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Marion High School
Dear Marion High School Families,
With the onset of COVID-19, we began ways to reconfigure our lives. As we approach our protocols for the 2020-2021 school year, we are taking into account a multitude of procedures that we have reconsidered as we embark upon this journey.
Marion ISD has developed guidelines that the district will implement. Those guidelines can be found here: Marion ISD Re-Opening Guidelines. In addition, the High School Campus is providing further guidance on structures and procedures specific to the campus.
As you are considering the learning path for your family (on campus or remote learning), please review the following information carefully to fully understand the expectations for our students throughout the year.
As with all things, we are working to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. The guidelines that we will follow take into consideration guidelines and suggestions published by TEA.
We are honored to serve the students and community of Marion as administration of our secondary campuses. Please contact our offices if you have questions or need guidance from our staff.
Stacia Snyder, MHS Principal
John Stewart, MHS Asst. Principal
We are receiving updates and changes on a daily basis from local, state, and national authorities. These guidelines may be subject to change as the pandemic situation remains fluid.
Hand Washing/ Sanitizing
Temperature Checks/ Screening
· Students and staff must wear a mask once they arrive on campus.
· Avoid early drop-offs in the morning. Secondary campuses are closed prior to 7:45AM.
· After putting your mask/face covering on, students may enter and eat in the cafeteria from 7:45-8:00AM as long as numbers allow for social distancing.
· Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available at the main entrance to the campus, in classrooms, in the cafeteria, and in common areas throughout the campus.
· Upon picking up breakfast, or immediately after arrival after 8:00AM, students will report to their first class period of the day.
· Staggering the groups of walkers, car riders, bus riders or grade levels will help manage student movement in the building and decrease the risk of potential crowding outside at dismissal time. Secondary campuses may implement a staggered exit.
· Sanitizing opportunities will be provided in class before dismissal.
· Early pick up will not be permitted 30 minutes before the end of the day.
· Students walking home must leave campus in a timely manner and continue to wear their mask and social distance until they are off campus.
· Students who ride the bus will meet in front of the middle school, wearing their mask, maintaining their social distance until the bus arrives.
· Students will be required to meet with other members of their bus in a designated location if their bus has not arrived. Otherwise, they are to report immediately to their bus for departure.
· Students whose parents pick them up will report to the back of the middle school or front of the high school. Students will continue to wear their mask and social distance until they are in the vehicle.
· Monitor students throughout the day and refer to the nurse if symptoms are present.
· Display visual reminders of distancing requirements in all classrooms, marking off areas for common spaces and distancing best practices.
· Provide refillable alcohol-based hand sanitizer and encourage routine usage.
· Provide disinfectant wipes and sprays will be available to sanitize working surfaces.
Common areas & Transitions
· Students and staff will wear protective face coverings and practice social distancing.
· Organized and consistent movement from each class will be implemented to limit the number of students in the hallway during transitions.
· When transitioning between classes, students will travel corridors as far to the right as possible.
· Visual markers will be developed to help students maintain physical distances and adhere to established campus traffic flow in hallways.
· Traffic patterns will be established throughout the campus that separates individuals to the greatest extent possible.
· Where possible, one-way traffic throughout campus corridors may be established.
· Classroom doors will be propped open to reduce high touch areas.
· Access to hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the campus.
Lockers/Backpacks and Materials
UIL/ Extracurricular Activities
Restrooms & Water Fountains
Parents will be asked to select a learning option that will begin on August 12, 2020. Parents will complete a Learning Option Commitment form online by noon on August 3. Dependent upon what learning option is selected on the Learning Option Commitment form, you will ALSO need to complete either the Parent-Student Remote Learning Contract or the Parent-Student On-Campus Learning Contract
Cafeteria & Food Service
Depending on the number of students in the school, students may have meals in the cafeteria.
· Cafeteria capacity will be based on current guidelines. Physical distance will be provided around each occupiable seat.
· Meals will be packaged as “grab and go” to ensure ease of pick up and transport to eating locations.
· Signage and staff will reinforce physical distance and traffic patterns in the cafeteria.
· Hand sanitizer stations will be available at entrances and exits of the cafeteria.
· Every campus will devise lunch schedules and formats, including outside areas, that allow students to eat safely apart from each other.
· Microwaves must be wiped down pre and post use by students.
· To minimize exposure on campus, parents and students are discouraged to drop off lunch deliveries for the 2020-21 school year. Students must bring their lunch, or they must eat the cafeteria.
Students/ Employees Confirmed/ Suspected/or Exposed to COVID-19
· are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19;
· experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (assumed to have COVID-19) and/or;
· exposed (as defined as by close contact below) to a positive case of COVID-19,
· must stay at home throughout the infection period (10 days), or incubation period (14 days) and cannot return to campus until the all below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:
i. at least one day (24 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
ii. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath);
iii. at least ten (10) days has passed since symptoms first appeared or the individual was exposed (as defined by close contact) to the positive COVID-19 case.
iv. individual must remain off campus until the 14-day incubation period has passed.
Communication to Parents of COVID-19 Cases
The definition of close contact is evolving with our understanding of COVID-19 and should be determined by an appropriate public health agency.
In general, close contact is defined as:
a. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
b. being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination. Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming lab test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming lab test.
i. at least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
iii. at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared or the individual was exposed (as defined by close contact) to the positive COVID-19 case.
Marion Independent School District
211 West Otto St. | PO Box 189 | Marion Tx. 78124
PHONE: (830) 914-2803 | FAX: (830) 420-3268
Elementary Campuses (Krueger and Karrer)
7:40 am to 3:00 pm
Secondary Campuses (Middle & High Schools)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
In accordance with Title VI-Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX-Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504-Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1992, the Marion Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.
Conforme al Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, al Título IX de las Enmiendas de Educación de 1972, a la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973 y al Título II de la Ley sobre Estadounidenses con Discapacidades de 1992, el Marion Independent School District no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, edad, sexo o discapacidad.
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