Marion Community Schools is adding two e-learning days to its calendar as we shift into the winter and holiday season. There will be no onsite classes on Monday, Nov. 23, and Tuesday, Nov. 24. (Thanksgiving break begins Wednesday, Nov. 25.)
Students will be provided e-learning via their school-provided devices or on paper (depending on grade level and needs). These two added e-learning days will be similar to the regular e-learning days that have been in place on Fridays during the first semester. 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 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, as well as more training and collaboration time for our staff. This will also be an opportunity for our teachers and staff to put into practice the plans we have made to keep the learning going during quarantine periods.
With these two extra e-learning days, Marion Community Schools will also be intentionally reviewing the things we’ve learned up to now as we have navigated education in the midst of a pandemic. We will be dedicating extra time to planning and preparing for even better experiences for our students and families for the remainder of the school year.
Any scheduled arts or athletics activities in grades 5-12 will be allowed to continue on Nov. 23 and 24. If you have questions, please contact your coach or director.
Marion Community Schools’ goal is to continue to provide onsite learning for as long as possible during this challenging time. We also will continue to offer our families the choice of at-home learning options through the Giant Online Academy. 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.
We ask our community to support us by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing any time they are outside of their own homes. 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!