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Bus Routes Bus Routes

The bus routes for the 2017-2018 school year are now available online. MCPS buses transport 103,000 students to and from school daily, travelling roughly 106,000 miles per day!

Give BACKpacks Give BACKpacks Video story icon

More than 18,000 students have received new backpacks filled with school supplies thanks to the generosity of MCPS staff, students, community members and businesses who donated to the “Give BACKpacks” campaign. The backpacks were sent directly to 82 schools for distribution.

First Day First Day Video story icon

More than 161,000 students headed back to school Tuesday, September 5, representing an enrollment increase of more than 2,400 students over last year. To help manage this growth, MCPS opened more than 520,000 square feet of new space. This includes the brand new Silver Creek Middle School in Kensington. Welcome back, students! Have a great school year.

Back-to-School Photos Back-to-School Photos

Parents and students are invited to submit their favorite first-day-of-school snapshots on Tuesday, Sept. 5. After you have snapped the moments from the first day, select your best photo and email it to For social media, parents and students can post photos on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #MCPS1stday.The pictures will be posted to the gallery.

BOE Meeting 08-31-17 BOE Meeting 08-31-17

The Board of Education will meet Thursday, Aug. 31 for its regular business meeting. The closed session will begin at 9:30 a.m. with public items beginning at 11 a.m. The meeting will be live online and on MCPS TV (Comcast Channel 34 and Verizon 36).

Community Forum Community Forum Video story icon

Councilmember Craig Rice and Superintendent Jack Smith hosted a community forum Aug. 23 to discuss universal prekindergarten programs. Members of the community provided input on what they are looking for in terms of early childhood education both in current programming and possible implementation of universal prekindergarten programs.

Orientation Day Orientation Day

All MCPS middle and high schools will hold a Student Orientation Day on Thursday, August 31. Orientation Day is an opportunity for students to meet their new teachers and classmates, learn about class schedules and tour the school. Orientation days for elementary students will vary from school to school. Parents should contact their child’s school for more information.

QuickNotes QuickNotes

The Back-to-School Edition of MCPS QuickNotes is out and filled with helpful information for parents. QuickNotes is a bimonthly e-mail newsletter with the latest news about programs and activities for students.