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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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Crime

Students on way to high school nabbed with marijuana and gun in Ocklawaha

A 19-year-old Belleview man and 18-year-old Astatula woman were arrested on drug and gun charges after being pulled over in Ocklawaha while on the way to school Thursday morning.

Silver Springs man accused of biting elderly woman in spat

A 48-year-old Silver Springs man was arrested after he allegedly bit an elderly woman during a domestic spat last week.

Ocala man charged with trying to run down man in Cadillac

An Ocala man remains in the Marion County Jail nearly a week after he allegedly tried to run over a man with his Cadillac and gave a false name to the deputy who arrested him.

Scooter-driving Ocala man popped for DUI while fleeing scene of battery

An Ocala man was charged with DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia after being pulled over on a motorized scooter while fleeing the scene of an alleged domestic battery.

Business

Plenty of positives despite November’s mixed bag of employment news

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 6.2 percent in November – up 0.6 percentage point over the month and 2.6 percent higher than the same time last year.

Health inspector shuts down Ocala eatery after finding more than 68 rodent droppings

A health inspector ordered an Ocala restaurant to close its doors recently after finding a large quantity of rodent droppings at the eatery.

Former Brothers’ Keeper building demolished to make way for new Mellow Mushroom

The former home to Brothers’ Keeper Thrift Store has been demolished to make way for a new pizza restaurant.

Ocala Golden Corral reopening doors after extended pandemic closure

The Ocala Golden Corral will reopen its doors latter this month after an extended closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Headlines

Students on way to high school nabbed with marijuana and gun in Ocklawaha

A 19-year-old Belleview man and 18-year-old Astatula woman were arrested on drug and gun charges after being pulled over in Ocklawaha while on the way to school Thursday morning.

Silver Springs man accused of biting elderly woman in spat

A 48-year-old Silver Springs man was arrested after he allegedly bit an elderly woman during a domestic spat last week.

COVID-19 claims 5 more local victims as cases continue to spike across tri-county area and Florida

Five more local residents lost their battle with COVID-19 as new cases of the deadly virus continued to pile up across the Sunshine State.

COVID-19 virus slams students and staff members in all three local school districts

This past week proved to be a difficult one in tri-county schools as 212 COVID-19 cases were reported among students and employees.

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