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Marshall County Students Return on a Hybrid Schedule

Following the parameters set forth by the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) for in-person instruction at public schools, Marshall County Schools will operate on a hybrid schedule, at Level 3, beginning on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. This change in procedure does not affect students who are successfully completing total distance learning via the Calvert or Edmentum platforms.

As mandated by the WVBE, Marshall County Schools officials do not have the option to implement full countywide remote learning for students in Pre-K through 8th grade. Elementary and middle school students will attend school two days per week for face-to-face instruction regardless of the county’s color on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) County Alert System map. The other three days of the week, students in elementary and middle school will participate in remote learning.

As long as Marshall County is not red on the DHHR County Alert System map, all students in grades 9 through 12 will also go to school two days per week for in-person instruction and operate on remote learning three days per week.

Only high schools will move to remote learning the day after Marshall County turns red on the DHHR County Alert System map and remain remote until the following Monday. If Marshall County is not red on the DHHR daily map on Sunday, in-person instruction will resume on the following Monday. If the county is still in red status on Sunday, remote learning will continue for another week.

Level 3 means the delivery of instruction is based on the first letter of the child’s last name. Every Monday and Tuesday kids with last names beginning with A-K attend school in person while all other students participate through remote learning. On Thursday and Friday students whose last names begin with L-Z will be in school while all other kids receive their lessons via remote lessons. Each Wednesday is a remote learning day for everyone enrolled in Marshall County Schools.

To ensure all students get two days of in-person instruction, there is a one-time change of operation, at Level 3, for the first week of the hybrid schedule because of a holiday. Additional custodial staff will be brought in Wednesday evening to do a deep cleaning in preparation for the next group of students on Thursday morning. High school students remain on remote learning next week through Friday, January 22, 2021.

Week of January 18 – 22, 2021

Monday:         Schools closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Tuesday:        A-K (last names) attend in person. L-Z (last names) participate via remote.

Wednesday:  A-K (last names) attend in person. L-Z (last names) participate via remote.

Thursday:      L-Z (last names) attend in person. A-K (last names) participate via remote.

Friday:            L-Z (last names) attend in person. A-K (last names) participate via remote.

Whether or not high school students will continue remote learning during the last week of January will be determined on Sunday, January 24, 2021 based on Marshall County’s color on the DHHR County Alert System map. Pre-K through 8th graders will stay at Level 3.

Week of January 25 – 29, 2021

Monday:         A-K (last names) attend in person. L-Z (last names) participate via remote.

Tuesday:        A-K (last names) attend in person. L-Z (last names) participate via remote.

Wednesday:  Remote learning day for all students.

Thursday:      L-Z (last names) attend in person. A-K (last names) participate via remote.

Friday:            L-Z (last names) attend in person. A-K (last names) participate via remote.

The county will follow the governor’s order and Marshall County Health Department guidelines as it pertains to personal protective equipment (PPE). Students will be required to wear a face mask or shield at all times. Maintenance and custodial staff will do a thorough disinfecting of high touch, high traffic areas throughout the day and buses will be cleaned between routes. While running at Level 3, every Wednesday will be used for deep cleaning in each school building.

Level of operation can change at any time per health department and governor recommendations. Marshall County Schools administrators will continue to work daily with local health officials. County-level education leaders have the authorization from the WVBE to close individual classrooms or schools when a specific health need related to that classroom or school is identified. These closures will be limited in duration and related to the specific health need of the school or classroom. Teachers and staff will continue to provide essential student support services including meals, student engagement, all special education services and support to at-risk students during any closures.

Parents continue to have the option to choose a virtual learning option via the Calvert or Edmentum platforms for their children. If a parent would like a child to participate in total distance learning for nine weeks, instead of returning to school for in-person instruction, please contact the child’s principal. Questions about the return to in-person learning should be directed to the child’s principal via email or phone call.

Kindergarten Registration Schedule Released

Marshall County Schools welcomes all new students entering kindergarten in August 2021. If your child is not currently enrolled in a West Virginia Pre-K, beginning on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 you can call and make an appointment for kindergarten screening and registration. Appointments will be arranged Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Children already in the Marshall County Pre-K Program do not have to register for Marshall County Kindergarten.

To enter a kindergarten program, a child must be 5 years of age prior to the first day of July 2021.  At the appointment, school personnel will conduct health screenings and a brief readiness test with each child. Registration forms will be completed.

New students for Marshall County Schools need to have their immunizations made current by their family physician or the Marshall County Health Department.  Please call the Marshall County Health Department at 304-845-7840 for Vaccination Clinic schedules.

You can call the school listed below in your area to set up an appointment for kindergarten screening and registration.

More information can be found at the link below.

Pre-K Registration Announced

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Marshall County Schools will begin 2021-2022 Pre-K registration for children who turn 4 years old by July 1, 2021.

If you wish to enroll your child in Pre-K, please call the school in your area, on or after January 19, to make an appointment and pick-up a registration packet or request an application packet be mailed to you. The application is also available at the link below.

For Pre-K sites in the Moundsville area, including Northern Panhandle Head Start “Stepping Stones,” please call McNinch Primary to register. If you live in the Limestone, Sand Hill or Sherrard area call Hilltop Elementary to register. For PLAYS Child Care Center, please call Washington Lands Elementary to register. For all other locations, call the numbers listed below.

Please bring your child, along with the completed packet, to your screening location as scheduled. All students must have a state issued birth certificate and current immunization record.

If Covid-19 restrictions prohibit in-person screening of students, we will extend our schedule to allow collection of packets and meetings with parents, possibly to an additional day.

Placements will be announced periodically as registrations are completed.

WV Pre-K Programs are free for any child who turns 4 prior to July 1, 2021.

2021-2022 Pre-K Screening Schedule   Glen Dale Elementary:                           (304) 843-4427        	DATE OF SCREENING: February 18, 2021   McNinch Primary:                             (304) 843-4431          	DATE OF SCREENING: February 22 & February 23, 2021   Hilltop Elementary:                                 (304) 232-8640          	DATE OF SCREENING: February 25, 2021  Washington Lands Elementary:         (304) 843-4420         	DATE OF SCREENING: March 4, 2021   Center McMechen Elementary:         (304) 232-6530          	DATE OF SCREENING:  March 11, 2021   Cameron Elementary:                           (304) 686-3305          	DATE OF SCREENING:  March 18, 2021   Sand Hill                                                      Contact Hilltop Elementary

More information can be found at the link below.

Electronic Forms at MCS

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Marshall County parents now have an option to use electronic forms for beginning of the year forms and athletic forms.  MCS purchased FinalForms for our schools, parents, and students to use for the 20-21 school year. 

A parent can create an account which will then be used to associate their child with them.  After filling out the form with basic contact information, the information can be used for multiple children without having to enter all the information again.  And next year, the information will still be there so student registration and updating of information will be even faster.

More information about FinalForms can be found by clicking HERE, and the login for Marshall County is at https://marshall-wv.finalforms.com/.

Students Heading Back to School in Marshall County

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 • First day of school for students in 1st - 12th • In-Person Learning: Students with the last name starting with A-K • Distance Learning: Students with the last name starting with L-Z • Kindergarten Orientation Wednesday, September 9, 2020 • All students participate in Distance Learning. Thursday, September 10, 2020 • In-Person Learning: Students with the last name starting with L-Z • Distance Learning: Students with the last name starting with A-K • First day of class for Kindergarten students (1/2 group). Friday, September 11, 2020 • In-Person Learning: Students with the last name starting with L-Z • Distance Learning: Students with the last name starting with A-K • First day of class for Kindergarten students (1/2 group).
Above: Week 1 Schedule Highlights

Students in grades 1st through 12th return to school in Marshall County on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 for the start of the 2020 – 2021 academic year at Level 3, as long as Marshall County remains green or yellow on the governor’s colored-coded map. Level 3 means all kids will report for in-person instruction two days per week and also participate in distance learning three days, based on the first letter of the child’s last name.

Each Monday and Tuesday, kids with last names beginning with A-K attend school in person while all other students participate through distance learning. On Thursday and Friday students whose last names begin with L-Z will be present in school buildings while all other kids receive their lessons via distance learning. Every Wednesday is a distance learning day for everyone enrolled in Marshall County Schools.

Kindergarten orientation takes place on Tuesday, September 8. The first day of instruction for half of the Kindergarten students is Thursday, September 10. The first day of class for the second half of Kindergarten students is Friday, September 11.

Parents with a student attending WV Universal Pre-K will be notified about the orientation which takes place on Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11.  WV Universal Pre-K classes begin on Tuesday, September 15 for half of the students. The second half of the WV Universal Pre-K students will attend Thursday, September 17, 2020.

The plan is to remain operating under Level 3 until Friday, October 2, 2020; however, levels can change at any time per health department and governor recommendations. An announcement about the next phase of operation will be made on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

A printable copy of the 2020-2021 Marshall County Schools information flyer, which includes the academic calendar and school listings, is available at the this link:

Marshall County Schools Continues No Cost Meal Program

Marshall County Schools Child Nutrition Program Information

The Marshall County Board of Education will continue the availability of a daily, no cost breakfast and lunch at school for all students during the 2020- 2021 academic year regardless of income.  Under the Community Eligibility Option Provision, applications will not need to be completed to be eligible for the free meals.

The price for an extra milk will be .35 cents and a second lunch will be $1.75 and must be paid with cash at the time of purchase. Parents/Guardians are still responsible for any unpaid account balances.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the Office of Child Nutrition at 304-843-4400 extension 338.

Marshall County Schools Participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Food Care Program, Summer Meals Program, After School Supper Program and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

Wellness Policy and Child Nutrition Website

Marshall County Schools has developed a Wellness Policy that is focused on improving the health of students. The policy was established with a health and wellness advisory council that includes teachers, parents, students, administrators, guidance counselors and nurses. The key areas of the wellness policy focus on nutrition education, physical activity and other school based activities that promote student wellness.  If you want to be involved with Marshall County’s Wellness Policy, please contact Debbie Derico at 304-843-4448 extension 338.

Marshall County Schools maintains a website for all your nutritional and wellness needs.  This website will be your source for menus, nutritional information and wellness resources.  You will be able to sign up to have the menus emailed to you on a monthly basis.  Check it out at mcsbefit.com.

Substitutions Made for Students with Dietary Needs

Accommodations in meal services are available for Marshall County School students with special dietary needs. Schools will make substitutions in foods for students with dietary needs who are unable to consume the regular meal because of medical or other special dietary needs.  These meals/substitutions will be provided at no additional charge.

A Special Dietary Needs Medical Statement is required for us to make these accommodations. The Special Dietary Needs Medical Statement must be completed by a physician and completed annually. Substitutions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Contact your child’s school immediately to inform them of any special diet of food allergies or other needs.  Substitutions cannot be made for vegetarian diets.  Also, juice can only be substituted for milk when there is a disabling medical condition. The form can be obtained on the Child Nutrition website at mcsbefit.com or by calling the Office of Child Nutrition at 304-843-4400 extension 338.

Civil Rights Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:

http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

2020-2021 Bus Routes and Schedules

Information is now available about the transportation routes for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The updated lists can be found at this link: http://marshall-k12.wvnet.edu/boe/marshall-county-schools-bus-routes/ or in the Links tab under Transportation at the top of this page. Click on the bus number to download a schedule. Please note there are time changes.

If you’re not sure what bus your child should ride, please contact the Transportation Department at 304-843-4422.

School Summer Food Program Extended

The Marshall County Schools Summer Food Program schedule has added an extra week because of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s order that schools can’t go back in session until Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

On Wednesday, August 5 and Wednesday, August 19, 2020 the Marshall Mobile Food Bus will make stops in the same neighborhoods at the same times but will distribute double portions. Each delivery will contain a 10-day supply of meals for breakfast and lunch.

Food distribution will still be conducted with limited interaction. When picking up the necessities, students and their families must stay in their vehicle. Walkers will form a line and be at least 6 feet from one another.

The Marshall County Schools Summer Food Program schedule has added an extra week because of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s order that schools can’t go back in session until Tuesday, September 8, 2020. On Wednesday, August 5 and Wednesday, August 19, 2020 the Marshall Mobile Food Bus will make stops in the same neighborhoods at the same times but will distribute double portions. Each delivery will contain a 10-day supply of meals for breakfast and lunch.

Students Hear a Special Message from a Superhero

Batman traveled to several different schools in Marshall County to talk to students about how they can be a superhero against bullying.

Thursday, the Caped Crusader made stops at Center McMechen
Elementary, McNinch Primary and Sand Hill Elementary. Students at Cameron
Elementary, Glen Dale Elementary and Washington Lands Elementary heard his
message Friday.

During the special assemblies, the World’s Greatest
Detective encouraged each student to look out for one another and to treat each
other with respect. Students were inspired and motivated to be a superhero
themselves.

Batman talked about why children sometimes bully others and
how it can become a vicious cycle throughout the years, even using his own
experiences of being bullied as an example. The superhero also told students
the people who bully are oftentimes very troubled. In order to combat bullying,
everyone needs to offer kind words and show positive actions to counteract the
unkind remarks.

“Tough things in life will make you stronger,” exclaimed Batman.
“I had my own struggles while in school and that’s the reason behind why I
chose to become the world’s only full time Batman, to help empower our youth
and communities.”

The Dark Knight is part of a group called Heroes for Hire
(H4H). The name is a play on words the organization developed to go along with
its four empowering points: Never give up; Always do the right thing; Help
other people; Never be a bully. The mission of H4H is to inspire children to
“Be the Hero.”

Batman’s visit was arranged by Center McMechen Elementary
School Counselor Charlene Frazier. “I am very impressed with the program,”
explained Frazier. “The Heroes for Hire message is age appropriate and just
what our students need to hear.”

2019 American Education Week Proclamation Signed in Marshall County

On Thursday, Marshall County Commissioners as well as the mayors from the cities of Marshall County, members of the West Virginia Legislature along with the Sheriff gathered to sign a proclamation declaring November 18-22, 2019 as American Education Week in Marshall County. 

Also attending the signing were members of the Marshall County Board of Education, administrators of Marshall County Schools, administrators from John Marshall High School and representatives of the West Virginia Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). A luncheon prepared by the JM ProStart students followed the signing.

The theme this year is Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility. American Education Week spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from Pre-K through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.

The first American Education Week was observed from December 4-10, 1921 with the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Legion as the co-sponsors. The following year the U.S. Office of Education joined the weeklong celebration as a supporter. Since then more than a dozen sponsors, including the U.S. Department of American Education and the AFT, have joined the founders for this annual event.

American Education Week is now recognized every year the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving.

The text of the American Education Week Proclamation signed in Marshall County follows:

Whereas, public education is the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation’s precious values of freedom, civility and equality; and

Whereas, by equipping young Americans with both practical skill and  broader intellectual abilities, schools give them hope for, and access to a productive future; and

Whereas, public education employees, be they educators, substitute educators, higher education faculty and staff, custodians, teachers, bus drivers, clerical workers, food service workers, security guards, technical employees, or librarians, work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care and professionalism; and

Whereas, public schools are the foundations of neighborhoods and communities, bringing together adults, and children, educators and volunteers, business leaders and elected officials in a common purpose,

Therefore, be it further resolved, that we proclaim November 18-22, 2019 as the 97th annual observance of American Education Week.  Proclaimed this 14th day of November 2019.

Caption: Pictured from left seated: Marshall County Chief Deputy Sherriff William Helms,Marshall County Schools Assistant Superintendent Woody Yoder, Benwood Mayor Edward Kuca Jr., Marshall County Schools Superintendent Shelby Haines and Marshall County Sherriff Kevin Cecil. From left standing: Marshall County AFT President Josh Gary, Marshall County Clerk Jan Pest, WV Delegate Lisa Zukoff, Marshall County Assessor Terry McDiffitt, Marshall County Commissioner Scott Varner, McMechen Mayor David Goddard, Moundsville Mayor Phil Remke, Marshall County BOE member Christi Robison, Marshall County BOE member Brenda Coffield, Marshall County Commissioner Mike Ferro, Marshall County BOE member Dr. Duane Miller, Marshall County Schools BOE President John Miller, Marshall County Commissioner John Gruzinskas, JM Principal Cassie Porter and Marshall County Education Association President Matt Mandarino.