1/14 UPDATE: ALL grades will use virtual learning through Tuesday, Jan. 18. McCulloch Junior High School and Marion High School are dismissing at noon Jan. 14 due to a steep rise in COVID cases and related staffing concerns. Click for more details.
The following was published Jan. 13, 2022
Due to COVID-related staffing concerns, Marion Community Schools will be utilizing virtual learning for preschool through Grade 6 on Friday, Jan. 14, and Tuesday, Jan. 18. (Monday, Jan. 17, is a school holiday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All Marion schools are closed that day.)
This means there will be no onsite classes on Jan. 14, Jan. 17, or Jan. 18 for Allen, Frances Slocum, Kendall, and Riverview elementary schools, along with Justice Intermediate School. We know this decision creates extra challenges for our families, and we appreciate your continued support and cooperation.
At this time, onsite classes will continue for McCulloch Junior High School and Marion High School. Please note, however, that circumstances can change quickly, so please stay connected with us. We will update families if we need to utilize virtual learning at the upper grades.
PK - Grade 6 students will be provided e-learning via their school-provided devices or on paper (depending on grade level and needs). 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.
E-learning days have been part of our COVID-19 mitigation strategy, with fewer people in the buildings on those days and less potential for close contact that would require quarantining in the case of a COVID diagnosis. E-learning days also allow an additional day for contact tracing as needed, along with extra cleaning of facilities and equipment.
Marion Community Schools’ goal is to continue to provide onsite learning as much as possible during this challenging time. It is so important that we continue to work together 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.
We ask our community to support us by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing any time they are outside of their own homes. We also encourage you to strongly consider vaccinations for you and your family. Together, we can reduce the spread of the virus in our community. The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. We need our community’s help to be able to keep our schools open and keep the learning going for our students during the school day and during extended-day activities.
>> Quarantines continue to affect our staffing, and 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!