Due to a steep rise in COVID-19 cases and resulting staffing concerns, McCulloch Junior High School and Marion High School will be dismissing at noon today, Jan. 14. Bus riders will be taken home starting at that time, and car riders should be picked up at noon as well.
The school is also contacting parents directly via our Infinite Campus messaging system.
Following this early dismissal, grades 7-12 will join preschool through grade 6 in using virtual learning today 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.)
We know this decision creates extra challenges for our families, and we appreciate your continued support and cooperation.
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 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!