Does MCPS conduct summer orientation sessions for non-English speaking families to help them navigate the school system? What would be the cost of expanding these programs?
Currently, there is no face-to-face summer orientation during the enrollment process for non-English speaking families. The face-to-face orientation for parents and students was eliminated in 2008, when the Division of ESOL/Bilingual Services, Division of Counseling, Residency and International Admissions, and the Office of Communications collaborated on the development of a multilingual informational DVD on how to navigate the school system. International parents enrolling in MCPS may view this information during the enrollment process. Currently, there is a work group examining the enrollment process for international and non-English speaking students and their families with the goal of identifying process improvements. The group is reviewing options, including reinstating face-to-face orientation.