COVID-19 update (11/23)

Publish Date: 11/23/2020

Marion Community Schools was informed Sunday, Nov. 22, that a staffer who was last at Frances Slocum Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 19, has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. In connection with this positive case, there were determined to be no school related close contacts, so no additional quarantines were needed. 

In addition, Marion Community Schools was informed Monday, Nov. 23, that a student who was last at Marion High School on Tuesday, Nov. 17, has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. In connection with this positive case, there were determined to be no school related close contacts, so no additional quarantines were needed. 

In addition, Marion Community Schools was informed Monday, Nov. 23, that a staffer at Marion High School has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. In connection with this positive case, there were determined to be no school related close contacts, so no additional quarantines were needed. 

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.

In addition, Marion Community Schools was informed Monday, Nov. 23, that a student who was last at Kendall Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 19, has 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 this positive case, 25 other students and 1 staffer have been informed and instructed to quarantine.

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.