Marion Community Schools was informed Sunday, Nov. 1, that a staffer who was last at Marion High School on Friday, Oct. 30, has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive.
In connection with this positive case, 2 other staffers and 15 students were determined to be school-related close contacts and have been informed and instructed to quarantine. (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.
In addition, Marion Community Schools was informed Tuesday, Nov. 3, that a staffer who was last at Riverview Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 2, 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 students have been informed and instructed to quarantine. All of the affected students will have online or paper options for continuing their learning during the quarantine period.
We will continue to work closely with the Grant County Health Department to monitor, verify, and communicate as needed.