Coronavirus Crisis & School Closure Resources
We've compiled answers to your most frequently asked questions about the school closure so far, click here for information:
As you know, our country is facing a national health crisis due to the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine and his team have taken aggressive actions, like ordering statewide school closures and stay at home orders, to ensure we work together to limit the spread of Coronavirus with the goal of not overwhelming our hospital systems as more people become ill. Just like many other organizations, we are committed to doing our part to help. This has been a very busy time in Mentor Public Schools as we navigate unprecedented times in our school community.
As you read this, our school buildings are closed to students and online distance learning between students and their teachers is taking place instead. The order for school closures is for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This is not ideal, of course, in a perfect world, it would certainly be our choice to have our community’s children in our schools for learning. But, we are going to make the best of it! We are fortunate to have the technology in place, due much in part to the Straight A Fund grant we earned several years ago, to be able to keep the learning going when school can’t be in session. And, while this is a fluid and somewhat unpredictable situation, we will do our best to provide meaningful lessons while our physical school buildings are closed.
We are proud of our teaching staff and how they immediately rallied together to take this educational challenge head-on! Our team is working hard to support students and help get them through these difficult times. This includes our Nutrition Services professionals who are hard at work making sure all of our students who typically rely on us for meals are able to get breakfast and lunch each day. Our IT team is working remotely to support students and parents through technology issues as they arise. Prior to our closure, our custodial and support staff was on overdrive ensuring our buildings were disinfected and clean each day, as they always do. It’s been all hands on deck here in Mentor Schools.
A Message from Superintendent Porter to the Mentor Schools Community - March 23, 2020
Hi, everyone! We hope you all are doing well and staying healthy at home. As you know, our online distance learning begins tomorrow! Students will hear from their teachers with instructions by 8:00 a.m. Today, we have a video message to share from Superintendent Porter as we get ready to tackle this challenge together.
Online Lessons Begin Tuesday, March 24, 2020
- Students will receive information about their lessons directly from their teachers, via typical mediums, such as email, Schoology, Google Classroom, SeeSaw, etc...
- The Online School Day is from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Students may work on assignments outside of those hours; that is simply the time teachers will be most available for questions and interaction.
- Teachers will be unrolling new content for students during this time, with fewer assessments than normal. We will be careful to not overload students with work.
- If children need support with their online learning or a specific assignment, please first contact the teacher and then a building administrator, if needed.
- If children need support from our IT Department for help with their device, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free & Reduced Lunch Program
For our families who are approved for our Free & Reduced lunch program, our Nutrition Services department will be preparing grab-and-go style breakfast and lunch meals for you. This service began Monday, March 23, 2020.
- Families may pick up their meals on the North side of MHS (by the Fine Art Center) between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.
- Meals may be picked up for other families who are qualified for Free & Reduced lunches. If you cannot make it, then ask a friend or neighbor to pick up for you. You will simply need to provide the qualifying child(ren)’s name(s).
- It is not too late to submit an application for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. If you feel your family may now qualify, log onto the Parent Portal, click more and then meal benefits to access the application.