See below for translations of video transcripts and guiding questions
Neighbor to Neighbor Home Page → Bell Time Changes
Neighbor to Neighbor discussions will be an important part of the feedback that MCPS gathers on Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s recommendation to change school starting and ending times, also known as bell times. Everything you need to host and/or participate in a Neighbor to Neighbor discussion is enclosed in this toolkit. Please make sure to share your input with us either using the form below or by sending answers to the questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Neighbor to Neighbor” in the subject line.
Everyone is invited to host a Neighbor to Neighbor discussion. It can take place during a PTA meeting; a brown bag lunch at a local business or non-profit; or in the home of a neighbor or family member The group size is up to the host, but make sure everyone has a chance to participate.
Choose a location that, preferably, has internet access so those in attendance can view the resource documents and video that are part of this toolkit. If an internet-ready site isn’t available, print the documents in advance and make copies. If you need an off-line copy of the video, just email email@example.com.
This video will give you a quick overview of Dr. Starr’s recommendation and the information he used to develop the proposal. There are also documents you can download and print, including an overview of the report developed by the Bell Times Work Group, which studied the issue of school start times and the impact they have on student well-being. You can also view the entire work group report or visit the Bell Times website for links to more information. The video, combined with the resource documents, should provide a foundation for your discussion. If you have other questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you an answer as quickly as possible.
It’s time to begin your discussion. Below are the guiding questions we would ask your group to discuss and respond to, during your conversation. These are the same questions being asked at our four community forums and other outreach efforts. These are not the only questions your group can consider but please do take the time to consider the questions below. Make sure to appoint a note taker, who can, if they like, use the online form below or take notes in another manner so they can be shared with us. You can also submit photos from your event. If you are going to Tweet or use Facebook during your event, please use the hashtag #mcpsN2N.
Online Submission Form —(Use this online form to submit your ideas, supporting documents, and photos)
Conversation starter questions: (español | 中文 | français | Việt
Nam | 한국어 |Amharic)
Please submit your notes and any pictures using the online submission form linked above. You do not have to provide the names of everyone in your group, but please identify the group providing the feedback. It would also be helpful to have the name and contact information for the host. Please do not mention the names of specific children in your notes.
All notes will be compiled and considered as part of the report of community feedback to be shared with the Board of Education and the Superintendent later in the school year. Pictures may be posted on the Neighbor to Neighbor website and other MCPS resources
If you have a question about Neighbor to Neighbor, call the Department of Public Information and Web Services at (301) 279-3853 or email email@example.com.