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Second Semester Adjustments and Options for Secondary Schedules

In response to feedback about virtual learning at the secondary level, adjustments are being made to improve the student/teacher experience in virtual learning, promote student well-being, and provide flexible options for student schedules. These adjustments for the second semester are in addition to adjustments that went into effect for the second marking period.

In middle and high schools, schedule adjustments for second semester include opportunities to:

-Request an abbreviated schedule to lighten course load and take a course over the summer or in future semesters instead.
-Take up to two courses Credit/No Credit (also known as Pass/Fail) instead of a letter grade, in courses not specifically required for graduation.

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Superintendent Jack R. Smith Announces Retirement

Superintendent Dr. Jack R. Smith has announced that he will retire from MCPS effective June 1, 2021. Dr. Smith will remain with MCPS until June 1 and will be fully engaged in guiding the school system as it works to return students to in-person learning as soon as health metrics allow and/or health guidance is adjusted as a result of vaccine distribution.


January 26 PSAT for Grade 11 Students Cancelled

In alignment with the Board of Education decision to delay the return of in-person instruction, the PSAT for Grade 11 students scheduled for January 26 is also cancelled. MCPS is committed to providing ongoing access to college entrance examinations throughout spring 2021. For Grade 11 students, MCPS will be moving forward with plans to offer the SAT at no cost to students during the school day on April 13 or April 27.


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MCPS COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Surging COVID-19 infection rates across the nation and in our region have required school districts across the country to revise and adjust recovery plans for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. MCPS remains committed to follow applicable guidelines from the Maryland Department of Health, our local health department, and the CDC for safe reopening of in-person instruction. The purpose of this dashboard is to provide the Montgomery county community with identified health metrics that will guide our conversations about the safe return to in-person learning.

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