COVID-19 update (12/16)

Publish Date: 12/16/2020

Marion Community Schools was informed Wednesday, Dec. 16, that a student who was last at Frances Slocum Elementary School on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 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, 19 other students and 1 staffer have been informed and instructed to quarantine. (Click here for current COVID-19 quarantine information.)

In addition, a staffer who last at Frances Slocum Elementary on Wednesday, Dec. 16, has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. In connection with this case, 3 other staffers were identified as school related close contacts and have been informed and instructed to quarantine.

Also, Marion Community Schools was informed Wednesday, Dec. 16, that a staffer who was last at McCulloch Junior High School on Monday, Dec. 14, has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. In connection with this case, 2 students have been identified as school related close contacts and have been informed and instructed to quarantine.

In addition, a staffer who was last at McCulloch on Friday, Dec. 11, has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. In connection with this case, 2 students have been identified as 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. 

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.