Marysville public schools will gradually work students into buildings using a staggered start beginning Aug. 26.

Board members of Unified School District 364 voted unanimously Friday afternoon in a special meeting to approve a reopening date and COVID-19 response plan, which follows a five-part code system. The codes range from school as normal to online only instruction. Six board members met in the innovation room in the activity center at Marysville Junior-Senior High. Board member Brenda Arntt was absent. Board member Michelle Reinhart left midway through the meeting.

Marysville’s staggered starts:


Aug. 26 — Prekindergarten to second grade, 8 a.m. to noon.

Aug. 27 — Prekindergarten to fourth grade, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Aug. 28 — Prekindergarten to sixth grade, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Aug. 31 — All classes will have a full day.

Junior-senior high

Aug. 26 — Seventh-grade only, 8 a.m. to noon.

Aug. 27 — Seventh-grade to sophomores, 8 a.m. to noon.

Aug. 28 — Seventh- and eighth-grade, juniors and seniors, 8 a.m. to noon.

Aug. 31 — All classes will have a full day.

All Marysville public schools plan to start the year at the yellow level in the code system. The yellow level regulations: mandatory masks for all in the school building; temperature checks entering the building; social distancing when space is possible; sanitize hands before starting class; space out as much as possible in all classes, but ideally in the cafeteria, halls and auditorium; follow seating charts is mandatory for tracking purposes; students sanitize their desks before leaving classroom, disposable towels and sanitizer provided; release from class one at a time after sanitizing; smaller lunch periods in the cafeteria, no more than three people at a table and social distancing is to be followed; stagger times for lunch; no loitering in hallways; no snack machines; only water allowed in classrooms for drinking; and assignments are to be turned in digitally.

Under the code system, the checkered level means normal school, no modifications; green level, some modifications, including masks as an optional choice; yellow level, masks are mandatory as are temperature checks and several other changes; flashing yellow, requires a hybrid-style learning at school and off campus; and red level, online instruction only.

Code levels will be determined by Marshall County health officials.

Staggered starting dates will help students adjust to the new rules and regulations, said Superintendent Michael Couch. He suggested that the district check with county health nurse Sue Rhodes and county health officer Dr. John Ryan in six weeks to see if the school district should alter its level.

School will be from 8:15 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. no matter what the current COVID-19 code level is in the district. Students who attend school in the buildings will be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities.

Details of the reopening can be found on the district website,