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Marion School Start Delayed
and Moved to All Online/Virtual

From the August 5, 2020 issue
of The Journal

By Richard Harris
   The Marion County Board of Education voted to push the start of the school year back a week and for the first nine-weeks grading period to be all online/virtual during a meeting Monday evening.
   School was scheduled to start on Wednesday, August 5, but is now slated to begin on Wednesday, August 12.
   Officials had been planning to proceed with in-person instruction (for the approximate 70% of students who did not previously opt to enroll in the virtual only option) and teachers had already returned to their classrooms to make final preparations. However, late last week they learned that some of the lunchroom employees had potentially been exposed to COVID-19.

That prompted an announcement that the start of school would be delayed.
   As of Monday evening, Superintendent Glenn Tidwell said they were still waiting on those employees' test results, but they are likely to be positive.
   "So, with that in mind, we just put the brakes on," said Tidwell. "We wanted to give parents a head's up, because we can't teach students if we can't feed them."
   In the meantime, they began to see other things pop up that caused concern. First ... The rest of the story.