Dear parents and students.

I am sure that you are aware of the situation that we are facing regarding the spread of the COVID-19 across the US and the impact that it is having in the US and around the world. In some locations, large gatherings of people are being discouraged and major events have canceled. This has impacted sporting events, political rallies, and other activities. Universities, colleges, and public school districts are also being impacted.  

I realize that the biggest question on many of your minds is whether or not we will stay open. I am following the guidance of our Governor's office, which at the moment is to keep K-12 schools open. The state has access to many more experts and resources than we do locally. Following their lead in this instance makes sense. That does not mean that we haven't reached out to our local experts. This morning I met with the leaders of our county districts and our local health and medical professionals. We are all committed to keeping our schools open. We feel that it is in the best interest of our schools and communities.  

Even though we expect to have school next week as we normally do, we are working hard behind the scenes to make it a safe environment for our staff and students. We are taking extra advantage of spring break to give everything a thorough cleaning. Much of our focus is on the high touchpoints in our buildings. Several examples are given below:
  • railings
  • doorknobs
  • light switches
  • keyboards
  • faucets
  • water fountains
  • bathroom fixtures
  • phones
  • anything that is frequently touched by students and staff
We are also taking extra measures to be sure that we have plenty of cleaning supplies, wipes, and handsoap readily available for students and staff. Our bus drivers will be taking extra care to wipe down seats and equipment. Our custodial staff has been equipped with special disinfectant equipment that allows them to treat entire rooms quickly and efficiently. We also bring in extra help when needed. 

Keep in mind, that our situation may change and it may change quickly. I certainly hope it is not necessary, but we are making plans and discussing options in the event that we suddenly have to close. I want you to begin thinking about the same. Think about what that would look like for your family. 

If you have any questions please contact us directly. 

Thank you, 

Will Hampton
Superintendent, Marietta City Schools
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