MSA Parent Update

March 9, 2021

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Check out what is going on here at the school:

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Face Mask Reminder

Parents, please remind your children that face masks are still required at school, and that they need to be worn completely over a student's mouth and nose at all times. Some students are having an issue with their masks not fully covering all the time. Please ask to see your child's mask on them at home to check how their mask is fitting.

Crisis Counseling Health Services

The Florida Department of Children and Families has launched, a new website that provides access to crisis counseling health services. This site contains useful links, helplines, and tips for coping with traumatic events.

Option Change Requests

To ensure MSA students meet all graduation and promotion requirements we are notifying you that students can no longer make option changes after the following dates for the 2020/2021 school year: (This does not include students subject to quarantine due to Covid 19)

Seniors - No more changes are allowed as we are too close to graduation.

Students in grades 6-11 - Friday, March 12th - Students can no longer switch to Option 2. Students requesting to return to Option 1 will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

If you have questions about an option change please email

State Assessments Are Coming!!

Beginning in early April, all MSA students in grades 6-10 will be taking the Florida Standards Assessments. The assessment is a computer-based test except for the writing portions for 6th grade. You or your child can access the training test on the FSA Portal at to become familiar with the interface, item types, and online tools he or she will encounter and use during testing.

If you have any questions related to this test administration, please contact our Director of Testing and Data, Mrs. McGirr, at or (941) 721-6800 extension 1022. If you or your child would like to learn more about the FSA assessments, and specifically the ELA Writing Component Field Test, writing rubrics and other general information they are available on the FSA Portal at

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Rainy Day Dismissals

As we enter the rainy season, please be prepared for rain!!

Please note the following rainy day procedures and expect that dismissal on those days will take longer than normal. Together, we will keep our students safe and get them home as dry as possible. In the event of severe weather, we will change our release procedure to ensure the safety of our students.

We will release all bus riders first. All parent pick-up cars must pull into the parent pick-up loop. MSA staff will instruct you what to do at that point. After all buses are gone, we will move the vehicles from the car rider loop to the front of the school. The staff member in the car rider loop will direct you when to move. Do not come into the front parking lot until you are released from the car rider loop. Cars in the front parking lot will hinder the movement of the buses and will slow the entire release process. We will have all students who are car riders waiting in the front of the school. We will call the students out once you have moved to the front of the school. Please talk to your child about being quiet and patient while waiting.

We will only use this Rainy Day procedure for lightning and other severe weather conditions. Please make sure that your child comes to school prepared for rain. It is always a good idea for a student to have a poncho available in their backpack for rainy days. We realize that this procedure will lengthen the time it will take to get the students home and we appreciate your patience as we go through the infrequent rainy dismissals.

Thank you for your understanding. Additionally, we will use a texting feature on our parent notification system to notify you if there are any changes in dismissal procedures.

Attention 6th Grade Parents - Required Shots BEFORE Entering 7th Grade

All 6th Grade Students must get more shots before 7th Grade.

The State of Florida requires proof of immunization for all students entering 7th grade each year. This proof must be on the official State of Florida Immunization Form (DH680... the Blue Card) which is obtained from your doctor's office or the Health Department. The following immunizations must be documented on this form:

* Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) - This is the update shot that you need for 7th Grade.

* Hepatitis B vaccine series

* Varicella vaccine or the year of disease

* Two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)

Please see your doctor or the Health Department for more information and to assure that your child has met these requirements. This documentation must be submitted to the school before the first day of school next year (August 10). Students will not be allowed to come to school until these shot requirements are met. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Checking School Announcements

Be sure to check out the school's website ( for important information. The daily school announcements are posted on the website, with a link on the left hand side of the homepage!

Please be sure to keep up with what is going on here at MSA!

Upcoming Events

March 2021

12 - No School - Records Day

15 - 19 - Spring Break

April 2021

2 - No School - Good Friday

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