August 20, 2021
Dear Mohawk Trail Families,
After an incredibly busy week in preparing for school reopening, I wanted to send a few quick updates.
Earlier this week, the COVID-19 School Planning Task Force held a virtual town hall to outline the proposed updates and changes to our district's COVID-19 protocols and recommendation for all students, staff, and visitors to continue our procedures from the spring in wearing masks while in our buildings. The meeting recording, presentation materials, and more can be found at www.mtrsd.org/covid-19-information.
Last night (Aug. 19), the MTRSD school committee voted adopt the recommendation for all students (PreK through 12+), staff, and visitors to continue wearing masks while indoors. You can watch the meeting recording HERE.
Today, Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley announced he will ask the Board of the Elementary and Secondary Education to grant him the authority to mandate masks for all public K-12 students, educators, and staff through Oct. 1 to ensure schools fully reopen and provide additional time for students and educators to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. You can read the DESE press release HERE. Commissioner Riley asked the board to meet on Tuesday, Aug. 24 to vote.
Throughout this pandemic, we've kept student, staff, and community health and safety at the forefront of our decisions. And because our community's commitment to one another and practicing the Fab Four (now the fab FIVE!), the numbers in Franklin County and our district remained low. We continue to rely on the guidance of our local boards of health, FRCOG representative, and COVID-19 School Planning Task Force in helping us to make educated decisions in response to the pandemic.
I am excited for the start of the school year and know that with your help in practicing the FAB FIVE, we can have a successful kick-off to a year of in-person learning.
If you have any questions, please reach out anytime!
--Sheryl Stanton, Superintendent