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!

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. 

What about boosters? 

Five months after the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or two months after the one-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson), the CDC recommends anyone 5 and older receive a booster shot. (Ages 5-11 were approved for a booster in May 2022.) As of January 2022, a booster for those eligible is required to maintain "fully vaccinated" status in terms of quarantine guidelines. 

Note: Immunocompromised people may need additional doses in the initial series. Talk with your healthcare provider if you have questions.  

Where can I get the vaccine locally?

  • 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. 
     
  • Starting Jan. 19, you can also get four free at-home COVID tests from the federal government. The tests will "typically ship within 7-12 days of ordering". Click here to order yours

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 100.4 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
  • If untested: At least 5 calendar days, have passed since symptoms appeared or health care provider has cleared them by providing an alternate diagnosis (in writing) to return
  • NOTE: Extra careful symptom monitoring and mask use at all times must continue through day 10 
     

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 5 calendar days, have passed since symptoms appeared
  • NOTE: Extra careful symptom monitoring and mask use at all times must continue through day 10 
     

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 5 calendar days, have passed since positive test 
  • NOTE: Extra careful symptom monitoring and mask use at all times must continue through day 10
     

QUARANTINE DUE TO EXPOSURE (NO SYMPTOMS)

As of Feb. 23, 2022, the IDOH has lifted the order for asymptomatic quarantine after any potential exposure, regardless of vaccination status, whether the school requires masks, or whether the potential exposure occurred in the school setting or elsewhere. This means that anyone who would be considered a close contact will NOT have to quarantine if they do not develop symptoms (and do not receive a positive test or diagnosis).

>> Click here to view the updated guidance for schools from the Indiana Department of Health

>> Click here to view the updated quarantine guidance from the CDC
 


Testing information:

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

  • 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 
 


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COVID positive updates (archive):

Marion Community Schools is no longer providing regular updates regarding COVID-19 cases in our school buildings, in line with requirements from the Indiana Department of Health. If circumstances change and cases spike, we may return to such updates. We hope that will not be the case, but we are prepared to communicate if needed! For now, here is the archive from earlier in the pandemic:

2020-21 school year