WELCOME TO MASON COUNTY SCHOOLS
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To work together as a professional learning community to ensure life-long learning for all in the 21st Century.
New Health Requirements
Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year students entering Pre-K, Kindergarten, 2nd, 7th and 12th grades are required to have a health check, dental exam, and updated shot records. All students entering 7th grade or 12th grade are required to have the Meningococcal and Tetanus vaccinations before entering school on the first day.
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Parent Advice on Social Media
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released findings from a comprehensive study on the impact social media has on kids and families. Although there are real benefits to kids using sites like Facebook, including increased communication, access to information and help in developing a sense of self, there can be serious downsides to all this online sharing too.
Social networking is on the rise, and the study found that 22 percent of teenagers log onto their favorite social media sites more than 10 times a day, and that 75 percent own cell phones. This level of engagement online increases the risks of cyberbullying, “Facebook depression” (a new phenomenon where “de-friending” and online bullying lead to symptoms of depression), exposure to inappropriate content, and sexting.
Just as we prepare our kids for life in the real world, we should prepare them for life in the online world. Read on for tips that every parent should keep in mind.
To safely encourage an internet-savy child check out these Parent Advice on Social Media Apps
Due to recent changes in State policy, children in grades Pre K through 3rd will have to have a parent or a parent's designee at the bus stop for both pick up and delivery of a Pre K through 3rd grade child.
If a parent cannot be physically present at the bus stop then it is their responsibility to ensure that supervision is provided at the stop. The parent can designate a person to act in their place to assist the child. It shall be up to the parent to determine who that will be.
Mason County Schools Provide Meals To Students At No Cost
(Mason County), W.Va. - Students in Mason County will have the opportunity to eat breakfast and lunch at school at no cost through a program called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The CEP was enacted as a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and provides universal meal service to children in high-poverty areas. This is the fourth year for the option.
The CEP serves as an alternative to collecting, approving and verifying household eligibility applications for free- and reduced-price eligible students in high-poverty Local Education Agencies (LEAs). If at least 40 percent of a school’s students are directly certified for free meal benefits, the entire school qualifies for the option.
“I am proud that Mason County Schools will be participating in the CEP program to help meet a crucial need for many students in our county,” said, Jack Cullen, Superintendent of Mason County Schools. “We know academic achievement increases when our students are well-fed and ready to learn, and we must provide secure and reliable access to nutritious meals so all students have a chance to achieve at the highest level possible.”
Mason County expects to have all schools participate in the CEP. The program allows the school system to feed nearly 4,000 students each day.
The 2017 Feeding America: Map the Meal Gap data reports high levels of food insecurity and hunger across the country. In West Virginia, more than 14 percent of residents, and over 79,000 children, live in food insecure household.
Mason County Schools will have the option of one hour, two hour, and three hour delay as per state law this year in case of bad weather. Using delays will allow the students to attend school on an abbreviated schedule and will not increase school days at the end of the year. See the school calendar information in Policy 8210 under school board policies.
Please see the Inclement Weather Plan under the student tab or the employee tab.
If you have any concerns in regards to bed bugs see the link under the Parent and Community tab.
We want to take this opportunity to assure you that safety plans are in place at all of our schools and that we will continue to be diligent in our efforts to maintain a safe, caring and productive learning environments for our students and staff. Our efforts to maintain safe schools are multi-faceted and include, but are not limited to:
- Positive behavior interventions and support programs;
- School counseling services;
- Establishing Prevention Resource Officers (PROs) in each of our secondary schools;
- Safe School Plans and preparedness training.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that in the event of an emergency, phone messages will be sent to parents through our SchoolMessenger Notification System. This automated calling system enables us to send emergency voice notifications to parents within minutes --school or district wide. Please remember to notify the school if you change your phone number during the school year so that it can be updated in our system. Please assist us in our efforts to maintain safe schools by stressing to your child the importance of informing you or school staff whenever he/she has information related to the safety of students and/or staff. You may report a threat or rumor of a threat by calling your school administration directly, the Board of Education at 304-675-4540, or the West Virginia State Police at 304-675-0850. All threats to the safety of our students are taken seriously.
We appreciate your ongoing support for our school system and want to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as our principals and staff implement and enforce school safety procedures at each of our schools. Working together, we can ensure that the educational process continues in the safe, caring, and uninterrupted environment that our children deserve.
Mason County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district's activities and programs. Mason County Schools also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.