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Marion teachers gearing up for distance-learning for 43,000-plus students

Thousands of Marion County Public Schools employees started a “hybrid” model of work on Monday, choosing home or regular work locations as their worksites.

Teachers worked on inputting and finalizing grades, while others jump-started their training for delivering online instruction. On Wednesday, the school district’s 43,000-plus students will participate in distance learning – many for the first time. Teachers will make their assignments and activities available on pages found at each school’s website accessible via www.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. A total of 7,492 breakfast and lunch meals have been delivered to 3,746 children. Since launching the meal program last week, the district has handed out 37,189 meals.

On Monday, 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 will continue 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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