Coronavirus Updates & Information

BACK TO SCHOOL for Marshall Academy

Update for Families 8/21/20

Dear MA Families,

There are two videos on my YouTube channel going over processes and procedures. However, I wanted to highlight some items here as it's always stressful with the start of a new year and this year especially! See the videos at the link below:

See additional details on drop-off and pick-up and screening at home!

Leslie Katz

Coordinator - Leslie Katz (Academic Officer); Teacher Representative - Lacey Ferro (3rd grade, coach); Support Staff Representative - Kathy Swett (bus, library, classroom); Front Office - Shannon Kever (Main point of contact); Board Representation - Kasey Williams (Board President; parent); Albion Community - Wanda Kemp (Kids of Hope Community Outreach); Marshall Community - Stephanie Kimball (Fountain Clinic); Parent - Niki VanLente (Marshall); Student - William Costine (sophomore)

CDC Guidelines on Coronavirus Prevention

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Enrollment closed - Logins coming

Sign up is closed for the virtual option at this time. If your student is in the virtual option, and it is not working or what you wanted, you can switch to in-person by September 1st. After that, you are locked into virtual until the second semester (January).

Logins for students accounts in the virtual platform Grades 6-12 will be sent later today/this evening. Mrs. Katz has been busy with PD and planning this week. Entering the virtual students is time consuming. Please be patient. This will include a password reset for student emails/logins as those are reset at the beginning of every school year. Login information will be sent to a parent email on file with the office.

Students will initially be enrolled in required courses. Elective options will be sent next week for parents/students to choose.

Screening Protocols

At Home

As a small school something we can do is screen students well. We will provide parents with a checklist of questions to ask to determine whether your student should come to school or not. This includes checking for fever. A fever is 100.4 or higher. Whether it's COVID 19 or not, a student with a fever should not be in school. We ask that all parents screen their students before bringing them to a bus stop or the school.

Ask the questions here to see if you should send your student to school.

If you suspect your student has COVID or if your students was in contact with someone with COVID, see this guidance on what to do.

Inform the office of a failed screener if you'd like additional guidance on what to do.

Bus Stops

Students will use hand sanitizer before loading, and each bus will be equipped with extra masks to ensure all have masks. Temperatures will be taken at stops and on the bus. If a student has a fever, they will be placed in "buffer seats" if a parent is not at the bus stop to take them home, and once they get to school they will be placed in our quarantine office until a parent/guardian can pick them up.

Dropping Off in the Morning

Students dropped off at school (or who drive) will have their temps screened as well. If they have a temp, they will need to return home. There is NO parking in the semi-circle outside the MAIN OFFICE in the mornings so as not to block the buses from entering and dropping off high school students at their entry point.

You may drop off at the correct location, and circle around the bowl (circle drive) and park in line until you see your child enter the building. Parents, you may not walk your child to the classroom or enter the building, even at arrival. You can walk them to screening and then their outside door, but you may not enter the classroom. We know this can be difficult for new parents and little ones, but safety is our priority. If you walk with your child to the screener, you must park in the parking lot.


Students in K-5 being dropped off will need to go to the first portico for temperature screenings. From there, each grade level has their own entrance point to go through. These will be clearly marked.


Students in 6-8 will have their temperatures taken at the gym doors and go to their entry points from there.


Students in HS will go to the office portico for temperature checks and be released to the hallway/lockers in small groups to visit lockers quickly and proceed to their homerooms (1st hour class).

Pick Up at End of Day

Busers will be released in waves to ensure there is not congregating while loading the buses at the end of the day.

For student pick-up, you can pull to the side of the building as usual and each child will come from their own exit door to your vehicle. If picking up a HS student, please park in the parking lot and have them walk to your vehicle so we do not add bodies to the bus area.

There is NO parking in the semi-circle outside the MAIN OFFICE from 2 PM on so as not to block the buses.

If you arrive early for pick-up, please form a line on the outside of the bowl (circle drive) and wait until waved for pickup by a staff member. Do not cut the line and pull up to the building on your first time through the one way drive. You must enter the line on the far end of the circle for pick-up. It will be confusing the first few days, but with assistance you can learn the process.

Quarantine and "what ifs"

Fever and Symptoms

A fever does not mean COVID 19. Generally, students must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine to return to school. However, if a student answers yes to a screener question or has a fever, they must have one of the following before returning to school -- a negative COVID 19 test or a doctor note that explains the reason for the fever as something other than COVID 19 dated for that event of fever or screener question. If a parent refuses to go to the doctor or get a COVID 19 test, the student must stay home for 10 days and monitor for further symptoms.

Looking for ways to help?


The following are items we will be spending a lot of "extra" money on if you would like to make a donation to the school/classroom:


Small one-time use water bottles (we are closing the drinking fountains for safety)

Masks (disposable or washable)

Hand Sanitizer

Cleaning wipes

Pop Up Tents for teaching outside (especially in MS/HS where they have to wear masks indoors, but can remove with distancing outside)

*any cleaning materials and hand sanitizer must be at least 60% alcohol

Every student should bring a filled water bottle to school, and take it home and wash it daily. Be sure the top is covered and not open for stray germs to land on!

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