In an email to parents, Marietta City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Grant Rivera, shared an update on protocols for students and staff identified as “close contacts” of a COVID-positive person. The change in policy comes after concerns about the impact f lost instructional time as a result of quarantines. To date, Marietta City Schools has had a total of 1,524 students quarantined since the week of August 14.

The new protocol developed from the State of Massachusetts would allow students and staff who were identified as school-based close contacts and subsequently quarantined to return to school by receiving a daily negative antigen test during the 7-Day quarantine period. Students and staff would have to stay asymptomatic and be identified as close contact from school (those identified from a positive case outside of school are not eligible).

This new policy would start Monday, September 13, 2021, and would ultimately allow each person must “test” negative in order to “stay” in school for that specific day.

Marietta City Schools has partnered with MAKO Medical who will use licensed medical professionals at one MCS site each weekday from 6:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. and advance registration is required.

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