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Supplemental materials and ‘Grab & Go’ lunches available for Marion students

Marion County Public Schools have taken several actions recently related to the COVID-19 situation to benefit students.

Those include:

  • Supplemental learning materials for K-12 students are now available at www.marionschools.net. The same learning packets for elementary students will also be available in printed form at all seven Wal-Mart locations in Marion County starting Tuesday. School buses will deliver the packets to apartment complexes in remote areas of the county. Similar materials for middle and high school students are also available exclusively at www.marionschools.net. Though school campuses are closed through April 15, learning continues during this extended time.
  • Parents/families have one more day to complete the At-Home Technology Survey to help the district determine technology needs. The survey must be completed by Tuesday evening and is available in both English and Spanish on the district’s home page.
  • The district-coordinated “GRAB & GO” meal service launches Tuesday countywide using 22 central locations and nearly 100 delivery sites. Children 18 and under, including those attending Marion County Public Schools, will be provided a free breakfast, lunch and snack bag each day. Additional details, including service locations and times, are available at the district’s website. Parents must bring all students in their home to receive meals for those students. Additional site suggestions may be added by calling (352) 671-7050 Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • A “Food 4 Kids” donation drive on the Downtown Ocala Square is set for Wednesday from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The program benefits nearly 2,000 students and families each weekend and is sponsored by Interfaith Emergency Services. More information is available at the district’s website.
  • Distance Learning/Online Platforms will be available to students starting March 30. However, not all 43,000 Marion County Public School students have reliable internet service at home, nor do they all have mobile devices to use. To better determine this need, parents should click HERE to complete the At-Home Technology Survey discussed above and utilize supplemental learning materials made available by the district.

Visit www.marionschools.net and Twitter @MarionCountyK12 for further updates.

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