Marion Community Schools was informed Monday, Sept. 20, that a student who was last at Marion High School and on a Marion Community Schools bus on Sept. 16 has been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive. In connection with this case, 3 students were identified as school related close contacts and were informed and provided with quarantine and symptom monitoring instructions. 15 close contacts were exempted from quarantine due to consistent mask use.
Marion Community Schools utilizes social distancing practices as much as possible. Due to the size of our student body and our facilities, distancing is not possible at all times. This means there are times when potential close contact exposure will be very difficult to prevent, and even with the quarantine exemptions for vaccinations and masking, some preventative quarantines will be unavoidable.
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.