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May 20 Update - 419,065 Meals Served So Far, Students Retrieving Personal Items from Schools


Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC, Public Relations Director

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419,065 Meals Served So Far,

Students Retrieving Personal Items from Schools


MARION COUNTY – Marion County Public Schools’ update for today includes the following actions taken related to the COVID-19 situation:


  • “Grab & Go” meal service surpassed the 400,000 mark, handing out 419,065 meals since it started March 24 and now in its ninth week. Today alone, the service delivered 9,724 breakfast and lunch meals to 4,862 students.  A delivery site listing with approximate times is listed here for this service continuing Monday–Friday through June 1.  Details on the district’s Summer Feeding Program will be shared soon. 


  • Personal Item Pickup is underway at many schools, offering students a convenient drive-thru method to retrieve their belongings left behind when the COVID-19 crisis hit – things like books and supplies, gym clothes, band instruments, and more. Most schools designate specific dates for pickup based on last names. Contact your school for specific arrangements because appointments are required due to schools still being closed to the public.


  • Graduation 2020 plans are set for June 12-22 but could change based on COVID-19 conditions. NEW this week, guests will NOT be allowed to bring bags or purses into high school football stadiums because safe social distancing does not allow up-close inspections. Click this link to see more information on graduation.


  • Summer Enrichment for elementary students comes in the form of online learning this year. Themed “Adventure Awaits,” students and their families will embark on a new online adventure each week, June 15 - July 9, including the exploration of outer space, diving deep into the world’s oceans, telling stories with castles and dragons, and experiencing the great outdoors.  These online opportunities include activities for grades K-2 and 3-5 students with downloadable options for families to utilize at home.  Materials packets will be available at each school while supplies last. For more information, “look for the book” at and click it to reach the “Community Reads” website. Summer programs for middle and high school students run June 15 – July 23.


  • Short-length “Snippet Stories” are shared on the district’s Twitter account (@MarionCountyK12), lending insight into district life at a time when every campus is isolated. The latest video shows how Eighth Street Elementary leaders didn’t let COVID-19 conditions prevent them from celebrating teachers and creating next year’s class rosters. These videos are also shared on the district’s YouTube channel.


Previously-released information shared here for convenience includes:


  • COVID-19 testing for school district employees is now available. Each Friday, Florida’s Department of Health in Marion County is reserving 20 slots for MCPS employees who are asymptomatic.  Those wanting testing should call the COVID-19 Call Center at 352.644.2590 and identify themselves as an MCPS employee. Further details will be available at that point.


  • All currently-enrolled Marion Afterschool Program (MAP) students will automatically be pre-registered for the 2020-2021 school year. Participating families will be contacted by site managers to confirm enrollment and placement. Next year’s $30 registration fee is due July 1, 2020 to secure each child’s spot, and invoices will be emailed starting May 25.  New MAP students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten may tentatively register July 14-15 at Marion Technical College, 7:30AM-6PM.  A $30 registration fee applies.  Finally, open enrollment for elementary and middle school MAP students will tentatively be held July 21-22 at MTC, 7:30AM-6PM with a $30 applicable registration fee. 


  • Important upcoming calendar dates:
    • May 26 – last day for seniors
    • June 1 – last day for students. The school year was extended to make up days missed due to COVID-19. This extension meets state requirements for 900 hours of instruction annually.
    • June 3 – Chromebook and textbook returns begin. More details on these plans are forthcoming.
    • June 8 – last day for teachers


  • “Parking Lot Wi-Fi” continues free of charge, Monday-Friday, 9AM-7PM, at these schools: Belleview Middle, Dunnellon High, Forest High, Fort McCoy School, Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks, Lake Weir Middle, North Marion High, North Marion Middle, Vanguard High, and West Port High. Users simply drive into the parking lot, log in, and access learning materials online. This service is provided through a partnership with the City of Ocala and its fiber network operation.


Visit marionschools.netand Twitter @MarionCountyK12 for further updates.


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