THE SCHOOLS OF MCKEEL ACADEMY

COVID-19 & DISTANCE LEARNING

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The Schools of McKeel Academy, in accordance with the Florida Department of Education will be moving to full online distance learning effective March 30 through May 1, 2020.

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COVID-19 UPDATES

  • March 30
    Schools Closed Through May 1st

    The Florida Department of Education has directed all school districts in Florida to keep schools closed through May 1st due to concerns over COVID-19.

  • March 26
    Distance Learning @ McKeel

    To learn about Distance Learning @ McKeel, including K-4 iPad distribution, distance learning tips for students and families, as well as internet service options, please click on Distance Learning or keep on scrolling. Additionally, check email often for teacher communications along with your students school website and Facebook pages as The Schools of McKeel Academy resumes with distance learning on March 30. --We're ready to welcome you back!

  • March 23
    K-4 iPad Distribution

    We will distribute iPads to our K-4 families from Tuesday, March 31 through Saturday, April 4 on the students' respective campus. K-4 students will begin their iPad-based Distance Learning on Monday, April 6. Please check your email for important details regarding the reservation of your iPad and the distribution process. K-4 teachers will provide learning activities for students the week of March 30th absent the use of iPad's during our scheduled iPad distribution week. Please check emails from teachers beginning March 30, 2020.

    Careful planning has taken place to ensure the health and safety of our staff and families during distribution:

    • iPads and charging components have been sanitized.
    • We will be distributing iPads via carline to keep parents in their vehicles.
    • No exchange of materials will take places aside from the iPad and charging components themselves.
    • Staff will be divided into separate staging and distribution areas of no more than 10 persons in each area.
    • Staff will work in exclusive pairs with one grabbing the iPad and the other delivering it to the car; notably, these staff members will use an exchange table and thus will not come in contact with one another.
    • Staff will have their temperatures taken before they are permitted to work the distribution events.
    • Staff will wear gloves and surgical masks (if available).
  • March 18
    Online Distance learning

    The Schools of McKeel Academy, in accordance with the Florida Department of Education will be moving to full on-line distance learning effective March 30 through April 15, 2020.

    • Grades 5-12 will have coursework administered through Canvas.
    • Grades K-4 we are working to get classroom iPads home to each student. Distribution plans will be forthcoming along with coursework. NOTE: iPads will not be distributed on March 30. A distribution plan will follow and be communicated the week of March 30, 2020.
    • PreK academic resources will be forthcoming from Director of PreK, Simone Sellers.

    REMINDER: There are no new academic expectations until March 30, 2020. Please check mckeelschools.com and your personal emails on March 30, 2020, for further information and academic directives from your child(s) respective teacher.

  • March 17
    Florida k-12 schools closed until april 15, 2020

    Governor DeSantis has announced that K-12 schools in Florida will remain closed until Wednesday, April 15. All state assessments (FSA & EOC’s) have been canceled for this school year.

  • March 16
    Report cards, new students, state testing & Field trips

    Report Cards
    The closing of the 3rd quarter was on Friday, March 13, 2020. Grades are due March 20, with report cards scheduled for distribution on March 30, 2020. If your child (in grades 7-12) has recently been absent, and as a result has missing assignments, they may submit their work until noon on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Please note, that students in grades K-6 are not impacted by this deadline.

    New Student Enrollment Paperwork & Processes
    New deadlines associated with enrollment paperwork will be established and communicated upon school resuming. Please do not email paperwork.

    New Student Acceptance Notices
    Enrollment notices for students across all grade levels has been postponed.

    State Testing Dates
    As reported by the Florida Department of Education, currently all state testing has been delayed by a minimum of two weeks.

    Field Trip Refunds
    For field trips that were paid for in advance, we are diligently working with our travel partners to recover funds. While we cannot guarantee full refunds, we will pass along 100% of funds we receive. Information will be forthcoming as we learn more. We will also seek whatever funding should be offered in forms of relief on a state or federal level.

  • March 13
    School closed March 16-27

    The Schools of McKeel Academy (TSMA), in accordance with the Florida Department of Education will be closed March 16-27, with plans to reopen March 30, 2020. In partnership through PCPS food service, McKeel students may continue to receive their school lunches during this closure period. Please visit polkschoolsfl.com/lunchlocations for a complete list of distribution locations.

Distance Learning @ McKeel

Continue reading for information regarding K-4 iPad Distribution, tips on Distance Learning, Canvas & Zoom, and Internt Service options.

K-4 Distance Learning - iPad Distribution

We will distribute iPads to our K-4 families from Tuesday, March 31 through Saturday, April 4 as follows:

Tuesday, March 31, any time from 3pm until 7pm
Students with last names A through G.

Wednesday, April 1, any time from 3pm until 7pm
Students with last names H through N.

Thursday, April 2, any time from 3pm until 7pm
Students with last names O through Z.

Saturday, April 4, any time from 1pm until 5pm
Makeup day for anyone who could not get their iPad on their assigned day.

To guarantee that your child's iPad goes into the correct car, we have generated unique but memorable passwords for each student. When you arrive to a distribution station in carline, we will ask for your child's name and the unique password. Without this password, we cannot give you an iPad.

Please go to mckeeldevices.com, click the green Reserve iPad button, and record the unique password assigned to your child.

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Distance Learning tips for our students and families

Please view the included documents for tips geared towards both students & families. Additional information on Canvas & Zoom is also available.

Internet Service Options

Comcast is offering free access to its Xfinity Wi-Fi hot spots for everyone, including non-subscribers, for the next 60 days. It is also providing unlimited data to its customers for no extra charge and is not disconnecting internet service or charging late fees for customers who say they can't pay their bills. The company is also offering 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service to qualifying low-income households. The service is normally $9.95/month.

Comcast has two dedicated phone numbers: (855) 846-8376 for English and (855) 765-6995 for Spanish. To view the Comcast "Get Two Months of Internet Free" flyer displayed on the Broward County Schools website, click here. This information is relevant to families throughout Florida.

AT&T is also providing free access to its public Wi-Fi hot spots. Consumer home internet wireline customers and fixed wireless internet customers will also receive unlimited data. AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program.

Charter Communications, the parent company of Spectrum, is offering free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to families with K-12 students or college students who do not already have a Spectrum subscription. The company is also waiving its installation fees for new subscribers and will open Wi-Fi hotspots across the county for public use. To enroll, call (844) 488-8395.

If none of the above Internet Service Providers is in your area, please email craigblack@mckeelschools.com for additional support.

The provided information does not serve as an endorsement from The Schools of McKeel Academy, Inc.

Wellness & Self Care

  • Our Message

    Daily Quarantine Questions

    We understand this can be a period that offers adversity, creates stress, generates loss of perspective and/or depletes one’s personal strength.

    Asking ourselves what result we want to create (given the current events) helps us to re-create a larger perspective, reduce our stress, increase our energy and find meaning in what is important to us.

    Questions to reflect on and ask ourselves daily during unsettling times:

    • What am I Grateful for today?
    • Who am I Checking In On or Connecting With today?
    • What expectations of "normal" am I Letting Go Of today?
    • How am I Getting Outside today?
    • How am I Moving My Body today?
    • What Beauty am I either creating, cultivating or inviting in today?
    • What Opportunities am I taking during this time of adversity?

    McKeel Mental Health Facilitator, Angie Mudge, LMHC

  • Resources
    • A handout released by the National Assocation of School Psychologists regarding talking to children about COVID-19
    • A message from Peace River Center's CEO
    • Crisis Management Institute releases new content regularly. Topics include attitude, anxiety, coping, empowerment, filling time, and distinguising fact from hype.
    • Additional compiled resources
  • Disclaimer

    The apps, games, websites, & resources listed on this site are not endorsements. We have not read or thoroughly reviewed all of apps, games, websites, and resources. We take no responsibility for the consequences of any action one might take based upon reading any of the documents/resources or using any of the apps. If an individual believes a child has a need for professional support, we recommend seeking the help of a licensed health care or mental health care professional.

    We shall not be liable to the users of this site or to its listed participants for the content, quality, performance or other aspect of any information provided. We are also not responsible to any person for any damages arising in any manner out of the use of this site. The users and participants acknowledge that they assume all risk and/or responsibility for any loss or damage arising from the uses to which this site is put.

    We shall not be held liable in any way, shape, or form for the misuse or abuse of this site by any user or participant.

Useful Resources

Use these additional resources to keep the most up to date with COVID-19 and how it may impact Florida K-12 schools.

Florida Department of Education

fldoe.org

Florida Department of Health

floridahealth.gov

Polk County Health Department

polk.floridahealth.gov

Centers for Disease Control

cdc.gov
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Lunches from PCPS

FREE FOR ANY CHILD UNDER 18

Please visit the PCPS website to find the nearest serving location to you.

LUNCH PICKUP locations