In preparation for returning to school tomorrow, all students are reminded to CHARGE and BRING their Chromebooks to school tomorrow. Also, if you were a virtual student and now enrolled in school you will have to bring in your Virtual device in order to get a Chromebook.
The Monroe County School District appreciates your cooperation with our efforts to keep students and staff safe. As we return to school after the holidays, we are recommending that students who traveled out of the county follow CDC guidelines. This would include getting tested; staying home for 7 days if you test negative and staying home for 10 days from the date of your return to the county if you do not get tested; also isolating if you test positive for Covid-19 or if you feel sick. Your absence under these circumstances will be an excused absence and you will be able to continue attending classes virtually. Contact your school to let them know and to find out how to keep up with classwork.
Starting Immediately! All HOB and MCSD communication will be going ELECTRONIC!! In fact, you will already find the mandatory, Impact Aid Survey on the portal dashboard awaiting your attention. Parents, please ACT NOW and don’t miss a beat! Join the FOCUS Parent Portal to see up-to-date student grades, assignments, and absences as well as being able to read and return important information from the school and district.
For the first time in a very long time, HOB has a student selected for the All-State Honor Band. This is an extremely high honor and we are so excited!! Emily Pucuhuaranga was selected out of the state of Florida to play Alto Saxophone in the All-State Middle School Honor Band. This is the highest honor any middle school band student can receive in the state of Florida!!! Congratulations, Emily!
Over the last few weeks, Monroe County School District has gradually introduced students back into our brick and mortar schools for faceto-face instruction. We have, and will continue to, maintain strict adherence to CDC guidelines for social distancing, wearing of masks, frequent hand washing, and regular sanitizing of high touch surfaces. Our re-opening plan goes into great-detail regarding policies and procedures related to all aspects of school operations during COVID-19. However, we know that parents, staff, and students continue to have some “What happens if…?” and “What do I do if…?” questions. Our hope is that this document answers these questions and provides you with a clearer understanding of how our district and the local health department are working together to keep everyone safe.
TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN - MONROE ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS The Take Stock in Children scholarship application process is now open for eligible Monroe County middle and high school students who meet the income and academic guidelines. We encourage eligible students to apply for this unique college scholarship & career readiness opportunity. Chuck Licis-Masson, Executive Director of the Monroe County Education Foundation and Program Coordinator for Take Stock in Children Monroe emphasized, “Take Stock in Children is a transformative program which aligns mentorship and college/career readiness with a Florida Prepaid tuition scholarship.” Please see our District website @keysschools.com for more information as well as applications if English, Spanish and Creole and the following link for more information.
We have posted new detailed information, "What Parents Need to Know about Reopening", on our website, keysschools.com, and on our blog at mymcsd-fl.blogspot.com. We hope it will help parents understand how our schools will be operating in this new environment, and what is expected of both parents and students as well. I hope you all find it useful! Here is a video that accompanies the information.
In addition to the standard supply list, all students need a mask every day. K-8 must have their own headphones or earbuds and need to bring a non-glass water bottle with a lid. All middle school students will need a backpack to carry their Chromebooks in every day.
Attention Parents- Please take a moment to fill out the Health History form for your child. Forms will be available to be signed through your student's Google Classroom or they can be downloaded from our website. All signed forms can be returned to the front office, homeroom teacher email, or shared with your homeroom teacher in the Google Drive.
To all of our Safer Smarter Kids in the Florida Keys – here’s a very special back-to-school message just for you from our Safer Smarter friends, Lauren and Buddy.
Meal service will resume on Wednesday, August 19th. Meals will be offered at various bus stops throughout the county as well as drive-through service at all schools.
MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – Life-long Buccaneer, Denise Santiago, is Horace O’Bryant School’s (HOB) new captain, according to Monroe County School District Superintendent Mark Porter. Santiago, who is the school’s current Assistant Principal, will serve as the school’s new principal beginning the 2020-2021 school year.
If and when you or your student checks grades in Focus, please be mindful of the following: X has been used as a placeholder previously to mean exempt. With online teaching/learning, we will be using the X, but it will no longer mean exempt. It will now stand for either not attempted or has not mastered. If a student has not attempted an assignment, there will be an X placed in the gradebook. If a student did the assignment but did not reach the level of mastery, an X will be used and the will be able to redo the assignment to reach the level of mastery. Teachers will communicate with students if they need to redo an assignment. If you or your student is being contacted about missing assignments, it’s because we care! We want to help overcome technology issues or any confusion while remaining sensitive to specific needs and situations. We’re learning with your kids as we go. Thank you for your continued support and patience!
To all MCSD Students, Families, and Staff: It is normal to feel sad, mad, or worried during these times. If you feel like completely giving up or are having thoughts of suicide, get help. Stay in touch with family and friends, find a support network, and talk with a trusted adult. Getting involved with others can help. For more information, talk to your school counselor. Mental health matters. You matter.
Parents and Students...this is a great tool to use if you aren’t sure how to use Google Classroom! Many teachers will be using this platform for teaching and assignments. Please have your child log on to accept their classes if they haven’t done so already.
MCSD has prepared Quick Link guides with Quick Guide to Monroe County Community Resources – COVID-19. These guides have resources available throughout Monroe County aimed at supporting our County's residents. Please Click “Learn More” to access the links to the quick guides that are available in English, Kreyòl Ayisyen y Español. Additional information on School Social Work services available to our District’s Parents and Students is available as well.