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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Marion Schools: 15% of students have mask opt-outs; over 40 schools report positive COVID-19 cases

About 15% of Marion County students have face covering opt-outs on file and over 40 elementary, middle and high schools reported positive COVID-19 cases last week.

The data is part of a new COVID-19 report from the Marion County Public Schools (MCPS) for the week of August 14 to August 20. Across the county, 387 new cases were reported during the week, with 313 students and 74 employees testing positive for COVID-19. 

The total number of direct contacts that are quarantined as a result was 1,995, with the vast majority (1,935) being students. 

The report shows that at least 27 elementary schools were among those reporting positive cases. About 6,336 students, or about 15% of the county, have face covering opt-outs on file with Marion County Public Schools. 

During an emergency meeting of the Marion County School Board last week, board members voted to implement a mask mandate with an opt-out clause for all students. That mandate went into effect on Thursday, August 19. 

The following is a complete list of schools and departments across Marion County that reported positive COVID-19 cases during the week: 

Alternative Learning 

Public Relations 

Custodial Services 

School Counseling & Assessment 

District Technology Office

Telecommunications Services 

Transportation 

Food Service 

Belleview Middle 

North Marion Middle 

Osceola Middle

Howard Middle 

Lake Weir Middle 

Liberty Middle

Dunnellon Middle 

Fort King Middle

Anthony Elementary 

Greenway Elementary 

Ocala Springs Elementary 

Belleview Elementary 

Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary 

Harbour View Elementary 

Reddick-Collier Elementary 

Belleview-Santos Elementary 

Romeo Elementary 

College Park Elementary 

Saddlewood Elementary 

Shady Hill Elementary 

Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary 

Legacy Elementary 

South Ocala Elementary 

Dunnellon Elementary 

Sparr Elementary 

Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary 

East Marion Elementary 

Maplewood Elementary 

Sunrise Elementary 

Eighth Street Elementary 

Emerald Shores Elementary 

Marion Oaks Elementary 

Fessenden Elementary 

Ward-Highlands Elementary 

Wyomina Park Elementary

Belleview High 

Lake Weir High 

Vanguard High 

West Port High 

Forest High 

North Marion High 

Hillcrest 

Horizon Academy At Marion Oaks 

Madison Street Academy 

Marion Afterschool Programs 

ESE Curriculum 

New Leaf Center 

Marion Technical College 

Marion Technical Institute