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.
Your child is required to have a tetanus booster prior to starting school this year. Please call your pediatrician or local health department to check your status or schedule an appointment as needed. The 680 certificates must be provided to the school prior to August 13th. Your child may not return to school until these requirements have been met.
As the Monroe County School District prepares for a safe reopening of schools in the fall, staying connected is more critical than ever. Your feedback will help ensure that the Monroe County School District has the tools and support you need to provide a world class educational experience in the proper format for all learners. Thank you for completing this Intent form to help determine staffing and resource allocation for the fall term. This short questionnaire should be completed by the families of current students or newly enrolled students only. A new survey will need to be completed for each child attending MCSD in your household.
Please watch Superintendent Porters' special message to our students.
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/Guardians, Starting Thursday, April 2, 2020, parents/guardians will no longer need to have their children with them when they pick up meals from our drive-through locations. We ask that parents/guardians ONLY take the number of meals that they will need for the children at their homes. No meals will be available for adults. A reminder that ALL children 18 years and younger are eligible to receive a meal at no cost. Please refer to the Monroe County School District website for our expanded meal drop off locations.
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.
AHEC has released information about the reopening of School Clinics. The hours of operation will be changed to 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM daily. Clinic locations and days of operation for each site are located on the Clinic Flyers. Clinics will not plan to offer COVID-19 Testing at this time. Each patient who seeks care at one of the Clinics will also be assessed prior to entering the clinic space through a clinic pre-screening. Those assessed and are deemed at risk of COVID-19 will be referred for testing at a local site. Each Clinic location will have a poster with this information posted along with the clinic phone number to contact the provider inside. They ask that you contact the provider at each clinic prior to entering the clinic, this will allow them the ability to provide the highest quality of care for you and to protect all of us during this time. Questions and concerns can be directed to 305 743-7111 ext 210. They promise to get back to everyone in a timely manner so please leave a detailed message as needed. Please click "Learn More" for links to the flyers, clinic screening forms and the additional information that was mentioned above.
Food and Nutrition Services will be providing free meals for both breakfast and lunch, during the school closure. Please click learn more for flyers with additional information. The flyers are also available in Spanish and Creole.
Thank you to the United Way of the Florida Keys! Last week, they presented over $43,000 in Stuff the Bus Amazon gift certificates and Publix gift cards to administrators at the 16 public schools in Monroe County. We appreciate their continued support of our students!
HOB students have the opportunity to take and exciting and educational trip this Spring to Washington, DC & Williamsburg, VA. Click here for more information!