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If your child is enrolled in classes at Marion County Technical Center and are registered for the Blended Learning option, they will attend their Tech Center courses on the same days they are scheduled to attend classes at their high school. Transportation will be provided for students traveling to and from East Fairmont and Fairmont Senior high schools. If they are registered for the Distance Learning option, they will receive ALL instruction, including their Tech Center courses, through the Distance Learning platform.
On Friday, August 7th Dell informed Marion County Schools that the shipment of Dell Chromebooks ordered in mid-June will be delayed approximately 2 months due to a Google Chip Shortage in China. The China Tariff has also slowed shipments across our state and entire nation.
According to Dell, Marion County’s Chromebooks are due to arrive on or near the date of October 24th. Marion County Schools remains committed to facilitating student learning in the Blended Learning, Distance Learning and WV Virtual School Learning Scenarios and will assist students who do not have a device or acceptable access to a computer at home to “check out” a device at their respective school.
School Principals are aware of the delay and are eager to work with their staff to accommodate requests for students who need access to technology and a device at home. These devices will be “checked out” and will be returned to the school when the new Chromebooks arrive.
Using Bookings to schedule 1 on 1 training with Mark
Introduction tutorial on Bookings:
Use this link to book a 1 on 1 session with Mark (August 5th and 6th)
Monday, July 13
Tuesday, July 14
Wednesday, July 15
Friday, July 17
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.
Marion County Schools will post relevant news, updates, and guidance for parents, students, teachers, and staff on this page to keep you informed.