It is a difficult situation to make decisions for schools and school activities with so many variables that change often in the current pandemic situation. We are not lightly making the decisions without checking available information. Part of the difficulty is that we are uninformed because all of this is new. Prior knowledge does not exist for this pandemic. Best practices are being realized on the fly as we progress.
We believe that extra-curricular activities such as athletics and the arts are a very important part of schools and of great interest to students. This belief is consistent in the support given to make them an important part of schools. We also believe by reports from Athletic Directors and Coaches, that our students, coaches and volunteers are practicing social distancing and other protocols according to plans submitted. We commend them for their actions.
We are not sure of the safe practices at other social gatherings in the community outside of school activities and the impact it may have on school activities. It is recommended by the Governor and the state for us to follow the advice and recommendations of our local health departments. We are complying with that advice and recommendations. The Governor and state want contact tracing completed to confirm more localized reduction of risks, instead of shutting the whole state down again. Mitigation of risks is very important. We are working with the health department to see, without breaking confidentiality, how much information we can obtain from contact tracing and positive cases for decision making on a more targeted basis. Currently, we are relying on self-reporting alone. As we move forward, self-reporting will remain a very important part of continued progress to maintain keeping schools and activities open. It is our goal to resume activities with better information as soon as we can. We are trying to reduce the risks and keep everyone safe.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
10am - Symbaloo - One stop shop for MANY web addresses for student access
12pm – Adobe Spark – Free and easy video creation
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
2pm – Creating interactive stories, choice boards, etc., using Powerpoint
Thursday, July 2, 2020
10am – Microsoft forms for productivity
12pm – Community share and Open Q&A
Don’t forget, if it applies to you, Apple is offering free professional learning opportunities. You can find the schedule and register here.
In-person graduation ceremonies for West Virginia schools are permitted starting June 22, 2020, in outdoor venues only.
All of the Graduation Ceremonies in Marion County will be live-streamed on each high school’s Facebook page.
Given that at this time there is no way to mitigate all the risks involved in attending public events, people must make their own decisions on whether or not to attend large capacity activities given their own or their family’s health vulnerabilities.
Outdoor events must be structured to allow for appropriate social distancing and other safety measures to be in place.
Safety Precautions that everyone is expected to follow:
Please self-monitor with the following questions prior to attending any graduation ceremony.
If you have had any of these symptoms in the 24 hours prior to the event or are feeling ill at the time of the event, you must stay home.
Please help us keep everyone safe by self-monitoring your own symptoms and following the safety precautions.
It pulls at your heart not to let more people attend, but having the event at all is of concern for the spread of the coronavirus. We hope our community understands the dilemma of taking the chance to hold a large capacity event. Decisions are not easy in these times. The larger the crowd, the higher the risk factors. The smaller the crowd, the lower the risk factors. Making a choice for the safety of our students and community should be viewed as the right choice. We value everyone’s understanding.
Further details, and the link to join each class can be found here:
Monday, June 15
Tuesday, June 16
Friday, June 19
Parent Re-Entry Survey
After receiving guidance for Fall Re-Entry from the West Virginia Department of Education June 10, 2020, we are asking parents and guardians to answer the following questions to collect community attitudes and insights as we develop the Marion County Schools' Re-Entry Plan.
The scenarios presented assume that there will not be an outbreak at the time school opens. If an outbreak occurs and a stay-at-home order is issued, schools will likely return to full remote delivery of instruction. Please respond to the survey questions based on your current comfort level and assume that there is no outbreak. This survey may be recirculated at a later date to assess changes in attitudes and comfort levels.
Please complete a survey for each child in your household.
Trainings will be pared down moving forward.
Tuesday, June 16
12PM – JogNog – Premade quizzes for some basic formative assessment
2PM – Knowt – take quizzes from notes
Wednesday, June 17
12PM – Popplet – visually representation tool – iPad app
2PM – Quizzizz – Looking for a Kahoot alternative, Quizzizz could be it
Thursday, June 18
12PM – Community Share – Bring a site to share. *this session will continue as long as others bring sites to share
2PM – Open Q&A – This is not a training, just a time for anyone to ask questions
Friday, June 19
WV Day Observed (WVDE closed)
You can now create screen recordings from within Stream. No need to use other software, such as PowerPoint.
Clarification on “Re-starting” Athletics in Marion County Schools
Over the past several weeks, the WVSSAC staff has been developing a plan for the “re-start” of athletics for the Summer of 2020. They worked closely with the Governor’s office, the WVDE and the WVDHHR. They also obtained guidance from the National Federation of High Schools.
Superintendents received an email from Mr. Dolan of the WVSSAC on May 29, 2020 with the “re-start” plan for athletics for the Summer of 2020, WVDHHR guidance for organized camps and WVDHHR guidance for businesses and employers.
On June 1, 2020 at the Marion County Board of Education meeting, the superintendent included these documents in his report to the board, noting that the three-week period had been moved to start on July 5, 2020.
The WVSSAC guidelines were developed with one primary objective – the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff. While the guidelines may not be optimal for some, we believe they will allow us to bring students and staff back to school campuses in the safest manner possible, given the most current information we have available at this time regarding COVID-19. We have been asked to monitor the activities closely in our athletic programs and make adjustments as we proceed, if we see there is reason for any needed changes.
The superintendent asked for three basic things to be put in place beyond the guidance from the WVSSAC. Those three basic things were: signage outlining safety reminders for use of the facilities, assistance from volunteers for sanitizing and a written plan for how each coach would implement the WVSSAC’s guidelines based upon their group’s individual situations. The guidelines of the WVSSAC can be found at this link: https://governor.wv.gov/Documents/Covid%20Additional%20Guidances/Summer%20Guidance%20Draft%20Final%20May%2029.pdf
Following that, the superintendent asked for administrators, athletic directors and coaches to meet and report back the results of the meetings. They met and the results reported back to the superintendent at 10:30 PM on June 4, 2020 were the following:
Marion County Schools
Phase I, II and III Plan
The number one goal of Marion County Schools is to keep athletes and students safe during the pandemic crisis.
Marion County students will be participating in Phase I and Phase II from June 8th to July 3rd by implementing an altered version of the WVSSAC directive.
Our coaches are required to design a written program of conditioning for student athletes to complete. Our students can independently work on their own or can choose a virtual setting with their coach to accomplish the daily conditioning goals.
Beginning July 5, unless changes occur, our student athletes will participate in the Phase III implementation following the guidelines established by the WVSSAC.
Marion County is posting safety guidelines at every facility including playgrounds.
While we understand the importance of opening our facilities, we do not want to rush into any situation that could create a serious health issue.
On Friday, June 5, 2020, the superintendent received the preliminary discussion, but the three basic things asked for in consideration of implementing the WVSSAC’s guidelines are still being determined. We should be able to open as stated in the WVSSAC guidelines with the three basic items asked for finalized.
At no time did the Marion County Board of Education take a vote on any specific plan. It was not an agenda item, it was an informational item for them to be aware of operational functions for the “re-start” plan for athletic and band programs.
The superintendent and the board will always strive to ensure that the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff is considered in the development of any plans.
Please be reminded that official information from Marion County Board of Education will be on <www.marionboe.com> and on occasion posted on the “Marion Strong” Facebook page operated by The Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
Marion County Schools will post relevant news, updates, and guidance for parents, students, teachers, and staff on this page to keep you informed.