Marcellus Community Schools

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Superintendent

Ms. Nanette Pauley

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Marcellus Community Schools will provide a challenging curriculum, a safe learning environment and a competent, dedicated staff necessary for our students to become life-long learners and productive community members.

 

 

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October 29, 2020       

Dear Marcellus parents, staff and community members:

Today, we received notification that a middle/ high school support staff employee tested positive for COVID-19. While we must protect the privacy of the person involved, we believe it is best to communicate transparently with you so you can make well-informed decisions for your family.

There is nothing more important to Marcellus than the safety and health of our students, our staff and their families. We are working directly with county health officials to address this situation.  At this time, we do not anticipate any student or additional staff will be quarantined.

COVID-19 is transmitted through person-to-person contact and through the exchange of respiratory droplets. As more cases are being confirmed across the state, including in our community, it is important to be sensible, but to also be vigilant. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you or any member of your family exhibit these symptoms, please contact your medical provider for advice immediately. Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Marcellus will continue to clean and disinfect surfaces inside all district schools. As more cases are being confirmed across the state, it is important to remain vigilant. The CDC recommends the following best practices to help prevent the spread of this global pandemic:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Stay at home, if possible.
  • If you must go out, practice social distancing, leaving at least six feet between you and other people.
  • Avoid gatherings that include more than 10 people.

If you would like to learn more about COVID-19, the following links are reliable and accurate sources for information:

CDC COVID-19 Information
Talking to Children About COVID-19

Michigan.gov/coronavirus

Vbcassdhd.org/coronavirus

Our greatest priority is the safety of our students, staff and community members. Please continue to take necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you. It is important to remember that children are greatly influenced by the reactions of adults when facing difficult circumstances

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your family, especially as we face this challenging situation together.  

Sincerely,

Nanette Pauley,
Superintendent


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October 26, 2020       

Dear Marcellus parents, staff and community members:

Over the weekend, we received notification from a parent that her high school student tested positive for COVID-19.  The student has not been in school since October 13; thus, the district anticipates no other students (except household members) or staff will be asked to quarantine. 

While we must protect the privacy of the person involved, we believe it is best to communicate transparently with you so you can make well-informed decisions for your family.

COVID-19 is transmitted through person-to-person contact and through the exchange of respiratory droplets. As more cases are being confirmed across the state, including in our community, it is important to be sensible, but to also be vigilant. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you or any member of your family exhibit these symptoms, please contact your medical provider for advice immediately. Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Marcellus Community Schools will continue to clean and disinfect surfaces inside all district schools, including the middle/ high school.  As more cases are being confirmed across the state, it is important to remain vigilant. The CDC recommends the following best practices to help prevent the spread of this global pandemic:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Stay at home, if possible.
  • If you must go out, practice social distancing, leaving at least six feet between you and other people.
  • Avoid gatherings that include more than 10 people.

If you would like to learn more about COVID-19, the following links are reliable and accurate sources for information:

CDC COVID-19 Information
Talking to Children About COVID-19

Michigan.gov/coronavirus

Vbcassdhd.org/coronavirus

Our greatest priority is the safety of our students, staff and community members. Please continue to take necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your family, especially as we face this challenging situation together. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Nanette Pauley
Superintendent

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October 19, 2020

Dear Marcellus parents, staff and community members:

Late this afternoon, we received notification from the Van Buren/Cass County Health Department that someone associated with our school district – a student from Marcellus Elementary – has tested positive for COVID-19. While we must protect the privacy of the person involved, we believe it is best to communicate transparently with you so you can make well-informed decisions for your family.

There is nothing more important to Marcellus than the safety and health of our students, our staff and their families. We are working directly with county health officials to address this situation. They have recommended we share the following with you:

An elementary student was exposed to a family member who tested positive for COVID-19.  The student subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.  The student has not been in school since October 15, is asymptomatic, and is quarantining at home.   The district is working with the health department to determine close contacts-   students or staff who were within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more.   Those close contacts will need to quarantine as a precaution. 

The district shared a list potential close contact names and phone numbers with the Van Buren /Cass Health Department who will follow up with any impacted individuals.  Marcellus Elementary Principal Mrs. Spaulding and Transportation Director Dave Vanderbosch have already reached out to the parents of students who are considered close contacts.  In addition, one elementary teacher will be quarantined through October 29, as a precaution.

As a reminder- COVID-19 is transmitted through person-to-person contact and through the exchange of respiratory droplets. As more cases are being confirmed across the state, including in our community, it is important to be sensible, but to also be vigilant.  Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you or any member of your family exhibit these symptoms, please contact your medical provider for advice immediately. Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Marcellus Community Schools will continue to clean and disinfect surfaces inside all district schools, including Marcellus Elementary. Since the beginning of the school year, Marcellus Community Schools has seen four confirmed COVID-19 cases.  As more cases are being confirmed across the state, it is important to remain vigilant. The CDC recommends the following best practices to help prevent the spread of this global pandemic:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Stay at home, if possible.
  • If you must go out, practice social distancing, leaving at least six feet between you and other people.
  • Avoid gatherings that include more than 10 people.

If you would like to learn more about COVID-19, the following links are reliable and accurate sources for information:

CDC COVID-19 Information
Talking to Children About COVID-19

Michigan.gov/coronavirus

Vbcassdhd.org/coronavirus

Our greatest priority is the safety of our students, staff and community members. Please continue to take necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you. It is important to remember that children are greatly influenced by the reactions of adults when facing difficult circumstances. I encourage everyone to remain calm and to be empathic and respectful to those affected.

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your family, especially as we face this challenging situation together. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Nanette Pauley
Superintendent

If an individual suspects they have COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home and take one of the following steps: 

  1. Call their primary care provider (PCP) via telephone
  2. Do a virtual visit with their health system/provider
  3. Contact one of the three Care Advisor Phone Numbers or Web Pages provided by our local health systems.  *these numbers are helpful for individuals who do not have a PCP.

*If your symptoms are life-threatening call 9-1-1

Care Advisor Phone Numbers and Webpages

Bronson

(269) 341-7788

www.bronsonhealth.com/coronavirus-covid-19

 

Ascension Borgess

(833) 978-0649

www.healthcare.ascension.org

 

Spectrum Health Lakeland

(616) 391-2380

https://www.spectrumhealthlakeland.org/covid19

*a Chatbot is available online

*Drive-up testing is available but all patients require a physician's order to be tested.

 

InterCare Health Network
(855) 869-6980
https://www.intercare.org/covid-19.html 
Drive-thru testing is available. Individuals do NOT have to have a lab order (does NOT have to be InterCare only)

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October 15, 2020

 

Dear Marcellus parents, staff, and community members:

Today, we received confirmation from the Van Buren/Cass County Health Department that someone associated with our school district – a student from Volinia– has tested positive for COVID-19.  We are working directly with county health officials to address this situation, and they have recommended we share the following with you:

 A Volinia student tested positive for COVID-19 on October 13.  This student has not been in school since October 8 when s/he was initially quarantined after learning a family member tested positive for COVID-19.  Currently, there are two confirmed COVID-19 cases, both at Volinia.   The two cases have both a family, as well as a school relationship.

In addition, earlier today, two middle high school teachers each reported that one of their family members tested positive for COVID-19.  Both teachers are asymptomatic, but are quarantining in an abundance of caution, pending health department investigation. 

COVID-19 is transmitted through person-to-person contact and through the exchange of respiratory droplets. As more cases are being confirmed across the state, including in our community, it is important to be sensible, but to also be vigilant. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you or any member of your family exhibit these symptoms, please contact your medical provider for advice immediately. Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Marcellus will continue to clean and disinfect surfaces inside all district schools, including Volinia. As more cases are being confirmed across the state, it is important to remain vigilant. The CDC recommends the following best practices to help prevent the spread of this global pandemic:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Stay at home, if possible.
  • If you must go out, practice social distancing, leaving at least six feet between you and other people.
  • Avoid gatherings that include more than 10 people.

If you would like to learn more about COVID-19, the following links are reliable and accurate sources for information:

CDC COVID-19 Information
Talking to Children About COVID-19

Michigan.gov/coronavirus

Vbcassdhd.org/coronavirus

The safety of our students, staff and community members continues to be my highest priority.   Please continue to take necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you.

Thank you for your support and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Sincerely,

Nanette Pauley
Superintendent

 

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Positive Case of COVID-19 in District

 

October 13, 2020

Dear Marcellus parents, staff and community members:

On October 10, I notified parents and staff that a Volinia student was quarantined as a result of being a non-school-related "close contact" to a COVID-19 case. That student has not been in school since October 7. Today, the Volinia student's parents notified the district that their student's test results came back positive. In consultation with the local health department, the district ascertained school-related close contacts. Two employees and seven students were quarantined through October 21, as a precautio n. As of this writing, this is the only positive COVID-19 case in the school district.

In addition, this morning, a parent notified the district that an elementary students  was a "close contact" to a family member who has tested positive for Covid-19. The student is quarantined and has not been in school since October 8. District officials have been in contact with the local health department and, at this time, no other students or staff are under quarantine.

While we must protect the privacy of the people involved, we believe it is best to communicate transparently with you so you can make well-informed decisions for your family. There is nothing more important to Marcellus than the safety and health of our students, our staff and their families. Marcellus Community Schools will continue recommended safety, cleaning and mitigation protocols related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 is transmitted through person-t o-person contact and through the exchange of respiratory droplets. As more cases are being confirmed across the state, including in our community, it is important to be sensible, but to also be vigilant. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you or any member of your family exhibit these symptoms, please stay home and contact your medical provider for advice immediately. Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure.

The CDC recommends the following best practices to help prevent the spread of this global pandemic:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Stay at home, if possible.
  • If you must go out, practice social distancing, leaving at least six feet between you and other people.
  • Avoid gatherings that include more than 10 people.

If you would like to learn more about COVID-19, the following links are reliable and accurate sources for information:

CDC COVID-19 Information

Michigan.gov/coronavirus

Vbcassdhd.org/coronavirus

Please continue to take necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Nanette Pauley
Superintendent

 

District/PSA Template for the Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan as Described in Public Act 149, Section 98a - August 27, 2020 September 3, 2020 Clarifications


October 19, 2020 Board Meeting Notice

The Marcellus Board of Education meeting will be held virtually as a result of MDHHS Emergency Orders limiting gathering sizes and for health and safety reasons related to COVID-19.  The virtual public protocol is available on the Board of Education page.  
Please contact Mindy Bohan at mbohan@marcelluscs.org or 269-646-7655 to discuss procedures for persons with disabilities to participate in the meeting.

Questions or comments on any Board of Education business may be directed to the individual members of the Board via email. Marcellus School Board members' email can be found on the Board Of Education Page.


 

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Superintendent's Letter

Recently, Michigan school districts received important state guidance that must be used in planning for the 2020-21 return to school. The guidance, including the Governor's Return to School Roadmap and Executive Order 2020-142, requires schools to design a compliant return to learning plan, with specific safety requirements and recommendations dependent upon which phase we find ourselves. Read More

Superintendent's Letter

On June 1, Governor Whitmer announced that much of Michigan would move into Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan.  On June 17, Governor Whitmer declared that Michigan schools could return to in person learning, with strict safety protocols in place,  during Phase 4.  However, schools will not learn of the requirements until June 30, when  a “Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap” is expected to be released. Read More

Superintendent's Letter

The 2019-20 school year concludes on June 11 and promises to be one for the history books.  The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent extended school closure certainly impacted our daily lives, including the manner in which education was delivered. Sadly, many of the traditional celebrations and events, including class parties, athletics and band, field trips, swim camp, robotics and many other important student experiences had to be cancelled. The cancellation of events has been especially consequential for the senior class. Read More

Superintendent's Letter

June 7 was to be the date when the Marcellus High School’s Class of 2020 would participate in a traditional graduation ceremony.  But, that was pre-pandemic.  After surveying seniors, a decision was made to postpone the traditional ceremony until August 9 in the hope that our seniors and their families could enjoy an in-person event.   While that remains the plan, holding a more traditional ceremony will be dependent upon the executive orders that are in place at that time. Read More

Superintendent's Letter

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released interim guidance for schools’ reopening that is described in three steps or phases. Those steps are dependent upon the level of community transmission and the presence of COVID-19 cases within the school. The CDC document also provides recommendations commensurate with each phase of the outbreak. Among the step-dependent recommendations are social distancing, disinfecting and cleaning protocols, limiting visitors, the use of face coverings for staff, limitations on gatherings and field trips, as well as restricting mixing among student groups. Read More


Online Learning Resources

For those parents and students who have internet access, we have compiled this list of online learning resources for Marcellus Community Schools.   

      

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Kindergarten Roundup 2020-2021

Due to the social distancing guidance from the Governor, we will not hold a traditional Kindergarten Round-up Open House this year. Instead we are offering parents the opportunity to complete a form that will provide basic information for us about your child. Please navigate to our Kindergarten Roundup page for more information.

Upcoming Events

  • 30 Oct
  • 5 Nov
    • Half Day - Parent-Teacher Conferences
      Date: Nov 5
      Calendar: District Calendar

      ES Dismissal: 11:07
      M/HS Dismissal: 11:06
      VS Dismissal: 10:50
      Conferences will be held from 12:00-3:00pm and from 4:30-7:30pm

  • 6 Nov
  • 9 Nov
    • Board Meeting 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      Board Meeting
      Date: Nov 9
      Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: Volinia School
      Calendar: BOE Meetings
  • 10 Nov
  • 25 Nov
    thru Nov 29
  • 14 Dec
    • Board Meeting 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      Board Meeting
      Date: Dec 14
      Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: High School
      Calendar: BOE Meetings

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