MHS issues school IDs for Grab & Go

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Posted on Sep 07 2020

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Although the Public School System will go fully remote starting tomorrow, Marianas High School and other public schools still distributed student identification cards last Thursday that will ensure that students will still be fed under the PSS meal program.

According to MHS vice principal Melanie S. Rdiall, the student ID card is needed for the Grab & Go meal distribution, that students will still be assured breakfast and lunch meals even if PSS will be holding online classes starting this week.

MHS will not be distributing Grab & Go meals on their campus, so MHS students should go to Oleai Elementary School, Garapan Elementary School, or Dandan Middle School for their Grab & Go meals.

Rdiall stated that 1,509 students are registered at MHS for the upcoming school semester, 39 students less than last year. Despite a recent executive order that there should be no face-to-face classes starting Aug. 24, Rdiall said that they are still looking at starting face-to-face classes come Oct. 5. However, this is not a sure thing. Rdiall says that it all depends on Gov. Ralph DLG Torres if he amends his executive order.

There will still be a small group that will have face-to-face classes, Rdiall said, but this is only for selected students, mostly special-needs students, and only up to 10 students per classroom. However, if parents don’t want these students to physically go to school, that is beyond the schools’ control.

As of now, there isn’t an exact number of how many students will participate in the face-to-face classes, but Rdiall says that the school is preparing a classroom for only 10 students. Additionally, for the month of September, teachers will be working with their first period students on their social emotional learning homework.

Rdiall stated that MHS has called a majority of their teachers/staff back to work; one has transferred to another high school and one counselor has relocated to the U.S. mainland.

Justine Nauta
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.

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