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Community Update: Includes a Reminder of the Fall 2020 Parent Survey, Summer Meals and more - June 28, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff:

Tomorrow, June 29, 2020, the Board of Education will continue its discussions on recovery of learning plans for MCPS for the summer and fall. We encourage you to tune in to this important conversation. The meeting, which will begin at 3:30 p.m., will be streamed live on the MCPS website and on MCPS TV (Comcast 34, Verizon 36, RCN 89). The Board will continue the discussion on our reopening efforts at its July 14 business meeting.

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Chromebook Distribution for Students  

Chromebook Distribution
for Students

Chromebooks are available for pickup from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. week days outside the MCPS office at 45 W. Gude, Rockville, MD, 20850. NOTE: You must wear a face mask and bring your student's ID number.

As part of Comcast’s COVID 19 response, Comcast’s Xfinity Outdoor WiFi hotspots are available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity Outdoor WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.  Please note that these hotspots are not part of the Xfinity residential Wifi network.

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Emergency Closure Meals  

Meals Service
for MCPS Students

NOTICE: NEW MCPS Meal Service Schedule and Instructional Materials for Students   

Beginning April 20, 2020, MCPS will adjust its meal service program from operating five days a week to a four-day-per-week schedule. This adjustment is being made in an effort to ensure student and staff safety, and to reduce opportunities for the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Meal sites will operate as normal on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays, MCPS will provide two days’ worth of meals. On Thursdays, all meal sites will be closed. Meals will be provided from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.  

Additionally, MCPS will distribute printed instructional materials at meal sites every Wednesday beginning April 22, 2020. These packets will provide mathematics and literacy content for elementary and secondary students.

Special note: This Friday, April 17, families can pick up math packets for elementary students at all meal sites between 11 a.m.–1 p.m. If you are not able to come on April 17, packets will also be available for pick up during the same hours on Wednesday, April 22.

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More information

Women Who Care Ministries and Manna Food Center  continue to partner with MCPS for weekend meals 

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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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Community Update: Includes a Reminder of the Fall 2020 Parent Survey, Summer Meals and more - June 28, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff:

Tomorrow, June 29, 2020, the Board of Education will continue its discussions on recovery of learning plans for MCPS for the summer and fall. We encourage you to tune in to this important conversation. The meeting, which will begin at 3:30 p.m., will be streamed live on the MCPS website and on MCPS TV (Comcast 34, Verizon 36, RCN 89). The Board will continue the discussion on our reopening efforts at its July 14 business meeting.

Read the Full Message Here

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Community Update: Includes a fall 2020 survey for parents/guardians, information on new per-pupil spending data, and much more - June 21, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff:

Happy Father's Day! We want to thank all of our MCPS fathers for all you do for the children and youth in our community. You are appreciated.
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) recently released an updated version of  Maryland Together: Maryland's Recovery Plan for Education . The updated plan specifies what school districts must have in place for the reopening of schools and presents a number of strategies and considerations for school systems.

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General

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 instructionalresources@mcpsmd.org.

Parents and students can send requests to myMCPS_Support@mcpsmd.net 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

Parents

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.

MCPS has launched a new online registration/enrollment process to support families who wish to enroll their children. Families who are enrolling their children in Prekindergarten/Head Start programs and kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year, as well as new K-12 and international enrollments for the 2019-2020 school year, can complete the process in three ways:

  1. Online, starting with this Registration Survey  
  2. Over the phone by calling 240-740-5999
  3. By paper forms. Call 240-740-5999 to request forms be mailed to your home.

What is social distancing?

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.

MCPS has a number of resources available to support the physical, social and psychological well-being of students. These resources can be found here

MCPS has also created a series of videos called Mindful Moments. The goal of this series is to deliver simple and effective tools to manage anxiety and stress. These videos, which can be accessed and used at any time, can be found here

MCPS has also launched a video series, “Waymaking,” which highlights mental health and well-being resources for staff and students as families adapt to the evolving changes in daily life. The show is hosted by Dr. Christina Conolly, director of psychological services for MCPS. You can watch the series here.

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.

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 on the BeWell 365 webpage  here

MCPS has also created a new series of videos entitled Mindful Moment. The goal of the Mindful Moment Series is to deliver simple and effective tools for all of us to manage our anxiety and stress. These videos, which can be accessed and used at any time, can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkZwAghwrSytgi1re_2Sr8Dt8poZCHgP5  Other series covering this topic and others for students and families can be found on www.MCPSTV.org and the MCPS YouTube page at www.youtube.com/mcpstv

Students and Learning

Our online learning model includes a blend of approaches to learning activities; independent, self-paced work; virtual office hours to check for understanding; and submission of assignments.

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.

In elementary school, letter grades will not be assigned for the 4th marking period. The emphasis will be on engaging students in learning experiences and connecting with and engaging as many students as possible. 

In middle and high schools, a traditional letter grade system will not be used for the 4th marking period. MCPS is developing a grading and reporting framework for secondary schools, commonly known as “Pass/Incomplete,” for the remainder of the year. More information about grading and reporting can be found on the MCPS website.

Up-to-date information is available by checking ongoing Advanced Placement (AP) Updates from College Board.  

Online AP courses for students are also provided by the College Board in each course, in addition to myMCPS courses developed by MCPS teachers.

MCPS has created an AP FAQ for Students. The College Board is also providing  parent webinars and subject-specific webinars for teachers,

How will students receive necessary Student Service Learning (SSL) hours toward graduation?

Visit this webpage for more information on SSL.

The last day of school for seniors is May 22, 2020.

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.

Canceled:

  • MCDOT Safety Day (was scheduled for May 2)
  • MCPS Special Education Summit (was scheduled for May 2)
  • LGBTQ+ Forum (was scheduled for April 25)
  • 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 is holding a virtual event, beginning May 16 through June 14 
  • LGBTQ+ Forum will be streamed on the MCPS website and YouTube channel on Wednesday, May 27 from 6-8 p.m. 
  • Champions for Children  will announce the MCPS Teacher of the Year winner during a virtual event at 6:30 p.m. on May 15
  • Student Member of the Board election will be held virtually on  May 20
  • Distinguished Hispanic Scholarship Awards Ceremony (originally scheduled for May 11)
  • The Board of Education’s Distinguished Service to Public Education Awards program (originally scheduled for May 7)
  • United We Learn reception (originally scheduled for May 6)
  • United We Learn: Innovative Communication Challenge student contest winners’ reception (originally scheduled for May 6)
  • LEAAP event honoring scholarship recipients, originally scheduled for April 29
  • Special Education Awards, originally scheduled for May 4
  • Hispanic Alliance for Education Fundraiser, originally scheduled for April 21, has been rescheduled to Oct. 14, 2020. (For those who already purchased tickets, please contact Claudia Hernandez at Claudia_M_Hernandez1@mcpsmd.org)
  • “Resilience” movie screening and discussion (originally scheduled for April 16)
  • RespectFEST (originally scheduled for March 29)
  • Anti-Vaping Symposium (originally scheduled for March 28) 
  • Extraordinary Minds in MCPS Forum (originally scheduled for March 18)
  • Bayard Rustin Elementary School dedication (originally scheduled for March 12)

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

Resources


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.