COVID-19 update (10/14)

Publish Date: 10/14/2021

Marion Community Schools was informed Thursday, Oct. 14, that a student who was last at Marion High School on Oct. 13 has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. In connection with this case, there were four identified school related close contacts who were informed and provided with quarantine and symptom monitoring instructions. Three of the close contacts were exempted from quarantine due to consistent mask use and/or vaccination. 

In addition, Marion Community Schools was informed Wednesday, Oct. 14, that a student who was last at Marion High School on Oct. 12 has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. In connection with this case, there were 13 identified school related close contacts who were informed and provided with quarantine and symptom monitoring instructions. All of the close contacts were exempted from quarantine due to consistent mask use and/or vaccination. 

In addition, Marion Community Schools was informed on Tuesday, Oct. 13, of the following:

  • A student at Marion High School has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. In connection with this case, there were 13 identified school related close contacts who were informed and provided with quarantine and symptom monitoring instructions. Six of the close contacts were exempted due to consistent mask use and/or vaccination or recent COVID-19 infection and recovery. 
     
  • A student at McCulloch Junior High School has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. In connection with this case, there were no school related close contacts identified.
     
  • Another student at McCulloch Junior High School has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. In connection with this case, there were three identified school related close contacts who were informed and provided with quarantine and symptom monitoring instructions. Two of the close contacts were exempted due to consistent mask use and/or vaccination.
     
  • A student at Justice Intermediate School and on a Marion Community Schools bus has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. In connection with this case, there were three identified school related close contacts who were informed and provided with quarantine and symptom monitoring instructions. Two of the close contacts were exempted due to consistent mask use and/or vaccination.

Marion Community Schools utilizes social distancing practices as much as possible. Due to the size of our student body and our facilities, distancing is not possible at all times. This means there are times when potential close contact exposure will be very difficult to prevent, and even with the quarantine exemptions for vaccinations and masking, some preventative quarantines will be unavoidable. 

Click here for current COVID-19 quarantine information.

Close contact is defined by health officials as being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes. Marion Community Schools uses class, bus, and lunchroom seating charts and other information in its contact tracing process. Health officials advise that contact tracing should focus on the 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms or the positive test, whichever is earliest. 

If you have not been contacted, you were not identified as a close contact on a school campus, bus, and/or during a school activity.

Marion Community Schools will continue to work closely with the Grant County Health Department to monitor, verify, and communicate as needed.