Question: What is a “coronavirus”?
Answer: A coronavirus is a family of viruses that cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory illness. Among humans, coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person to others through coughing and sneezing; close personal contact; and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching one’s mouth, nose, or eyes before handwashing. There is no cure for a coronavirus, but many of the symptoms can often be treated.
Question: How can I protect myself against the coronavirus?
Answer: Do the same things you would do to prevent getting or spreading the common flu. These include:
Question: What can I do to help?
Answer: At this time, the best thing that adults can do is model calm behavior. Each child has her/his own response to these types of news reports, and adults can support by staying informed with the most updated and accurate information and sharing this calmly with youth.
COMMUNICATIONS TO MPS STAKEHOLDERS
Question: Who is managing all Magnolia communications?
Answer: Ismael Soto, Director of Development and Communications is managing all MPS communications. The Magnolia communications team includes Alfredo Rubalcava - CEO & Superintendent, Erdinc Acar - Chief Academic Officer, Thalia Velazquez - Communications Manager, and Ismael Soto.
Question: Will Magnolia Public Schools (MPS) be regularly updating families?
Answer: Yes, MPS families will receive regular updates with relevant information during the closure via our messenger platform ParentSquare, including if there are any additional changes to the schedule.
Question: How can I stay informed and connected to the most up to date information from my school?
Answer: Please direct all Magnolia families to download the ParentSqaure app on your mobile phone which is compatible with Android and Apple devices.
Question: Is there a central location where all Magnolia COVID-19 information will be shared?
Answer: Yes, we have created the Magnolia Information and Resource Center accessible from all Magnolia websites or by clicking on the following link http://www.magnoliapublicschools.org/COVID19
Resource: Shared MPS Google Document
Question: Will SIA still be requiring POS updates, meaning having our students use a keypad?
Answer: No, under this program, we do not need to collect meal counts.
Question: Will SIA also provide meals to local community minors who may come by to pick up a free meal?
Answer: Yes, under this program, we must offer meals to all participants under 18 years old or over 18 with mental or physical disabilities.
Question: To limit exposure, may students take multiple meals, breakfasts, and lunches?
Answer: Yes, a maximum of two meals
Question: Can parents pick up meals for students, or will Better 4 You require the student to pick up the meal?
Answer: Based on USDA guidelines, students must be present in order to participate.
Question: Can you provide your type of meals served by Better 4 You (B4Y)? For example, will our students be given meals to heat up or non-perishable meals? What is the B4Y meal distribution plan?
Answer: B4Y is currently offering cold meals to heat up home.
Question: What is B4Y recommendation for promoting social distancing?
Answer: SIA is recommending to have a drive-thru system to serve meals to the families.
Question: Are all Magnolia Public Schools closed?
Answer: After consulting with our Magnolia Public Schools authorizers and local county public health officials, all Magnolia Science Academies will be closed effective Monday, March 16.
Question: Is Magnolia prepared for short-term and long-term closure?
Answer: Magnolia is prepared for the short-term, two-week closure and is also prepared for distance learning if campuses are closed longer than two weeks. The Magnolia home office is working closely with MSA Principals to ensure that your student has all the necessary materials to continue learning remotely.
Question: What happens if the school is closed for more than two weeks?
Answer: We will provide distance learning for students via Google Classroom.
Question: How has Magnolia prepared for long-term closure?
Answer: Our Magnolia academic team has developed an MPS Home Learning Guide for students and families.
Question: What are the Distant Learning protocols, guidelines, and resources due to the school COVID-19 closures?
Question: What are Magnolias school admin team expectations and to do’s during Distance Learning
Question: What is Magnolia’s remote learning expectations for general education teachers?
Question: What is Magnolia’s parent guide for remote learning?Answer: MPS Parents' Guide to Remote Learning