Mansfield Public Schools

March 16, 2020

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Message from Superintendent Murphy

Dear Mansfield School Community,


Today marks the first day of our school closure and I hope that your children and teens understand the reason for our shuttered schools. This is an uneasy time for adults, so I am certain that many of our youth are feeling the same sense of uncertainty about our world. To that end, our counseling and health professionals have recommended some resources which may be beneficial to you and your family as you cope with the emotional aspects of the Covid-19 situation. These resources can be found at the end of this newsletter.


I encourage you to review this newsletter carefully as it provides updated information and I will communicate with families as new information becomes available.


Sincerely,


Teresa Murphy

School Closure

School is currently closed through at least Monday, April 6, 2020.

Last Day of School

The last day of school is Wednesday, June 24, 2020. This date will not change.

Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch for Students

For those students who depend on school breakfast and lunch for their nutritional needs, we are providing Grab & Go breakfast and lunch bags. We will be distributing these bags starting Wednesday, March 18, from 10 am to 12 pm at the Mansfield High School parking lot.


If we can assist you, please email backpackbuddies@mansfieldschools.com so we can be prepared. Please let us know the number of students you will be picking up for and if there are any specific dietary restrictions. Grab & Go available while food supplies last.


Limited transportation/delivery available.

Student Medication and Medical Supplies

If you need your child's medication or medical supplies that are stored in the school Health Office, please email your child's principal and we will coordinate with you.


MHS - mary.watkins@mansfieldschools.com

QMS - david.mcgovern@mansfielschools.com

J/J - john.nieratko@mansfieldschools.com

ROB - kerri.sankey@mansfieldschools.com

RG - krista.demello@mansfieldschools.com

At-Home Enrichment Activities

We are committed to providing students with learning and enrichment activities that support the continuity of learning and skill building. These activities are not mandatory and will not be graded. In addition to the links below, many other resources will be provided during the next few days to provide remote, self-directed learning activities to support our students.


Please keep in mind that this is not a plan for at-home learning, rather resources to help keep students' love of learning alive, while practicing learned skills.


Mansfield High School *

The AP Program is developing resources to help schools support student learning during extended closures, as well as a solution that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. Additional information will be posted by March 20.


Qualters Middle School *

Principal McGovern recommends that one of the most important things our students can do during this time is to read. To support families in the promotion of sound practices in middle school literacy, QMS is developing a simple reading program students in sixth-, seventh-, or eighth- grade are encouraged to employ. For the time being, please encourage your children, regardless of age, to read for thirty or more minutes each day.


Jordan/Jackson


Robinson Elementary


*additional grade 6-12 resources to follow later this week

Building Closure

All Mansfield Public School Buildings are closed. Access to the schools and Central Office is being restricted to appointment only. We ask that all business, where possible, be conducted through phone calls or email. If you need immediate assistance, please contact your school or the Superintendent's Office at 508-261-7500 during business hours (8am - 4pm).

PARENT RESOURCES FOR TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19