MCS Family Update - February 18, 2022

  • Dear MCS Families,

    This email includes a requested action item for any family who wants to receive contact tracing notification – please refer to the red font below.

    Given the continued decrease in community COVID transmission, MCS will shift contact tracing protocols effective Friday, March 4, 2022.

    Beginning on March 4, families who opt-in will be notified if a person in their child’s classroom or on their MCS athletic team tests positive for COVID. In such cases, an automated email will provide the date we were informed of potential close contact and recommended guidance. Staff and students in this class or on this team will be recommended (not required) to wear a mask for five days following the close contact.

    To opt-in to email notifications for your child, please complete the MCS Close Contact Communications Form by March 2, 2022. The form must be completed separately for each child you are opting-in.

    As part of the contact tracing protocol, email notification will be sent to all families (who complete the opt-in link) with a student in the classroom or on an athletic team with a COVID-positive person. Teachers will no longer record, for contact tracing purposes, which students are wearing masks in their classroom. Following receipt of the automated email, should families wish to consult (in English, Spanish, or Portuguese) with a public health official for more details, Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) staff will available (by phone) for MCS staff and families between 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. each day (excluding school holidays); please call 678-695-7213. 

    MCS will continue the existing protocols regarding individuals who test positive for COVID and optional surveillance and PCR testing:

    • COVID-positive: Any MCS student or staff member who tests positive for COVID is expected to notify MCS via email at COVID19results@marietta-city.org. At such time, details will be provided regarding isolation protocols.
    • Surveillance Testing: In partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health, optional surveillance testing will continue to be offered at each school (one day per week). If you are interested and have not already done so, please consult the schedule and complete the waiver for your specific school at https://www.marietta-city.org/Page/3854.
    • PCR Testing: In collaboration with DC Pulmonary Medicine, MCS will continue to offer PCR testing for students, staff, and the community on our Lemon Street campus – refer to https://mariettacovid.com/ for more details.

    Thank you for your continued partnership. Wishing each of you a restful and enjoyable Mid-winter Break.

    Sincerely,
    Grant  

    Grant Rivera, Ed.D.
    Superintendent
    Marietta City Schools
    250 Howard Street NE
    Marietta, GA 30060