Marion Community Schools was informed Monday, May 3, that a staffer who was last at Allen Elementary School on Thursday, April 29, has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. In connection with this case, there were no identified school related close contacts.
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, three students who were last at Riverview Elementary School on Thursday, April 29, were diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. In connection with this case, 3 staff members and 65 other students were identified as a school related close contact and were informed and instructed to quarantine.
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 when necessary.
Marion Community Schools will continue to work closely with the Grant County Health Department to monitor, verify, and communicate as needed.