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Updates to Re-opening Plan

Dear MCHS Families,
For a number of logistical and safety reasons, we have made the difficult decision to begin the school year with three weeks of remote learning for all students.
Classes will begin on our original date of Monday, August 17, but they will be held online for everyone.  Students are asked to follow our abbreviated bell schedule (35-minute classes daily from 7:40 to 12:15) and to check their e-mail accounts for Google Classroom information.  The afternoon time frame will be used by teachers as needed for additional communications with students and for planning purposes.
Students are reminded that participation is NOT optional.  Assignments will be made, and grades will be taken.
GAVC students may choose to attend GAVC classes in-person.  Athletic activities that have been approved for the fall are not impacted by this change.  Plans for in-person Behind-the-Wheel instruction will still be made.
Our textbook and Chromebook pick-up dates remain the same.  Students may pick up their materials in the library from 8 A.M. to 12 noon or 1 P.M. to 3 P.M. on the following dates:
August 5:  Sophomores
August 6:  Juniors
August 7:  Seniors
August 11-12:  Freshmen according to their orientation times.  Sophomores through seniors who missed the first week may also pick up on these dates between 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M.
Students should NOT put items in their lockers, but they may empty their lockers of last year's contents when they pick up their materials.
When picking up materials, students should submit the completed self-certification form sent out last week (see attached) so that we have it on file for when in-person instruction resumes.
All visitors to MCHS must wear a face covering.
The first three weeks of school will be used to evaluate when it may be safe to resume in-person instruction and what sort of modified schedule we may follow.
I understand that this news will be met with mixed reactions, and I greatly appreciate your support during this complicated time.  Please stay tuned for more details.
Craig R. Ortiz, Ed.D.
Morris Community High School District 101

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