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Marcellus Central School District COVID-19 Updates



10/23/2020:

High School Letter Home to Families


10/18/2020:

This is the Schoolmessenger message that went out to families at 11:15 on October 18:

Hello. This is Mrs. Brantner calling from the Marcellus School District.  I just wanted to update all of you on our recent positive COVID 19 case.  We have concluded all parts of the contact tracing process and have informed all KCH staff members and families that need to follow quarantine orders based on directives provided by the Onondaga County Health Department.  As a result of this case, eight staff members and 13 students from KCH Elementary School will be under quarantine.  We are grateful that we will be able to continue with in person schooling under the hybrid model at KCH at this time.  Please remember the importance of reinforcing to your children the necessity of taking  the precautions that protect them and others from the spread of COVID 19 such as wearing masks properly, maintaining social distance whenever possible and keeping hands clean and sanitized.  Thank you to everyone for your support and have a great rest of your weekend.  


Letter Home to Parents

10/17/2020:

The following messages were sent Saturday AM, October 17th to inform district families of a positive COVID 19 case at KCH Elementary School:

For KCH:

Hello. This is Mrs. Brantner calling from the Marcellus School District.  We were informed late yesterday that one of our KCH students has tested positive for COVID 19.  We were able to complete our internal contact tracing procedures and identify all those believed to be in close contact with this individual.  That information was sent to the county health department and at this time we are awaiting their official word on quarantine requirements for those close contacts.  We have already contacted all families that would be impacted.  If you were not contacted yesterday you have no need for concern.  At this time we believe that KCH will remain open as normal.  If there are any updates that we need to provide, we will do so via school messenger and will also post information to the website.  Please keep KCH staff and affected families in your thoughts.  Thanks and have a great weekend.  

Letter to KCH Families

For the rest of the district:

Hello. This is Mrs. Brantner calling from the Marcellus School District.  We were informed late yesterday that one of our KCH students has tested positive for COVID 19.  We were able to complete our internal contact tracing procedures and identify all those believed to be in close contact with this individual.  That information was sent to the county health department and at this time we are awaiting their official word on quarantine requirements for those close contacts.  We have already contacted all families that would be impacted.  I am calling you for courtesy purposes only so that we are certain all of our Marcellus families have the correct information on the status of any COVID cases that pop up in our schools.   This situation will in no way impact either DMS or the high school.  Please keep KCH staff and affected families in your thoughts.  Thanks and have a great weekend.


10/16/2020:

COVID-19 Family Update Letter

10/13/2020:

This message was sent to all district families on October 13th at 4:30 PM:

 Hello! This is Mrs. Brantner calling from the Marcellus School District.  With Monday being a holiday, we arranged our schedule to eliminate the typical virtual Wednesday for all students so that our A cohort students would be able to have a 2nd in person day this week.  Therefore, just as a reminder, tomorrow, Wednesday, October 14th, is an in person day for all members of the A cohort.  Thursday and Friday, as usual, will be in person days for the B cohort.  In addition, I wanted to thank everyone for their support during our first positive COVID case in the district.  It was certainly a challenge.  Just as an FYI, I neglected to post the final message sent as a robocall to the district COVID 19 webpage on our website in case someone missed the call.  If you did, you can now check it out on the COVID 19 page.  Thanks everyone and have a great evening.  

10/13/2020:

Marcellus Families: Our apologies for not posting the content of the last SchoolMessenger call made on 10/6 once the contact tracing calls had been completed by the district. We recognize that if you missed the call this would have helped close the loop on this challenging situation.  See below for the content of that message.: 

Hello!  This is Mrs. Brantner from the Marcellus School District with an update about our COVID 19 positive case.  At this time we have made all of the phone calls to families of students who will need to quarantine.  If you haven't received a phone call and spoken to someone or a phone message on your phone you will not need to quarantine your children.  As tomorrow is a virtual day for everyone, classes will resume in person at Marcellus Senior High School on Thursday for students in the B cohort.  We know that this has been a stressful experience for everyone but we appreciate all of your support as we worked with the county to navigate this process. Thank you and have a good afternoon.  

10/5/2020 School Messenger Message: 

School Messenger Message to HS Families:

Hello. This is Mrs. Brantner calling from the Marcellus school district to give you an update on the status of the COVID 19 case unfolding in the high school.  Unfortunately we are still waiting for the county to complete some of their processes before contact tracing can begin.  We have been in contact with them several times today trying to do everything possible to expedite things so that school can reopen.   That being said, unfortunately tomorrow we will again need to keep the building closed and instruct our A cohort students virtually.  In addition, all half day BOCES students will also need to remain home and JV and V athletic teams will not have practices or scheduled contests.  We will continue to update you as things develop.  We are hopeful that the process will be completed tomorrow.

School Messenger Message for KCH & DMS:

Hello. This is Mrs. Brantner Calling from the Marcellus School District with an update on the status of the COVID 19 case unfolding at the high school. Unfortunately we are still waiting for the county to complete some of their processes before contact tracing can begin.  We have been in contact with them several times today trying to do everything possible to expedite things so that school can reopen for high school students.     That being said, students in the A cohort in grades K-8 will still be able to attend school in person tomorrow.  We are only sending this message to families at KCH and DMS so that you are aware of the correct information.  Also, students participating in modified sports will continue with practice and scheduled contests at this time.  We will continue to update you as things develop.


10/5/2020: Letter to Parents from Superintendednt Brantner

10/4/2020 School Messenger Message: 

Message to High School Families:

Good evening,

This is Mrs. Brantner Calling from the Marcellus School District.  I received word this evening that one of our teachers has tested positive for COVID 19 after experiencing symptoms early yesterday.  As the contact tracing process will look back two days, which will include Friday, we will be closing the building tomorrow to allow that to happen and also to avoid causing any additional contacts from occurring.  The A Cohort will follow their regular schedule referring to the information that Mr. Durkee emailed to families on Friday.  You may also access that letter and schedule for this virtual day on the high school webpage.  Please make certain that your children virtually attend all classes as scheduled.  We will be in touch some time tomorrow with additional information.  If your child was in class with this particular teacher, you will be notified tomorrow as part of the contact tracing process and directions given at that time.  Only full day BOCES students will attend BOCES tomorrow.  All A and B cohort half day students will remain at home until contact tracing is complete.  We will continue to keep you informed of updates as we have them.  Just to repeat, there will be no in person classes tomorrow for the A cohort or for half day BOCES students.

Message to DMS and KCH Families:

Good Evening,

This is Mrs. Brantner calling from the Marcellus School District.  My apologies for contacting you so late but I wanted to inform you that we received information a short while ago that one of our High School Teachers tested positive for COVD 19.  As result, the HIgh School only will be closed tomorrow to complete contact tracing.  We will be having regular in person classes for all students in grades K-8 in the A cohort tomorrow as usual.  We just wanted to make certain that all district families had the correct information. We will continue to keep everyone apprised of any developments.  Also, students participating in modified sports will have any scheduled practices or contests that are scheduled.  Have a good evening.



10/1/2020: Hello!  This is Mrs. Brantner from the Marcellus School District with an update on this evening's virtual meeting for parents and students in the hybrid model for grades 7-12 who have questions or feedback to share with us.  On Tuesday we hosted a similar session for families of K-6 students and had the unfortunate experience of a Zoom Bomber hacking into our session and disrupting it.  In order to hopefully prevent this from happening tonight, and to assist me in making sure that YOU all get access to the meeting, I ask that you please change your identification on the device you will use to read your name so that I can be certain that those we are letting in from the virtual waiting room actually belong with us.  I will also likely lock everyone on mute forcing participants wishing to speak to request permission to unmute.  I will also note that we generally use the chat feature so this should not pose an issue. That will hopefully provide a second layer of protection.  As a reminder the session runs from 6-7:15 PM for those in the hybrid model in grades 7-12.  The link was shared a couple of weeks ago both on the website and also on social media. Hope to see you there.  


CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE COVID TRAINING PRESENTATION AND CERTIFICATION FORM FOR OUR STUDENTS

 
9/8/2020 - We just wanted to let you know what your students can expect over the course of the next week!   
 
Virtual Students: we ask that families come to campus either this afternoon (9/8) between 3 and 6 PM or tomorrow (9/9) from 8-11 AM to collect virtual materials including devices that your children will need to start the year.  ALL materials will be distributed on the Learners Landing side of DMS for students K-12.  Pull up and someone will assist you.  Also, virtual teachers will be in contact with you and your children very soon if they haven't been already but no later than Thursday, 9/10.
 
Students in the "B" Cohort: You will be starting on Thursday, September 10th with your first in person days.  Please review the transportation flow information if you are dropping off your children.  Also, don't forget to do the daily health screening and send the screening form in with your child to hand off upon entering.  Your children will receive their Chromebooks and iPads first thing in the morning.  They will have exactly 37 in person days and 37 virtual days during the first semester.  This is equal to the "A" cohort days
 
Students in the "A" cohort, you will not begin until Monday the 14th.  You will not need to do anything this week.  You will receive your devices on Monday the 14th first thing in the AM.  You will have exactly 37 in person days and 37 virtual days during the first semester.  This is equal to the "B" cohort days.  Starting 2 days after the "B" cohort will not negatively impact you.   


2021 Transportation Updates:
The transportation department has just completed runs for the 20-21 school year.  Letters are set to be mailed on Friday, September 4th.  Those letters will also include information regarding mid day BOCES runs as well as plans to insure that students attending classes for full or partial days in BOCES programs beginning on 9/9 will be transported.  In the event that the letter you receive is lacking information that you need for transportation of your children, please contact the transportation department at 673-0211.  In addition, the State Education Department issued update guidance allowing hand sanitizer on buses.  We are unable to place a dispenser on buses due to some other safety constraints but encourage students, if able , to carry a pocket sized bottle and use it after boarding the bus.  In addition, normally we utilize a bus pass process for daily bus changes and try to accommodate as much as we can.  At this time, due to requirements to socially distance on buses, we will not be able to accommodate a daily bus change in the regular buses that students may ride.  Each run was carefully planned to ensure not to exceed acceptable bus capacity.  We do understand that emergencies may arise from time to time.  We ask if that occurs that you contact the school building main office and we will do what we can to assist you.  




Video message from Superintendent Brantner (8/7/2020):



Please click the following link to view the Marcellus Central School District Reopening Plan. 

 
  
 


The Marcellus Central School District is committed to providing high quality instruction to ALL of our students regardless of the learning model, hybrid or remote (virtual). A brief description of the learning models can be found HERE. As always, our programming and curriculum will continue to be aligned to the New York State Learning Standards. We know this is a challenging time for everyone and we are here to support you and humbly ask for your support in return, as we work through the details of reopening.

Please complete the following survey for each one of your children. The information collected in this survey will be instrumental in our planning for fall school reopening.

Please Note: Parent choices on this survey will be binding for a full marking period. Changes can not be accommodated until the new marking period begins. Changes from virtual to in-person learning will be dependent upon our ability to comply with requirements from the NY State Department of Health and the NY State Education Department.

In the event that you are unable to access the electronic version of the survey, please contact Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Data and Assessment, Jean Sharlow, at 315-673-6037.
 
 


Please take a few minutes to read our School Reopening Parent Frequently Asked Questions document below:
 
 
 
 








 
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