COVID-19 information and links

Vaccine information:

All Hoosiers 5 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine! (Those ages 5 through 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time.)

Vaccines are the BEST tool we have to prevent COVID-19!

In addition, fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from quarantine rules if no symptoms are present! This means that vaccinated students who come into close contact with an identified positive COVID-19 case do not have to miss classes and other activities (unless they experience symptoms associated with COVID-19).

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final vaccine dose in the initial series. So for students 17 and younger, they would be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second vaccine dose. (This is the same for anyone 18 and older who received the two-dose vaccines by Pfizer or Moderna, but for those who received the 1-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, full vaccination would be two weeks after that single dose. At this time no booster is required to maintain full vaccination status, but if that changes we will update you.) 

And eligible Marion Community Schools employees can receive a $500 stipend when they are fully vaccinated.

We encourage everyone who is eligible for the vaccine to consider doing so. Click here for a great FAQ about the vaccines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

  • At the Grant County Health Department: Tuesdays by appointment only; Wednesdays and Thursdays they take walk-ins between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (appointments also available). Click here to schedule or call 211 for assistance.
     
  • At local pharmacies: Schedule appointments directly with many pharmacies by visiting their websites. (In Marion this includes Meijer, Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS.) Some pharmacies also offer walk-in options.
     
  • To find other locations, click here to use the state's system to schedule your appointment, or call 211. 
     

COVID-19 positives updates:

Scroll to the bottom of the page to view previous updates.


COVID-19 symptoms (from CDC / ISDH):

Any student or staffer with a fever of 100 degrees F or higher is prohibited from coming to school, regardless of whether they exhibit any other symptoms. Any student or staffer exhibiting any other symptom(s) of COVID-19 that cannot otherwise be explained is prohibited from coming to school. The symptoms currently listed by the Indiana State Department of Health are:

  • fever of 100 degrees F or higher or chills
  • cough, particularly new onset / uncontrolled
  • new onset shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • muscle and body aches / fatigue
  • sore throat
  • headache, particularly new onset and severe
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea

If a COVID-19 diagnosis is confirmed or suspected:

Students and staff will be excluded from school if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 based on CDC/ISDH guidelines that is not otherwise explained.

Once a student or employee is excluded from school, they may return only when they satisfy the recommendations of the CDC current guidelines (listed below). There will be a specific process for verifying that requirements are met.
 

 UNTESTED or tested negative (PCR test preferred)          

Any student or staffer who is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 may return if all of the following conditions are met:

  • No fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication
  • Other symptoms have improved
  • Not a close contact of a identified positive case
  • If untested: At least 10 calendar days have passed since symptoms appeared or health care provider has cleared them by providing an alternate diagnosis (in writing) to return
     

TESTED POSITIVE-SYMPTOMATIC

Any student or staffer who is experiencing symptoms and has tested positive for COVID-19 may return to school if all of the following conditions are met:

  • No fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication
  • Other symptoms have improved.
  • At least 10 calendar days have passed since symptoms appeared
     

TESTED POSITIVE-ASYMPTOMATIC

Any student or staffer who is has not had symptoms but has tested positive for COVID-19 may return if:

  • At least 10 calendar days have passed since positive test 
     

QUARANTINE DUE TO EXPOSURE (NO SYMPTOMS)

Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet or less for 15 minutes or more collectively throughout the day, within the 48 hours prior to the positive test or diagnosis; or if all are masked consistently, within 3 feet. This also includes anyone who lives in the same home with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Marion Community Schools will continue to contact trace for all positive diagnoses we are informed of, and will continue to notify all identified school related close contacts. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, the following quarantine procedures will be followed, in line with updated guidance from the Indiana Department of Health:

  • If exposure happened on school property or at a school function:
     
    • If masks were in use consistently by the person diagnosed as COVID-19 positive AND by the person identified as a school related close contact, the close contact will not be required to quarantine, but will be asked to carefully monitor for symptoms. If the close contact becomes symptomatic, the school should be informed and the guidelines above should be followed. 
       
    • If masks were not in use consistently by the person diagnosed as COVID-19 positive AND by the person identified as a school related close contact, the following guidelines will be followed:
      • Unvaccinated: Quarantine can end after day 10 without testing if there are no symptoms. (Extra careful symptom monitoring and mask use at all times must continue through day 14.) 
      • Fully vaccinated: No quarantine if there are no symptoms. (Extra careful symptom monitoring should continue through day 14.)
         
  • If exposure happened anywhere other than at school / at a school function, there is no mask-linked quarantine exemption. The following procedures remain in place:
    • Unvaccinated: Quarantine can end after day 10 without testing if there are no symptoms. (Extra careful symptom monitoring and mask use at all times must continue through day 14.) If someone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and you are unable to isolate yourself from them, your 10- to 14-day quarantine period begins when the positive person’s quarantine ends.
    • Fully vaccinated: No quarantine if there are no symptoms. (Extra careful symptom monitoring should continue through day 14.)
       

>> Click here to view the quarantine decision tree from the Indiana Department of Health 

>> Click here to view the mask-linked quarantine exemption information from the Indiana Department of Health


Testing information:

The following options for COVID-19 tests are available in Grant County, according to the Grant County Health Department:

  • Indiana State Department of Health offers testing for ages 6 months and older (parental assistance required for 6 months to 2 years old), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, at 117 W. Mulberry St. (near Marion General Hospital). No appointment needed. Not a rapid test; results guaranteed by 5 p.m. the next day.
  • MGH Express has tests available for symptomatic patients being seen. (Walk-in)
  • Some local pharmacies have tests available for those who are symptomatic or who have been in close contact with identified positive cases. (By appointment.)
  • Contact your family healthcare provider to find out if they have testing available. (By appointment.)
  • Grant County Health Department has testing available by appointment every weekday. Testing is drive-through.

>> Click here for a list of COVID-19 testing locations in Indiana 
 


Information links:

 


COVID positive updates (older):

2020-21 school year