March 24, 2020 MCS coronavirus closure update
The following is an update from the Marion City Schools for Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
- Marion City Schools will be on Spring Break through Friday, March 27. We hope you enjoy the break and stay safe and healthy.
- Some educational materials are not currently available at the District Service Center, and replenishing those materials may take time. The district will announce when they are available again.
Emergency Meal Program - UPDATED 3/25/2020 @ 9:30am
- The new plan for emergency meal distribution starts today. Families can pick up meals at Harding High School, Grant Middle School, George Washington Elementary School, Hayes Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School and Taft Elementary School.
- Pick up times are from 11am to 1pm. Children will receive five breakfast meals and five lunch meals that are intended to last until the next distribution date of Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
- Specific pickup details at each location are as follows:
- Harding High School - Front circle of the building
- Grant Middle School - Cafe side entrance near the tennis courts
- GW, Hayes, McKinley, Taft Elementary Schools - Front loop area
- Please stay in your vehicle and staff will bring food bags to your car. If you walk to the site, please exercise social distancing protocols of 6 feet between you and others. We suggest bringing a tote or reusable bag to carry items home. You will be receiving up to four bags of food per child.
- Federal guidelines require that children be present to receive food. This program is available for all children ages 1 through 18 regardless of the school district you live in. We understand that transportation may be a barrier for some, and we are asking our families to assist other families with food pickup when possible. If you need further assistance for this emergency food for your children, please leave a message at 740-223-4423 or 740-223-4413. Someone will be in contact with you as soon as possible.
- Click here to view the menu. Please be aware that menus are subject to change and some items may contain nuts or other known allergens. Some items need to be refrigerated. All items are fully cooked, but may need reheated.
Supportive Ideas for Parents and Caregivers during COVID-19
- Pay close attention to your own feelings of stress or anxiety. Practice continued self-care strategies, including eating healthy, getting enough sleep, exercising, and finding time to take breaks. If you find yourself overwhelmed by negative thoughts, find ways to reframe your thinking.
- Acknowledge and support children in processing their full range of emotions and concerns, while offering calm and reassurance. Consider how children will react at different ages and identify appropriate ways to respond. Find ways for children to express their feelings through conversation, music, art, dance, writing, or other activities. Tune into how they're feeling throughout the day, and offer quiet time or breaks as needed.
- Provide age-appropriate information and accurate answers about the news while limiting excessive television or social media. Help children assess facts from misinformation and stereotyping related to the disease.
- Share with children what you're doing to keep them safe. Help children learn about and practice proactive strategies, such as frequent handwashing, to stay healthy. In addition to promoting healthy practices, this can help them feel a greater sense of control.
- Whenever possible, provide consistency in daily routines including meals and bedtimes. While school closures or changes in schedules may be inevitable, consistent routines can help foster a sense of safety.
- Practice patience when routines are necessarily disrupted, which can lead to potential behavior issues or meltdowns. Try to comfort children while setting boundaries. This is also an opportunity to create new schedules and routines that promote family time and healthy practices, such as taking a morning walk together, creating a "coping kit", or adding favorite family songs to hand washing routines.
- Help children and adolescents think of creative ways to maintain their friendships and social connections. This may include writing emails or letters to friends, or scheduling time to use the phone or age-appropriate technology to communicate with peers. Remember that your own social connections are important as well, and make time to reach out by phone or virtually to family and friends.
- Come up with fun alternatives to show signs of affection while minimizing the spread of germs. For example, elbow bumps or footshakes.
- Proactively reach out to schools and community organizations to support you in meeting any additional needs your family may have, such as access to meals or support services.