Head's Heart-2-Heart on Reopening
MMI Pandemic Health and Safety Plan
PIAA Website with updates
Friday, August 7, 2020 - Message from the Head of School
Dear MMI Families,
MMI’s mission is to provide dedicated area students with a comprehensive and inspiring sixth to twelfth-grade college preparatory program that maximizes each individual's academic, social, and character potential in preparation for success in college and beyond.
As MMI’s leadership has evaluated the various options for instruction for the fall semester, we have looked to our mission to guide us. It is the joint, considered opinion of MMI’s Administration and Board of Directors that in-person education is essential in maximizing our students’ potential and will result in far superior preparation of our students for life than online learning can provide. At the same time, ever-present is MMI’s commitment to the safety of all the members of our community, and in particular our students, faculty, and staff.
After careful consideration by the MMI Administration for the return to campus of our students, faculty, and staff, the Board of Directors approves this Pandemic Health and Safety Plan that safely brings students and teachers back together in the classroom where we believe meaningful connections enhance the academic process and provide social and emotional support to our students.
Our plan for reopening provides for social distancing, requires face coverings throughout the day, and incorporates enhanced sanitization procedures including frequent deep cleaning and increased air filtration. Our plan was developed utilizing guidelines set forth by the CDC, the PA Department of Health, and the PA Department of Education.
Importantly, the MMI Pandemic Health and Safety Plan provides flexibility in the delivery of instruction which will include live streaming as well as recordings of classes. This permits students to continue their MMI education at home consistent with the needs or preferences of the students and their families. Also, if the need arises due to the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic or other factors, this flexibility will allow us to pivot seamlessly between MMI Online and back to campus depending upon conditions.
As we have learned over the last few months, adaptability and nimbleness are paramount to getting through this pandemic together. We will continue to closely monitor and adapt to our changing world and periodically update this plan as circumstances dictate. Adaptations or changes to this plan will be authorized and approved by the Head of School and the MMI Board of Directors and will be communicated as they are made.
We are all looking forward to welcoming students back to the MMI campus. If you have questions or concerns about our plan, please contact Justin Kleinheider, Head of School.
Justin S. Kleinheider
Head of School
Thursday, April 9. 2020 - Message from the Head of School
Dear MMI Families,
At MMI every member of our faculty and staff were hopeful for a return to school, athletics, and extracurricular activities this year. We would have loved nothing more than to greet students back to the building, celebrate their triumphs at various competitions, watch them take to the athletic fields, and spend time together, even if it was for a few short days. We miss everyone!
With the schools closed for the remainder of the year due to the COVID-19 situation, I wanted to update you on some of the plans for MMI Online and the end of the school year. We are committed at MMI to a fourth-quarter graded experience that will include MMI Online classes continuing until May 28. The following week, June 4-8, we will have capstone assessments to mimic exams in an online environment. These projects will require students to demonstrate a cumulative understanding of the course content through an online project-based assignment. Each capstone assessment will be due on their respective subject day of the MMI Online schedule. Seniors will complete their academic year with a capstone assessment by May 15. A shortlist of dates is provided below.
Senior Classes End and Capstones Due: May 15
Grades 6-12 Classes End: May 29
Capstones Completed: June 4-8
Rest assured that we will celebrate all our students with academic and athletic awards ceremonies as well as honor societies at a later date. Most importantly we will celebrate our seniors and show how proud and blessed we were to have each of them in our community. Shining a light on their accomplishments and service will remind us all about the power of the MMI experience. We will have details on all of these events in the near future, as the administrative team is evaluating the state and national restrictions to make sure that we provide the most compelling and safe experience possible for our students and families. Now more than ever we can show the strength of the MMI family by working together as these events unfold. Even though our year was shortened here on campus, our learning and growth never will be. We have much to celebrate and champion!
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Governor Tom Wolf announces the closure of all Pennsylvania schools for the remainder of the academic year. PIAA announces the cancellation of all remaining Winter and Spring sports and championships. MMI will continue to offer online learning through the remainder of our 4th quarter. More information is coming to families via email.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - Message from the Head of School
Dear MMI Families,
As we are in the midst of our third week of settling into our new MMI Online environment, I wanted to check in and provide a preview of the next few weeks. I know that adjusting to the new learning environment can be challenging for parents. If you haven’t already, please take a minute to read Lisa Ferry’s blog post about creating a schedule and routine at home. Creating a learning space and schedule is a step that often gets overlooked. Cheryl Bayo is working on a blog about finding ways to motivate ourselves in a challenging environment, so keep your eyes out for that.
As I have noted before, we made a conscious decision to scaffold up our MMI Online Learning environment for our students. Last week we added live sessions as a new component and resource. As we are settling into our capacity, expect to see lessons and homework fall into the following ranges.
Middle School: 45-60 minute lessons and 45-60 minutes of homework a week per subject
Upper School: 60-90 minute lessons and 60-120 minutes of homework a week per subject
We will keep the same subject a day schedule.
Next week will feature assessments which will take the form of projects, papers, and reflections that are both cumulative and require a bit more effort than a typical homework assignment. The assessments will fit in the same timeframe as the homework above but again require more thought and care. So keep an eye on these assessments starting next week, as they will be of more weight in the grade book, and we can partner on accountability for our students.
On a programming note, English lessons and homework will be posted this Thursday at 3 pm instead of Friday to honor the holiday. Online classes will resume on Monday, April 13 with Science and continue the normal schedule through the week.
If you or your child are having any issues at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to us here at MMI. First and foremost, contact teachers if you have a question about any assignment or lesson, as they can best answer your questions. If you have broader academic concerns contact, Justin Vincent, Academic Dean, and if students are finding challenges socio-emotionally, please contact Lisa Ferry, Dean of Students, or Cheryl Bayo, School Counselor. If I can be of any service to you or your family, I am always available.
Monday, March 30, 2020
Per the Governor's latest guidelines, all PA Schools are to remain closed indefinitely. MMI will continue to offer online learning until we are able to return to the classroom.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Per the Governor's latest guidance, MMI Preparatory School will remain closed through April 6. Classes may resume on campus on April 7. Continue to check text alerts and emails for updates on our process.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Beginning Monday, March 23 all core classes will resume through online-learning. Please refer to Mr. Vincent's email (sent Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 2:56 pm) for all the details.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020- Message from the Head of School
Dear MMI Families,
The MMI Faculty and Staff are diligently working this week on the path forward for the remainder of the school year. We plan to unveil what online learning will look like later in the week. Rest assured we will move to online platforms so that we can continue to connect with all our students and parents. Your health and safety are first and foremost in our minds, so we want to try to create the same supportive environment we have on campus in the virtual world. The process will take time but we will be clear and transparent with communication and expectations. We want our students to know we are there for them and committed to their learning. Please look for an email from Justin Vincent, Academic Dean, later in the week outlining the online learning process.
We know that emotional support will be important at this time as well. Cheryl Bayo, our School Counselor, and Lisa Ferry, Dean of Students, will be available through Google Hangout Meetings to connect with students. We will be in contact with times and availability as well.
In the meantime, if your student needs to gather materials from lockers, please come to campus this week (see schedule below). We will also have loaner laptops available for students who do not have a computer at home.
Tuesday, March 17 from 2 pm-7 pm for Middle School students
Wednesday, March, 18 from 2 pm-7 pm for Upper School students
The safety and health of all MMI families is our top priority. The decision to migrate online has been made in preparation for long-term disruption and out of an abundance of caution. We deeply appreciate your partnership
Head of School
Saturday, March 14, 2020- Message from the Head of School
Dear MMI Families,
I appreciate everyone’s understanding as we navigate through the COVID-19 outbreak. First and foremost, stay vigilant and safe during the extended break until classes resume on campus March 30 by following CDC guidelines to prevent illness. Our school community’s safety is always our top priority.
All school activities, practices, and events scheduled for the next two weeks are canceled until March 30. We will be in contact about rescheduled events, like Open House, Honor Society Inductions, and more. We are working through the potential for internet-based learning to help facilitate the education process and contingencies for a longer break should circumstances dictate the need.
The MMI Main Office will be open during the week from 9 am to 2 pm, so please call if you have questions or concerns but families should stay home at this point. Our goal is to stay connected with you and act as a resource in these challenging times. We are happy to help and partner with you as always.
Head of School
Friday, March 13, 2020
MMI Preparatory School will extend spring break and classes will resume on campus on Monday, March 30, 2020. Please continue to check email for important updates and information.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Message from the Head of School
Dear MMI Families,
The global situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly. During spring break we have monitored the situation with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We are taking the utmost precautions with the sanitization of the campus in preparing for students to return.
Spring break will be extended for students by two days (Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17) with plans to resume classes on Wednesday, March 18. We will use the time to work on extra cleaning and sanitization before the start of school as well as prepare for continuity with online learning if the need should arise in the near future. All school activities, events, and practices are canceled for March 16 and March 17. The Honor Society Inductions scheduled for March 19 are postponed for a date TBD. Families who have traveled internationally over spring break were asked to keep their students home for at least 5 school days from the date of their return to the United States.
We encourage families to review and practice CDC precautions to prevent illness at home in an effort to remain vigilant in staying healthy. Remember, when school is back in session, if your son or daughter has a fever or signs of being ill, please have them see a doctor to be evaluated and cleared for return to school. Medical clearances should also be sent to the Main Office.
As precautions and guidelines evolve, so will our plan for the school year. Please remember to check email and read all information coming from the School. I appreciate your patience and understanding as we set the best course for the remaining months of the school year. Our partnership protects our community.
COVID-19 Student Travel Protocol - Monday, March 2, 2020
Where we reasonably determine that circumstances may present undue risk, MMI may require up to a 14-day quarantine off campus before a student returns to school.
Head of School