March 26 Update - Teachers and Others Return Monday, Mobile Device Plan Underway for Students and Staff
5PM, MARCH 26, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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LATEST UPDATE ISSUED FOR
MARION COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Teachers and Others Return Monday, Mobile Device Plan
Underway for Students and Staff
MARION COUNTY – Marion County Public Schools’ update for today includes the following actions taken related to the COVID-19 situation:
- MCPS teachers and other full-time employees return Monday. Teacher training for online/distance learning takes place Tuesday, and Wednesday presents the first opportunity for students to access online lessons and activities for credit. With a “hybrid” work model in place as of Monday, employees may choose their work location – either from home or their regular work site. This model concludes April 15.
- The district is finalizing its plan for distance / online learning platforms. Because not all 43,000 students in the district have reliable Internet service or computers at home, MCPS is also developing plans to make mobile devices available on a limited basis. More details on this plan may be shared as early as Friday evening. A district-wide survey of at-home technology shows more than three out of four MCPS students have reliable Internet service; however, just more than half have a home computer.
- Supplemental learning materials for K-12 students remain available at marionschools.net. Learning packets for elementary students are also available in print form at all seven Walmart locations in Marion County. School buses are also delivering these packets in Marion County including apartment complexes in several remote areas. Similar materials for middle and high school students are also available at www.marionschools.net. Though school campuses are closed through April 15, learning continues during this extended time.
- The third day of “Grab & Go” food service fed 4,060 children with 8,120 breakfast and lunch meals. These were handed out through the district’s 22 service kitchens and nearly 100 delivery sites county-wide. “Grab & Go” continues until classes resume and serves ALL children 18 and under regardless of whether they walk or ride a bicycle, bus or car to school. Children must be present to receive a meal. To suggest additional sites, call 352.671.7050 (M-F, 7AM-4PM, wait times could be lengthy). Families can call 211, text “FoodFL” to 877-7877, or visit SummerBreakSpot.org for their nearest serving location.
- Elementary students can still utilize the Spring Break Reading Challenge materials available via myON. The contest continues through Sunday. Visit this link for directions to access more than 6,000 myON books online. Books can also be downloaded on personal devices from any reliable Internet connection.
Visit www.marionschools.net and Twitter @MarionCountyK12 for further updates.
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