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EMERGENCY MESSAGE: 3/21/2018 at 6:57 PM -- Refresh page to update message

Montgomery County Public Schools will open two hours late on Thursday, March 22, 2018, due to emergency weather conditions. Bus service will be provided on a two-hour-delayed schedule. Morning prekindergarten, morning half-day Head Start, other morning half-day programs and field trips are canceled. Other activities and programs that begin at 10:50 a.m. or earlier are canceled. Administrative offices will open on time. Day care programs in school buildings may remain open as scheduled. MCPS will continue to monitor the roadways and, if school closure is necessary, an announcement will be made by 7:00 a.m.

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Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery (MCPS) abrirán dos horas más tarde el jueves, 22 de marzo de 2018 debido a las condiciones del tiempo. El servicio de autobús escolar será provisto con dos horas de retraso. Los programas de prekindergarten, los programas de Head Start en la mañana, otros programas de medio día durante horas de la mañana y excursiones escolares quedan canceladas. Actividades y programas que comienzan a las 10:50 a.m. o antes quedan canceladas. Las oficinas administrativas abrirán en horario regular. Los programas de cuidado infantil en los edificios escolares podrán abrir en horario regular. MCPS continuará monitoreando las condiciones en las carreteras y, de ser necesario un cierre escolar, se hará un anuncio a las 7:00 a.m.

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Improving the Student Support Model


The Montgomery County Board of Education has recommended a $2.3 billion Operating Budget for next school year (2014–2015). The budget is a 4 percent increase over this year’s budget and is just 2.5 percent above the minimum funding level required by state law. This budget will allow MCPS to continue to provide all students with access to a world-class education while managing its enrollment growth. The budget also invests strategically in key areas that will allow MCPS to narrow the achievement gap and prepare students to thrive in their future.

One area of strategic investment is improving student support through a comprehensive student services team model that increases key staff members, including counselors, psychologists, and pupil personnel workers (PPWs). 

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Counselors, psychologists, and PPWs play a critical role in identifying and supporting the educational and noneducational needs of our students and helping them acquire the important social and emotional skills necessary to be successful 21st century citizens.

During difficult economic times, MCPS was not able to ensure that staffing levels in this key area kept up with enrollment growth. In order to better engage students and meet their social emotional needs, MCPS must reduce the caseloads of counselors, school psychologists, and PPWs.


The Board’s budget request includes $1.2 million to begin a multiyear plan to add student support staffing and reduce caseloads. These funds will add—

These positions will be deployed based on school enrollment and a variety of factors and data related to high school drop-out and absentee rates, mobility, and suspension rates. These variables will be weighted to identify schools with the most immediate needs.

These positions will support the effective operation of Coordinated Student Services Teams that align services and deliver the support our students need quickly, effectively, and efficiently.


The budget is now in the hands of the Montgomery County Executive and the Montgomery County Council.

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