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Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members: April 1, 2020

This week, we began the first phase of our online learning plan, which addresses the academic and social-emotional needs of our 166,000 students. Thank you for your patience as we work through this new model and staff and students begin to teach and learn in new ways.

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Chromebook Distribution for Students  

Chromebook Distribution
for Students

NOTICE: If you are still in need of a Chromebook for your child, please contact your school’s principal

Laptop Distribution for Students Beginning Thursday, March 26

To pick up a laptop, students (or the parent/guardians) will need to present their student ID (or provide the student ID number). Distribution locations are organized by school level. Complete instructions as well as distribution dates, times and locations are listed below and on the MCPS Coronavirus Information website Students and parents can also call 240-740-7023 for information.

Important Note: For families without internet access at home, Comcast is offering free internet access through its Internet Essentials program. More information about this program is at MCPS also has a limited number of mobile Wi-Fi hotspot devices that provide access to the internet. These devices will be distributed at a later date.

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Emergency Closure Meals  

Emergency Closure Meals Service
for MCPS Students

All Children May Come To Any of These Locations Monday–Friday To Receive Nutritious Meals

No appointment is necessary. Meals will be provided in a Grab-and-Go format. Meals will be available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Due to federal and state requirements for food distribution, we are not engaging volunteers to assist with this. To find out about other ways you can help, please go to the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website, where they are listing countywide efforts for volunteers and donations.

Meals and Backpacks Distribution Locations  

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to Your School Leadership

Have questions for your student's school?

Parents/guardians can use this form to submit a question to their student's school. Someone from the school will respond as soon as possible. Due to an expected high volume of requests it may take some time for someone to get back to you.

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Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members: March 30

Today, Monday, March 30, Governor Larry Hogan issued a Stay-at-Home Order to combat the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). While the order prohibits Maryland residents from making trips considered non-essential (see the Executive Order), it does allow community members to continue to travel to our schools to pick up meals and instructional resources for online learning. Meal service will continue as scheduled this week at multiple sites. Additionally, MCPS will continue to provide supports and services to address the social-emotional, psychological and physical well-being of our students and staff

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All In: Doing the Best We Can For Our Students and Each Other

On Monday March 30, we will start doing school in a totally different way. We are a face-to-face organization that has incorporated digital tools into teaching and learning to varying degrees and in a variety of different ways over the past decade. But, we have depended on the fact that thousands of students will walk into schools and classrooms each day and interact with adults and with one another. All of that has changed until at least April 24.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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For general MCPS questions, please contact the ASK MCPS information line at 240-740-3000.

If an MCPS-provided Chromebook is not working, contact 240-740-7023 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email

Parents and students can send requests to in order to obtain or reset their MyMCPS account login credentials. Note that you may be referred back to your school if there is a hold on your account or if your contact information is not in the MCPS system.

If you have a school-specific question, please submit your question here.

Questions About Meals

MCPS is providing free breakfast, lunch and dinner meals for students. MCPS is pleased to collaborate with Manna Food and Women Who Care Ministries to also distribute weekend backpack food sacks throughout the county. For more information, please visit Emergency Meals Information


Use this form or contact your school’s principal via the “Ask A Question” button found on the homepage of every school’s website.

Tips on how to help your child(ren) with remote learning can be found on the Continuity of Learning webpage.

Our school buildings are closed and we are asking the community to do their part to practice social distancing and stop the spread of the coronavirus. Playgrounds, fields, basketball courts and other outdoor spaces remain open, but students and adults should refrain from gathering in groups of more than 10 people at these locations.

Slowing the spread of COVID-19 requires everyone to follow the guidance of health officials. An important piece of this effort is social distancing. This means avoiding gathering in groups of more than 10 and keeping a safe distance from others in a group.

Students and Learning

MCPS has launched an online/remote learning plan. Staff and students are being asked to teach and learn in new and unfamiliar ways. We must be patient with each other, understand that the system won’t be perfect and we will need to adjust as we go. 

To learn more about the MCPS online learning plan and to access links to the online resources and tutorials, visit the Continuity of Learning website.

The third marking period will end on Friday, April 17.

MCPS continues to add a number of resources to support the physical, social and psychological well-being of students during this difficult time. These resources can be found here.

Many school-based and districtwide events are canceled or postponed. 


  • LGBTQ+ Forum (was scheduled for April 25)

  • MCDOT Safety Day (was scheduled for May 2)

  • MCPS Special Education Summit (was scheduled for May 2)

  • BOE Cluster Meetings 

    • Blake Cluster (was scheduled for April 23)
    • Gaithersburg Cluster (was scheduled for April 30)
    • Poolesville Cluster (was scheduled for May 14)
    • Postponed:
  • Gaithersburg Book Festival (was scheduled for May 16)

  • Distinguished Hispanic Scholarship Awards Ceremony (was scheduled for May 11)

  • The Board of Education’s Distinguished Service to Public Education Awards program (was scheduled for May 7)

  • United We Learn reception (was scheduled for May 6)

  • “Resilience” movie screening and discussion (was scheduled for April 16)

  • RespectFEST (was scheduled for March 29)

  • Anti-Vaping Symposium (was scheduled for March 28) 

  • Extraordinary Minds in MCPS Forum (was scheduled for March 18)

  • Bayard Rustin Elementary School dedication (was scheduled for March 12)

  • Future date TBD.

Specific details about any additional events will be communicated to the community at a later date.


For Kids

Just for Kids - Coronavirus

Just For Kids:
A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

National Public Radio collaborating with experts in social work and mental health have developed a cartoon that explores what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China. To see the original NPR story visit this link Print and fold a zine version of this comic here. Here are directions on how to fold it.