McCall Middle School – FAQ’s – 2020-2021 school year – Updated 10/5/2020 – 3:30pm

McCall Middle School

FAQ for McCall



When will students be returning to a full week/”5 day” model of in person instruction?

McCall Middle School students- Monday, October 19, 2020

Is Wednesday, October 14, 2020, still a scheduled Teacher In-Service Day (no school for all students gr. Kdg-12?

YES, Wednesday October 14, 2020 is still a scheduled Teacher In-Service Day.  Students will not report for school this day.

 How/When will the cycle day rotation change?

Beginning Monday, October 12, 2020, the 6 day cycle rotation will resume its normal rotation for all students (grades Kdg-12).  See below.

Mon., Oct 12 (day 1)            Tues., Oct 13 (day 2)           Wed., Oct 14 (NO SCHOOL)   Thurs., Oct. 15 (day 3)            Fri., Oct 16 (day 4)

Mon., Oct 19 (day 5)            Tues., Oct 20 (day 6)          Wed., Oct 21 (day 1)                  Thurs., Oct. 22 (day 2)            Fri., Oct 23 (day 3)

Mon., Oct 26 (day 4)            Tues., Oct 27 (day 5)          Wed., Oct 28 (day 6)                  Thurs., Oct. 29 (day 1)            Fri., Oct 30 (day 2)

And so on…

What should each family consider before school each morning?

The school district is responsible for its own contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.  This will also help you decide whether to come to school or not.  We are asking students and/or parents to complete this each morning before class starts or riding a bus.

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What time does first period start?

Doors open at 7:45am and students will report to homeroom until 8:11am.  First period will then start at 8:14am.

Are students using lockers this year?

Yes.  Students will be assigned a locker.  The homeroom teacher will provide each student the locker and combination the first day of school.

How will school be different than the spring of 2020?

We have invested heavily in hardware, software, and training to provide a full education to our students.  In a hybrid model, instruction is provided all 5 days.  Students will be graded and have the same expectations for classwork that they would have for a full in-person model.  We will cover the same amount of material in accordance with state and national standards.  Our students need the full curriculum to be successful in the future.  

Does my child need to wear a mask all day?

YES, based on the “Updated mask requirements released by the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Health” revised on 8/17/20. It can only be removed when eating and/or drinking. All students will be issued a cloth face mask, a gaiter, and a face shield on the first day for their use. Please be sure to send your child to school with appropriate face covering for the first day of school. Students will be permitted to choose which face covering they prefer to wear. We will provide face covering breaks when students can be at least 6ft. apart.  If your child cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, a note MUST be provided from a doctor.  If students refuse to comply with the face covering requirement, parents will be notified.

What is the start and end times this year at McCall?

At 7:45am each morning, the front door and rear door across from Faith United Church will open.  Students can enter the building in these two locations only this year. First period starts at 8:10am.

The last period of the day ends at 2:47pm.  Private car riders and walkers will be dismissed at this time.  Bus riders will be dismissed shortly thereafter.

Will my child have access to breakfast?

Yes. Breakfast will be available for middle school students served in a grab-and-go model to eat in the classroom.  

How will students eat lunch?

Middle School students will eat lunch in the cafeteria and be able to purchase lunches from the school cafeteria. Students will maintain social distancing while waiting in line and will sit in a fashion that maintains appropriate distance between students. Students will be required to sanitize or wash their hands prior to, and after, eating.

Will visitors be permitted in the building?

All non-essential visitors, volunteers, and activities (including assemblies and parties) that involve outside groups or parental supervised programming will not be allowed this year.  By greatly limiting additional individuals in our schools, we will be directly following CDC and PA Department of Health guidance and reducing the potential for viral transmission in the school environment.

Is my child permitted to bring a water bottle to school?

Yes. Water fountains have been turned off as per the guidance from the CDC and water bottle fillers have been installed. Students should bring their own bottle with an opportunity to fill when necessary. To reduce the potential for queuing at the water bottle fill station, students are encouraged to bring water with them to school, but it is not required.