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Send Marathon news to: phone: 715-223-2342 fax: 715-223-3505 P.O. Box 677 103 West Spruce Street Abbotsford, WI 54405 On campus

UW-La Crosse has named two Marathon students who earned diplomas in a virtual commencement ceremony held in May. They are Kennedy Ringle, who received a bachelor of science degree in middle childhood through early adolescence education with honors and Alexander Robbins, who received a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry with an American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology certificate.

St. Mary’s School

St. Mary’s School, Marathon, will re-open this fall with five days per week face-to-face instruction starting Tuesday, Sept. 1. Face masks will be mandatory as long as Gov. Tony Evers’ order is in place. Mask breaks will be built into the school schedule; students unwilling to wear a mask will be sent home. Social distancing will be encouraged and the school will be cleaned as best as possible.

Students will be able to be bused to school five days a week but parents are encouraged to drive and pick up students if possible. Parents can opt out of school attendance and provide virtual learning for students, including real-time video of classroom instruction. Distance learning may be necessary, depending on the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I am hopeful that we can make it through the year without distance learning but also understand why that will be difficult,” said St. Mary’s principal Joe Koch.

The school will follow Marathon County Department of Health protocols if a child is sick at school.

Virtual gardening

The Marathon County Public Library will offer a UWExtension program over Zoom Online on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. that will teach gardeners how to prepare plants for the colder months this winter.

School re-opening

Marathon School District will start fall classes on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Students who attend inperson classes will meet four days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They will be required to wear masks, except during recess and to eat lunch. Students with temperatures over 100 degrees are encouraged to stay home for 24 hours or until the fever breaks without medications. Students in school will be subject to random temperature readings.

Distance learning will be available for students in grades 5K through 12 who will participate in classes in real-time through an internet connection. Students in 4K will be able to participate in virtual education through an adjusted schedule and some elective options will not be available to students in grades 5K-12. Virtual education students will be expected to attend class like other students and will be graded the same as in-person students.

Parents will be able to sign up for half school year options. The school reopening plan will be adjusted depending on the COVID-19 risk level in Marathon County.

To make possible a four-day school week, students will be kept in segregated clusters or cohorts. Students in grades 5-12 will be required to wear masks, including during bus travel. Younger students in grades 4K-4th grade do not have to wear masks if they remain in their cohort. Students will be given mask breaks during the school day. During bus travel, students will sit one to a seat, although siblings will be allowed to sit together. Buses will be deep cleaned each night.

During lunch, students will be physically distanced as much as possible.

If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID- 19, the Marathon County Health Department will conduct contract tracing for all students and staff who were in contact with the student. Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to transition to distance learning until they are safe to return to school.

For more information, send e-mail questions to Marathon School District at reentry@ or phone 715-443-2226, ext. 4107.

Fill a backpack

The Marathon School District “Fill a Backpack Fill a Belly” program will continue through the beginning of school because of donations that have been provided. Food bags are available at the front entries of Marathon High School and Marathon Area Elementary School/ Marathon Venture Academy for district families.

Spring raffle

The Rib Falls Lions Club has rescheduled its spring raffle event to noon on Sunday, Aug. 30. Unfortunately, the Rib Falls Lions Club will only be holding the drawing and not hosting its normal activities.

The drawing will be held live via Facebook through the Rib Falls Lions page. The Rib Falls Lions Club looks forward to seeing everyone again in 2021.

Colossal fossils

Children in grades K-5 can register for a virtual 16-week course entitled “Colossal Fossils” on dinosaurs, fossils and mammoths that will be offered in partnership with the Marathon County Public Library. The first class in the course will be given on a Zoom internet platform starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, 4-5 p.m.