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Dear Marion Center Families,
The holiday season is here, and we hope that you are able to enjoy your family during this unfortunate state of the COVID-19 pandemic. I know that many of you are very anxious to get your children back in school following the holiday break.
As of last evening, the Marion Center Area School District approved bringing students back to school on January 11th on a revised hybrid plan. We will remain on our current fully remote plan through the week of January 4th. The intent of the revised plan is to provide students with more instructional days (a combination of in-person and synchronous live streaming) and to allow us to transition in and out of school with ease, should we be asked to close due to positive cases within our buildings. We will be revisiting our plan at the January 25th board meeting.
The revised hybrid plan is as follows:
Students in PreK will attend two days per week, with remote learning activities on the “at home learning” days. Group A students will attend Mondays and Wednesdays. Group B students will attend Tuesdays and Thursdays. More information will be communicated with our PreK families by our PreK teachers following the holiday break.
Grades K – 2
Students in grades K – 2 will attend 4 days per week, Monday through Thursday. Fridays will be remote learning activities via SeeSaw, Google Classroom, and provided hands-on activities. We will be adding six (6) classrooms, one per grade level in each building. This will allow our students to remain in small groups and allow for social distancing. Homeroom assignments will change for some students to lessen the number of students in each classroom. Any changes will be communicated with you personally the week of January 4th. Our six (6) Reading Specialists will be taking on the role of our general education teachers, so we will not be providing reading interventions during the week of January 4th.
Grades 3 – 12
Students in grades 3 – 12 will attend the building two days each week and attend synchronous instruction two days each week. They will receive instruction Monday through Thursday, either within the building or via live streaming. Friday will be remote learning activities through the Google Classroom for all students. Grades 3 - 6 will be on an abbreviated schedule on their live streaming days. The schedule will be communicated with you the week of January 4th.
Group A will attend Mondays and Wednesdays in the building and log-in via Google Classroom for live stream instruction on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Group B will attend Tuesdays and Thursdays in the building and log-in via Google classroom for live stream instruction on Mondays and Wednesdays.
ICTC students will continue to attend ICTC daily. Students will ride their assigned bus Monday through Thursday to the school and transfer to the ICTC buses, as normal. They will attend classes on their assigned days in the building and be provided a space in the library or auditorium to live stream on days they are assigned to live streaming. On Fridays, ICTC students will be picked up and dropped off at home, as set up under our current remote learning plan.
Special Education students: If your child was attending a five day schedule on our previous hybrid model due to special education services, he/she will attend Monday through Thursday starting January 11th.
For families choosing not to send their child(ren) back to the building: Students will have the option to live stream all four days. If you choose NOT to send your child back to the building, please go to our website and fill out the Virtual Instruction Survey, or call your child’s building to let the office know as soon as possible. You may leave a message should you call over the holiday break. If we do not receive a survey or a call by January 4th, we will assume that your child will be attending within the building on his/her assigned days. If you are currently attending virtual instruction from home at the elementary level and plan to stay in that model, we ask that you please complete the survey to indicate that you will remain in that model.
Marion Center Area Cyber Academy (MCACA) is also an option for families who choose not to send their child back to the brick and mortar school. Should you have questions about the Cyber Academy and what it offers, please call ext. 1000 and we will connect you with someone to answer your questions. You can enroll in MCACA now for the second semester. However, we would expect students to finish out their second marking period virtually live streaming and start the new marking period within the MCACA beginning January 20th.
If you do not have internet connection, we will be calling you the week of January 4th to discuss plans for your child to attend school.
We hope that the revised plan provides a more consistent schedule for our families and will allow for more instructional days for our students until we can get them back on the regular school schedule. If you are running into obstacles, please contact your child’s school and talk to the building principal. We will do our best to work with you.
I hope you enjoy your family over the holiday break but ask that all of our families consider limiting contact with others during the week of January 4th so our first week back to school can be a successful one. Together we can keep our students in school!
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Clint D. Weimer
Clint Weimer, Superintendent
Rayne Elementary School - 724-397-5551 X 4000
WA McCreery Elementary School - 724-397-5551 X 1010
Marion Center Jr/Sr High School - 724-397-5551 X 1000