UPDATE - March 13, 2020
On Thursday, March 12, Governor Mike DeWine announced that all Ohio school districts will not hold regular classes in school buildings beginning Monday, March 16. Even though the Governor stated that it would begin at the end of the day, on Monday, Marion City Schools students will not report to school on Monday, March 16. They will remain out of school through Friday, April 3, 2020. Our staff will still be working during this time and will be available to answer questions during the regular school day.
We have received clarification from the Ohio Department of Education indicating that the purpose of sending students home for the next three weeks is solely to reduce the potential for the Coronavirus to spread. However, it is still expected that staff will be working and students will be considered "attending school from home" during this time. We realize this may not be what most of us initially understood; however, this is the direction that the Governor's Office and the Ohio Department of Education have provided to school districts across Ohio.
This letter is intended to provide you with information that outlines our school district's plan for meeting your child's academic and nutritional needs over the next three weeks.
Our Scheduled Spring Break
The week of March 23-27 is Spring Break. Students, Staff and Families should treat this as normal Spring Break although we will still make accommodations for families in need such as food.
Athletics, School, and Community Events
All indoor and outdoor athletic events, including practices and conditioning activities, have been canceled through Friday, April 3. There also will be no school or community-related events taking place on District property during this time.
Breakfast and Lunch Availability for Children and Youth Under 18
The Ohio Department of Education requested a USDA waiver allowing schools to serve meals during closed periods related to the coronavirus. These meals will be delivered Monday through Friday to bus stops, starting March 17 through April 3, 2020. A Marion City Schools identified vehicle will stay at each stop approximately 15 minutes to distribute a prepackaged lunch and a breakfast for the next day. A menu will be posted on the website and provided upon request. All menus are subject to change and some items may contain nuts or other known allergens. For a complete list of ingredients and nutritional information, please contact the Nutrition Services Office at 740-223-4423. Please refer to the schedule below to find a stop nearest you:
- 11:00 AM - W Center St / Plymouth St
- 11:20 AM - Bennett St / Uncapher Ave
- 11:40 AM - Bennett St / Fies Ave
- 12:00 PM - Jackson Ave / Nye St
- 12:20 PM - Garfield Elementary
- 12:40 PM - Plantation Dr/Rodney Dr
- 1:00 PM - Plantation Dr/ Quaker Dr
- 11:00 AM - Chestnut St / Oak St
- 11:20 AM - Shelby Ct / W Center St
- 11:40 AM - Olney Ave / W Church St
- 12:00 PM - Orchard St/ W Church St
- 12:20 PM - Cherry St/ W Columbia St
- 12:40 PM - Blaine Ave / W Columbia St
- 11:00 AM - Darius St / Mound St
- 11:20 AM - McKinley St / Olney Ave
- 11:40 AM - Highland Ave / Woodrow Ave
- 12:00 PM - Congress St / Uncapher Ave
- 12:20 PM - Herman St / Uncapher Ave
- 12:40 PM - Sugar St / Uncpaher Ave
- 11:00 AM - Bellefontaine Ave / Girard Ave
- 11:20 AM - Bellefontaine Ave / Windsor St
- 11:40 AM - Carner Ave / Windsor St
- 12:00 PM - Osgood St / S Prospect St
- 12:20 PM - Henry St / Keener Ave
- 12:40 PM - McKinley Elementary
- 11:00 AM - Klerx Ave / Oak St
- 11:20 AM - London St / Oak St
- 11:40 AM - Leader St / Silver St
- 12:00 PM - Avondale Ave / Silver St
- 12:20 PM - Avondale Ave / Blake Ave
- 12:40 PM - Hayes Elementary
- 1:00 PM - Euclid Ave / Fairground St
- 1:10 PM - Fountain St / W Fairground St
- 11:00 AM - N Prospect St / W Mark St
- 11:20 AM - N Main St / W George St
- 11:40 AM - E Farming St / N State St
- 12:20 PM - Park St / Patten St
- 12:40 PM - Patten St / Patterson St
- 11:00 AM - N Prospect St / Oak Ln (Next to Aquatic Center)
- 11:20 AM - N State St / 1st Alley N of Fairground St
- 11:40 AM - Fairview St / N State St
- 12:00 PM - Libby Lane at the Playground
- 12:20 PM - Fairview St / Fairwood Ave
- 12:40 PM - Fairwood Ave / Bahama Dr.
- 1:00 PM - Taft Elementary
- 11:00 AM - Bermuda Dr / Trinidad Dr
- 11:20 AM - Barbados Ave / Bermuda Dr
- 11:40 AM - Roberts Ave / Robinson St
- 12:00 PM - Fleetwood Ave / Jefferson St.
- 12:20 PM - Adams St / Jefferson St
- 12:40 PM - Polk St / Van Buren St
- 1:00 PM - Grant St / Van Buren St
- 11:00 AM - E Mark St / Jefferson St
- 11:20 AM - Jefferson St / Wilson Ave
- 11:40 AM - Barnhart St / Wilson Ave
- 12:00 PM - Boone Ave / Wilson Ave
- 12:20 PM - Madison Ave / Wilson Ave
- 11:00 AM - E Farming St / Ballentine St
- 11:20 AM - E Farming St / N Greenwood St
- 11:40 AM - Gebhardt St / Lincoln Ave
- 12:00 PM - DeWolfe Ct / E Center St
- 12:20 PM - E Church St / Hane Ave
- 12:40 PM - E Church St / Homer St
- 11:00 AM - Bexley Ave / Harding Rd
- 11:20 AM - Bexley Ave / Normandy Dr
- 11:40 AM - Bexley Ave / Forest Lawn Dr
- 12:00 PM - George Washington Elementary
- 12:00 PM - Indiana Ave / S Seffner Ave
- 12:20 PM - Indiana Ave / Summit St
- 11:00 AM - Benjamin Harrison Elementary
- 11:20 AM - Mt Vernon Ave / Ellis Ct
- 11:40 AM - Marion Public Library
- 12:00 PM - Church St / Summit St
- 12:20 PM - Mt Vernon Ave / Summit St
- 12:40 PM - Crescent Heights Rd (by Fire Hydrant)
- 11:00 AM - Executive Dr (corner of the drive behind hospital)
- 11:20 AM - Kelly Ln / Edgewood Dr (sidewalk west of Kelly Ln)
- 11:40 AM - E Columbia St / S High St
- 12:00 PM - S Main St / W Washington Ave
- 12:20 PM - Cleveland Ave / Superior St
- 12:40 PM - E Walnut St / S Vine St
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Many students have medications that are kept at school so that they can be administered to the student during the school day. With our schools being closed for the next three weeks, parents must immediately contact the school to make arrangements to pick up their child's medications. No medications can be left at school during this time. The buildings will be open until March 18 to pick up the medication.
Over the past week, we have been preparing for the possibility of having to administer off-site instruction to all of our students. While students will not be physically attending school, daily attendance will be monitored by the student's teacher(s) through the student's completion of their online/paper assignments.
- Preschool - Students will receive a packet reinforcing the foundational and developmental skills they have learned.
- Kdg - 5th Graders - Students will have access to 5 learning modules in ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Special Areas (Art, Music, Physical Education). Completion time of modules will be approximately 30 minutes in length.
- 6th - 8th Graders - Students will have access to 5 learning modules for each course they are currently taking. Completion time of modules will be approximately 30-40 minutes in length.
- 9th - 12th Graders - Students will have access to 5 learning modules for each course they are currently taking. Completion time of modules will be approximately 30-40 minutes in length.
- Students with Special Needs – Intervention staff will be reaching out to students to inquire how the module work and/or assignment work is going, recommend accommodations as needed, etc. Students in specialized learning centers will have access to specific lessons. In addition, will be holding essential IEP/ETR team meetings if needed via phone.
- CCP-Any student participating in courses through College Credit Plus will be expected to complete those assignments at the direction of the college/university and the instructor of the course.
Student Learning Modules
Assignments can be found on marioncityschools.org and will be listed by grade level/content area. Teacher email and phone extension information will be available should there be questions about the assignments. During the week of March 16-20 and March 30-April 3, teachers will be available from 9:00 am-3:00 pm to answer questions.
Sample Student Daily Schedule
The following is just a sample schedule to help families who may wish to retain a sense of structure and consistency to their child's day.
- 07:30 a.m. - Get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, etc.
- 08:15 a.m. - Organize learning space, turn on computer/device
- 08:30 a.m. - Review daily modules from the teacher(s) and get the necessary learning materials organized.
- 08:45 a.m. - Complete mindfulness/supplemental activities
- 09:30 a.m. - Begin assignments
- 10:00 a.m. - Take quick stretch and nutrition break
- 10:15 a.m. - Return to assignments, keep working, document learning in whatever way is required
- 11:00 a.m. - Check MCS website for any additional announcements
- 11:15 a.m. - Lunch and movement (Take a walk, dance, do jumping-jacks, etc.)
- 12:00 p.m. - Return to assignments, keep working, document learning in whatever way is required
- 01:00 p.m. - Engage in second online session/modules
- 01:45 p.m. - Take a quick stretch and nutrition break
- 02:00 p.m. - Return to assignments, keep working, document learning in whatever way is required
- 03:00 p.m. - Summarize your learning in whatever way your teacher(s) have requested
- 03:45 p.m. - Pat yourself on the back for a full day of online learning
This is undoubtedly an unusual and unique situation in which all of us find ourselves. Please know that we are committed to keeping you informed of any new information as it becomes available. We will keep our website updated with all the information you may need, but please don't hesitate to contact your child's school for assistance.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we all navigate these unchartered waters.
Ron Iarussi, EdD
UPDATE - March 12, 2020
The health, safety and well-being of all students, staff and our community is a priority for the Marion City Schools. Based upon guidance from Marion Public Health, the Ohio Department of Health and Governor DeWine, the Marion City Schools is taking the following actions based on those recommendations.
As of today, Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Ohio Department of Health and Governor DeWine has directed all schools to close at the end of the day Monday, March 16 for three weeks. We have decided that there will be no school for all Marion City Schools students, preschool through twelfth grade, on Monday March 16, 2020 to allow staff the opportunity to prepare for the three week school closure. The last day of school for students will be tomorrow, Friday, March 13.
Educating Marion students is a priority, and we are working to make sure that we have measures in place to continue the educational process. We encourage parents to begin identifying childcare accommodations.
Events sponsored by the Marion City Schools are postponed or canceled until April 13th, including the Grant Middle School musical to be held this weekend. All events involving outside organizations taking place in the Marion City Schools are canceled or postponed through April 13th. This includes outside organization sponsored meetings such as PTO, Booster Clubs etc. Please refer to the website for additional postponements.
All student activities, including after-school clubs, activities and athletic practices, are canceled during this time period.
Visitors, Volunteers & Field Trips
Visitors and volunteers to buildings in the Marion City Schools will not be permitted during this closure. All Marion City Schools field trips scheduled for the next thirty (30) days are canceled effective immediately.
This reflects the most up-to-date information we have received and is subject to change at any time. Please visit marioncityschools.org for the most up-to-date information about the Marion City Schools' response to coronavirus. Additional guidelines and recommendations for families and the community can be found by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov. Please do not ask questions through social media. We will continue providing updates as new information becomes available.
UPDATE - March 11, 2020
Information on mass gatherings in the Marion City Schools
We have received questions regarding after school events and programs. We have events scheduled this weekend, March 13-15, including our middle school musical at Harding High School and a Vex Robotics competition at the Coliseum.
The Marion Public Health and the Ohio Department of Health have provided guidance about mass gatherings and we are strongly encouraging anyone in the at-risk population for coronavirus not to attend any indoor events throughout the month of March in the district. Those identified as the most at-risk include: older adults and those with serious chronic illness, specifically heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. This information is as up to date as we currently have. Please be aware that Marion Public Health, the Ohio Department of Health and Governor DeWine may issue additional guidance, including a mandate to cancel these types of events.
We fully understand some of these changes are less than ideal but we all play an important role in mitigating the spread of this disease. These are temporary measures which align to the Ohio Department of Health and Governor DeWine's protocols. In these situations, rumors tend to circulate quickly. We ask that you work only from first source information. We are in this together and appreciate your understanding as we navigate these unchartered waters.
UPDATE - March 10, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Information
The Marion City Schools is working closely with Marion Public Health to monitor the situation and develop a coordinated and comprehensive public health plan to ensure we are prepared if cases arise in our community. The Marion City Schools will be prepared to implement public health recommendations as required.
As we head towards spring break, we know travel may be planned. There is community spread of COVID-19 in other countries and areas of the U.S. so we encourage you to check the CDC Travel Advisory page prior to your travels.
In Ohio, we continue to be in the peak of flu season. Marion Public Health recommends that individuals receive the flu vaccination and engage in everyday, preventive measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness, such as:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
As a district, we are engaging in daily preventive measures to help curb the spread of germs and illness. Some of these measures include:
- Clean and disinfect high touch areas (desks, tables, chairs, light switches, door handles, pencil sharpeners) during the school day and throughout the evenings.
- Clean and disinfect all MCS devices, such as: desktop computers, monitors, laptop computers, tablets, etc.
- Clean and disinfect all playground equipment throughout the district.
These prevention measures will also be our best line of defense if the time comes that we do see COVID-19 in our community. Below are links to resources for our families and community.
- Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for updates about COVID-19.
- The CDC has published these facts about COVID-19
- Proper handwashing is strongly recommended by the CDC to help prevent the spread of illness. This video explains how germs are spread in a child-friendly way.
- If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 you can call the Ohio Department of Health Hotline seven days a week between 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. at 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).