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    • Orientation for Incoming 9th Grade Students will be held on August 18, 2021, beginning at 8:30.  This orientation is for students and their parents/guardians.  A letter was mailed to every home.  Please call the Main Office at 816-4010 with any questions.  We look forward to welcoming you to MECHS!

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    • Middle Early College High School Community, please join us for a meeting of our school-based management (SBMT) meeting on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, beginning at 3:00 PM.  The meeting will be held virtually utilizing Microsoft Teams.  A link to the meeting can be found below.  All are welcome to attend.

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    • Welcome, Middle Early College Class of 2024!

      Please Save the Date!

      virtual orientation for all incoming MECHS 9th-grade students will be held on each of the following two dates:

      Tuesday, August 18, 2020, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

      Wednesday, August 19, 2020, from 9:00 - 12:00 PM

      More information will be forthcoming.  

       

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    • Please read this important message from the Buffalo Public Schools and Middle Early College High School.  

      Buffalo Public Schools-MECHS Message

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    Putting children and families first to ensure high academic achievement for all
    • Welcome to Middle Early College High School

       

      KATS

       

      Home of the KATS!

       

       

      Located on the Bennett Community School Campus

      2885 Main Street

      Buffalo, New York 14214

       

       Phone:  716-816-4010  |  Fax:  716-838-7507
      Grades:  9-12
       
       

      Principal:  Mr. David Potter

      Assistant Principal:  Mr. William Merriman

       

       

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      2021-2022 School Year

      Covid Safety Protocols & Procedures

       

       

      Masks 

      * The District Mask Policy will be Strictly Enforced.  Students must wear a mask while in the building.  Students should wear a mask to school every day.

      Masks are required for all individuals inside school buildings regardless of vaccination status. When outside, masks may be removed if activities are designed to keep students socially distanced for most of the time. Exemptions during  RED ZONE periods will not be considered for in-school instruction. Exemptions during ORANGE ZONE periods will be considered by the District Medical Advisory Team for vaccinated persons with documented medical needs. 

      Face Covering Guidelines

      • All students, administrators, faculty, and staff members will be expected to wear a face-covering at all times while in the building.
      • Students will of course be allowed to remove their face covering while eating or drinking.
      • Students will be allowed to remove their face covering outdoors while maintaining at least 3ft of social distance from others.
      • Gators will not be considered an acceptable option as a face covering.
      • Please review the attached guidance connected to face-covering exemptions.

      MEDICAL AND MASK EXEMPTION REQUESTS 

      • Below is the process for parents/caregivers to request a medical or mask exemption for their child:     
        • Up to date (within 60 days) signed medical documentation on a doctor’s letterhead stating the specific diagnosis (reason) why the student must be considered for a medical OR mask exemption.  The signature must be from a practicing: Licensed Independent Practitioner (LIP), including a Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Physician Assistant (PA) or a Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP).  
        • The medical documentation must be emailed to: medicalexemptions@buffaloschools.org  OR  submitted via U.S. mail to Medical Exemption Office, 427 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202. 
        • Requests for mask exemptions should also state if the student is unable to wear a face shield as an alternative and if not, the reason why. The LIP must be someone who provides ongoing care for the child.   
      • Documentation will be reviewed by a Medical Review Advisory Team and/or Legal Counsel to determine if the mask exemption will be granted.  
      • Parent/Guardians will be informed of the decision, and schools will be notified of all approved medical and mask exemptions.  

      Please see the attached guidance on Mask Exemption Procedures using the following link:  Mask Exemption Procedures

       

      Social Distancing

      • Students will maintain at least 3ft of social distance (nose to nose) at all times.
      • Classroom desks will be set-up in rows to make provision for 3ft of social distance between all students.
      • Markers and signage are placed on the floors and in the hallways to ensure that students maintain social distance when transitioning.
      • We will be using the cafeteria and classrooms to conduct lunch periods.
      • For the students who will eat in the cafeteria, they will sit four students per table (maximum).
       

      COVID Testing

      Similar to the 2020-21 school year, we will be upholding the randomized COVID testing procedures. However, there are some amendments to the process.

       

      • We will now be partnering with an outside service provider (Xfinity) who will be assisting our school Nurse with administering COVID test.
      • The district will now administer (PCR) COVID testing which will lead to more accurate results. These test are not invasive and will take approximately 90 seconds to administer.
      • All schools will be testing 30% of their "consented" holistic population including Faculty, Staff, and Students.
      • Faculty & Staff members who are not vaccinated MUST be tested weekly.
      • We will be sending home a COVID consent form with all students on the first day of school. It will also be posted on our webpage. It is imperative that parents complete the forthcoming consent form.
       
      Thermal Scanners & Health Screeners
       

      Thermal Scanners & Health Screeners

      • As each individual enters the building, they will undergo a contactless thermal scan to ensure that they're not experiencing a high temperature/fever.
      • Families will no longer be required to complete daily Health Screeners for students. However, the expectation is that parents will keep their children home if they're experiencing symptoms.
      • If a visitor must enter the building, completion of a COVID Health Screener will be required.
      • We will have COVID Health Screeners at a table at the Middle Early College entrance and the Main Office.
      • We will also have laminated (QR) code signs posted near entrances so that visitors can use their smartphones to complete the screener.

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