What Parents Need to Know


    The Parents & Students Directory is a where you will find everything you will need as a parent of an MCPS student.



    School Social Workers are available to students and families with various needs. These needs could include issues with school, home, the community, health concerns, and relationship issues. Each public school in Marion County has a School Social Worker and Social Work Assistant available for assistance. We are here to help students effectively utilize the educational opportunities available while maximizing potential for growth and learning.


    The ways in which school social workers can assist students and their families are endless. For a student to be successful, regular and consistent attendance at school must be a priority. School social workers and social work assistants are available to assist with chronic absenteeism and help students and families addressing these issues. To further assist with absenteeism, the Truancy Intervention Partnership Program (TIPP) was developed. This particular program is a co-operative effort between the Marion County Public School Board and the State Attorney’s Office to provide prevention and intervention to students and their families who are experiencing difficulties with regular school attendance. For additional information please call 671-6870.



    Your child’s teacher is available to meet with you if you schedule a time before or after school. Please contact the school at 671-7125 if you have any questions or wish to schedule a conference.



    Learn more at Marion Afterschool Programs

    Eighth Street Elementary houses the Community Extended Day Program for students before and after school.


    This program is offered through the Marion County School Board's Community Education Department. Registration is during hours of operation.


    Hours of Operation
    Morning: 6:30 AM to 7:55 AM
    Afternoon: 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM


    Fees per Child:

    • Morning ONLY: $20.00/weekly
    • Afternoon ONLY: $40.00/weekly
    • Both: $50/weekly
    • AM Drop IN $10.00/daily
    • PM Drop IN $20.00/daily
    • Early Release Day: $$30.00/daily

    See Extended Day Fees for more details.



    At Eighth Street Elementary School, students are transported by school bus, daycare bus, and cars. Some students walk and ride bicycles. All school buses deliver and pick up children in front of the school. The daycare buses also pick up and deliver in the same area. If you would like to remove your child from one of the buses, you must go to the front office and show proper identification. The secretary will contact the appropriate party to retrieve your child.


    All car riders are unloaded and loaded at the side of the school. There is a designated area with signs to help guide your route and to ensure student safety. Please remain in your vehicle at all times to ensure safety.


    * If your child is tardy or needs to be dismissed early, an adult with proper identification must physically come in to the school building and sign the appropriate forms to admit or dismiss the student. This is for your child's safety.



    MCPS Food & Nutrition Services has introduced Online Meal Pay. In addition to accepting cash and checks, a new Online Meal Pay service is being implemented in all MCPS schools. This online service provides parents a unique opportunity to pay for student meals on the internet.


    To read details of how to use this online service, go to the Food Services Website's Online Meal Pay.



    Last school year, 5,341 MCPS volunteers put in more than 157,624 hours of their time to benefit students in Marion County Public Schools.


    Parents are invited and encouraged to volunteer at school. Every effort will be made to find every parent a way to participate actively in his/her child's education.


    Volunteers are needed to tutor students, shelve library books, make games, file papers, and chaperone field trips.


    If you would like to go on a field trip with your child or volunteer in the classroom, please make sure you fill out a volunteer form and leave a photo copy of your drivers license. Contact Mrs. Howell, Volunteer Coordinator.


    Los padres son invitados a ser voluntarios en la escuela. Cada esfuerzo será hecho para determinar como cada padre voluntario pueda participar activamente en la educación de nuestros estudiantes. Los voluntarios son necesitados para dar ayuda a los estudiantes, ayudar con los libros de biblioteca, en juegos, y archivar papeles en la oficina. Si usted esta interesado en ayudar, favor de comunicarse con la oficina.