On Nov. 24, the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees approved the continuation of e-learning Fridays through the rest of the 2020-21 school year calendar, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The board had previously approved e-learning Fridays for the first semester.
These designated at-home e-learning days are a proactive mitigation strategy to keep school operations going and keep learning going. (You can view the full school-year calendar here.)
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, cleaning of facilities and equipment, along with more training and collaboration time for our staff.
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 or paper packets will be available for home use on e-learning days, depending on grade level and needs.
(NOTE: There will be no onsite classes on Fridays at Marion Regional Career Center for the rest of the school year. In general CTE classes require onsite learning, and no e-learning assignments are issued on Fridays. MRCC students should contact their instructor with questions.)
As Marion Community Schools noted on July 14 when our initial baseline plan was approved by the School Board and have continued to emphasize throughout the year, our plans remain fluid as we respond to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of Nov. 25, the Indiana Health Department classified Grant County in the red category, meaning there is an active and widespread outbreak of COVID-19 in our community.
Marion Community Schools has continually adhered to our COVID-19 plans and protocols, which have included extensive contact tracing and quarantining to help prevent the spread of the virus at our schools, on our buses, and during our activities. (You can view our COVID-19 quarantine updates here.)
We believe that this work and the care and cooperation practiced by our students, staff, and families has helped make our schools one of the safer places to be during this pandemic time.
We also know that many students and families depend on the services and opportunities available at our school buildings.
We believe offering families the choice between in-person and online education is the best way to meet the most needs during this challenging time. We will continue to strive to offer both options for as long as possible.
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. Together, we will find solutions and encourage our students’ continued growth and success.
To view our full onsite 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!