Marshall Schools Community,
Another check-in following the Governors announcement of increased restrictions throughout the State of Illinois beginning Friday.
In-Person School is Allowed to Continue
Decisions with regards to In-Person School are allowed to be made at the local level, so we will continue to offer the In-Person school option.
As shared last week, reasons to consider a move to Remote Learning would include:
1. Rising Case Numbers in Students and Staff particularly if we begin to see spread within the schools.
Our numbers as of today regarding current cases is 1 among students, and 3 among staff. At this point in time, we feel that with the extra precautions we have in place that we can continue to be open safely. The Remote Learning option is still available also to any student who feels or whose parent feels that that is the best option.
2. Not enough staff available to continue In-Person.
As CoVid cases rise outside of our walls, the need for staff and students to quarantine has increased as well. We currently have 12 staff in quarantine and another 8 out due to symptoms in their household. As you have seen in surrounding districts, there is always a chance that the number of staff available can cause a building or district to move temporarily to Remote Learning.
3. Governor Pritzker, Illinois Department of Public Health, and/or the Illinois State Board of Education
To this point in the year, Illinois Schools have been able to make local decisions regarding In-Person Learning as long as the guidelines set forth by the Governor, IDPH, and ISBE are followed. We know of no plan for schools to be ordered to go to 100% Remote Learning at this time, but with increased restrictions being implemented throughout the state, this becomes more of a possibility.
Sports and Extra-curricular Activities are on an Indefinite Pause
The new restrictions do force us unfortunately to put all sports and Extra-curricular activities on an Indefinite Pause. All open gyms, practices, etc. will stop until further notice. The only exceptions to this allowed are outside workouts of 10 or fewer people and individual indoor workouts. We will let the you know if anything changes with this.
CoVid Testing Program
Information on the CoVid Testing Program through Marshall Schools was emailed Friday and distributed to students yesterday and today to bring home. The program is completely optional to parents and staff, would be free, and would only be used when a student or staff member is symptomatic at school or has symptoms when completing the self-certification health check. Opt-In Waivers can be returned to the school offices.
As has been the case all along, this situation is fluid, and I will continue to keep you updated as much as possible via email, app notifications, and the website. You can also tune into Joey O on WMMC each Thursday for our weekly update discussion. These discussions are typically at 8:30 a.m. with the exception of tomorrow when we will be on at 7:00 a.m.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience.