THE SCHOOLS OF MCKEEL ACADEMY

COVID-19 & DISTANCE LEARNING

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The Schools of McKeel Academy thanks you, our students and families for your partnership, flexibility and adaptability as we embarked upon distance learning during this last quarter of school.

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COVID-19 UPDATES

  • May 14
    The Schools of McKeel Academy thanks you

    The Schools of McKeel Academy thanks you, our students and families for your partnership, flexibility and adaptability as we embarked upon distance learning during this last quarter of school. As we close out the school year please continue to stay connected and frequently visit your respective school websites and social media platforms for information surrounding end of school year activities, graduation details, new student enrollment information and much more. Amidst these times of uncertainty we know you have questions about the face of education and the safety of your children returning to school. We are working hard to devise plans and will share information in the coming months in anticipation of returning to school in August. We wish you and your families a safe and healthy summer. See you soon!

    View the 2020-2021 School Calendar
  • April 18
    Distance learning for the remainder of the school year

    The Schools of McKeel Academy will continue with distance learning for the remainder of the school year in accordance with today’s announcement from Governor DeSantis. Please continue to visit mckeelcommunity.com & our social media platforms for further updates.

  • April 9
    Lunch Distribution Service Changes

    Available to all students of The Schools of McKeel Academy (TSMA), Polk County Public School (PCPS) lunch distribution service and sites will be implementing changes beginning Monday, April 13. Click here to learn more.

  • April 7
    Distance Support

    With Distance Learning comes the need for Distance Support. To best serve our students and families, we're launching a new support portal as a single point of entry for all of your Distance Learning support needs.

    McKeel Devices is your destination for help with broken iPads, Apps, and your Wildcat Accounts. Our support teams are ready to help you!

    Parents, you may sign-in with the same account that you use to access your child's grades and can report issues on their behalf. A member of the appropriate support team will respond to you about the issue in a timely manner, so keep an eye on your email in case additional information is needed.

    Students may also report and handle their own issues by signing-in with their McKeel account.

  • Older Updates
    Older Updates

    We have compiled a list of our older updates into an archive. They can be viewed by clicking the View Archive button below.

Distance Learning @ McKeel

Continue reading for information regarding Distance Support, tips on Distance Learning, Canvas & Zoom, and Internet Service options.

Distance Support

With Distance Learning comes the need for Distance Support. To best serve our students and families, we're launching a new support portal as a single point of entry for all of your Distance Learning support needs.

McKeel Devices is your destination for help with broken iPads, Apps, and your Wildcat Accounts. Our support teams are ready to help you!

Parents, you may sign-in with the same account that you use to access your child's grades and can report issues on their behalf. A member of the appropriate support team will respond to you about the issue in a timely manner, so keep an eye on your email in case additional information is needed.

Students may also report and handle their own issues by signing-in with their McKeel account.

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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.
    • Virtual MindPeace Rooms to learn about mindfulness techniques to calm the body, free the mind and bring inner peace.
    • 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