Marion Community Schools was informed Monday, Nov. 16, that two students who were last at Allen Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 12, have been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive.
At the elementary level, with the difficulty of enforcing consistent social distancing, Marion Community Schools utilizes cohorting (keeping groups of students together and avoiding cross contact as much as possible). Because of this, our plans have included quarantining entire classrooms in the event of a positive COVID diagnosis.
Following this plan, in connection with these two positive case, 41 other students and 4 staffers have been informed and instructed to quarantine.
In addition, Marion Community Schools was informed Monday, Nov. 16, that a staffer who was last at McCulloch Junior High School on Thursday, Nov. 12, has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive.
In connection with this positive case, 6 additional staffers and 11 students were determined to be school related close contacts and have been informed and instructed to quarantine.
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.(Click here for current COVID-19 quarantine information.)
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.