MCS coronavirus / COVID-19 information

Publish Date: 02/28/2020
this page was last updated on 7/9/21

COVID-19 vaccines are now being administered!

All Hoosiers 12 and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine! (Those ages 12 through 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time.)

Vaccinations are the BEST tool we have to protect against COVID-19. In addition, vaccinated individuals are exempt from quarantine rules if no symptoms are present! This means that vaccinated students who come into close contact with an identified positive COVID-19 case do not have to miss classes and other activities (unless they experience symptoms associated with COVID-19). We encourage everyone who is eligible for the vaccine to consider doing so. Click here for a great FAQ about the vaccines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

  • To schedule your vaccine, contact your local healthcare provider to ask whether they have the vaccine available, or log on to ourshot.in.gov to schedule your appointment at the Grant County Health Department or other locations.

 

The state has issued guidelines based on the color categories that track the spread of COVID-19 by county.

The county and the whole state remains under guidelines based on the county-by-county color categories monitored by the Indiana Department of HealthThere is specific guidance by category for government offices, businesses, schools, recreational activities, entertainment venues, places of worship, etc. Click here to view the guidelines.

 

Some restrictions remain in place at our buildings:

Marion Community Schools plans to return to in-person classes five days a week as our primary education option for the 2021-22 school year. (Click here for more information, including how to request consideration for long-term online or hybrid options.)

Health officials have confirmed that our protocols and procedures make our school buildings some of the safest places to be in our community, and in-person learning is so important. In addition, our schools provide other important opportunities and services including meals. We need our community's help to keep our schools open! We ask that you consider vaccination for yourself and your students. (Here's a great informative page if you have questions about the vaccine.) We also ask that you continue to maintain healthy habits like social distancing and mask-wearing as needed! Vaccinations help limit the need for quarantining. (Click here for current guidelines.)

Online education will still be used for individual students for short-term COVID-19 related absences or other home-bound situations at the school's discretion, as well as four scheduled e-learning days during the school year (see the school year calendar here) and up to five additional e-learning days for weather-related building closures.

>> Click here for our school year FAQs

Athletics continue under the guidance of IHSAA and the Indiana Department of Health. Attendance may be limited based on the capacity of each venue and the current public health guidelines. Masks and social distancing are encouraged at indoor events.  

We will continue to monitor information from local, state, and national health officials. Please watch for messages from us. 

Please take a look at the information below, and continue to check this page for updates.

 

Quarantines and more:

As we move closer to the school year, with rising vaccination rates, we hope that together we can continue to make progress!

Those who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine after close contact exposure to a person diagnosed as COVID-19 positive, as long as no symptoms appear.

At Marion Community Schools during the 2020-21 school year, we had a significant portion of our students utilizing online learning either full time or because of quarantines due to close contact with a positive case. We also had a number of staffers quarantined at any given time. With numbers falling, and quarantine guidelines changing accordingly, we hope the need for quarantines will continue to lower.

However, quarantining will remain an important tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, so please make sure you have your contact information updated in your Campus Parent account, so that we can provide you with important information when needed.

>> Click here for the current quarantine information

 

Keep the learning going!

>> Click here for summer opportunities in Marion

 

Coping with challenging times:

>> Click here to view resources provided by our social workers. 

 

Other updates:

We will continue to monitor information from local, state, and national health officials. Please watch for messages from us.
 

 


 

What should I be doing now?

The Indiana Health Department says we remain in the community transmission phase, meaning Hoosiers can contract the virus from other Hoosiers not linked to an outbreak elsewhere. The state continues to track positive cases and deaths. Click here to view the most recent report from ISDH.

Health officials are encouraging vaccination, and continue to emphasize social distancing and mask usage indoors, and even in close crowds outdoors. Staying 6 feet away from others can help reduce the spread of coronavirus via droplets in the air.    

Health officials also continue to emphasize hand washing and other healthy habits to help slow the spread of illness:

  • When sick, particularly if you have a fever, stay home, except to get urgent medical care
  • If your child is ill, please keep them at home, except to get urgent medical care
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes / nose / mouth
  • Most importantly, frequent handwashing with soap for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 

At home, you can pay extra attention to frequently touched surfaces, including door knobs, countertops, light switches, keyboards, etc. No special disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time, but frequent cleaning can help prevent the spread of illness. 

>> Any specific local news or instructions will come directly from the Grant County Emergency Management Agency (EMA). You can sign up to receive notifications directly from them at http://www.nixle.com

 

What is the coronavirus?

There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new illness, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans: severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, shortened to SARS-CoV-2. The illness and virus was first identified in China. As the name indicates, the virus is related to the SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) that caused an outbreak in 2002 and 2003, however it is not the same virus.

 

What do I do if I believe I or my child may have this illness?

Click here for more information about quarantining and testing.

 

How can I learn more?