For 11 weeks, we accomplished what many believed was improbable: in-person learning. Our students, teachers, and staff worked together to maintain a safe learning environment. The amount of face-to-face instruction conducted this semester at Marquette was unmatched by nearly all of our peer institutions. We were able to do so by following the guidelines in our re-entry plan, regular sanitization, and unwavering diligence.
Our commitment to in-person learning was made to uphold the integrity of education along with providing our students with the best possible opportunities.
With that said, Marquette will shift to a virtual platform beginning Monday, November 30th through the remainder of the fall semester. As COVID-19 has infiltrated our community, the school arrived at this decision with the health and safety of all stakeholders in mind. Additionally, in anticipation of families keeping students home at their discretion, moving together to a virtual platform allows for a focus-learning experience.
With two weeks remaining until finals, the virtual learning plan - including our attendance policy - executed during quarantine will be reinstated.
Final exams will reflect a virtual and summative format and students must submit their work by noon on the originally scheduled exam date. (The schedule is attached.)
While this decision was reached independently, athletics will continue to operate outside of the school day and in accordance with IHSAA protocols.
Marquette is very fortunate to boast committed educators, students, staff, and families. There is no greater testament to the power of collaboration than the 11 weeks we were able to successfully share together. While we will certainly miss partaking together in the buildup to Christmas, we feel this shift to virtual learning will put us in the best position to resume in-person learning on January 4th, 2021.