SSL-Give a Little Time…Make a Big Difference 

Information regarding SSL, as well as downloadable SSL forms may be found at the MCPS SSL website:http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/ssl/ . As always, there are changes from year to year regarding what activities and which organizations are approved for service. Do not assume that because you or a sibling performed a certain service at a particular organization in the past that it is automatically approved. Always check in advance to avoid disappointment. 

The MCPS SSL high school graduation requirement is 75 hours, but students may start earning hours the summer prior to sixth grade.  

SSL Coordinator:


Jason_R_Ingram@mcpsmd.org

Phone: 301-924-3113

MCPS SSL Specialist:

Shella Cherry

 Shella_B_Cherry@mcpsmd.org 


Phone: 301‐279‐3454

Deadlines for School Year- 2017-2018

Service performed during the summer, is due the last Friday in September (September 29, 2017

Service performed during the first semester is due the first Friday in January (January 5, 2018

Service performed during the second semester is due the first Friday in June (June 1, 2018

   

Even if you will be continuing your service with a particular organization, you must submit any hours already accrued by the deadline or you will not be granted credit for those hours. 

Farquhar adheres to the county wide, MCPS deadlines. Announcements are made every day for two weeks prior to a deadline. In addition, announcements are posted on the FMS website, the PTA newsletter, the PTA list serve, and posters around the school. Students who anticipate difficulty meeting a deadline are asked to see Mr. Ingram BEFORE the deadline. 

Click here for form MCPS Form 560-51. These forms are also available on the MCPS SSL Web site or in the main office or in a mailbox outside of Mr. Ingram's office.   

Award Information for the 2017-2018 School Year

Superintendents Student Service Learning Certificate of Merit (SSL)  

Given to students who have met the 75-hour service-learning graduation requirement by April 6, 2018 

 

  Certificate of Meritorius Service

  Given to high school students who have earned 260 hours by the first Friday in April of their senior year.

 

 

****Please double check all hours accrued.  Let Mr. Ingram know right away if you feel there is an error****

 

  Important Reminders:

Student Service Learning activities must be performed with MCPS approved non‐profit organizations. Check the list of approved organizations at:  
www.montgomeryserves.org. All approved activities have a graduation cap after them. Please look for the cap . If the organization is on the list, please fill out MCPS Form. Please make sure it is signed by the supervisor of the activity. Parents and/or guardians cannot serve as supervisors.

If your organization is not on that list, each individual student needs to obtain pre‐approval from the school or MCPS SSL coordinator at least two weeks PRIOR to the service or credit cannot be awarded. All preapproval requests must be submitted via MCPS Form Individual SSL Request- Form 560-50 . There is no such thing as "group approval" for organizations that are not on the MCPS list of approved organizations.  

 

Denial of Credit:

There are two main reasons students are denied credit for service learning activities. The # 1 reason for denial of credit is failure to obtain pre‐approval for activities that are performed with agencies that are not listed on the MCPS approved organization list. 

The # 2 reason for denial of credit is failure to submit hours before the required deadline. Announcements are made every day for two weeks prior to each deadline, reminding students to submit their forms. 

Verification of Hours:

After submitting your verification of hours, if you don’t hear back from Mr. Ingram within two weeks, you can assume the hours have been accepted and put into your record. You will see your see your updated SSL hours on your report card. 
If there is a question regarding your SSL paperwork, you should hear from Mr. Ingram within one week with an explanation regarding the question and/or issue concerning your paperwork. 

 

Information for Parents of 5th Graders: 

Information for parents of 5th graders:

Students can begin earning SSL hours the summer after they complete 5th grade.

 

http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/ssl/pages/grade5letters.aspx

 

Monthly Newsletter:

Student Service Learning (SSL) Notes

Give a Little Time…Make a Big Difference

 

    

Students prepare, act and reflect with approved service organizations

 

 

 

  • Stay informed.  SSL information is communicated regularly throughout the year.  Check this website as well as the SSL board across from the cafeteria regularly for SSL opportunities and other important news.  SSL information will also be communicated via Farquhar Morning Announcements. 

 

  • Middle School students who successfully pass select courses and fully participate in the SSL aspects of the those courses will awarded 10 SSL hours on their final report card.

 

  • SSL hours performed for religious based organizations must serve a need beyond their membership and serve a need in the community.  Hours cannot be awarded for leading religious classes or discussions.  See Mr. Ingram if you aren't sure if your service qualifies.

 

  • SSL hours are awarded to MCPS students by adult supervisors (not relatives) who represent approved, official, non profit, tax exempt organizations.  All SSL must occur in public places.

 

  • Check the online data base or speak with Mr. Ingram to make sure any activities being done are approved.  If they are not approved, an application must be submitted to Mr. Ingram prior to doing any work. 

 

  • MCPS recognizes students with outstanding SSL records.  In middle school, students who meet the graduation requirement of 75 hours earned will be recipients of the Superintendent's SSL Award.  To be eligible for the award all hours must be submitted to Mr. Ingram by April 8, 2016.    

  

Upcoming SSL Opportunities:  

 

You can find SSL opportunities by visiting the SSL Page:   www.montgomeryserves.org. There are also opportunities posted at the SSL bulletin board across from the cafeteria.

 

Here are just a few opportunities: 

 

  • Mission Continues:  Veteran’s Day Project                            November 11               Rockville                              Organization:  So What Else

    Volunteers will be helping Mission Continues to revitalize the Carver Terrace Rental Center this Veteran’s Day.  The service will be wrapped up with a community cookout and live music.  

  •  Support for Veterans and Military Families                           On-Going                     Silver Spring

  • Organization:  SAMFSN, Inc. Volunteers are needed to lay wreaths and flowers on grave stones of fallen soldiers.  It would help if volunteers would bring roses for when the wreaths run out.   

  • Card Making for Senior Citizens                                            On-Going                     Silver Spring

       Organization:  Heritage Christian Church Cards are needed for senior citizen residents.  Get together as a TEAM to make cards. 

    Collect Sports Equipment                                                       On-Going                     Silver Spring

        Organization:  Leveling the Playing Field TEAMS can organize a drive for sports equipment.  Leveling the Playing Field gives underprivileged children the opportunity to enjoy the mental and physical benefits of youth sports participation. We do this through the donation of used and excess sporting equipment to programs and schools who serve low-income communities.  

    Welcome Home Baskets for the Homeless                              On-Going                     Rockville

                Organization:  Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless TEAMS can organize a drive for essential household items, including dishes, pots and pans, utensils, linens, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. 

  • Mentor Volunteers for Montgomery County Cheetahs           On-Going                     Potomac

                Organization:  Montgomery County Special Hockey/MOCO Cheetah Mentors are needed for special needs children in hockey.  What a great TEAM building opportunity!        

    Holiday Gift Wrapping                                                           On-Going                     Rockville

                Organization:  Kiwanis Club Wrap gifts for donations at Child’s Play to benefit The Tree House CAC of Montgomery County, an organization that treats abused and neglected children 

  • MLK Day of Service January 15, 2018 at the North Bethesda Marriott Conference

  • Choose Respect Conference April 15, 2018 Richard Montgomery High School.  Email smita.varia@montgomerycountymd.gov

 
 

 

 Other “Long Term” Volunteer Opportunities available: 

  • Montgomery County Special Elections Committee is looking for students to serve. Every year, there is an election for the Student Member of the Board of Education, involving all MCPS middle and high school students. The rules and regulations, and so forth, are run by a student-led board called the Special Elections Committee (SEC).
    Becoming a member of the SEC is simple, and it is open to all middle and high school students in Montgomery County. Students will learn leadership and organizational skills, as well as earn SSL hours. Meetings are short, an hour each time, and are held monthly (but sometimes more frequently). http://montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/studentaffairs/smob/sec.shtm
  • Park Service Nature Center Host/Hostess; Park Police Citizen Patrol; Olney Skate Park Monitor; Urban Tree Stewards; Volunteer Naturalist; Historic Interpretation Docents – more opportunities with all the details are on our website at www.ParksVolunteers.org.

  

 

Guidelines for Faith Organizations and Student Service Learning: 

There is a difference between volunteering services to a religious or other nonprofit organization and opportunities that qualify for student service learning (SSL). Volunteering is not a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) graduation requirement governed by State and local guidelines. Religious and other nonprofit organizations provide many opportunities for students to volunteer in the overall mission and programming of the organization; and these same organizations may provide service-learning opportunities which meet the guidelines set by the MSDE and Montgomery County Public Schools. Because State and county guidelines restrict SSL to secular opportunities, not all volunteer opportunities performed in the context of a faith community qualify as service-learning for MCPS students.
MCPS students may choose to participate as volunteers in opportunities that promote the furtherance of religious, but SSL hours cannot be awarded for such involvement. The following are key to faith organizations awarding SSL opportunities:

· Address and/or serve issues and populations beyond their religious community and general membership.

· Serve the wider public (generally an underserved population: poor, elderly, infirm, disabled, at-risk youth, etc)-not just members of a particular faith community or those who are adherents to their denomination.

· Be an activity that is open to the non-denominational public.

· If educational, be in a setting that has a secular curriculum and secular programming.


Examples of key points:
Can SSL hours be earned by camp counselors or activity assistants in denominational summer camps such as Vacation Bible School? Yes, but only when the program is advertised to and attended by the non-denominational public. SSL hours are awarded only for secular curriculum and secular programming or recreation, such as sports, swimming, secular crafts, serving snacks, etc. SSL hours cannot be earned for any activities that involve prayer, liturgy, or the furtherance of religious tradition.

Can SSL hours be earned by acting as a class/teacher aide in a congregationally-based program, including tutoring/teaching a foreign language? Generally not, SSL hours are awarded only in the context of an educational setting whose purpose is secular, not religious or faith-based. Tutoring or classroom assistance does not qualify for SSL in congregational programs whose curriculum focuses on instruction (or language instruction) for the purpose of the furtherance of religious observance.

Does providing childcare while parents attend meetings at the religious organization site qualify? Yes, but only when the meetings address a community need and/or serve a population beyond the faith membership and do not support a for-profit business; eligible activities might include: teaching English classes, offering workshops open to the general public, blood drives, fitness classes, non-denominational music gatherings. SSL hours cannot be earned for meetings for congregation members only, and/or those that are focused on religion or worship.

Does tutoring another in preparation for a religious service, or participation in a religious service qualify? No, all SSL must address a recognized need beyond congregation membership in the greater community.

Does providing clerical or administrative support to a religious organization qualify?Yes, but only when the support addresses a recognized need in the greater community, e.g. managing a food pantry. SSL hours cannot be earned for assistance focused on membership mailings, updating congregation websites, or any other community-building aspect of a faith-based group that does not include the general public.

Can SSL hours be earned while serving an independent community nonprofit as part of a faith-based group opportunity? Yes, but only when a need in the greater community (beyond congregation membership) is addressed. Opportunities such as working in a soup kitchen, clothing center, housing or homeless program, or painting a senior housing facility, even when done with a religiously-affiliated group such as a congregational youth group, qualifies for
SSL.

 

SSL FAQ:

 

What does it mean to say an organization and volunteer opportunity are "Approved" for Student Service Learning by Montgomery County Public Schools?

 

A graduation cap icon  next to an organization in the dasebase signifies
MCPS SSL approval. Approved organizations have:

  • Registered with the Montgomery County Volunteer Center.
  • Sent a representative to an orientation where the MCPS SSL guidelines were explained.
  • Signed an Organization Responsibility and Assurance Document.
  • Tax exempt status from the IRS
  • Provided proof of general liability insurance coverage
  • Agreed to
    • Provide activities that are secular in nature.
    • Advise students of the need that will be addressed, overall expectations, and safety information.
    • Cover the SSL phases of preparation, action and reflection.
    • Supervise all activities in public places not private homes.
    • Not involve door- to- door neighborhood canvassing or telephone solicitation.
    • Evaluate student performance at regular intervals and share evaluation with student.
    • Maintain log and verify service on MCPS Form 560-51 Student Service Learning Activity Verification according to program timelines.
    • Award 1 SSL hour for every hour of service. (Maximum 8 hours within a 24 hour period).
    • Comply with all federal, state, and local laws that forbid discrimination on the basis of race, creed, sex, age, disability, religion, and/or national origin.
    • Prohibit verbal abuse, threats, physical violence or sexual harassment directed against others.
     

"MCPS SSL Approved" does NOT mean the following has occured:

  • Site visit by MCPS or Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) personnel;
  • Background check by MCPS or MCVC personnel.

Parent/Guardian may contact individual organizations to verify safety and background check information. It is the responsibility of parent/guardian to determine if an organization or service opportunity is appropriate and safe for their child.

Questions? Contact the SSL coordinator at the secondary school or the MCPS SSL Office at 301-279-3454, or Shella_B_Cherry@mcpsmd.org 

 

 

How many SSL hours are required for MCPS students to graduate?

Beginning with the Class of 2011 students will complete seventy-five (75) service learning hours for graduation.

  • Students who enroll in MCPS for the first time in Grade 7 will complete 65 SSL hours before graduation.
  • Students who enroll in MCPS for the first time in Grade 8 will complete 55 SSL hours before graduation.
  • Students who enroll in MCPS for the first time in Grade 9 will complete 45 SSL hours before graduation.
  • Students who enroll in MCPS for the first time in Grade 10 will complete 35 SSL hours before graduation.
  • Students who enroll in MCPS for the first time in Grade 11 will complete 20 SSL hours before graduation.
  • Students who enroll in MCPS for the first time in Grade 12 will complete 10 SSL hours before graduation.

 

How can MCPS students earn SSL hours?

  1. Full participation in service-learning aspects and successful completion of specific middle and high school courses.
  2. Participation in service-learning activities outside of the instructional school day promoted by school-sponsored clubs or organizations. The advisor verifies the SSL hours.
  3. Participation with MCPS SSL Approved organizations and opportunities outside of the instructional school day; both the organization and the opportunity must be pre-approved.

My child completed their service project for class, but the 10 hours weren't on her latest report card.  What happened?

  

Hours for service done through coursework will be awarded on the final report card, once the student has successfully passed the course.  The student must have participated fully in the project, and turned in a student reflection in order to earn the 10 hours.

 

Is there a list of MCPS SSL approved organizations & MCPS SSL approved opportunities?

Yes, at the SSL homepage http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteercenter/ click on "SSL Community Activities". Organizations and Opportunities identified with a graduation cap icon are MCPS SSL approved. Both the organization and the opportunity must be identified with approval.

 

 

Can SSL hours be earned by camp counselors or activity assistants in denominational summer camps such as Vacation Bible School?

Yes, but only when the program is advertised to and attended by the non-denominational public. SSL hours are awarded only for secular curriculum and secular programming or recreation, such as sports, swimming, secular crafts, serving snacks, etc. SSL hours cannot be earned for any activities that involve prayer, liturgy, or the furtherance of religious tradition.

 

 

Can SSL hours be earned by acting as a class/teacher aide in a congregationally-based program, including tutoring/teaching a foreign language?

Generally not, SSL hours are awarded only in the context of an educational setting whose purpose is secular, not religious or faith-based. Tutoring or classroom assistance does not qualify for SSL in congregational programs whose curriculum focuses on instruction (or language instruction) for the purpose of the furtherance of religious observance.

 

Does providing childcare while parents attend meetings at the religious organization site qualify for SSL?

Yes, but only when the meetings address a community need and/or serve a population beyond the faith membership and do not support a for-profit business; eligible activities might include: teaching English classes, offering workshops open to the general public, blood drives, fitness classes, non-denominational music gatherings. SSL hours cannot be earned for meetings for congregation members only, and/or those that are focused on religion or worship.

 

Does tutoring another in preparation for a religious service, or participation in a religious service qualify for SSL?

No, all SSL must address a recognized need beyond congregation membership in the greater community.

 

 

Does providing clerical or administrative support to a religious organization qualify for SSL?

Yes, but only when the support addresses a recognized need in the greater community, e.g. managing a food pantry. SSL hours cannot be earned for assistance focused on membership mailings, updating congregation websites, or any other community-building aspect of a faith-based group that does not include the general public.

 

Can SSL hours be earned while serving an independent community nonprofit as part of a faith-based group opportunity?

Yes, but only when a need in the greater community (beyond congregation membership) is addressed. Opportunities such as working in a soup kitchen, clothing center, housing or homeless program, or painting a senior housing facility, even when done with a religiously-affiliated group such as a congregational youth group, qualifies for SSL.

 

 

Is there a difference between "volunteering" services to a religious or other nonprofit organization and opportunities that qualify for SSL?

Yes, Volunteering is not a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) graduation requirement governed by State and local guidelines. Religious and other nonprofit organizations provide many opportunities for students to volunteer in the overall mission and programming of the organization; and these same organizations may provide service-learning opportunities which meet the guidelines set by the MSDE and Montgomery County Public Schools. Because State and county guidelines restrict SSL to secular opportunities, not all volunteer opportunities performed in the context of a faith community qualify as service-learning for MCPS students. MCPS students may choose to participate as volunteers in opportunities that promote the furtherance of religious, but SSL hours cannot be awarded for such involvement. The following are key to faith organizations awarding SSL opportunities:

  • Address and/or serve issues and populations beyond their religious community and general membership.
  • Serve the wider public (generally an underserved population: poor, elderly, infirmed, disabled, at-risk youth, etc)—not just members of a particular faith community or those who are adherents to their denomination. Be an activity that is open to the non-denominational public
  • If educational, be in a setting that has a secular curriculum and secular programming.

 

How are student records towards the SSL diploma requirement maintained?

The SSL coordinator is available in every middle and high school to provide information about the SSL requirement, opportunities, timelines, and forms. MCPS Form 560-50, Individual Student Service Learning Request is reviewed and approved by the SSL coordinator in advance of service with an organization and opportunity that are not identified on the website as MCPS SSL Approved. Hours documented on verification forms (a maximum of 8 within a 24-hour period) are put into the student record. Hours "required", "completed", and "remaining" are reflected on the report card every 9 weeks from Grade 6 through high school. Students should keep copies of all SSL documents.

 

 

What are the forms used to document SSL and where can they be found?

MCPS Form 560-51; Student Service Learning Activity Verification is required to document every SSL activity. MCPS Form 560-50; Individual Student Service Learning Request is required to be completed and approved by the SSL coordinator in advance of participation in any opportunity with an organization that is not identified with a graduation cap icon in the database. SSL forms are available in any middle or high school and can be downloaded from the SSL home page. Students should keep copies of all SSL documents.

 

Can SSL hours be earned in opportunities with nonprofit organizations that are not identified with a graduation cap icon on the website http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteercenter/  

Yes. Approval of MCPS Form 560-50; Individual Student Service Learning Request is required in advance of service with organizations and opportunities that are not identified with a graduation cap icon.

 

 

Are there MCPS awards given to students with exceptional SSL records?

Yes. The Superintendent’s Student Service Learning Award is given to students who have documented in their service-learning record 75 hours of service by the first Friday in April of a middle school year. The Certificate of Meritorious Service is awarded to students who have service-learning records documenting 260 or more hours of service by the first Friday in April of their senior year.

 

 

Is there an appeal process for SSL disputes?

Yes. Students may appeal decisions made by the school-based SSL coordinator and the SSL advisory committee to the school principal. Extenuating circumstances substantiating the appeal may be presented via a written communication from the student to the administrator.

 

 

How do nonprofit community organizations get pre-approved for SSL?

The Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) have information on all nonprofit, tax exempt organizations with opportunities that are identified with MCPS SSL Approval. Representatives from nonprofit, tax exempt organizations interested in becoming MCPS SSL Approved must register with the MCVC, attend an orientation, show proof of nonprofit, tax-exempt status, and liability insurance coverage. Nonprofit organizations must agree to the overall MCPS SSL guidelines and provide yearly updates of information to the MCVC. MCVC websites: http://www.montgomeryserves.org/ and SSL specific information can be found at: http://www.montgomeryserves.org/volunteers/student-service-learning-ssl.

 

 

What are the roles and responsibilities of organizations identified as MCPS SSL approved?

Roles and responsibiliies of MCPS SSL approved organizations include: Attendance at orientations sponsored by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS); provision of written job descriptions for students that involve secular activities; compliance with preparation, action, and reflection phases of SSL; provision of certificate of general liability insurance; identification of supervisory staff; evaluation of student performance; focus on addressing recognized community needs; development of student responsibility; exploration of career paths with students; maintenance of accurate records of student service and verification of student service in a timely manner using required MCPS paperwork.

 

 

How are service-learning hours awarded?

  1. SSL hours are awarded by adults who supervise the student and represent an approved organization. One's parent, guardian, or relative cannot award SSL hours to the student.
  2. Students receive one SSL hour for every hour of service outside of the instructional day.
  3. A maximum of 8 hours may be earned in a 24-hour period.

 

 

Can SSL hours be earned for service to political organizations or individuals running for public office?

Yes. Any student interested in earning service-learning hours for involvement in activities that support political parties or individuals running for public office must first submit MCPS Form 560-50, Individual Student Service Learning Request (formerly Request for SSL Preapproval). Once this request has been granted the student may provide service within the SSL guidelines in public places under the supervision of an adult, not a relative, representing the party or candidate. Neither door-to-door neighborhood canvassing nor solicitation of financial donations are permitted for SSL.

 

 

Are there occassions where students may earn SSL hours with for-profit organizations?

Yes. For-profit organizations (such as banks, businesses, and corporations) that promote activities that address recognized community needs through activities such as coat drives, food collections, etc may award SSL hours to involved students who have secured an approved MCPS Form 560-50, Individual Student Service Learning Request in advance of the activity.

Students may earn SSL hours with for-profit assisted living facilities and nursing homes for direct services to the residents/patients/clients. An approved MCPS Form 560-50, Individual Student Service Learning Request is required in advance of the service.

 

 

Are there activities that do not result in SSL hours?

Yes. Some activities for which students may not earn SSL hours include: Door-to-door distribution or neighborhood canvasing of any kind; service supervised by parent or relative; service without sponsorship of an approved nonprofit, tax exempt organization; service of a religious nature; service supervised by one younger than 18 years of age; service performed on private property or in a private residence/home; and service resulting in financial or other compensation.

 

Can students participate in SSL activities with nonprofit organizations that are located outside of Montgomery County?

Yes. MCPS students may participate in SSL opportunities with a wide geographic range of nonprofit organizations. Opportunities with nonprofit organizations that are not identified with MCPS SSL Approval require prior approval of MCPS Form 560-50; Individual Student Service Learning Request.

 

Is there a range of activities with nonprofit organizations that qualify for SSL?

Yes.

  • Nonprofit organizations provide opportunities that address need in the greater community indirectly. Clothing and food drives are examples of indirect service activities.
  • Nonprofit organizations provide opportunities that address needs in the greater community directly. Serving the elderly, working at soup kitchens are examples of direct service activities.
  • Nonprofit organizations provide opportunities that address needs in the greater community through advocacy activities. Letter writing promoting a particular viewpoint and participation in community events are examples of advocacy service activities. 

Can SSL hours be awarded for meal preparation at home for residents in a Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless shelter?

Yes. This is the only exception to the guideline requiring SSL to occur in a public place. Students may arrange in advance to prepare bag lunches for delivery to a homeless shelter. SSL hours will be awarded based on the number of meals delivered to the shelter. See the breakdown below:

  • Deliver 20 lunches or hot meals 3 hours
  • Deliver 40 lunches or hot meals 4 hours
  • Deliver 60 lunches or hot meals 5 hours
  • Deliver 80 lunches or hot meals 6 hours
  • Deliver 100 lunches or hot meals 7 hours
  • Deliver 120 lunches or hot meals 8 hours
  • Deliver 140 lunches or hot meals 9 hours
  • Deliver 160 lunches or hot meals 10 hours

When more than 1 student prepares and delivers the meals the total number of meals is divided by the number of students involved i.e. 40 meals prepared by 2 students = each student is awarded 2 SSL hours.

 

 

Does service with nonprofit organizations prior to enrollment in MCPS count toward the SSL requirement?

Yes. At the time of MCPS secondary school enrollment new students may bring documentation of service from the summer after Grade 5. A letter on official nonprofit organization letterhead signed by an executive of the organization identifying the number of hours contributed in secular activities under organization supervision in a public place will be accepted. The official letter will be placed in the student's SSL folder and the documented hours entered into the student's record.

 

Can hours be earned by assisting classroom teachers with instructional tasks?

 

Yes. One SSL hour may be awarded for every hour of service spent in a school and outside of one's instructional day for assisting classroom teachers with tasks such as: setting up and cleaning up labs and learning centers, reading to students, tutoring students in academic subjects (Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts etc.), updating bulletin board displays, copying, and collating worksheets, participating in content-based powerpoint presentations etc. Classroom teachers may not award SSL hours for tasks that involve student access to the work of other students. Activities that would support the instructional program of a teacher but potentially jeopardize the confidentiality of another student such as checking or correcting student papers (including homework, projects, tests, etc.), computer use that would reveal student records (confidential, personal, academic, attendance etc.), or entering grades in student records. Overall any activity that would reveal to one student the achievement record of another student is not appropriate for SSL.

 

Can students earn SSL hours for supporting MCPS athletics?  

Yes. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year the following roles associated with MCPS Athletics apply:

High School: Outside of one's instructional day a maximum of 30 hours per student per sport-season may be awarded by staff serving as MCPS coaches to students who serve as managers or statisticians for team sports. SSL hours are awarded under adult supervision for tasks such as setting up practice, tracking equipment inventory, and keeping statistical data.

Middle School: Outside of one's instructional day a maximum of 15 hours per student per sport-season may be awarded by staff serving as MCPS coaches to students who serve as managers or statisticians for team sports. SSL hours are awarded under adult supervision for tasks such as setting up practice, tracking equipment inventory, and keeping statistical data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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