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May 27 Update - Summer Athletics on the Horizon, “Grab & Go” Tops 450k Meals Served


Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC, Public Relations Director

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Summer Athletics on the Horizon,

“Grab & Go” Tops 450k Meals Served


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


  • Summer athletics, including sports, cheerleading, band, and other activities, will likely start in mid-June. Final details will be released following a School Board work session next week.


  • “Grab & Go” meal service delivered 9,364 breakfast and lunch meals to 4,682 students today. Operating for 10 weeks now, the “Grab & Go” service started March 24 and has handed out 455,817 meals. A delivery site listing with approximate times is listed here for this service that continues through June 1.  The Summer Feeding Program takes over June 8-July 30, Monday-Thursday, from 10:30AM-12PM with curbside service at 23 schools plus community-based sites along with bus service to popular “Grab & Go” delivery sites. More details will follow in coming weeks.


  • State assessments this spring were cancelled; however, the Algebra 1 End-of-Course (EOC) exam is still required for graduation. Students who completed the Algebra 1 course in Spring 2020 can meet their math graduation requirement in one of three ways: 1) Pass the Algebra 1 EOC in a future administration; 2) Pass the Geometry EOC in a future administration; or 3) Earn a comparative score on the math section of the PSAT/NMSQT, ACT, or SAT test.  For students wanting to exercise option 1, the Algebra 1 EOC will be offered at MCPS high schools July 13-16.  Students must complete the online registration form or follow the link from each high school’s website to participate by June 25. Registration is capped at 72 students per site.


  • 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. Today’s video explains how driver’s education programs stopped in their tracks once the COVID-19 pandemic appeared. These videos are also shared on the district’s YouTube channel.


Previously shared information includes:


  • 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.


  • Summertime VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) – limited space on the Marion Technical Campus offers face-to-face learning starting July 6. Social distancing guidelines will be included.


  • Summer School for third grade includes “Camp X-STREAM from June 15-July 9. This by-invitation-only experience provides students opportunities to build literacy skills through science, technology, engineering, art, and math.  Classes include live virtual experiences, specialized reading materials, various supplies, and teacher feedback. So far, more than 250 students have confirmed participation.


  • Summer Enrichment for any elementary student 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. School libraries will offer virtual services for elementary grades Monday-Thursday with weekly themes supporting the elementary summer enrichment program.


  • Summer ESY (Extended School Year) for students with special needs runs June 15-July 9 by invitation only and includes options at Hillcrest, Maplewood and Marion Oaks Elementary Schools.


  • Online credit recovery programs for middle/high school students run June 15-July 23.


  • All currently-enrolled Marion Afterschool Program (MAP) students are automatically pre-registered for next 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 to secure each child’s spot.  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:
    • June 1 – last day for students.
    • June 3 – Chromebook and textbook returns begin.
    • 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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