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March 23 – Important Reminders from Sarasota County Schools

March 23, 2020 -- 8:35 PM

 

Good evening all,

We wanted to communicate a few important reminders as our district begins its second week of extended Spring Break (March 23 to March 27).

  

Meals for Students

Our meal service for students started this morning and pick-ups went well. As a reminder, the meal service will run Monday thru Friday each week until schools reopen. The following locations will be open for drive-thru meal service:

  • Booker High School – 3201 North Orange Avenue
  • Fruitville Elementary School – 601 Honore Avenue
  • Garden Elementary School -700 Center Road, Venice
  • North Port High School – 6400 West Price Blvd, North Port
  • Atwater Elementary School – 4701 Huntsville Ave, North Port 

Parents and guardians can pick up a meal for their child from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM during the day. Children must be in the car for staff to verify in order for parents and guardians to receive a meal. The meals will consist of a lunch, as well as a breakfast for the next morning. Parents and guardians should follow the signs when entering each of the school campuses. Our Food & Nutrition Services department will attempt to accommodate a child's allergens – parents and guardians will need to email Kristen.Pulfer@sarasotacountyschools.net with allergen considerations, school location for pick-up, and approximate time of pick-up.

Additionally, we have been made aware of a few Englewood meal pick-up sites provided by Charlotte County Schools. Please note, the meal pick-up timeframe for each location below is from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

  • L.A. Ainger Middle School – 245 Cougar Way, Rotonda West, FL 33947
  • Myakka River Elementary – 12650 Willmington Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33981
  • Port Charlotte High School – 18200 Cochran Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33948

  

Instructional Continuity Plans & Mobile Device Needs Survey

Throughout this week, school district staff will be completing their instructional continuity plans and communicating with families on their technology needs. We have been in contact with Comcast – their Internet Essentials program is available to anyone who needs internet connectivity in Comcast service areas. Please go to www.InternetEssentials.com as quickly as possible to begin the connection process. If you need a laptop, please let the school district know by fully completing the Mobile Device Needs Survey, found at www.sarasotacountyschools.net/deviceneedssurvey. If you can’t access the survey, please contact the district’s Information Technology department at 941-927-9000, ext. 31350.

Laptops are currently being prepared for families that have fully completed the Mobile Device Needs Survey. Information about pick-up dates and times will be sent to individual families directly by the IT department as soon as it is available. The district is working to ensure large numbers of families do not all come for device pick-up at the same time, which would fall outside current CDC guidelines.

Beginning Monday, March 30, teachers will be trained on how to deliver distance learning. The school district is planning a complete rollout to all traditional public school students on Wednesday, April 1. The Instructional Continuity Plan is being designed for teachers to administer the curriculum from home. Teachers who have connectivity issues will be allowed to work from their classrooms.   

  

Spring 2020 Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The district has received many questions regarding Spring 2020 testing. For the most current information on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge AICE, SAT, ACT, and State testing, please visit the Spring 2020 Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) post on our website. This can be found by scrolling to the “District News” section.

  

The school district will be communicating updates as new information becomes available to us. We know this is a stressful and trying time for our whole community – please make every effort to be safe and help those around you be safe and stay calm as well. Please continue to practice good health habits such as social distancing, getting plenty of sleep, eating balanced meals, and frequently washing your hands. Thank you!

--Sarasota County Schools