end of day Friday, please make sure all iPads are easily accessible in each classroom for collection. Guidance will come from Principals regarding the collection process.  
  4. Next Monday (3/23) & Tuesday (3/24) (if school closure persists): 
    • You will begin to create learning opportunities that we will push out to parents/students. 
    • We will continue to discuss in greater detail what this will look like in our planning time and training.   
  5. Special Education: 
    • Teachers continue to watch your email for messages from case managers in regard to SPED students and mandatory meeting timelines.  These timelines are not flexible so we need to continue to hold meetings to the extent possible.  These may be done via teleconferencing.  Those meetings that have to be extended beyond their timeline will require a prior written notice indicating rescheduled due to state/national emergency declaration.   

We appreciate you and everything you do for our students.  Please direct any questions to your building Principal.  


 


 

Parent email update

Updated 3.16.20

 

Good Afternoon MPS Families,

As a reminder, Mandan Public Schools will remain closed beginning  Monday, March 16 until Friday, March 20. This closure is inclusive of all schools, programs, activities, trainings, and meetings. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this Governor Declaration.  

Information will be available in the following days regarding times to pick up student medications and essential personal belongings.  

Additional announcements related to this closure will be forthcoming. Some of these decisions include future food distribution for students, virtual/alternative learning, and expectations of when school and related activities will resume again.  

Mandan Public Schools will take the next few days to make these complex decisions and communicate decisions as available. We continue to take direction from ND State Health Department, ND DPI and the CDC. Please watch for future communications from Mandan Public Schools through calls, email, on our website and through social media.  

Stay Healthy,

Mandan Public Schools Administration 


 

Parent email update

Updated 3.15.20

 

Good Evening Mandan Public School Families,

In response to the Governor’s message this evening (3/15) Mandan Public Schools will be closed tomorrow Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 20th. More information on services for students will be forthcoming in the next few days; please be watching your email and the district website http://www.mandan.k12.nd.us/ for more information.

Stay healthy!

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