News & Announcements

Mask Mandate Continues Until Supreme Court Hears Case

The PA Supreme Court issued an order on November 30, 2021 extending the duration of the mask mandate to December 8, 2021. The PA Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the appeal on that date and may or may not decide to keep the mandate in place during the appeal process. The District will continue to keep you updated on the situation.
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COVID RECOVERY GRANT SURVEY

The Marion Center Area School District is applying to receive Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER) to address learning recovery and the impact of COVID-19. These funds are designated for ONE TIME OR SHORT TERM EXPENDITURES to address the ongoing impact of the pandemic. The grant awards must be spent prior to September of 2024.

We are seeking feedback from all district and community stakeholders to help determine how the district should best utilize these resources to address learning gaps, social-emotional concerns, barriers in technology, continued mitigation strategies, and other impacts of COVID-19. Please take time to let us know your opinion by completing the brief survey below on or before November 19, 2021. Thank you for your feedback!

Stay Put Order on Masking Mandate

Earlier this week, the Commonwealth Court issued a ruling voiding Acting Secretary Beam’s school mask order. The state filed an appeal immediately, which could trigger a stay of the Court’s ruling and keep the order in effect. 
Secretary of Education Noe Ortega advised that schools should continue to observe the school masking order throughout the duration of the court’s proceedings. Until we have a clearer direction from the PA Supreme Court, we will continue to implement the mask mandate within the school building until we have a clearer direction on the matter. It is important to note that the current ruling does not overturn the CDC's federal mandate of wearing masks on school buses. Students are required to wear masks on buses, regardless of the PA Court ruling.

Safety Drill - A.L.I.C.E. Phase I Lockdown/Barricade

The safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priorities in the Marion Center Area School District. For this reason, we practice safety drills throughout the year to help our staff and students know what to do in an emergency. On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, the Marion Center Area School District conducted a lockdown drill in our buildings.

PAYS Survey Parent Letter

This survey will ask questions about the behaviors of students in the 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades, including questions about school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse.

Volleyball Playoff Information

Marion Center will host Penns Valley on Thursday at 7pm in the MC gym in the first round of District 6 playoffs. Tickets are ONLY available online at http://www.bit.ly/piaa-6-tickets

Mask Mandate Parent Letter

Click on "Read full story" to view the parent letter sent home with students regarding the mask mandate starting Tuesday, September 7th.

Mask Mandate

The mask order issued by the DOH and Governor Wolf as of yesterday has sparked additional concern and questions with in our school community. Currently, I am working with our school solicitor to provide clarity to the order. It is clear that all students and staff are required to wear a mask while in the building beginning September 7th. It is also clear that the district must follow the order, as it is a mandate. If the district does not enforce the order, we are subject to willful negligence charges. As of now, I ask everyone to please reference the order set forth by the acting secretary of the department of health. Also please reference the link to the FAQs posted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is my goal to provide our students with a letter to bring home tomorrow that will outline the expectations set forth within the order and how our district intends to enforce those expectations.

Thank you for your understanding.
Clint Weimer, Superintendent

SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

The Marion Center Area School District will hold a special Board Meeting Friday, September 3, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.
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