Marion Community Schools has made the following changes to the 2020-21 school year calendar, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- There will be early dismissal the first three days (Aug. 5-7). Grades K-4, will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. Grades 5-12 will be dismissed at 2:45 p.m. This will enable us to review and make any needed adjustments to the execution of our health and safety plans. This change was approved by the School Board on July 14.
- Beginning Aug. 14 and every week thereafter during the first semester (which ends Dec. 18), every Friday has been designated an at-home e-learning day as a proactive mitigation strategy to keep school operations going and keep learning going. (You can view the full school-year calendar here.)
Three scheduled e-learning days in the first semester had been approved by the School Board on July 14. This addition of regularly scheduled e-learning days every Friday in the first semester was approved by the School Board on July 28.
As we noted on July 14 when our initial baseline plan was approved by the School Board, our plans remain fluid as we respond to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last few weeks, COVID-19 cases have continued to rise in Grant County, and several mandated 14-day quarantines have already been put in place for school personnel and student-athletes. We are taking this proactive step of changing the calendar in response, in the hopes that it will allow us to keep our onsite learning going as long as possible.
These regularly scheduled e-learning days allow for one less day of potential COVID contact exposure at our schools each week. They also allow an additional day for contact tracing as needed. Additional cleaning of facilities and equipment, along with more training and collaboration time for our staff, are additional positives of this plan.
On these e-learning Fridays, teachers and staff will participate as a team and will connect and communicate with our students and families. Specific expectations and assignments will be made for at-home learning, and attendance will be taken as it is on any school day. School iPads will be available for home use on e-learning days for all K-12 students.
It is so important that we continue to work together to find ways to keep our school campuses open as much as possible, and to keep the learning going for our students through a combination of on-campus and at-home learning during this COVID pandemic.
All families still have the option to choose at-home learning through our Giant Online Academy. (Click here for information.)
Thank you to our families for helping us keep schools open as much as possible during this challenging time, and to keep learning going both at school and at home. Together, we will find solutions and encourage our students’ continued growth and success.
To view our full onsite back-to-school plans, click here.
>> During this time when we expect quarantines to affect our staffing, we need subs more than ever to keep on-campus operations going! If you are interested in subbing in the classroom or in our Food Service, Transportation, and Facilities/Maintenance departments, please apply now!