March 27 Update - District Donates Medical Supplies to First Responders, “Hybrid” Work Week Starts Monday
5PM, MARCH 27, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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LATEST UPDATE ISSUED FOR
MARION COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
District Donates Medical Supplies to First Responders, “Hybrid” Work Week Starts Monday
MARION COUNTY – Marion County Public Schools’ update for today includes the following actions taken related to the COVID-19 situation:
- This morning, MCPS donated $9,000 in healthcare supplies to Marion County Emergency Management to distribute to local first responders, nursing homes, and others. These supplies included 2,860 respirator masks, 2,360 boxes of gloves, 90 bottles of alcohol, and five paper gowns. These are supplies that would have normally been used with students in schools. The district still has sufficient inventory to operate schools for two months without ordering more of these same supplies. Click here to see a video of this event.
- On Monday, MCPS employees start a “hybrid” model of work, choosing home or regular work location as their worksite. Teachers will input and finalize grades, then on Tuesday, participate in training for online instruction. On Wednesday, students participate in online learning, many for the first time. Teachers will make their assignments and activities available via their web pages found on each school’s homepage. All schools can be accessed via marionschools.net. Students will find their assignments and activities on these teacher webpages. This “hybrid” model of work and instruction continues until April 16, when schools are set to reopen.
- For students without computers at home, the district will work with families on a case-by-case basis. Contact your child’s school directly to make this request.
- “Grab & Go” meal service continues Monday. Today, MCPS served lunch to 4,167 children. This week, the district handed out 29,697 meals to students district-wide. Currently, 22 schools prepare and distribute food at nearly 100 different locations. 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. 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.
- 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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