March 30 Update - Teachers Prepping for Distance Learning, "Grab & Go" Meal Service Expands
5PM, MARCH 30, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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LATEST UPDATE ISSUED FOR
MARION COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Teachers Prepping for Distance Learning,
“Grab & Go” Meal Service Expands
MARION COUNTY – Marion County Public Schools’ update for today includes the following actions taken related to the COVID-19 situation:
- Thousands of MCPS employees started a “hybrid” model of work today, choosing home or regular work location as their worksite. Teachers worked on inputting and finalizing grades while others jump started their training for delivering online instruction. That training continues tomorrow. Wednesday, the district’s 43,000+ students participate in distance learning, many for the first time. Teachers will make their assignments and activities available on their web pages found at each school’s website accessible via marionschools.net. Students will find their assignments and activities on these teacher webpages.
- For students without computers at home, schools are working directly with families on a case-by-case basis. Signed forms are required to use a district-owned device at home. Contact your child’s school directly to make this request. Parents/Families must make their own Internet access arrangement with their chosen provider.
- “Grab & Go” meal service completed its fifth day of service. Today, MCPS served 7,492 breakfast and lunch meals to 3,746 children. Since last Tuesday, the district handed out 37,189 meals. Starting today, delivery sites were modified and now use 20 school prep sites to deliver meals to more than 140 different locations. Children no longer must be present to be served; however, parents/family members must present appropriate legal identification to pick up those meals on their children’s behalf. Families can call 211 or text “FoodFL” to 877-7877 for their nearest serving location. This program serves ALL children 18 and under regardless of whether they walk or ride a bicycle, bus or car to school and continues Monday-Friday until classes resume.
- To help students, parents and families deal with COVID-19, mental health resources are now linked on the district’s homepage for convenience.
Visit www.marionschools.net and Twitter @MarionCountyK12 for further updates.
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