This summer, our school system has taken on many facilities projects to make our schools safer from COVID-19 and its variants, as well as from other common illnesses. Some of the projects are already complete, and others will continue until their completion in late fall. Although we understand that there is no foolproof way to prevent all illness, these measures have been proven to help contain viruses:
- Ionizers have been installed on all buses to clear the air during transport.
- Air scrubbers have been placed on many larger AC units at the high school in “higher-risk/higher-populated” areas such as the band room, cafeteria, and locker rooms. This project is 90% complete.
- Currently, all air conditioning is being replaced at LK Moss. These new units will have air scrubbers and dehumidifiers to decrease pathogens and should be complete by late Fall.
- Over the course of the school year, you will also see student seating and some flooring being replaced at the elementary school.
- All water fountains in the system have been replaced with bottle refill stations. If you remember, last year, water fountains were closed due to COVID. This way, we can provide water to students who bring water bottles. These need to have a large “mouth.” Schools will have some for sale if you would like to purchase one here.
Open Houses (July 27th—See www.marion.k12.ga.us for details) will be a mixture of virtual and in-person. If at any time you need to speak with a teacher or team of teachers in person, please contact the school.
Please note that both schools will be closed to the public after lunchtime on July 30th so that they can be fogged with disinfectant prior to student entry. We are looking forward to a great year! Please continue to work with us to report COVID cases as they occur. We are stronger together, and we can’t wait to have our students back in the buildings!
*Please refer to the attached graphic for the updated Marion County COVID policies.