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March 30 – Important Information from Sarasota County Schools

March 30, 2020 -- 9:10 PM

 

Good evening families and employees,

Effective today, as of our afternoon conference call with FLDOE Commissioner Richard Corcoran, schools will remain closed until Friday, May 1, in accordance with direction from President Donald Trump and the CDC. We will keep you updated about any changes to this timeline as updates are made available to us. Please see below for a few additional updates and reminders that are more specific to Sarasota County Schools’ families.

 

Instructional Continuity for Academic Needs Plan (ICAN Plan)

Sarasota County Schools is pleased to announce its Instructional Continuity for Academic Needs Plan (ICAN Plan). The ICAN Plan is a way for our teachers to connect with your children and provide learning opportunities, as we all transition into distance learning. You can start exploring the ICAN Plan resources now by visiting www.sarasotacountyschools.net/ican.

Our teachers are excited to lead your child through this new way of learning, and they want to connect with you! Please be patient if you are called by multiple teachers in the beginning of the ICAN Plan rollout. Instruction for students will begin on Wednesday, April 1.

  

Two New Meal Pick-Up Locations

Starting today, Wilkinson Elementary School (3400 Wilkinson Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231) and Lamarque Elementary School (3415 Lamarque Ave, North Port, FL 34286) will now be offering drive-thru meal services for all children age 18 and under. Meal pick-up times at both schools will be Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, for as long as schools remain closed.

As a reminder, the following schools in Sarasota County have, and will continue to be, open for drive-thru meal service Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, for as long as schools remain closed:

  • 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 

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

  

Mobile Device Needs Survey

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.

As a reminder, Comcast’s 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.

 

Internet Safety & Caring for Devices

As children are spending more time online to engage in online learning or connect with friends and family, please caution them to “Stop, Look, and Think Before You Click”. The protections and filters your children had while using the internet on school district computers, during the school day while on campus, are not accessible and may not be in place while your children are using school district devices on your home’s network. If you do not have parental controls in place already, please consider reviewing these settings through your provider or device manufacturer to ensure that your children are not navigating to any inappropriate sites while they’re online. 

Please note, all devices checked out from Sarasota County Schools must eventually be returned. Please encourage your children to be careful with any devices your family has borrowed from the school district. These devices will be repurposed for our schools to use in the next school year.

 

 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