Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: August 21, 2020

We know that many students, parents/guardians and families have questions regarding how school re-entry will look like this fall for awasisak ekwa oskayak. We’ve compiled a short FAQ to help answer some of your questions.

If you haven’t yet, please read the Letter from the Superintendent to Parents/Guardians.

Question:
I’m concerned about COVID-19 and the risk to my child(ren), do I have to send them to school this fall?

Answer:
MESC Schools will be offering a 
blended program with reduced class sizes, with 15 people per classroom including teachers and students. Classes will be divided into two  groups (cohorts), that will alternate between in-school classes and working from home on a weekly basis. Schools will ensure that all family members will attend school during the same week. Parents also have the option to keep their children home and continue to receive learning packages with online support. Parents will be asked to indicate whether their child will attend the blended school program or the learning from home option.  Please note there is no school on Mondays and school hours are now from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tuesday to Friday.

Question:
How do I register my child(ren) for school? Do I have to fill out a registration form?

Answer:
Registration this year will be done online. Online registration will begin on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. All students must be registered by September 15th, 2020. Parents with returning students need to log into the MESC Parent Portal to update their child(ren)s information. If you need access to a device and internet contact your school to make an appointment to register.

Question:
Are students going to be tested for COVID-19?

Answer:
Parents are encouraged to have their children tested, especially if they have underlying health issues or if exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.
 Please check with Maskwacis Health Services for dates, times and locations of mobile testing in Maskwacis over the next few weeks

Question:
What happens if a student becomes ill with cold and/or flu-like symptoms?

Answer:
A strict stay at home policy will be in place for students and staff exhibiting cold and flu-like symptoms or symptoms of COIVID-19. If a student becomes ill while at school, he/she will be taken to the infirmary and the parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up their child. Parents will be required to follow AHS protocols for testing and the student must stay home until test results are received. Please notify the school of your child’s test results. 

Question:
What happens if a student or staff member test positive for for COVID-19?

Answer:
If a student or staff test positive for COVID-19 they must quarantine for 14 days. The 
student/staff member may return to school when they receive a negative test result.

Question:
Will social distancing be enforced with schools reopening?

Answer:
The following measures/procedures will be in place to ensure physical distancing in the schools: 

  • MESC will offer reduced class sizes and partial return to in-school learning. 
  • Students will be divided into two cohort groups and will attend in-school classes on alternating weeks. 
  • There will be no more than 15 people in a classroom. 
  • Schools will be using markers, directional signs and procedures to assist in ensuring physical distancing in the schools. 
  • Students will eat lunch in their classrooms with their cohort group. 
  • There will not be any large gatherings such as assemblies.

Question:
Does my student need to wear a mask? Will staff be wearing masks?

Answer:
Staff and students in MESC schools will be provided with 4 reusable face masks which must be worn where physical distancing is not possible. Masks will be mandatory for all students and staff in grades 4-12. The school will inform you about their mask requirement procedure for classrooms.

Question:
Will my child(ren) still be provided with breakfast and lunch in school?

Answer:
Students will be provided with prepackaged breakfast, lunch and snacks in their classrooms. If parents choose to provide lunch for their child it must be sent with them in the morning. No outside food will be delivered or dropped off at the school.

Question:
Will I be able to drop-off/pick-up my child(ren) instead of sending them on the bus?

Answer:
Yes. Student drop-off/pick-up zones and times need to be strictly followed to help with physical distancing. Your school will inform you where these zones are located.