Updates/Cancellations

Marion Center Area School District is closed until further notice.

Last updated April 6, 2020 at 4:35 PM. 

 

Currently ALL academics, athletics, community service activities, and all other school sponsored events/activities are cancelled until further notice.  The FREE MEAL PROGRAM continues to run every Monday from 8 AM - 11 AM at Rayne and at the Cafe/Pool entrance.  Five breakfast and five lunch meals are provided for each child.  Thank you to our cafeteria staff for making this happen every week!     

 

Update March 26, 2020: The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced today that all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed indefinitely as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts.  

 

PDE is continually updating their FAQ document on the PDE website.

 

PSSA/Keystone Exams Updated March 23 : PDE announced March 19, 2020 the cancellation of all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year as a result of COVID-19. This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA).  Click here to read more. NOCTI testing for technical education has also been canceled.  

 

180 Day Requirement Updated April 6th : Many families have been questioning whether our students will be required to make up the days missed by the mandated school closures.  PDE announced that they will be waiving the 180 day requirement.  Due to this announcement, the district will be bringing teachers back on board starting on April 6th to start supporting families and children during the school closure.  The school calendar will be adjusted and students' last day will be Friday, June 12, 2020.   Seniors will graduate as planned on June 2, 2020.  

 

Alternative Means of Education/Continuity of Education Updated April 6th :

We know that you are doing your best with your child at home, and we want to help you provide him/her with the best learning experiences that we can during the time that we are out of school.  We have gathered information from over 1000 families through our recent district survey.  The number of responses we received was unprecedented!  Thank you!  It reminds us how strong our community is and how important your child’s education is to you.  Using the survey results, the educational team developed a plan for continuity of education starting today and continuing until we can get our students back in the classrooms.   Teachers will be in contact with families to help support children throughout the school closure.  

 

Please understand that the district does not expect your child to be a full-time student while he/she is out of the classroom.  We believe that this is a time to bond as a family, share valuable experiences together, learn things that cannot be taught in school, laugh, and have fun together.  And, most of all stay healthy!  Our expectation is for your child to keep up with what he/she has acquired this year by practicing and enriching already learned skills, so that he/she does not regress after this extended break.  We believe this can be done in less than a few hours each day.  Activities and lessons provided will not be graded, nor will they account for attendance purposes.  We encourage families to take part in our Continuity of Education plan, however we are not making it mandatory.  

 

GRADES PreK – 8: After reviewing several programs, the educational team chose to use the i-Ready program developed by Curriculum Associates for grades K-8.  The program provides on-line learning, as well as, the At-Home Packets for families that do not have access to, or have chosen not to use the digital option.  The i-Ready program also provides equitable opportunities for all of our students in math and reading through their diagnostic approach.  We encourage you to use the on-line program if you have access.  The link can be found under Academic Resources on our website., or click here.

 

GRADES 9 -11: After exploring several options and trying to overcome many obstacles, the district has decided to provide instruction through Google Classroom and issue packets to those that do not have access to internet.   

 

SENIORS: We have put together a virtual classroom for our seniors so that they can conclude the final nine-weeks and graduate as planned on June 2nd, 2020.  We understand that in these times, education is not the highest priority.  The planned instruction will be designed with that in mind.  Classes will start on Wednesday, April 1st. Chrome books can be picked up for those that need them during Monday pickup or in the Administration Office by appointment.   We are also working with families that do not have internet service to ensure an equitable option.  Seniors and their families will be contacted personally over the next few days. We will be holding a virtual meeting on Wednesday morning for all seniors to get them up and running.  A zoom link will be sent out and will be available on our website.  We are saddened that this pandemic is having a significant impact on our seniors’ year.  We will do everything in our power to ensure that they have as many opportunities as possible, even if they occur well after the set graduation date. 

 

For those that do not have access to the internet, packets will be available for pick up on April 13th  from 8AM – 11AM.  Rayne and McCreery will have drive-through pick up stations at their main entrances.  We will also have Chrome books available to sign out for families that have internet and do not have a device.  Please keep in mind that we do not have enough for everyone.  Taking one, when you do not need it, may result in someone that needs one, not getting one. 

 

Educational Resources for Families: We do understand the importance of continuity of education, so we have provided families with links to educational sites on our district and school websites. Resources can be found under Academic Resources by clicking on the "Links" tab. We understand that as parents, it may be difficult to weed through all of the sites listed as links, especially when you are not sure exactly what is being covered within your child's classroom.  We have put together some suggested activities for families for each grade level for children to continue to practice the skills they have covered so far this school year.  There will also be activities to extend their learning and to provide virtual opportunities to expand their background knowledge.  These suggestions are just that, suggestions.  Children are not required to complete the suggested activities.  They will not be used for grades or attendance purposes in any way.  They are simply a resource for parents to provide continuity in their child's learning, if they choose to do so.  To access these suggestions, please click on the grade span to your right, then scroll to find your child's grade level. 

 

SAT: College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled. For more information, please click here. 

 

Special Education Meetings: Currently ALL IEP and/or Evaluation meetings have been delayed until further notice.  Once school resumes or we are provided with alternative guidance, someone will be in contact to reschedule/schedule a meeting.  If you have questions regarding special education services/meetings, please contact Amy Gaston, at 724-397-5551 Ext. 5413..  

 

 

Non-School Sponsored Events: 

 

Little League has been suspended/delayed until at least May 11th.  For more information click here