MaST Schools Alert

Important Updates from Mr. Swoyer

January 6, 2022

Dear MaST Schools Families,

First off, please understand that we recognize the hardships and frustrations on the parent/guardian end that come along with decisions on closures and virtual learning. As much as we would love to predict the future, we cannot. These decisions are not made lightly and there are several factors involved; it would be impossible to go through every scenario and the reasons for each outcome. We appreciate your support and understanding during these challenging times.

We are doing our best to offer options and stay open, while juggling COVID, quarantines, staffing shortages, and now weather, so please be kind! Our primary goal remains to offer high quality education to our students while keeping everyone in the school community safe. We are required by law to have 180 days of instruction, so this plays into our decisions for snow days vs. virtual.

Please see some important updates below:

1/7/22 - Virtual Learning Day

MaST Schools will move to virtual learning tomorrow, 1/7, following the School District of Philadelphia’s announcement for tomorrow and due to an anticipated lack of staffing and no available transportation. Teachers will send out a link to login for tomorrow.

Virtual Learning Option for Next Week

Virtual learning will remain an option for next week, 1/10 to 1/14, for any family interested.

Please remember ​​that in order to participate in clubs or activities, students must be present and in school.

Please use the following forms to let the school know your child will be virtual.


Meal Pick Up Information for Virtual Students

MaST Schools will offer meal pickups to virtual students only for the week of 1/10-1/14 if families would like to participate. Pickups will take place on Tuesday, 1/11 from 9:30-10:30 AM. Families will receive 4 breakfasts and 4 lunches per student that covers Tuesday-Friday. Families picking up may only go to the school they are enrolled in. This is a drive-thru only. When arriving on-site, please drive to the main entrance.

Pickup locations are:

  • MaST Byberry (1800 E. Byberry Road)

  • MaST II Tacony (6501 New State Road)

    • There are no pickups at MaST II Lawncrest, please go to MaST Tacony.

  • MaST III Crown (1 Crown Way)

In Order to Participate in Meal Pick Up:

  • Complete this form ASAP, but by Sunday night at the latest to express your interest in picking up meals.

  • Print and complete this sign to display when you arrive. If you do not have a printer, please write this information on your own sign to display.

Due to potential staff shortages and food delays, we are not positive all 4 days worth of meals will be available on the pickup day. If supplies are limited, 2 days worth of breakfasts and lunches will be provided to cover Tuesday and Wednesday, and then a second pickup timeframe will be held on Thursday from 9:30-10:30 to cover meals for Thursday and Friday. If this change has to occur, we will notify all families on Monday or Tuesday.